Chewy Surprise Cookies Recipe
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Chewy Surprise Cookies Recipe

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"With four daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, I've baked lots of cookies," notes Lavon Timken of Cimmaron, Kansas. "This recipe is one of my favorites."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter-flavored shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (10 ounces) Milk Duds

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 230 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter, 1-1/2 cups sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Shape 4 teaspoons of dough around each Milk Dud so it is completely covered. Roll balls in remaining sugar.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 8 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Chewy Surprise Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2000, p65

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"More people need to try this you won't be disappointed, and it's an easy recipe. The cookies are Great, but the Milk Dud is not! They get hard as a rock after the cookie cools. I followed the advice of another reviewer and used 1/2 of a bite size Snickers in each ball of cookie dough. It's truly perfection. This is the 4th Christmas I'll be making these, and it's practically a tradition now. Great recipe using Snickers <3 I use butter instead of shortening and I roll them in the coarse organic sugar. They are perfect, beautiful, and scrumptious!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"Absolutely delicious. We love these and devoured them all too quickly. I was asked for the recipe by everyone who tried them-and there's no eating just one of these. They are that good!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"I am not sure why my stars didn't show up the first time, but they are 5 star cookies!!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012


Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Awesomely addicting! These were a big hit!"

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