Normally, I am not a chocolate cookie sort of gal but this recipe intriqued me many years ago and after making the cookies, I was sold and have been baking them ever since!
The recipe is from a cookbook entitled Best-Of-Friends, Festive Occasions by Darlene Glantz Skees. I am the proud owner of three cookbooks by Darlene and I use them fairly often.
As you can see, there is a Rolo surprise in the middle...you could easily refer to these as Turtle Cookies!
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
9 oz. package Rolo candies
2 tablespoons sugar
4 oz. candy coating
In a small bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Add flour mixture (flour, cocoa, baking soda) and blend well. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
With floured hands, shape about 1 tablespoon dough around one Rolo, covering completely.
In small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup pecans and 2 tablespoon sugar. Press one side of each ball into pecan mixture. Place nut side up, 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets (I generally use parchment paper).
Bake at 375 degrees for 7 - 8 minutes, or until set and slightly cracked. Cool about 2 minutes, remove from cookie sheets, cool completely on wire rack.
Melt candy coating or white chocolate chips over low heat stirring until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the cooled cookies.
Incidently, you will probably have a few Rolo's left over so you can sneak a treat while the cookies are in the oven.