The first bite into one of these cookies involves chocolate, white and dark, crunchy pecans, followed by a creamy caramel filling-utopia in your mouth! You can't eat just one (or at least I can't). When I lived in Michign, this was one of the several kinds I made at Christmas time to give as gifts to all our friends and relatives. The center is a Rolo candy, so as you unwrap them to prepare to use them in the cookies, try to save a few for the cookies...
Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 - 1 cup cocoa, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 cup butter, softened, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 2 eggs, 1 cup chopped pecans 48 Rolo Caramels, unwrapped (9 oz pkg-larger, if you want to eat some), 1 T. sugar, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, 1-2 teaspoons shortening.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Sift flour, cocoa and baking soda over bowl of wet ingredients and thoroughly combine. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
In small bowl, combine other 1/2 cup chopped pecans with 1 tablespoon sugar (I use raw sugar); set aside.
With floured fingers, shape 1 tablespoon dough around one Rolo and roll into a ball. Dip one side of ball into bowl of sugar & pecans pressing lightly, then place on ungreased baking sheet, nuts side up, about 2 inches apart.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 7-8 minutes. Cookies should be slightly cracked and still soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet until they retain their shape when removed, about 5 minutes. While cookies are cooling, prepare drizzle as follows: Melt vanilla chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl on High about a minute. Stir until chips are completely melted (return to microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds, if necessary). Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over each cookie and allow to harden.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.