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Chocolaty Caramel Cookies Recipe

Chocolaty Caramel Cookies Recipe

Convenient cake mix and chocolate-covered caramels make these popular cookies very quick to prepare, yet they taste so good when served fresh from the oven. People are surprised to bite into this crisp cookie and find a gooey caramel center. —Melanie Steele, Plano, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:32 servings


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 32 Rolo candies
  • Chopped hazelnuts


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat together eggs and oil; gradually beat in cake mix. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Press a candy into each; reshape balls. Dip tops in hazelnuts.
  • 2. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until tops are cracked, 8-10 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 110 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 254978
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"I'd made these cookies and just omitted the chopped hazelnuts on top! I'd made about 32 cookies-I greased baking sheets! I've found that the cookies are easier for me to remove from the baking sheets when the sheets have been greased! I took these cookies to our congregational picnic and they were very much enjoyed! delowenstein"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 245216
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"**Important Note** This recipe was published in 2003, cake mixers are now no longer as large. Only 1/3 cup of oil is needed using today's smaller cake mixes. This simple modification will result in the perfect chocolaty carmel delight. The easiest way to quickly insert candy- use one inch cookie scoop, before plopping out push candy inside scoop of dough. Excess will push out. Then push excess over bottom of candy. Then release dough onto cookie sheet! As a volunteer field editor with Taste of Home magazine I love cookie recipes that have a delightful surprise inside!"

kelkel_7 User ID: 2749218 215497
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I made these for a cookie exchange, and I kept getting texts that they were delicious. I don't eat cookies (why did I go to an exchange, life's a mystery), but I tasted this one and it was good. The kids loved finding the rolo, but I didn't get anywhere near 42 servings!! I got maybe 20. Oh ya I drizzled them with chocolate ganache."

rodricat User ID: 3743046 58109
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"I found a similar recipe in the S/D subscription with the following changes: 1 egg, 1/4 C water, 3 T canola oil. These changes could make the mix less sticky. I have yet to try them, but added them to my recipe box for the future."

our family User ID: 3275124 94851
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"My grandsons love these cookies. I have made them twice and have found that using Devil's Food cake mix without pudding makes rolling the dough into balls much easier. Using Devil's Food cake mix with pudding, the dough sticks to your hand unless you damped your hands with water. Bottom line--use a cake mix without pudding.


katcull86 User ID: 6506887 55050
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"Some changes for less sticky dough. Used 1/4 cup water, 3 tablespoons of oil, and only 1 egg. Work dough well. Spraying Pam on hands also helps."

katcull86 User ID: 6506887 57124
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"Love this recipe...have made it a bunch of times. However, made some changes because the original version's dough does come out way too sticky. I use only 1 egg and 3 tablespoons of canola oil. Dough needs to be worked well but much easier to work with. Spraying Pam on your hands helps too. Makes 3 dozen cookies."

Marie P. User ID: 3461986 44711
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"<p>After reading the comments here, we have retested this recipe and made some modifications. We took out the water and increased the eggs to two and the oil to 1/2 cup. These changes resulted in much less sticky dough. This recipe here has been corrected. We apologize for any inconvenience. Taste of Home Test kitchen.</p>"

slmacbeth User ID: 596276 69994
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"The flavor was very good, but I found the dough much too sticky to form. I added quite a bit of flour to make it workable. They taste good, but I don't think this recipe is workable as written."

undraftedpacker User ID: 4934773 64402
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"It was good, every one is right the dough is sticky. The recipie also does not make even close to 3 dozen cookies."

Kathilee5 User ID: 4269313 55457
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"A sticky dough-ball mess, it's all in the trash can now."

asabot User ID: 620927 129070
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"Forgot to mention...I omitted the hazelnuts."

asabot User ID: 620927 129063
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"These cookies are delicious! It took awhile to get the dough all mixed together, but I didn't have any trouble with it being too sticky once it was mixed. I also didn't have any trouble with the stayed contained within the cookie."

Gwinevere User ID: 2694122 64387
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"My hubby and I thought these cookies were good, but not fantastic. Our kids, on the other hand, LOVED them. As the recipe states, the dough is sticky - TOO sticky. I had difficulty even forming them into balls at first. Finally, I coated my hands with some powdered sugar before rolling each one and that did the trick."

lor1s User ID: 2985155 94848
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I've made these cookies every Christmas since they came out in the magazine and never had a speck of trouble making them. They're a hit everywhere I bring them."

bakersdozen13 User ID: 3909553 57055
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"As the editor's note states, the dough is very sticky (not roll-able). I used a cookie scoop and that cut down on some of the mess, but when they baked, the caramels stuck to the cookie sheet and now I have another mess to clean up. I like "fussy" recipes, but I'm not sure these are worth it."

tawbaby User ID: 1132031 140328
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"Everyone loved these. What a great cookie!!"

Erin40 User ID: 1308102 140327
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"This is truely a yummy cookie"

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