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Chocolate And Caramel Rolo Brownies

What’s not to love about chocolate and caramel together? Combine them in some brownies and you’ve got a dessert that is sure to please everyone. Even better? This rolo brownies recipe is super easy to make and oh so delicious. You’ll be glad you tried them!

how to make fudge-y Rolo brownies

Do you love chocolate and caramel as much as I do?

If so, this brownie recipe made with Rolo candy is about to become your new favorite dessert.

It combines the chewy, fudge-y deliciousness of brownies with the gooey goodness of Rolos. What could possibly be better?

Plus it’s super easy to make. And can be done ahead of time.

The perfect dessert recipe for a party, cookout or potluck dinner.

Ingredients

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Rolo brownie ingredients - eggs, Rolos, cocoa powder, brown sugar, butter, flour, vanilla extract, dark chocolate

Here is your shopping list:

  • dairy – 1 stick (½ cup or 4 ounces) salted butter
  • eggs – 3 large eggs
  • chocolate – 4.5 ounces good quality dark chocolate, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1½ cups Rolo chocolates
  • sugar– 1 cup lightly-packed brown sugar
  • flavoring – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Substitutions

  • If using unsalted butter, add ½ teaspoon of salt with the flour and cocoa powder.
  • You can substitute an equal amount of white sugar for the brown sugar, or use a half and half mixture of both. The brownies will be less chewy if white sugar is used.

How to make Rolo Brownies

Overhead picture of Rolo brownies cut into squares

This recipe makes 16 mini-brownies or 9 large-sized ones.

Prep work

Preheat the oven to 320℉.

Line a 9-inch square baking tin with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

I prefer using parchment paper because you can cut the brownies without scratching the bottom of the pan.

Chop the butter into half-inch slices. This will make it melt more evenly.

Melt the chocolate

Chocolate and butter melted in a bowl

To melt on the stove:

  • Place the butter and dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl. 
  • Fill a small saucepan approximately ¼ full with water, and bring to a simmer over a low heat. 
  • Sit the bowl with the chocolate over the saucepan and stir until the butter and chocolate have melted. 
  • Remove from the heat.

To melt in the microwave:

  • Place the butter and dark chocolate in a microwave-able bowl.
  • Microwave on low power for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir.
  • Microwave on low power for another 30 seconds and stir.
  • Repeat this process until the butter and chocolate are completely melted.
  • Do not try to speed up this process but heating on higher power or for longer amounts of time. The chocolate goes from melted to burnt very quickly in the microwave.

Mix the wet ingredients

Melted chocolate, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl.

Pour the melted chocolate mixture in to a mixing bowl.

Add the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.

Mix until well combined.

Stir in the dry ingredients

Flour and cocoa powder added to the melted chocolate in a bowl

Add the flour and cocoa powder to the bowl.

Stir until just combined.

Don’t over-mix to prevent the brownies from turning out tough.

Rolos added to the melted chocolate mixture in a bowl.

Fold in 1 cup of the Rolo chocolates.

Bake the brownies

Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin.

Brownie mixture a 9-inch baking pan with Rolos spread out on top

Top with the remaining ½ cup of Rolo chocolates. 

Bake for 30 minutes. 

Rolo brownies in the square pan after baking

Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the tin before slicing.

Serve

Rolo brownies cut into squares

To serve the brownies, cut around the outside edge of the pan.

Then cut 3 equally-spaced lines in each direction to create 16 mini-brownie squares.

Or if you like bigger brownies, cut 2 equally-spaced lines in each direction to create 9 squares.

Close up of a Rolo brownie square over the rest of the brownies in the background

Storage

Store these brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

These brownies are also suitable for freezing.  Freeze in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 3 months.  Defrost brownies at room temperature before eating.

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