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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rolo Cookies



Mmmm…Anybody feel like a Rolo Cookie?
     First, I am excited to announce that I have received my first blog award!!! Thank you to Ashley at Kitchen Meets Girl for selecting me! (If you want to see some super-cute football cookies, click on her link.) So...here is my award!
    As an award recipient, I am supposed to tell you seven things you never knew about me, and then pass the award on to 15 deserving blogs.  Get all the dirt later in this post,  down past the Rolo cookie recipe and nutrition facts.
 
     Okay...let me introduce Rolo cookies. When Ben and I were in grad school in Alabama, we had a lot of friends in the same phase of life. We enjoyed Friday game nights with other young couples while the little kids “slept”.  I first tasted Rolo cookies at such an event. My friend Christine made them, and she always serves the best munchies! She’s Canadian, and I’m guessing Canadians hold a lot of game nights during the long winter up North.
      After grad school Ben and I moved up North too (well, not as far as Canada). In our new mid-Atlantic location, I brought these cookies to a church activity, where they were well-received. A few people asked for the recipe. Later at the COUNTY FAIR, I saw a plate of these cookies (entered by one of the church members) and they had a winning ribbon!!!
          Do you want a ribbon, too? Make these and see what happens J

Ingredients:
1 c. butter
The star of the show!
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ c. flour
¾ c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
12 oz. bag Rolo candies (chocolate-covered caramels)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. In a large mixing bowl or electric mixer, cream room-temperature butter
with both kinds of sugar.

3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix.

4. Add cocoa, baking soda, and 1 c. flour. Mix.

5. Add rest of flour. Dough consistency will be a little dry and crumbly, but you should be able to form a ball and have it stick together.

Dry…but not TOO dry.
6. Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of dough, wrap it completely around a Rolo, and set it on ungreased cookie sheet. (Note about cookie sheets: I highly recommend using “insulated” cookie sheets that are made of two layers of metal with air between the layers!)


Rolos are hiding inside!

7. You can probably fit about 16 cookies on a cookie sheet.

8. Bake 7-10 minutes, until cookies are slightly flattened (they’ll still be pretty round).


 9. Let cookies rest ON cookie sheet on a wire rack for a couple minutes.

Cooling
10. Remove cookies from pan and set them directly on the wire rack.

11. Cookies will become firm as they cool, but there’s no harm in eating a gushy one right now as long as you don’t burn yourself!




*Nutrition facts:

Ingredient
Calories
Sodium
(% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
1 c. butter
1600
64
0
0
0
1 c. sugar
720
0
0
0
0
1 c. light brown sugar
720
0
0
0
0
2 large eggs
140
6
0
12
4
2 ½ c. flour
1100
0
5
30
0
¾ c. unsweetened baking cocoa
120
0
24
6
0
1 tsp. baking soda
0
48
0
0
0
38 Rolo candies
1031
16
0
8.5
32.5
Total
(~38 cookies):
5431 kcal
134 %
29 g
56.5 g
36.5 %
1 cookie:
143 kcal
3.5 %
0.75 g
1.5 g
1%

*Calculated from food packaging:
 I used “Great Value” brand (Walmart) butter, “Domino” brand sugar and light brown sugar, “ACME” brand egg,  “Bakers and Chefs” brand (Sams Club) all-purpose flour,  “Arm and Hammer” brand baking soda, and “Rolo” brand chewy caramels in milk chocolate.

7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
1. I have a sweet tooth. (Oh sorry, did you already know that?)
2. I first learned to distinguish different types of sandwich meats when I was a teenager working at Subway.
3. My sister is another AWESOME vegetarian cook! I love staying at her house.
4. My “signature color” is aqua blue. My favorite color is red.
5. I am almost 5’10”. After a few washings, most of my shirts don’t reach my waistband anymore.
6. I played clarinet, mellophone, and trumpet in marching & concert bands in middle school, high school and all 4 years of college.
7. I hold a Masters degree in Aquatic Ecology.

I Now Bestow the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD on 15 Wonderful Blogs:
First, I’ll hit the blogs from whom I’ve lifted material for my own blog:
1. The Comfort of Cooking: Her photos are amazing! Very appetizing recipes.
2. What a Dish! : Pizza Hut Pan crust; Reese’s bars…need I say more?
3. The Pretend Chef: Taught me how to make my own microwave popcorn J
I now recommend a few more outstanding foodie blogs:
4. Herbivoracious: Creative vegetarian recipes using lots of fresh foods.
5. Our Best Bites: What’s not to love? Everything about this site is delicious.
6. Budget Gourmet Mom: Take a look at the Pizza Pretzels.
7. $5 Dinners: Who doesn’t need more of these? Adore her use of coconut milk.
8. Cafe Zupa's Blog: Love this restaurant in Utah! Thanks for putting recipes online!
9. Sew Sweet: Delicious food ideas + cute sewing projects.
10. Kahakai Kitchen: Because I’m interested in Hawaiian food, too.
11. Food is My Friend: Fun writing style; Arizona-Mex-Family recipes.
And here are a few non-food blogs I often visit :
12. Not Just a Housewife: Great house craft/project ideas and linky party!
13. D├ęcor Chick: Changing her world, one project at a time (in Texas, I think).
14. Blogging with Amy: She taught me about Picnik! Wow!!!
15. Adopt a ‘Do: For those of us who need help doing our daughters’ hair.

This post is linked to the following linky parties:



Somewhat Simple

It's a Keeper.






11 comments:

  1. WOW! Those look yummy and evil! If you get a chance, I'd love to have you link up. (http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-stop-thursday-linky-party_22.html) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This cookies look wonderful! And so easy, too (my favorite kind!). So nice getting to know more about you!

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  3. Congrats on your blogger award!
    These cookies look wonderful, I can see why they won a prize ribbon. I imagine they taste like a brownie with chocolate and caramel inside. This recipe is a keeper-well done.

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  4. um...YUM! I love Rolos and I do believe these have captured my heart!

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  5. Thank you so much for the award! Those cookies look crazy good!

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  6. Thank you for the award and I'm happy that my tip about microwave popcorn worked for you! Have a wonderful day!

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  7. What a yummy treat! Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to share this idea on my link party at cookienut.blogspot.com.

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  8. Thank you so much for the shout-out and my oh my, these cookies would be dangerous in my house! (Um, it would be me eating them. YUM!) :)

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing the award with me--that's very sweet. I hope your upcoming trip is a great one. Will you be on Oahu the whole time?

    BTW--Those cookies look amazing!

    Aloha,

    Deb

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