Minnesota ‘Chewy Surprise’ Cookies

June 28, 2011

Chewy Surprise Cookies

Chewy Surprise Cookies represent the hearts of gold that are inside the people of Minnesota.  The cookies have a surprise center that melts in your mouth, just like the generosity of the Minnesotans that will bless your soul.

Best when warm, they are highly addicting – and caution should be taken when eating these cookies.  Just one quickly turns into five or six cookies.  Just as when a Minnesota Neighbor comes to visit.  Caution must be taken, or a friendly chat might just turn into dinner and drinks.  (Which, in my mind – is a great thing!)


Chewy Surprise Cookies (Makes apx 96 cookies)
1 1/2 C. Butter Flavored Shortening
1 1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1 1/2 C. Sugar + 1/2 C. Sugar for rolling
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
4 Eggs
3 3/4 C. All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. Salt
10 oz (two boxes) Milk DudsDirections:
In mixing bowl – Cream shortening, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar together.  Add eggs, one at a time – beating well after each addition.
Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt) and slowly add to wet mixture.
Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Shape dough around each milk dud into ball.  Roll in Sugar.  Lay evenly spaced on cookie tray.
Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Not to mention that they are one of my very favorite cookies to bake – and eat… All in one night.  I’d almost call them a mix between a peanut butter and sugar cookie, with the softness and sweetness of a sugar cookie – and the peanut-buttery flavor, that goes oh-so-perfectly with the Milk Dud Chocolate and caramel.


DSC08591While the recipe calls for 10 oz. of Milk Duds.. I often find myself buying several smaller ‘theater’ size boxes of Milk Duds when preparing this recipe.  My husband and children and… *ahem*myself*ahem*.. often are munching on the milk duds – and we quickly…  run out.  So.  If you have sneaky hands that like to ‘taste the batter’ – do yourself a favor and buy extra candies.


I was given this Better Homes and Garden pan to try out with the cookie contest.  I like that the pan is light weight – and I love the rubber ends. I was able to move the pan without hot-pads, because the rubber is on both top and bottom of the pan.  The cookies came off the pan without any trouble (which is a huge feat considering I was working with caramel) and I never had to use a spatula.  I felt like I was able to clean the pan with my fingers wiping away and flakes – and didn’t have to fight the pan to get it cleaned! Very nice.


  1. They sound yummy!

  2. manish2010 says:

    Awww my goodness they were looking so tempting and yummy,i am a sweet tooth and i love to make sweet dishes at my kitchen,and cookies are my favorite.Thank you for adding “Chewy Surprise Cookies” to my recipe diary.I have note down the recipe of Chewy Surprise Cookies,it looks so easy to prepare and less time taking also.I know that “Minnesotans” have a golden hearts,that is why i am sure that these cookies are on the top of the world.

  3. My fav part was when you said that you cannot stop with one, just like when friends come over and stay longer. SOOO awesome!! Great post and now I cannot wait to try these cookies!

  4. Oooh, these look super-good!

  5. Hey there! This cookie looks fabulous! I just found your blog via SU and have become your newest follower. Nice to meet ya!!! 😉

  6. These look wonderful! I’m so glad our state is so ‘tastefully’ represented! Going back to vote now!!

  7. yuuuummmmmyyyyyyyyyyy.

    lovley texture of cookie….:)

  8. Yumm… Did you move up in the contest? I could try these but I *know* I would get into the candies and too many cookies. I mess up my diet enough with out asking for help lol
    Gladys P

  9. These look wonderful! I love both peanutbutter and sugar cookies so I am sure I would love these!

  10. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I need to try and make these up when we do all our cookies at Christmas time. I have made a cookie before with rolos but this sounds terrific

  11. oh wow these look just so delcious . I never would have thought of using Milk Duds in the middle of them. These my grandson could help me roll the dough around the Milk Duds ( as long as he dont eat them all before then) This is one for my recipe file. thanks so much for the recipe.

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  15. shelly peterson says:

    oh yum! these look so delicious. We love milk duds, so having them inside a cookie is a double treat.

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