Milk Dud Nutella Cookies


Soft Nutella cookies with a surprising Milk Dud center!

I have three kids.  That means I’ll have three large bags full of candy on Halloween.  No one needs that much candy.  My booty does NOT need that much candy!!!!

So, here’s the scene when trick or treat ends.  The kids run home, throw off their shoes and dump out their loot.  That’s were civility ends!  We all literally dive upon the sweet treasure, shouting the names of candies we want and elbowing each other out-of-the-way so we can each grab our favorite candies.  The little one is the smartest.  We’ll find her in a corner a few minutes later with wrappers and half eaten pieces of candy all around her.  She will have a line of chocolate spit on her chin because she has so much in her mouth, she can’t even chew!  Her eyes will be rolling in her head because of the rush of sugar that has overcome her.  See, while we were sorting and making deals, she made off with a stash, completely undetected by the rest of us!

We sort by brand and by flavor.  Then count and make trades.  It’s serious business around here.  No one wants to be short a Butterfinger bar!  And really, no one wants to be stuck with all the Mary Janes? Who likes those things anyway?

We each eat at least a dozen pieces of candy.  This is on top of all the candy consumed  earlier while we pranced from house to house in our costumes.   Yes, we are on overload at this point.  And this is where I become Debbie Downer and announce it’s time to decide which half of the candy we’ll be donating.  You can hear crickets chirping as the party comes to a screeching halt.  My family is in total disbelief.  They cannot come to terms with the fact that I will actually make them part with the bounty they worked so hard to get!

Part with it they will!  What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t think of their health and their sweet little teeth?  Ah-hem, you can hear the sarcasm right?  Truth is, it’s all about me.  I can not be trusted with bags full of candy, I just can’t!  I’m so weak.

Usually, the kids tire of the candy after about a week anyway.  So I get creative with the leftovers.   I love cookies with Rolo candies stuffed inside.  You know what makes a pretty darn good substitute?  Milk Duds!  Who knew!  The caramel is soft and chewy.   The chocolate coating melts into the cookie for a more intense chocolate flavor.  Nutella provides all the chocolate flavoring for this cookie while adding a touch of hazelnut.  This is really a dynamic combination.  A perfect use of Milk Duds if you ask me!

So I give you permission to raid the Halloween candy your kids bring home!  Grab all the Milk Dud cartons you can and get to baking these Milk Dud Nutella Cookies!  Your kids will never miss the candy!

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Milk Dud Nutella Cookies
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Nutella cookies stuffed with Milk Dud candies!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 32
  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup Nutella
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 10oz package Milk Duds
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, Nutella, and sugars. Beat until creamy. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter until well combined. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. For each cookie, gather about a tablespoon of dough. Wrap dough around 1 Milk Dud, roll into a ball and roll in granulated sugar before placing on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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38 Responses

  1. Okay, that is pretty much genius. Milk duds and nutella? I’m sold. Now I have to go buy milk duds. :)

      • Chef DayLin

        OMG. Genius!! I changed my batch a bit tho. I put milky ways in them. Still really good!!

      • Chef DayLin

        OMG. Genius!! I changed my batch a bit tho. I put milky ways in them. Still really good!! Loved that recipe!!

        • Milky Ways would be wonderful with all that caramel!! Thank you!

  2. I like cookie recipes that get creative with extra Halloween candy! My daughter loves milk duds so I know she will go crazy for cookies with them inside:-)

    • Me too! I love Milk Duds too! And my kids ate a lot of these!

  3. I kind of forgot about Milk Duds, but this sounds like the perfect use for them. Especially with Christmas baking coming up!

    • Milk Duds tend to be forgotten don’t they? I just love them!

  4. I’ve just seen these cookies in one the parties and had to check these out. I guess I should not be surprise that YOU made them :):)
    We still don’t have kids, but have many nephews and nieces and they all would be thrilled with these cookies.

    • Thanks Winnie!!! I have to say, the adults I served these to were very happy with these!

  5. Ugh, whoever buys those sick Mary Janes has to be a sadist or something–they like inciting torture on people with their crap, teeth-breaking candy. LAME!! I totally would stash all the Butterfingers and licorice.. and the Milk Duds so I could make these cookies!

    • Oh my gosh, Hayley, you crack me up!!! LAME is right!!! I hide all the Butterfingers from my kids!

  6. I MUST have some!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

    • You should have some Christine, tasty!

  7. I want a dozen of these immediately! I LOVE Nutella! Pinning so I can make these next time I have a cookie craving :)

    • Where I can send them! Thanks Nicole!

  8. Sheryl

    Thanks for sharing another yummy recipe at Cast Party Wednesday! ~Sheryl~

    • Thanks Eliza!! Can’t wait to check you out!

  9. I always forget about Milk Duds too. Rarely ever eat them and I don’t think I’ve ever bought them before, but I will to make these cookies. They look and sound delicious!

    • Milk Duds are a forgotten candy arent’ they? These cookies will make your appreciate them!

  10. These look soooo yummy! btw, we call my daughter Lulu, so your blog makes me smile. :)
    We just started back up our link parties and we would love if you came and linked up at The Humble Brag. Each week, one lucky featured blogger will get one free week of advertising, which mean thousands of ad views a day! :) Hope to see you there.

  11. I am laughing remembering all the Halloweens when my kids were small:) What a great idea to make cookies out of the extra candy (did I say extra candy, not in my house, lol). I am pinning this!
    PS I would love to invite you to share this and any of your other favorite posts at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop:) (no rules and it’s live all weekend:)
    So hopping to see you there
    Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks Evelyn! I HaVE to come link up with you!

  12. I was browsing around your blog and found this recipe. I love Nutella. This would be a perfect recipe for my French inspired blog’s recipe link up. I would love you to come link up this and others if you like! ~~Katie

  13. janette

    where can u buy milk duds in canada?

    • I can’t say for sure, but you may have luck with a site like Amazon?


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