Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!

Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!

Meet my new favorite Christmas cookie. There’s sugar, there’s candy canes, there’s Hershey Kisses, there’s sprinkles (!!). Surely you’re not surprised by my new favorite cookie to make around the holidays, right? Just look how festive they are.

But that’s not all. I’m not only sharing one Christmas cookie recipe with you today. I’m sharing two. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies in both sugar/vanilla cookie AND chocolate cookie.

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la. ♫

Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!

I went to Target this past weekend and, as per the usual, I headed straight for the candy aisle. I picked up a giant bag of Candy Cane Hershey Kisses and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Cookies! Cue fight inside Sally’s head… 

Chocolate crinkle cookies! No, wait. Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles! No…. chocolate. No! Vanilla. Choc…van… ugh.

I threw up my hands and dropped the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses into the red cart. Two indecisive days later, I made both cookie recipes and rather than fighting with myself about which recipe to share first…because I clearly do not need any more quarrels inside my brain… I’m sharing both!

Merry Christmas.

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Let’s discuss the vanilla cookies first.

I have several sugar cookie recipes at the moment in my archives. These soft-baked funfetti cookies, cake batter sugar cookies, and jelly bean sugar cookies. The first sugar cookie recipe is fantastic, but the cookies aren’t as thick and puffy as the last two. The last two cookies are actually derived from the same basic recipe. It’s a perfect sugar cookie to make into a blossom cookie, where you stick something (like a Hershey Kiss) into the center.

That’s the sugar cookie recipe I used today, only I doubled the recipe as well as slightly increased the butter because I found the dough to be too dry. It’s a very basic sugar cookie recipe to make drop cookies. No strange ingredients – just butter, sugar, leavener, flour, egg yolk (for moisture and chew), and that’s about it! Bonus: there is no dough chilling required for the sugar/vanilla cookies.

Make the cookie dough, roll into balls (about 1 Tbsp of dough each), roll into assorted sprinkles, and bake for 8-10 minutes. This is very important to read: The cookie should be relatively firm. If you find that it’s very soft and hard to roll, chill for at least 30 minutes. Soft cookie dough = flat cookies. Also, the cookies will look very, very under baked. That’s what you need. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes. Press the Hershey Kiss into the center and put the tray into the freezer. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting.

Now, let’s discuss the chocolate crinkle cookies.

I used my tried-and-true chocolate cookie recipe to make the chocolate variety. This chocolate cookie has been getting rave reviews and guess what? It’s quite a simple recipe. Soft, chewy, thick, and ultra fudgy.

You must (MUST!) chill the chocolate cookie dough for at least 2 hours. It’s a very sticky cookie dough; when cocoa powder is mixed with anything wet, you have a sticky mess. So we will chill the cookie dough. The longer you chill the dough, the less sticky it will be – making it much easier to handle. Chilling the dough will also make your baked cookies thicker. Once chilled, roll the cookie dough into balls (a little more than 1 Tbsp of dough each) and roll into powdered sugar. Bake for 10 minutes.

This is very important to read: Just as I explained with the sugar cookie dough, the chocolate cookies will look under baked. That’s what you need. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes. Press the Hershey Kiss into the center and put the tray into the freezer. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting.

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Because the sugar cookie dough does not need to be chilled and the chocolate cookie dough does need to be chilled, I made the chocolate cookie dough in the morning and then the sugar cookie dough when I was ready to bake both batches.

And guess what? If you cannot find Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, you may use regular chocolate Hershey Kisses. To get a peppermint flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to either cookie dough when you add the vanilla extract.

Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!

So which cookie will you make first? The vanilla cookie or the chocolate cookie? Clearly, I can’t choose. Enjoy TWO new Christmas cookie recipes! Get baking.

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!

Ingredients:

Sugar/Vanilla Cookie Dough

  • 10 Tablespoons (145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles
  • 24 Candy Cane Hershey Kisses2

Chocolate Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125g) King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (52g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • 3/4 cup (90g) confectioners' sugar
  • 20 Candy Cane Hershey Kisses2

Directions:

  1. For the sugar/vanilla cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. Using a hand-held or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 5 full minutes, scraping down the sides and the bottom as necessary. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, beating on medium-high until fully combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. In a medium bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients on low speed until fully combined. The dough will be very thick. If the dough is extremely sticky, chill for at least 45 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into balls, a little less than 1 Tablespoon of dough each. The dough may seem dry*, but the warmth of your hands will allow it to come together in a ball. Roll into assorted sprinkles and bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very, very under baked. That's what you need. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Press a Hershey Kiss into the center and immediately put the cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting. Cookies remain fresh tightly covered at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Cookie dough balls may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Roll into sprinkles right before baking. Do not thaw; simply bake for an extra minute or two.
  3. For the chocolate cookies: Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed for about 20 seconds. Add the sugars with the mixer running on medium speed. Cream it all together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly add to the wet ingredients on low speed. Beat in the milk on medium speed until combined. The dough will be thick and very sticky. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. Roll dough into balls, a little more than 1 Tablespoon of dough each. Roll each ball into confectioners' sugar to coat heavily. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Press a Hershey Kiss into the center and immediately put the cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting. Cookies remain fresh tightly covered at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Cookie dough balls may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Roll into confectioners' sugar right before baking. Do not thaw; simply bake for an extra minute or two.

Recipe Notes:

For the sugar cookies: the cookie dough should be relatively firm and even somewhat dry. If you find that it's very soft and hard to roll, chill for at least 45 minutes. Soft cookie dough = flat cookies. I strongly recommend King Arthur flour because this flour has a higher protein content than any other flour on the market. More protein in flour results in thicker cookies.

  1. I strongly suggest using room temperature egg yolks and egg (respectively) for these cookies recipes so the egg(s) disperse more evenly into the cookie doughs. To bring to room temperature quickly, place egg(s) into a glass of warm water for 5 minutes.
  2. If you cannot find Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, you can use regular chocolate Hershey Kisses. To get a peppermint flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to either cookie dough when you add the vanilla extract.

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies. A festive Christmas cookie everyone will love! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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    1. I think either the chocolate or vanilla version will steal the spotlight at your cookie party, Samantha!

  1. I’m Jewish (Happy Thanksgivkkah to me) and I want to get into the Xmas spirit! Perfect for gift giving on a budget!

    1. Yeah! And you can absolutely change the sprinkle colors or make with any variety hershey kiss. Enjoy, Sharon!

  2. OMG these are perfect for my cookie exchange! Thank you!

    P.S. If you can’t find candy cane kisses, I feel very sorry for you!

    1. A perfect festive cookie for the exchange! I think candy cane kisses may just be my favorite variety these days. They’re unbelievable.

  3. Oh my gosh, these look amazing!! The sprinkly ones are so fun and festive… I can’t wait to try these out!

    Btw, it’s adorable that your mom was on a mission specifically for Christmas paper towels. That’s some serious holiday spirit 🙂

    1. My mom LIVES for festive paper towels. For all occasions during the year. They have paper towel patterns for every holiday lol. She loves it.

    1. Nicole, I am the most indecisive person in the world. So much so that I told myself I’d only try on 4 wedding dresses because if I tried on any more than that, I’d have a major problem!!

  4. Target is the best place to have a mental fight, although mine is usually if I should buy something or not! 😉 These look delicious! I’m such a chocolate person so I think I’d try those first but the vanilla are tantalizing as well! Mmm!

    1. Erin, I’m the same way. Not only did I have a mental fight about the kisses, but I fought with myself about buying a new sweater. Target has the cutest stuff right now!

  5. Stupid question Sally, How long should I leave the cookie pan in the freezer after putting the kiss in the cookie? Making them for a catering job I have Friday 😀

      1. Thanks Sally! So excited to make these, I know they will be a hit like all of your recipes. (also making the Iced Pumpkin Coffee cake- which is one of my very favorite recipes- everyone who has had it LOVES it.)

  6. Sally, your little quarrels inside your head are adorable! They must be fairly comment for dessert fiends; I go through them all the time too. 😉

    I love going to Target with my mom too! While she makes a beeline for the Tazo Chai latte concentrate, I always head to the candy and chocolate aisle, as well as whatever seasonal sweets they’ve stocked too. Christmas is my favorite because there is so much themed candy! (And of course, I always have to stop by the kitchen aisles too. Prop shopping never gets old!)

    1. Amy, yes! The kitchen aisles. Those are my favorite too. But man oh man, the scarf aisle is pretty awesome right now. So many pretty colors!

      1. Oh no Sally… You shouldn’t have told me that. I’m ADDICTED to those! It feels like I buy at least 5-10 every season. They’re just too pretty and warm!

  7. These cookies look SO festive! And they look like a total blast to make, too. ALL THOSE SPRINKLES! going nuts over here pinning this.
    Beautiful recipe, even more beautiful pictures!

  8. You know, cookies like these just make my holiday season: they’re adorable, they’re rocking all the flavors that make this time of the year so special, and they are just FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN. Lovely, Sally!

    1. YES! So fun, Meagan. 🙂 Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!! I still need to sit down and read more of your cookbook. Soon, I promise!

  9. I love those kisses so much, Sally! I’m sure they are totally awesome on cookies…and two different choices! You’re spoiling us ;). I have so many Christmas cookies to make, but I am definitely adding the chocolate version of these to my list for my dad! He thinks Christmas cookies are severely lacking in the chocolate department 🙂

    1. My holiday cookie list was seriously lacking some chocolate, so that’s why I had to make the chocolate version. Your dad will love them Caley!

  10. These are so festive! I would love to share these on an article I’m writing if I can! I would put one of the pictures, a link and a little blurb about the recipe to get people to check it out!

    What plugin do you use to write out your recipes? I love the way it looks!

    1. Hi Amanda! You may certainly link back to my website for readers to obtain the recipe and use one of my watermarked photos in your article. I appreciate that!

      My recipes are in a format my website designer, Purr Designs, designed for my website.

  11. SO cute Sally! I showed some of my friends the picture when it popped up on my Facebook feed and they about went crazy and requested I make them for our Christmas/Secret Santa party coming up. I am so excited to whip these up! 🙂

    1. I love secret santa parties. I haven’t been to one in a few years though. Hope you have fun – and I know these cookies will be a hit, Kelsey!

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