Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs

5 from 1 vote

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 sliced in half on holiday paper with title

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.

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs on holiday paper

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!

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs sliced in half on holiday paper with title

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

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs

5 from 1 vote
Yield 2 dozen cookies
Serving Size


  • 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 ½ cups


  • Preaheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix butter, ½ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place on a rack to cool. (Once cookies are cooled, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar.)

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

See more of my snowball recipes here!

Collage of Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs sliced in half on holiday paper with title

Mom’s Russian Teacakes

Russian Tea cakes in red bowl with title

Reese’s Stuffed Snowballs

Reese's Stuffed Snowballs sliced in half with title

 Easy Dark Chocolate PB Cookies

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies stacked on a white plate with title

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. 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. 😉

  2. So, you added chocolate to snowball cookies. Wow. Why hasn’t that happened before? 🙂 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! 🙂

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

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

  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. Stuffed cookies are always a hit and the chocolate-caramel combo is always a winner. 🙂 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! 🙂

    1. I think it’s from the butter. It needs all the flour to not melt, and I don’t think cocoa does the same thing as flour. It must react differently in different things; I’ve made the same subs as you before with success!

  7. 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. 😉 Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

  8. 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!