Rolo Chocolate Cookies

Ooh I am so excited to share this recipe with you. I may, have just found the perfect chocolate/caramel cookie! Meet my Rolo Chocolate Cookies.

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies soft and chewy bites of chocolate heaven.

I have been wanting to make these cookies for absolutely ages and finally got round to it yesterday, whilst I was also baking my Chocolate Orange Citrus Bundt Cake.

Using the recipe from my Monster Mini Egg Cookies I jiggled things about a bit – swapping from light brown sugar to dark muscavado sugar and adding some cocoa, amongst other things. The result is, in my humble opinion, the best soft chocolate cookie that I’ve made so far!

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies unbelievably good.

Oh my, these Rolo Chocolate Cookies are the stuff of dreams. Or to put it in the words of our children, like the ones you get at Sainsbury’s!

The difference being that I know exactly what has gone into these cookies and their smell as they are baking. As you may know, I adore the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven, chocolate cookies are right up there with the bread, in terms of deliciously teasing aromas.

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies they really are as good as they look!

As a self proclaimed Cookie Monster, sometimes I want a nice crisp biscuit that I can dunk in my cup of tea like my Lemon Shortbread Cookies and other times I want to bite into a soft, yielding cookie. The type of cookie that goes really well with a glass of ice cold milk – these Rolo Chocolate Cookies are it.

Chewy, ooey and gooey.

Yep I know that sounds like cartoon characters 😉.

If you like chocolate cookies, then you’ll love these Rolo Chocolate Cookies.

Recipe: Make 18-20 Rolo Chocolate Cookies

225g/8oz Soft Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter- at room temperature

1Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – I use Nielsen-Massey if you don’t have any paste you can substitute 2tsp of vanilla extract

1 Large Free Range Egg – plus

1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Pinch of Salt

4-6 packs of Nestle Rolos – depending on how decadent you want your cookies – I’m not going to lie, I went for the full 6 packets!!!

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan, gas mark 3

  • Place the sugar and butter in a large bowl and whisk/beat for 5 minutes until pale and creamy – whisking for 5 minutes here and then after adding the eggs is very important to the finished texture of the cookie.
  • Add the vanilla bean paste and the eggs and continue whisking/beating for a further 5 minutes.
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This is how pale you need the whipped eggs, butter and sugar to be.
  • Next sift the cocoa, flour and bicarb. into the bowl.
  • Add 4 packets of Rolos.
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Everything in the bowl ready to become Rolo Chocolate Cookies!!
  • Using a metal spoon, gently stir all of the ingredients together, trying not to bash the Rolos too much.
  • Line 3 baking trays with baking parchment.
  • Using a medium sized ice cream scoop, scoop mounds of cookie dough onto the baking trays. Leave a decent gap between each mound as these cookies spread.
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Top each mound of cookie dough with an extra Rolo.
  • Bake the cookies in the centre of the oven for exactly 15 minutes.
  • The cookies will still be very soft after the baking time has elapsed.
  • Once baked remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking tray.
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Rolo Chocolate Cookies cooling on the baking parchment lined trays.

Once cooled store the Rolo Chocolate Cookies in an airtight container. Separate each layer with baking parchment. These cookies can get very sticky where the caramel oozes out and like to hang on to each other in the tin.

I tell you this from experience 😉.

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies a delicious combination of chocolate and caramel in a cookie.

If you have any Easter chocolate left, you could break it up and add it to these cookies instead of the Rolos, or melt it and use it in my Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites.

If you had a look of horror on your face when I suggested ‘leftover chocolate’ fear not I happily bought the Rolos for these yummy Rolo Chocolate Cookies!!

In our home we have have an ‘eating chocolate’ stash and a completely separate ‘cooking/blogging chocolate’ stash. Although sometimes the lines are blurred – when the need arises, either way!

Can you keep chocolate in the house without it constantly ‘calling to you’?

If you’ve enjoyed these Rolo Chocolate Cookies here are some other cookie recipes that you may also like:

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

Smartie Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies
Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies a delicious treat.

Chocolate Heart Cookies

MT Chocolate Heart Cookies
Chocolate Heart Cookies made for my family for Valentine’s Day this year.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies if you fancy a change from chocolate?

I love reading your comments so please keep them coming. Also if you are on Twitter or Instagram please pop up a photo of your bakes and kitchen creations and tag me in. I enjoy seeing what you’ve made and will be sure to retweet or give you a shoutout.

Whatever you are making or baking, have fun and remember food always tastes better when it is shared.

Sammie xx

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Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies

Ok, please don’t hate me? I know it’s only October and yes I am posting a recipe for mince pies. Just hear me out for a sec please? These Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies are totally, out of this world amazing and it would be completely unfair for me to have waited any longer to share these with you.

Phew! I said it.

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies can you stop at one? www.feastingisfun.com
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies can you stop at one? www.feastingisfun.com

 

Just look at them. They are so cute and little and perfectly bite size. They’ve even got a dusting of snow.

Tell me you’re not interested now – thought so!!

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies mouthfuls of ultimate deliciousness www.feastingisfun.com
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies mouthfuls of ultimate deliciousness www.feastingisfun.com

 

Who would have thought of putting Cream Cheese in pastry??? Well, actually this recipe is based on a Pampered Chef recipe I jotted down years ago at one of their parties. They (the Pampered Chef’s) are masters of quick, delicious, recipes and whilst their cooking and bakeware may be a little on the pricey side, it lasts forever. This isn’t a sponsored post, I genuinely love their stuff.

Anyway, back to the pastry. I first saw this made and demonstarted at a Pampered Chef Party (if you host one you get great discounts – just saying!). The Cream Cheese Pastry was used to make some mini Pecan Pies and delicious they were too.

Now me being me, I like to fiddle around with recipes. The pastry has a subtle, yet beautiful tang to it and I just knew it would pair beautifully with sweet mincemeat. Thus was born the Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies.

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies so beautiful, easy and delicious www.feastingisfun.com
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies so beautiful, easy and delicious www.feastingisfun.com

 

With recipes I tend to be a bit of a rebel. If someone tells me something isn’t going to work, I want to know why and then try to figure out a way to make it work.

It was heavily stressed, during the cooking demonstration, that this pastry could not be rolled out. Well I just had to take that as a challenge and prove them wrong. And so I did.

The Cream Cheese Pastry is unbelivably soft, which is why it produces such a tender crumb. However, if you chill it for long enough and work quickly and methodically with it, then my lovelies, you sure can roll it out. This little tip transforms a one recipe pastry into a whole new realm of possibilities, includung my Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies!

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Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies perfect for sharing www.feastingisfun.com

 

Having never made anything bigger than a regular sized mince pie, using this pastry, I am doubtful it woud have the strength to hold together for a large tart. But I am willing to be corrected. Indeed I think now I’ve written that, I may have set myself a challenge!!!

Aside from the deliciousness that this pastry brings to the mince pies, it is so easy to make. No mixer, food processor, just a bowl and a fork – really it’s that simple. Here I’ll show you how.

Recipe : Makes 36 mini Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies (approx 18 regular sized ones)

225g/8oz Very Soft Unsalted Butter

200g/7oz Cream Cheese – I used Philadelphia I really do think that it is the best cream cheese to use in this recipe

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

Sweet Mincement

Jam any flavour

Method :

Add the butter and cream cheese to the flour in a large bowl.
Add the butter and cream cheese to the flour in a large bowl.
Using a fork gently mix the 3 ingredients together to form a dough.
Using a fork gently mix the 3 ingredients together to form a dough.
Form the pastry dough into a disc, wrap tightly in cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Form the pastry dough into a disc, wrap tightly in cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.

 

A good tip, as this dough warms up very easily, is to have everything you need to make the pies, ready before you start rolling the dough.

Also preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan.

On a well floured surface, break off 2/3 of the dough and roll out to 1/2cm.
On a well floured surface, break off 2/3 of the dough and roll out to 1/2cm.
Ensure you have plenty of flour, cutters and a palette knife handy.
Ensure you have plenty of flour, cutters and a palette knife handy.

 

Due to the high fat content I never grease my tin. Feel free to do so if you are unsure of it’s non stick ability.

Line your tin with pastry cups.
Line your tin with pastry cups.

 

Gather up the pastry and re-roll if needed to cut all of your pie bases out. Make sure you have plenty of flour on the work top, otherwise this pastry will stick.

If the pastry does start to get too sticky, wrap up in cling film and pop back in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Fill your pastry cups with mincemeat or alternatively jam.
Fill your pastry cups with mincemeat or alternatively jam.

 

Important: do not overfill your pastry cups, you will literally just end up with a heated mess.

I used a scant 1/2 teaspoon of filling in each of my mini pies.

You can see the 2 vertical lines on the left are filled with blackberry jam – youngest daughter not keen on mince pies!

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies - use a cutter that just fits the top of your pies.
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies – use a cutter that just fits the top of your pies.

 

Use the reserved third of pastry for rolling out the lids.

By placing different shaped lids on the pies you can vary the filling and know which pie is which.

I sprinkled a little demerera sugar on the star topped mince pies for sparkle.

Place into a preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until puffed and golden.

Once baked, remove from the oven and immediately remove the pies from the tin and place on a cooling rack. Be careful the filling is extremely hot.

 

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies tempting, tasty, treats www.feastingisfun.com
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies tempting, tasty, treats www.feastingisfun.com

These Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies are delicious warm just as they are, or drizzled with cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream……

They can be kept at room temperature for 3 days in an airtight container, or frozen, once cold for one month. Perfect to make before Christmas and stash in the deep freeze.

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies keep a close eye on these, they always disappear too quickly! www.feastingisfun.com
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies keep a close eye on these, they always disappear too quickly! www.feastingisfun.com

 

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies are a revelation on your taste buds. Not sugar coated, overly sweet, pre-packeged shop bought ones, perfectly balanced homemade delights.

Is it too early for Christmas baking for you?

If you enjoyed this recipe, you’ll love this,

Apple Pie

Sammie x

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