Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies

A few years ago, I found a recipe for chewy peanut butter cookies stuffed with Milk Duds… They were in one of those Christmas cookie magazines at the grocery store checkout line. I made them right away, and they quickly became one of my favorites.

Since then, I’ve been making lots of different Milk Dud stuffed cookie varieties (including these Caramel Nutella Crisps!).  Most recently, I decided to try making some caramel stuffed sugar cookies with my Milk Dud formula, and they turned out perfectly.  In fact, as much as I love my peanut butter and Nutella, I think they may be my favorite version of the cookie so far!

For the sugar cookies, I decided to make the chewy sugar cookies from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion (which happens to be one of my favorite cookbooks).  They are just the right combination of soft and chewy with great flavor! I followed the recipe pretty closely, but I did use dark brown sugar in the cookie dough and rolled the cookies in raw sugar to compliment the caramel in the cookies.

If you’re a fan of chewy cookies and caramel, you must give these cookies a try. They are quickly climbing to the top of my favorite cookies list. I will surely be making them again soon!

Chewy Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies
(Makes 3 dozen, adapted from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion)

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 box Milk Duds
  • 1/2 cup coarse raw sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon liner.

Combine the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated and the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.

Gradually, add the flour to the creamed mixture, stirring just enough to incorporate the flour. Shape rounded tablespoons of dough into a ball, pressing a Milk Dud into the center of each ball. (Be sure to cover the Milk Dud completely with the sugar dough.)

Roll the ball in the raw sugar and place it on the prepared baking sheets.  Be sure to space the cookies 2 – 3 inches apart.

Bake the cookies for 10 – 11 miutes, until they are just golden on top. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely.

Please Note – The links to the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion provided in this post are Amazon affiliate links.

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48 Responses to Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies
  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    May 17, 2011 | 7:13 am

    Oh wow, these sound amazing! I do love chewy cookies and caramel so no doubt I’d love these.

  2. Maria
    May 17, 2011 | 8:41 am

    I can’t wait to try these cookies! Yum!

  3. Michelle
    May 17, 2011 | 9:15 am

    This is a brilliant idea! I am going to have to try these, starting with peanut butter dough then sugar cookies…. oh gezz!

  4. JenniferA
    May 17, 2011 | 9:22 am

    Oh I love it! And I had to laugh reading this when I saw your picture of your hand with the dough and the milk dud in it – I had practically the same picture last week with the mini peanut butter cup stuffed peanut butter cookies I posted last week!

  5. Paula
    May 17, 2011 | 9:49 am

    Great cookie! Love that little surprise in the centre!

  6. Tracy
    May 17, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I will be trying these for sure…I already have a bag of caramels in the pantry. Yum!

  7. kamran siddiqi
    May 17, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    This is pure evil. Evil, I say!! Oh how I need one of these! Gorgeous photos, by the way! :)

  8. Ken⏐hungry rabbit
    May 17, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    This is all so perfectly bad that I love you for it. The photos seriously make me salivate.

  9. Tracey
    May 17, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    These sound phenomenal Jen! I love simple sugar cookies but never think to make them. Your variation definitely has me inspired to get in the kitchen!

  10. Lauren
    May 17, 2011 | 2:45 pm

    Oh……..goodness…..LOVE, Love, love this idea. Caramel in a cookie??? heaven.

  11. Mike
    May 17, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    When I saw the picture on Foodgawker, I was like, I need to see the picture of them cut in half. Oh gosh, caramel stuffed sugar cookies. Too good.

  12. Nelly Rodriguez
    May 17, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    I love things with secret treats in them!

  13. kristy
    May 17, 2011 | 7:23 pm

    Sunc terrrific cookies. Have to bookmark this. Thanks again for sharing it.
    Blessings, Kristy

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    May 17, 2011 | 7:34 pm

    I can’t resist caramel in any form, especially not when it’s hidden in a cookie!

  15. Prerna@IndianSimmer
    May 17, 2011 | 8:41 pm

    As Kamran said this is pure evil! I’m starting a new list of MUST MUST try recipes today and its all because of u :-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Joyti
    May 17, 2011 | 9:25 pm

    Those look so perfectly delicious. What a great idea!

  17. Tessa
    May 17, 2011 | 10:40 pm

    I am a firm believer that caramel makes anything better. These sound right up my alley!

  18. stacey lindsay
    May 18, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    Try using Snickers in tollhouse cookie dough or peanut butter cookie dough…another fantastic candy in a cookie! A great way to use up all that Halloween candy!

  19. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    June 1, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Pretty much my idea of heaven – with a little caramel-y surprise inside!

  20. chef Imam
    June 5, 2011 | 3:21 am

    very good

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  22. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    November 2, 2011 | 8:18 am

    I blogged about this cookie today. So good! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Katrina
    December 9, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    These will be my second baking adventure to be had!

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    December 18, 2011 | 7:01 am

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  25. Teresa
    December 18, 2011 | 10:18 pm

    Wow …. these are awesome …. thanks for sharing your great cookies. These will be something I make every Christmas.

    Thanks again & Have a Blessed Christmas!


  26. Traci
    December 22, 2011 | 9:53 pm

    Heaven in cookie form. Mmmm…

  27. Lauren
    January 3, 2012 | 7:11 pm

    Soft and warm cookies with a caramel center? I’m craving these right now! Mmmm…

  28. bridget {bake at 350}
    April 24, 2012 | 7:18 pm

    Oh, I KNOW these are incredible! I want to make them and sneak them into a movie instead of eating plain Milk Duds!

  29. Jenni
    April 24, 2012 | 7:29 pm

    I am a Huge Fan of the Milk Dud. It is one of my favorites, and I mix them with my popcorn when I go to the movies! Wrapping any kind of cookie around them seems like a Very Good Idea, indeed! Yum!

  30. Elena@La Petite Vie
    April 24, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    Wow, these sound amazing! Love anything with caramel, so excited to try these! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  31. DessertForTwo
    May 7, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    How simple & perfect. Just like your photo. I’m in love!

  32. Basic Meatloaf Recipe
    May 15, 2012 | 1:01 am

    I always love to eat sugar cookie & this one looking so yummy! Thanks Jen for sharing the recipe. I will try this next weekend :)

  33. Baking Serendipity
    May 20, 2012 | 11:02 pm

    I love sugar cookie adaptations and this one is too good! Such a perfect use for Milk Duds :)

  34. Lori @ RecipeGirl
    May 21, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Yummy! I was racking my brain last night trying to think of something fun to stuff inside of Snickerdoodles… I might have come up with something! I love caramel in a big way, so these are perfect for me.

  35. Baker Street
    May 22, 2012 | 1:59 am

    What a fabulous idea! I love the idea of a caramel surprise in my sugar cookies. :)

  36. Mary
    July 4, 2012 | 9:06 am

    What a treat. These are novel and delicious and happen to be the type of cookie I know my family would love. Have a great holiday. Blessings…Mary

  37. Awkward Kitchenette
    July 5, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Oh, fabulous! I love cookies and caramels, definitely putting this on my list!

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  39. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen
    July 26, 2012 | 7:44 am

    Milk duds in the middle? Genius! :)

  40. marla
    July 28, 2012 | 8:26 am

    LOVE that stack of sweet cookies :)

  41. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    July 30, 2012 | 6:10 am

    I admit I thought I had seen my fill of putting candy inside of cookies; most of it just looks overdone and over the top. But this makes sense…a lighter cookie with caramel and chocolate inside? YES!

  42. chewoutloud
    August 24, 2012 | 1:36 am

    Oh, wow, these look and sound super good. Bad yet so good! Dare I make these?!

  43. Melanie @ MJ
    September 13, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    I saw somewhere that you live near Hershey. Just wanted to say Hi! I use to live in Palmyra, but I moved to Harrisburg last year. Always nice to find bloggers from the same area. :)

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  45. Angie
    September 20, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Congrats on the upcoming new baby! These cookies look too good!

  46. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    September 20, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    These look amazing! I haven’t had Milkduds in far too long, I never though of putting them in a cookie!

  47. tom@morethanpepper
    September 20, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    no pun intended but sweet inside of sweet thats about as sweet as it gets!

  48. Cooking on a Dime
    September 21, 2012 | 11:45 pm

    I think I could live on these! Sugar cookies and caramel are a perfect combination.

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