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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 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 sliced in half on holiday paper with title

Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs

5 from 1 vote
Yield 2 dozen cookies


  • 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


  • 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

Last Updated on May 20, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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?

    1. 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!

    2. 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. 🙂 Enjoy!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!!! 🙂

  6. 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!!

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