Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Rainy Saturday on February, cold and dreary…
I and my piano man took the kids to New York City to see the Broadway musical, “Mary Poppins”.

Wandering around the Manhattan street, blocks after blocks, soaking wet with two munchkins in the winter rain…, not a romantic scene you can imagine before the Valentine’s day but we had a great time

The show was great. It was “SuperCaliFragiListicExpiAliDocious”.  My 7 year old boy screamed at the end of the show, when Ms. Poppins was ascending to the theater ceiling holding her umbrella, “ I love you, Mary Poppins!

A scene of NYC.

Time Square, NYC

I like to bake with my kids. They are good at it. This is how I tame my kids… well, should I say how I domesticate them? You know, with any kids, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, medicine go down and medicine go down…

I would like to share with you one cookie recipe that my kiddos adore. It is this Chocolate Caramel cookies filled with Rolos candy from Pillsbury website.
Ooey-gooey caramels melted in rich chocolate cookies…

Sounds like complicated recipe but quite easier than you would imagine. If my wild munchkins can make them, anybody can.


The most important factor of this recipe…

Gather up your WILD THINGS to help you out!

A girl playing toy guitar.A young boy assembling a toy.

Wild thing #1                                                 Wild thing #2

Ingredients for making chocolate caramel cookies.
Next, put all the baking supplies on your counter.
I used “Rolo” for this recipe.

You can use other types of candies that can melt, but I think Rolos works the best.

Dry ingredients sifting together.

Sift the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda happily together. Set aside.

A stand mixer mixing the wet ingredients.

Beat butter and sugars until they call the police for domestic violence.
(I mean until they transform into nice and fluffy…  Uh, you know that, right?)

An egg added to wet ingredients in a mixer.

Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
Beat, beat, beat…

Dry ingredients adding to wet ingredients.

Slowly add the happy cocoa-flour mixture,
(make sure to lower the speed of your mixer)

Cookie dough is forming in a mixer.

combine until they turn into dark side of the force.
Don’t you beat them anymore!
You can chill them for 30 minutes if you want.

Young kids removing foil cover from caramel candies.

Meanwhile, peel the Rolo wrappers to reveal their flesh.
My wild things will do anything if sugar is involved in their diet.

A spoonful of sugar added to chopped nuts.

You go and chop some pecans and mix with sugar in a bowl.

Caramel candy inserted to a cookie dough.

Take about 1 Tbsp of dough and squish it.
Put 1 Rolo in the middle,

A hand forming cookie dough into a ball shape.

and cover the Rolo with the dough.

Forming a cookie dough ball.

Have your wild things to play around with the dough to make a ball shape.

Coating cookie dough ball with chopped nuts.

Press on to the pecans,

Placing chocolate caramel cookie dough balls on a plate.
and have them place the balls exactly 2″ apart evenly on the the baking sheet.
Teach them a sense of space and distance.

A young boy carrying a cookie sheet.

Wild thing #2 is ready to put his sheet into hot oven.
“I will eat you up!”
Bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for 7-10 minutes.

Baked chocolate caramel cookies on a cookie sheet.

This made my wild things to become mischievous of one kind…

A young girl bitting off a chocolate caramel cookie. A young boy showing melted caramel inside the chocolate cookie.
When they saw the ooey-gooey caramels melted in the cookies, well…
 they gnashed their teeth and romped around the house with their claws.

I think it just made their life happier.
They are simple creatures, sometimes…

The night when my wild things put these cookies in their mouth,

The forest started to grow in their rooms,
and they were sailing off to wild-land without eating their dinner.
Who knows how many hours had gone by for them to return to reality,

but when they came back,
well…, the dinner was NOT still hot.

But they, still, will be my Valentines

Happy Valentine’s day!

Chocolate caramel cookie with red lip shape novelty on a serving plate.
chocolate caramel cookies with red lip novelty on a plate.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies (adapted from Pillsbury recipe)

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  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, I used dutch processed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 48 Rolo chewy caramels, unwrapped
  • For the icing, optional:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • about 2 Tbsp milk, more or less


  • Sift flour, cocoa, soda, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugars until fluffy, add vanilla and eggs one at a time; beat well.
  • Add the flour mixture and blend well until it gets incorporated. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 375º F (190º C)
  • Mix pecans and sugar in a bowl. Take 1 Tbsp of dough and flatten. Place 1 Rolo in the center and cover it completely with the dough making a ball. Press the ball into pecan sugar mixture.
  • Place the balls onto parchment papered cookie sheet, 2" apart. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove them from the sheet and cool on the wired rack.
  • Combine powdered sugar and milk until you get the desired consistency, drizzle icing over the cookies.
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