These gooey Rolo brownies are so decadent and easy to make! The melted chocolate caramel candy in the centers of these brownies makes this an extra rich and delicious recipe. You can even choose to finish off with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce or melted chocolate.
To be quite honest, I'm not sure how I never thought of this before. We've got rich and chocolatey brownies here, but we are taking them up a notch by stuffing them with Rolos.
Because who doesn't love that caramel chocolate goodness? The candy melts as the Rolo brownies bake, leaving you with a deliciously gooey center.
They're incredibly rich, so you can slice them up into smaller pieces. I'm willing to bet these aren't going to last long, because everyone will be coming back for seconds!
Why You'll Love These Rolo Brownies
- This recipe takes your standard brownies and elevates them with that melty, gooey chocolate caramel center.
- This is a one bowl recipe. It's super easy and you won't even need an electric mixer.
- If you are a fan of rich desserts, then this is definitely the one for you.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Chocolate chips: We're melting the chips with the butter in this recipe. Any chocolate chips will do, but I prefer to use semisweet.
- Brown sugar: I recommend using light brown sugar in this recipe, but dark brown will work fine in a pinch.
- Egg replacer: Regular readers know I swear by Bob's Red Mill egg replacer. If you are not looking to make these brownies without eggs, feel free to just use 2 eggs instead.
- Gluten free flour: My favorite flour to use is Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1. And because this is a cup for cup flour, you should be able to substitute AP flour if you are not looking to make gluten free brownies.
- Cocoa powder: Make sure you're using natural unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Rolo candy: While we are calling these Rolo brownies, technically you should be able to use any caramel-filled chocolate. Cadbury Caramello bars would work well here (I have tested this myself and loved it!).
Are Rolos Gluten Free?
Yes, Rolo caramels do not contain wheat or any other gluten ingredients. This is confirmed by Hershey's on their website.
STEP ONE: In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the butter until it's completely smooth and creamy. I recommend working in 30 second intervals.
STEP TWO: Add in both sugars, the egg replacer, and vanilla and stir to combine.
STEP THREE: Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine until you don't see any traces of dry ingredients.
STEP FOUR: Transfer half of the batter to a lined baking pan.
STEP FIVE: Sprinkle chopped Rolos evenly on top of the brownie batter.
STEP SIX: Top with the remaining batter, using a rubber spatula to smooth it out into an even layer. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Cool completely before even attempting to remove from the pan!
- My top tip when it comes to baking, and gluten free baking especially, is to use a scale to weigh your flour. This is the best way to ensure accuracy. You don't want to inadvertently add too much flour to your batter, as that will really impact the texture of the brownies.
- Keep a close eye on the melted butter and chocolate. If you work in 30 second intervals, stopping to stir after each one, you'll be less likely to burn it.
- And speaking of keeping a close eye on things, you really will want to do the same when baking the brownies. While the suggested bake time is 45-55 minutes, all ovens are different. It can be easy to over-bake. A toothpick inserted into the center should have moist crumbs on it. If it looks like it's just pure batter, then you need to leave them in for another few minutes.
- The brownies will continue to cook and set up in the warm pan, so I err on the side of under-baking.
- Because these are SO fudgy, it's important to allow them to cool completely before attempting to remove and slice them. Trust me on this one! They will fall apart on you if they are even a little bit warm. You can chill in the refrigerator for a bit to speed this up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately not. Rolos are not dairy free so, unless you substitute with dairy free chocolate caramel candy (and swap out the butter for non-dairy butter), these cannot be made dairy free.
You can store these brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Gooey Rolo Brownies From Scratch
- 1 cup (170g) semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (100g) light brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer mixed with 4 tbsp water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (148g) gluten free flour blend
- ½ cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups Rolos chopped
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the butter, working in 30-second intervals and stirring after each interval until smooth. Stir in both sugars, the prepared egg replacer, and vanilla extract.1 cup (170g) semisweet chocolate chips, ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar, ½ cup (100g) light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda and stir until combined.1 cup (148g) gluten free flour blend, ½ cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Transfer half of the brownie batter to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chopped Rolos on top, then finish with the remaining batter, using a rubber spatula to spread into an even layer. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.1 ½ cups Rolos
- Allow brownies to cool in the pan completely before removing and slicing.
Be sure to follow the instructions on the package of Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer. Once mixed with water, the egg replacer must sit for just a few minutes to thicken.
If you are not looking to replace eggs, you should be able to use 2 eggs instead of the egg replacer.
- You can use any chocolate-covered caramel candy you like. Cadbury Caramello candy works well here, too.
- It's important to allow the brownies to cool completely and allow them to chill for a bit before slicing. This ensures that the brownies set up properly, as they are extra gooey and fudgy.
- Optional: after cooling, chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour to ensure they have fully set up.