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Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs

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Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs combine my favorite snowball recipe (CHOCOLATE!) with chopped pecans and Rolo candy. These are like turtle snowballs and they’re perfect for anyone who loves caramel and chocolate!

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs |

It was only a matter of time before I stuffed more candy into Snowballs. The Reese’s ones were such a huge hit, that I knew I had to do it again. (Update: now I have a ton of snowball recipes on this blog!) And this time? I used Rolos.

You all love your Rolo stuffed cookies, am I right? Well, I hope you love these too!

But, instead of just stuffing a Rolo into my Mom’s Russian Teacakes, I wanted to change them up a bit.

So I made them chocolate.

You’re welcome.

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Now, I tried making them chocolate last year. That’s actually the first time I tried making these cookies. And, it turns out, when you add cocoa powder to cookies, it does not replace the flour. They spread way too much, and looked like a flat cookie with a bump in the middle.

This year, I decided to try again. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

When I added the cocoa, I just added the normal amount of flour. And they worked! They stayed balls, like they’re supposed too.

Stuffing the Rolo inside is just the icing on the cake. Or the caramel on the turtle, as it were. These are like Turtle Snowballs: chocolate pecan cookies stuffed with caramel.

A few notes about the cookies:

  • They’re big. I mean, they’re a cookie stuffed with a Rolo, so they have to be big.
  • If you want a visual on how to do the stuffing, check out my Reese’s Stuffed Snowballs post. Basically, you make 1 tablespoon balls of dough and wrap two of them around a Rolo.
  • Careful baking them – it’s hard to tell when chocolate cookies are done. Be sure to rotate the pans halfway through baking and take them out once they lose their sheen. Otherwise the bottoms will cook too much.
  • The Double Roll in powdered sugar is why they are so white. I always double roll them!
  • You can freeze these. Place them in a ziploc bag (or a Tupperware). Place paper towels between the layers. When you take them out to defrost, leave the paper towels between to absorb moisture.
  • Serve these room temperature. The Rolo isn’t gooey, so you for sure don’t want them cold or the caramel will be too tough. Another option: make them with Caramel Hershey’s Kisses for a softer caramel!

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 And yes, Mom. These are in the freezer – for YOU! 🙂

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Servings: 2 dozen cookies

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs


  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 24 Rolos — unwrapped
  • Powdered sugar for rolling — about 1 - 1 1/2 cups


  1. Preaheat oven to 375Β°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, Β½ cup powdered sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the nuts. If dough is too soft, chill it until you can work it easily with your hands.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and flatten with your hands. Place 1 Rolo on top. Take another tablespoon of dough, flatten it, and lay it on top the Rolo. Press the sides together and roll to form a sealed ball of dough. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes until bottoms are just slightly brown. Remove from oven and cool for just a minute, until you can handle them. Fill a small bowl with additional powdered sugar and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated.
  5. Place on a rack to cool. (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)

See more of my snowball recipes here!


Rolo Stuffed Snowballs - an easy chocolate snowball stuffed with a Rolo! These is the best holiday cookie recipe ever!

Mom’s Russian Teacakes

Russian Tea cakes (3 of 5)w

Reese’s Stuffed Snowballs

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs (2 of 2)w

 Easy Dark Chocolate PB Cookies

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (5 of 7)w


Sweets from friends:
Brownie Bites stuffed with Rolos by Cooking on the Front Burner
Rolo Stuffed Monkey Bread by Something Swanky
Rolo Martini by Wine and Glue

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  1. Oh I LOVE Rolos and they’re probably my #1 (tied w/ PB Cups) candy to stuff into cookies. They don’t ooze or leak and that caramely goodness would be perfect in your snowballs!

  2. I think I just went into a chocolate-and-caramel coma… Those look SO good! You’re absolutely brilliant Dorothy! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with a huge cookie. Especially when it’s a chocolate cookie, stuffed with caramel and more chocolate. πŸ˜‰ Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. Stuffed cookies are always a hit and the chocolate-caramel combo is always a winner. πŸ™‚ The cocoa vs flour thing is surprising. I would have made the same substitution. I HAVE made that same substitution in flat cookies and in cake. I wonder what makes this recipe different? I am glad you kept at it though, because these cookies came out great! πŸ™‚

  4. Wow, I can’t wait. Thanks. xoxo

  5. First off, super cute that your mom comments! Hi Dorothy’s mom! hee hee My mom would not even know where to begin. Second uh rolos stuffed in cookies covered in powdered sugar! Sign me up!!

  6. I didn’t think snowball cookies could get more irresistible! Way to prove me wrong by stuffing creamy rolos inside!

  7. Not only did you make snowballs chocolate, but then you went and stuffed a Rolo inside!! Well there goes my waistline.

  8. Rolos are one of my favorites! Can’t wait to try. πŸ™‚

  9. So, you added chocolate to snowball cookies. Wow. Why hasn’t that happened before? πŸ™‚ And then you stuffed more chocolate and caramel into the chocolate snowball … you are a cookie mad scientist. I cannot explain how much I like these. So pinned. I’m so glad our Internet is fixed; I’ve missed your blog! πŸ™‚

  10. Whaaaaat! Oh my. These are brilliant! I love that you turned the cookie to chocolate, too. Chocolate goodness overload! That’s a good thing of course. πŸ˜‰

  11. Yum! I wish I has some of these in my freezer as well!

  12. Definitely going to make a chocolate version of snowballs for Christmas this year after seeing these!

  13. Ahhhhh…great idea! My mom loves Russian Tea Balls. I like them but they seem a little dry to me so the Rolo is perfect!!

  14. Rolos are one of those candies from childhood that I am glad are still around! These cookies look great! I appreciate how you give helpful hints about making them in addition to the recipe ins ructions! Very helpful!!! πŸ™‚

  15. These look so good! Perfect for Christmas!!

  16. Its kind of funny. I saw the picture for this post and my first thought was that I would much rather have a reeses cup than a rolo in the middle. Then I start reading and I am like she is genius and already did this πŸ™‚

  17. These are too cute, Dorothy! You’re right, the Rolo is the icing on the cake! Pinned. Have a lovely weekend and a merry Christmas!

  18. OMG, these look incredible!!! I just made snowball cookies and filled them with jam, but I totally should have done this instead!!!

  19. So I just want to confirm something….if I use unsalted butter will I have to add another 1/4 teaspoon of salt? because the recipe already says to add 1/4 teaspoon of salt? Also do I have to use the parchment paper? Can’t I just use the cook sheet?

    • Another question is what type of salt do I use?
      I am sorry to be asking so many questions I just want this cookie to taste delicious!

    • It’s not required to add more salt, that’s just a guideline for subbing unsalted butter. I usually don’t even add any salt, but that’s just me! I don’t think 1/4 teaspoon extra will make that much of a difference, but if you’re a person who notices when salt is missing, add it. (Table salt, btw) And I like to use parchment and/or silpat baking mats because it reduces sticking and helps them to cook evenly. If you don’t have it you can skip it, but watch the bottoms closely that they don’t brown too much. I’m pretty sure my mom just bakes them straight on the cookie sheet. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  20. Another question is what type of salt do I use for this cookie?

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  22. Hi I just want to try this recipe. It took me ages to find rolls here in Switzerland but I finally did ;-P
    Anyway my question is what vanilla do I use, is it Vanilla sugar, Bourbon Vanilla, Vanilla extract or Vanilla bean?
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe can’t wait to try it out.

  23. Do you think it would matter if the nuts are left out? I want to make them for school do they have to be “nut free”. Would I need to make any other adjustments?

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  25. So these did not turn out for meπŸ™ˆ no balls and oozing. Any suggestions?Β 

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