Monday, April 30, 2012

Mo's ROLO-ver and Die Good Brownies

This weekend my friend, Mo, and her hubby welcomed a new baby boy into their family. In honor of their little bundle of joy, I'm re-posting a recipe Mo shared with us back in the fall: her absolutely fabulous ROLO-ver and Die Good Brownies.

When Mo originally shared this dessert, she suggested using up leftover Halloween candy. By this point, all of your Halloween candy is probably long gone, but you may have a few Easter treats languishing in your basket. These brownies are the perfect way to use up whatever goodies you may have left.

Congratulations, Mo!

ROLO-ver and Die Good Brownies
(adapted from

Yield: 24 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped Rolo candy

1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping (If you use caramel sauce, microwave it for approximately 30 seconds to make the sauce more pourable).
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Place butter in medium saucepan on the stove. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; stir until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir until combined. Stir in chopped Rolo candy. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Drizzle caramel evenly over the brownies. Using a toothpick, swirl caramel into brownies. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool brownies completely in pan on a wire rack. Once cool, cut into squares and serve.

First, I found that measuring all of my ingredients and laying them out on the counter before I started cooking was important. Since you have to keep stirring the warm saucepan of sugar and butter, it makes stopping to measure difficult.

I made this recipe once where I chopped the candy pretty small, and it made for a slightly less satisfying find inside the brownie. So this time I only really chopped them in quarters so the Rolo candy packs a bigger punch in each bite.

Next, I melted the butter on the stovetop, then with a wooden spoon stirred in the sugar and vanilla.

I cracked each egg and beat it in, until completely incorporated. After that, add cocoa powder. Incorporating this takes more time than I expected, but be patient.

Then, stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the candy.

Pour into prepared glass pan. Drizzle caramel syrup onto batter. Then, with a toothpick swirl the caramel.

Wait. Inhale. Wait. Drool.

When completely cool, cut into pieces.

Eat one. Then sneak back and have another. After three you will probably roll over and die!

Adaptation: I’m pretty convinced brownies and candy are natural friends. Therefore I have used other candy bars and think you can do it, too. Try Milky Ways, Snickers, Peanut Butter Cups. And if you want, substitute peanut butter for caramel. (Microwave 1/3 cup for about 30 sec so it’s more pourable).


  1. Mmmm, these look worthy of their name :) What a treat!

  2. This title made me smile!!! And these brownies made me hungry!

  3. I don't understand one of the ingredients... leftover candy? What on earth is leftover candy. ;-D Just kidding - I *love* Rolos (which is... uh... why I never have leftovers) so I will definitely make these brownies! Congrats to Mo!

  4. These look absolutely incredible!! Talk about chocolatey caramel heaven!

  5. Wow! These brownies look awesome. Rolos are amazing, so I def need to try these.

  6. What do you know, Rolos, we use these every year at our holiday party and I'm looking at them for this forthcoming Saturday Sacrament, too.