September 5, 2016
Rolo Cookie Bars!
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Delicious Chocolate Chip Rolo Cookie Bars that everyone will love – delicious cookie, chocolate chips, and tonnes of Rolos
Say hello to one of my favourite recipes that I have ever posted in my life, and I will always and forever be obsessed with this bake.
I have already posted a recipe for some DELICIOUS M&M Cookie Bars and… oh my days I adore them so much. Like, I’ve made them SO many times now, and so many of you guys love them too.
Alot of my cookie doughs can vary between chocolate based cookie doughs (like my creme egg cookie bars and my triple chocolate NYC cookies) and then plain cookie doughs like these beauties, and my Mini egg NYC Cookies.
This recipe uses 275g of plain flour, but if you want to use a chocolate based cookie dough, then you need to remove 50g of plain flour and add in 35g of cocoa powder; do as the M&M Cookie Bars recipe says!
- Flour – For my cookie bars it is best by far to use plain flour – a flour like self raising flour will cause the cookie bars to be cake like!
- Bicarb – Baking powder and bicarbonate of soda are different things… bicarb is ideal for this recipe!
- Salt – I always love a little salt in my cookies, especially caramel based ones = salted caramel anyone?!
- Butter – Unsalted butter or baking spread works well for these, you don’t have to worry too much!
- Vanilla – Optional, but utterly delicious.
- Chocolate – The most important bit. Rolos, and chocolate chips.
So, when I realised I had an absolute abundance of Rolos in my cupboard by accident, I wanted to merge all things deliicious and create some rolo cookie bars! I have my rolo cookies on my blog already, and whilst i love them – these cookie bars do win out for me.
Fun fact, I used to have a dog called Rolo – thats how obsessed I have been in the past. Sweet little chocolates with pocket of caramel in the middle… what could possible be better?!
These delicious bars are super gooey decadent cookie style. The caramel in the Rolos makes the cookie bars softer and sweeter, whilst also still having little pockets of caramel throughout.
Adding in an extra small amount of chocolate chips gives it that extra hit of chocolatey-ness that I crave! You could easily use white or dark chocolate chips… but milk is my go-to!
There isn’t really a rule to the amount of chocolate to use, but too much may mean the cookie bars don’t bake particularly well. The ratio of rolos to chocolate chips in these beauties is my ideal.
After the success of my other Rolo recipes such as my No-Bake Caramel Rolo Cheesecake, Rolo Cupcakes, Rolo Fudge, and No-Bake Rolo Tart – I knew you would all appreciate this as well.
I hope you guys love these as much as my trusty taste testers and I did! Enjoy!
Rolo Cookie Bars!
- 275 g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 115 g unsalted butter/stork
- 55 g granulated sugar
- 135 g light brown soft sugar
- 1 medium egg (beaten)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 250 g Rolos
- 100 g milk chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 190ºC/170ºCfan and line a 9x9inch square tin with parchment paper, and leave to the side for now.
- Whisk/mix the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cornflour together so its evenly distributed – leave to the side.
- In a larger bowl, melt the unsalted butter/stork. Add in both the granulated sugar and light brown sugar, and whisk for about 2 minutes so all of the sugar starts to dissolve and the mixture is smooth.
- Add in the egg and the vanilla bean extract, and whisk again briefly until smooth. (I used an electric whisk)
- Add in the dry ingredients, the Rolos (apart from a handful), and the milk chocolate chips. Mix with a spatula until a thick cookie dough is formed.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of the tin and press in the handful of Rolos into the top for decoration.
- Bake the traybake in the oven for 18-22 minutes, until the top of the cookie bake looks ‘dry’!
- Leave the cookie bake to cool for about 10 minutes, then leave to cool fully on a wire rack.
- Cut the bake when it’s cooled into 4×4 for decent sizes, or 5×5 for smaller ones! Enjoy!
- For these babies, feel free to use big Rolos, mini Rolos, a mixture - whatever you fancy!
- If you can’t access Rolos, you could use something that is a soft caramel like pieces of Cadbury’s caramel maybe? I wouldn’t suggest using a hard caramel sweet however as it will bake differently. You could also use something such as Munchies!
- These delicious little things will last in an airtight container for up to 5 days, but honestly, they’ll be eaten before then.
- You can freeze these once baked for up to 3 months, or from unbaked for 3 months also. If baking from frozen, just add on 2-3 minutes extra!
- If you want to try a cookie version, find them here!
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If I replace the rolo with munchies do I use the same amount (250g)
Hiya! Yes – sounds yummy! x
Hello, could I do this in a round tin, if so, what size? 9 inch? x
Can I use 206g of tools instead? Thanks!
I meant Rolos! autocorrect is a bi annoying lol
Yes you can xx
If I was to substitute the rolos for mint aero would that work? If so how much would you recommend i use and would I need to freeze the aero beforehand?
It may not be a straight swap – mint aero is lighter so you would need less, and as its an aerated chocolate it may dissolve strangely!
Hi I did one of these a couple of weeks ago and it didnt turn out right at all but then I realised your recipe says 9×9 tin and I did mkme in 7×7 tin lol so that’s where I went wrong. Please could you tell me what quantity of the recipe would do best for a 7×7 tin. Would half do?
Yes, you’d want to use half for a 7″ tin! X
Hi! I have loads of mini rolos and was wondering wether I can use the same weight of these as if I was using the regular ones? Also, should they be frozen beforehand like in the Mars bar brownie recipe? When I tried this recipe before o froze them but the end result was a bit firmer than I wanted so not sure if that’s because I froze the rolos or just that I need to drop a few mins off the bake time. Thanks 😋
I don’t freeze the Rolos (otherwise it would be mentioned on the recipe) so it could have been that or slightly over baked – but yes you can use the little ones easily by swapping! X
Hi, I can’t find cornflour anywhere 🙈 can I make it without? Thanks
Cornflour is there for the best texture and best results, but it can be done without. Use 25g more flour instead!
Made these many times and they are amazing, always a success and made me popular in work!
Quick question, I fancy making a peanut butter version of this recipe, what would be the best way to go? just add 50-75 grams of pb to the mixture? Should I lower the butter?
You can certainly give that a go – yes!
These taste amazing!!! I first made them a couple weeks again but they didn’t turn out right I put them in for 25 mins but seemed really dry & overcooked so tried again & put them in for just 20 mins & they’re perfect!!
It may be that your oven is slightly hotter, but baking is definitely about experimenting so I’m glad they worked! x
Hello, how much should I reduce the recipe by for an 8×8 square tin?
By about 1/5 x
Have you tried this with an egg replacer at all? Trying to consider how I could make this vegan (using different chocolate to rolos of course)
I have made my cookie bars with the flaxseed type replacement, and lots of my readers have made them vegan before with success!
I can’t seem to find bicarbonate of soda could I leave it out or use something else instead?
I would use 1.5tsp baking powder!
Hey Jane, I noticed that on your blog it says to use choc chips for the Rolo cookie bars but on your YouTube video you had just cut up a bar of chocolate.
I can’t get a hold of Callebeut choc chips atm so would you recommend a Cadbury’s or galaxy bar or did you use something else?
Chocolate chips/chopped chocolate is basically the same thing – you can just chop up a bar of chocolate! xx
Hi! Would crunchie work in these?
Crunchie can sometimes dissolve or go chewy in baking but otherwise it should be okay! X
Hey😊 Do you think i could swap the Rolo’s for Mars bar bites instead and freeze them for a while before i bake them? Thank you x
Ohhhhh myyyyy! Not sure if my guests will get any of these. Just took them out of the oven and had to “check if they were ok”. YES! Weighed the amount from a family size bag for “1” bag and cut them in half and mixed with flour. Added a few more on top. Wasn’t too sure about the dough consistency (was a bit stiff) but it came out perfect.
Hi Jane. I am struggling to get hold of cornflour, how can I modify this recipe? Many thanks.
The cornflour is designed to be there for the texture (it makes it better) but you can substitute for 25g flour (but the texture may be different!)
Hi, would I be able to use Dark Brown sugar instead of light?
You can – but personally I would just use all granulated!
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Do you think this recipe would work if I used Cadburys Nibbles? They’re like the giant buttons but with caramel in the middle.
yes it would!! x
How much cocoa powder would you add/ how much flour would you remove to make these chocolate?
Hey! I would say about 25g swap would do! You could use up to about 35g if you want them slightly more chocolatey x
I made these yesterday and they’re delicious! They’re lovely and gooey and chewy, and have gone down a treat!
THE best cookie bars ever, especially with the rolos🤩
With the Rolo Cookie Bars, can i swap the 100g of choc chips for extra Rolo’s instead? xx
No – you will overload them and it probably won’t bake very well. It’s best to stick to the quantities.
Would this recipe work as a giant cookie if I was to bake it into an 8” cake tin?
Thank you 🙂 x
A 9″ square tin is more like a 10″ circle, so it would be quite deep for an 8″ round. This means it may take longer to bake through in the middle so keep an eye on it not overcooking around the edges!
I have brown granulated could I use that ?
Yes that would work!!
Hi there I was wondering if you could use caster sugar instead of granulated? As I cant get hold of it because of panic buying
Granulated really is better for these kind of cookies – but it might just bake slightly softer – otherwise will be fine though if that’s all you have!!
We have a gluten intolerance in the family but I’d love to make these, can I just change the flour for gluten free flour or do I need to do anything else?!
Yes you can!
Could I substitute the Rolos for galaxy caramel? If so how much and should I still use chocolate chips? Thank you!
I would use the same weight of galaxy for Rolos – but be careful to not break the galaxy up too much. It might be better to freeze them first! And the chocolate chips is up to you – I still would!
They look delicious.
I am so excited to make this recipe.
I am just wondering can I use a slightly bigger tin than a 9×9 ?
It genuinely depends how much bigger – anything bigger will make the bake thinner, and the bake take less time to bake.. and potentially dry it out a little more! x
Hello! can the mix be made the day before and kept in the fridge overnight to bake the next day or will this affect it? Thanks x
Yes you can! You can also freeze the cookie dough!
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Thanks for this Jane, they’re worked out well. One suggestion I can offer is, instead of using full-size Rolos, to try using Mini Rolos? The full-size ones can be a bit difficult to manage when pressing the dough into the tray, so perhaps the mini ones might make it easier. I haven’t tried it yet, though – just a theory.
I disagree – I think full size Rolos are much better, and I have made it countless times with them without any issues. Pressing the dough in is easy when using your hands or a spatula!
I’m thinking of baking these but I don’t have the correct baking tray, I do however have a foil roasting tray (one of the disposable ones. Do you think it would work similarly if I were to use the disposable tray? Thanks in advance. Btw I literally will go nowhere else for recipes after I found this page!
Yes they should be fine! Obviously is the volume sizing of the trays is different the traybake may take different times to bake, but it should work fine!
I made these a few weeks ago and they were amazing! I definitely didn’t save enough to put on top though!
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I made these the other day and they were so tasty!! The only thing is mine came out a bit dry and crunchy. I have a gas oven so not sure if I did the conversion wrong. What temperature would you recommend for gas and do you think I should alter the cooking time?
I’m not 100% sure as I haven’t baked these on a gas oven before! Maybe just reduce the cooking time by a few minutes, or lower the temperature a bit! X
Just made these, smell delicious (I’m diary free as I’m breastfeeding a newborn with a cows milk allergy) so I haven’t tried them. However when I’ve tried to cut them they are just very gooey…🤔 have I cooked them too high or shall I leave out some Rolos next time or more flour?
They’re designed to be gooey! Maybe just bake a couple more minutes next time! x
Can you freeze them?
Yes! Raw or baked.
Recipe looks delicious!!!! I can’t wait to try this!!!! I tried your brownies the other day so if this is anything to go by it’s going to be a winner!!!!
If I wanted to add a biscoff spread In the cookies (around 60g) do I need to add less butter? X
Do you mean as part of the cookie dough? I don’t think that would produce any flavour so I wouldn’t say it’s worth it but you can try!
Made these yesterday, they were absolutely delicious (all gone already). Tried a couple of shops and couldn’t get Rolos so we resorted to getting a bar of dairy milk caramel and using the squares of that instead. It turned out lovely- especially when still warm with a dollop of ice cream!
Hi how many rolos do I add in ??
The amount is listed in the ingredients.
When it comes to the vanilla extract, can I use the vanilla paste instead?
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These are delish! I made them last weekend for my friends and my boyfriend has asked for them again already! I didn’t have any plain granulated sugar so I used golden and it was still lush so I’m sticking with that now. Thanks for the recipe 🙂
These are so yummy and so so addictive! I think I end up making a batch nearly every week for some reason or another (Mostly made up reasons just so I can eat some but hey ho!) They always go down well with whoever ends up eating what I’ve left over 😁
I’ve never heard of ‘corn flour ‘. I’m sure it’s not cornmeal. Can I just use an extra tablespoon of plain flour or is it the same as cornstarch??!
I believe it’s the same as cornstarch. ☺️
In the oven baking now & smell amazing ! Can not wait to try !
Thanks for a really simple recipe ☺️
Hi Jane, I made these and the first time they came out great. However, since then, the cookie mixture has seemed less dry and gloopier resulting in a rock hard tray of cookie bars. What am I doing wrong?
It might be that more of the rolos have broken in the cookie dough, so its baking differently. Carefully mix them in instead, and it should be fine.
Made these for my daughter and son-in-law, received a text saying, what are they called? We’re eating them all! Doesn’t look like they’ll be any left for work tomorrow then ?
Hahaha amazing!! ? Just means another batch is in order! X
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I made these today with my daughter and they turned out perfectly. Thank you.
Awh yay that’s amazing!!
I made these bars today for my 12 year old and he liked them a lot, thank you for sharing! – I like that I have to weight the ingredients, I think it’s more accurate.
Oooh that’s amazing! I’m so glad!
I am about to bake your recipe and soooo excited about it! Thank you for all those marvelous ideas, recipes and the way you blog! Truly inspirational! Even though it’s sometimes though to get certain things here in Germany!(although amazon helps me alot to solve those tiny hiccups:)))) xx
Awh yay! I’m so glad! And yeah, I have readers from all over the world and sometimes I haven’t a clue what the equivalent is! I hope you love them! xx
Just made these to take to work for someone’s birthday! Look/smell amazing. Can’t wait to tuck into them! 😀 x
Ooooh I hope the birthday person enjoys them and everyone else! And you of course! Hehe thank you!! X
Love Rolos!! Sounds delicious 🙂 🙂
Awh thanks Linda!!
Oh my gosh. I hope these taste as good as they look! I can’t wait to try them!
Awh thank you! And I can assure you they do!!
Ooooh Jane you’ve got me nearly dribbling! These I HAVE to try!! Pls keep the amazing recipes coming – don’t know what I’d do without your website – all the recipes I’ve tried of yours are a success and taste beautiful – can’t thank you enough!! xx
Ahh not quite dribbling, I need to try harder!! Hehe but thank you so much!! xx
Dayummmmm that Rolo caramel ooze though. These look so good!
Hahah oh I know, I was so satisfied with the photos of that caramel! Thank you!
Yummy! You gave me the right recipe for the dessert to offer to my friends at our Lady Bunco Night… I’m sure it will be a success! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much!