Oatmeal Cookie Rolo Turtles

December 13, 2012 · 14 comments

I decided this morning, after four snooze buttons, exactly what my life is missing.

(And it’s totally not extra time for shopping and wrapping and the like. I could have that…if it wasn’t for the snooze button obsession.)

It’s a book club! A real one…with just enough wine to be social, but not so much that we can’t talk about the book anymore. If we could be intellectual drinkers in this book club…I think that would be a good situation.

Here’s the immediate situation. I really need to discuss parallels between Gone Girl and The Great Gatsby. There’s some Desi/Gatsby similarities there…and until I’ve talked them through, the English teacher/lit nerd in me is just not going to be content.

Also… months ago I heard a news report about Miley Cyrus sending stream of consciousness tweets. (Really…I can’t make this stuff up.) And without a first hour AP Literature class…I just don’t know who to talk about these things with.

This is maybe crazy. But I think a plate of cookies and a bottle of wine would make it less so.


If you’re not going nuts over this Desi/Gatsby thing yet, I think we ought to just talk cookies.

I like starting oatmeal cookies with two sticks of butter in a saucepot to brown. It feels like nothing can go wrong. (Because it totally can’t.)

These particular brown butter oatmeal cookies are studded with chocolate chips and pecans. We could leave well enough alone here…but that’s only sort of fun.

Instead, about two minutes before their baking time is up, these cookies are removed from the oven, and a Rolo candy is placed in the center of each. They finish baking, and the Rolo has just enough time to soften, without melting all over the place. Then! A pecan half is pressed in the center of each chocolate.

This is basically what happens when you make these rolo pretzel turtles, but atop cookies instead of pretzels. This means, if you’d rather have a holiday pop of red or green, they could be topped with m&m’s instead of pecans. I just like pecans too much to make the swap.

I also like red wine…because it feels like the sort you’d drink when it’s time to be sophisticated and discuss literature. Which it’s time to do already.

And, go.

Oatmeal Cookie Rolo Turtles
cookie recipe adapted from Quaker

1 cup (2 sticks butter), browned
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 bag rolo candies (there should be about 4 dozen in the bag)
48 pecan halves
sea salt

Brown butter in a small saucepan, and set aside to cool. Add sugars, and mix with a wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. (Be careful that the butter has cooled before adding the eggs, or they will begin to scramble.) Stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and oats) and stir to incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheet, and bake 7 minutes in a preheated 350° oven. Remove from oven, and press a Rolo candy into the center of each cookie. Return to the oven for an additional 2 minutes. Immediately upon removing from oven the second time, press a pecan half into the center of each Rolo, and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

these cookies look amazing…and i can’t wait to read gone girl– i’ll read it, and then we’ll talk!


Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! December 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

What a wonderful idea – to make turtle cookies! Such a decadent treat!


Simply Life December 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

you should definitely start a book club! it’s now one of my favorite nights of the month! :)


Dad December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

I love you but lose the Pecans with my batch!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

Aaah I was just wondering yesterday what I can make with Rolos!! These cookies sound insanely good. Oh and I would totally like to be part of your book club :)


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

Mmm, brown butter in oatmeal cookies! I would have major self-control issues with these!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’ve heard of Gone Girl…but never read it. I think I need to. And OHMIGODYOUAREAGENIUS. This is amazing!!!!


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 15, 2012 at 1:47 am

All you have to say is ‘turtle’ and I am there! I’ll take at least 10, please!


Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian December 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The rolo and pecan take this cookie over the top!!


honeywhatscooking December 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

oh wow, these look so good, moist and delicious. Never baked with Rolos before.


Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips December 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

holy moly those look incredible!! And I’ve been hearing really great things about Gone Girl- can’t wait to read it!


Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

I pretty much love anything that involved rolos..so this is a win!

PS – I read Gone Girl and The Great Gatsby in the same week…I thought it was just my mind playing tricks on me but looks like I wasn’t the only one who noticed some similarities ;)


Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

You. Are. Brilliant. Oatmeal cookies are my faveeee, and then you get all feisty and add pecans and rolos and all this yumminess to them and holy cow, I want every single damn cookie in my mouthhole at once. Also, I need to get on it and read Gone Girl–I hear it’s fantastic, and I loved the Great Gatsby, soooo duh.


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