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Caramel Surprise Chocolate Chip Cookies

This has been my go-to cookie recipe for more than twenty years. I love the responses I get from people who try to guess what the surprise center is. I always double, and sometimes triple, this recipe when taking it to potlucks. —Becky McClaflin, Blanchard, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (5 ounces) Milk Duds


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream first four ingredients until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Wrap each around a Milk Dud; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 176 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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