Brown Sugar Sponge Cookie w/ Chocolate Covered Caramels

I don’t know if you guys have caught on but I’m on a never ending diet quest. Of course sometimes I get side tracked from the quest but none the less, always on a mission to diet. Aren’t we all…anyway! I thought it would be a great idea to make a low calorie cookie, the plan was to make a cookie with just 26 calories each! Then I saw Rolos in my cabinet…

These cookies remind me of the cookies everyone makes at Christmas, peanutbutter, rolled in sugar and topped with a Hershey’s Kiss! Well these aren’t rolled in sugar, contain peanut butter or have Hershey’s Kisses in, on top or around them BUT they are delicious and there is a Rolo in the center. (Plus they’re just 53 calories a piece!)

I used a recipe I found over on for Vanilla Cookie Crisps. I must say these don’t really fall into the “crisp” category for me. I found them to be more of a spongy type cookie, which is fine because I like my cookies soft. 🙂 I wonder why the difference, maybe I beat the egg whites for too long? Well whatever the case, the addition of Rolos added just a little something extra that made these lite bites absolutely delicious!

Brown Sugar Sponge Cookie w/ Chocolate Covered Caramels
adapted from


2 large eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/3 cup all purpose flour
24 Rolos (or other chocolate covered caramels)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the baking powder, salt and sugar and continue beating on medium speed until stiff peaks form.

In another bowl combine egg yolks, vanilla and lemon zest, beat with fork until thoroughly mixed. Fold the yolks into the egg white mixture just until combined.

Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold in until the batter is smooth and light. Drop just about 2 teaspoons of batter for each cookie about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Top each off with a Rolo in the center and press down lightly.

Bake for 12 minutes or until golden. Cool on the sheets for 5 minutes then move to racks to cool completely.

Yields 24 cookies.


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11 Responses to “Brown Sugar Sponge Cookie w/ Chocolate Covered Caramels”

  1. September 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    …..then I saw ROLOs in the cabinet! Famous last words! These are amazing cookies and I have to say that the ROLOs – for me – just put these over the top from delicious to “HOLY COW….How many can I stuff in my purse good!”

    • Lacy DeVeney
      September 22, 2011 at 8:54 am #

      lol! i was really ready to go but i’m a sucker for rolos!!

  2. September 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I am totally on the never ending diet that always “starts on Monday”. LOL its so hard! Especially with cookies like these that look like you can eat several in one sitting!

  3. September 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Ooh! These look fab! I used to like Rolos when I did eat candy and such. You’re making me crave for some 🙂

  4. September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Aren’t we all on a never ending diet? I should speak for myself, I know I am! 🙂 These cookies sound amazing but knowing that they are less than 100 calories I would probably eat twice as many, ha! They sound awesome, especially with the Rolos!

  5. September 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    WOW!!! I love Rolo’s, I love cookies, I want to eat these now! They remind me of those ones at Christmas time too!

  6. September 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    These cookies sound wonderful and the rollos are such a great addition!

  7. September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I am so surprised at what little amount of ingredients these have. They do look pretty addictive and would not last long around here. Delicious post!

  8. September 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Yum! Or make that double YUM! These look fabulous!!!!

    • Lacy DeVeney
      September 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Thanks Liz! I love them, I want more than one and I won’t feel bad about eating the 2nd. (or 3rd :))


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