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Desserts for the Deserving: Milk Dud Studded Cookies

Jen said it best: Baking for others is a lot more fun and rewarding than just baking for the sake of it.

Not long ago, Amanda from I am Baker put out the call for folks that might need a pick-me-up. A little surprise to let them know how much they’re loved. She dubbed it Desserts for the Deserving.

There’s no way I could miss out on being a part of such a cause. Food is love, people. Baking is love. Cookies are love.

I signed up as quickly as I could to volunteer, making it just under the wire for the cap-off. And then started thinking about what I might make for Joel and Freda, my recipients.



Joel and Freda became surrogate parents for Stephanie, and grandparents to her kids, when Stephanie’s own mother passed away. I know if I were in Stephanie’s position, I’d want to find ways to thank them too.

In the days running up to my assignment, Jen mentioned on twitter something about cookies with Milk Duds. One quick trip to the The Dollar Tree later, I was in possession of more chocolate covered duds than should be legally allowed, and we were on our way to cookies for Freda and Joel.

I used my old standby recipe, based off Jamie’s Rolo Stuffed Cookie recipe. I didn’t stuff these cookies, but I maintain that the cookie base from that recipe is absolute cookie dough perfection.

Using a mixture of Milk Duds and chocolate chips resulted in a decadent cookie that I hope oozed with love as much as it did caramel goodness.

After I started to bake these off, a few of them started to do a little sliding action as the caramel from the Milk Duds melted. If I had it to do over again, I would freeze the boxes of Milk Duds first to circumvent that.

Jen will tell you Milk Duds also work fabulously as a cookie stuffer. I beg of you to go check out the by-product of our post-melty Milk Dud conversation. Jen is pretty much a cookie genius.

Bake these Milk Dud Studded Cookies for someone you love. Someone that needs a pick-me-up. And especially for someone that needs to know they matter.

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Thursday 26th of July 2012

I heart milkduds! Caramel and chocolate might be my favorite combination...these cookies look great!

Amber

Friday 27th of July 2012

Thank you so much for stopping by! I was a little off-put by the sliding milk duds as they popped open and melted, but they tasted SO good. That's why I recommend freezing the milk duds. I'm hoping they won't do that if you start from frozen.

Tracy

Wednesday 25th of July 2012

These are beautiful! And I agree, cookies are love. So wonderful that you participated in Amanda's call for baking action...I'll have to keep my eyes open for the next time she does it, and in the meantime, bake a few cookies for someone I know could use them. :-)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Friday 20th of July 2012

Yum... These look very tasty! I'm sure your recipients were thrilled to receive some of that Milk Dud goodness... :) We should chat about cookies more often, I think. We seem to come up with some tasty creations that way!

Delishhh

Friday 20th of July 2012

Milk Duds are some of my favorite candy, what a great idea to make cookies out of it! LOVE IT!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Thursday 19th of July 2012

These sound fabulous! Yum!