A mud cookie looks like a real cookie if you forget the fact that it is literally made of mud. It is a grim reminder of how desperate some people can get in the face of hunger. These cookies are made of dirt, oil, salt and occasionally sugar, and have almost no nutritional value. People who eat them want to believe that mud cookies are a source of minerals which is good for their children and pregnant women.
Mud cookies are an indictment of a modern world where despite all the progress of the 21st century there are still people who are reduced to eating dirt. According to World Hunger Statistics almost 800 million people in the world are food insecure and more than 3 million children under the age of five die of poor nutrition every year. A mud cookie is a wake-up call to hear their desperate cry for help.