Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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.

Follow me on Instagram and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make. 

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 sugar cookies and 20 chocolate cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 yolks*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles
  • 24 Candy Cane Hershey Kisses*

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 egg*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 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 Kisses*

Instructions

  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.
  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.

Notes

  1. Vanilla Cookies– Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Chocolate Cookies– Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
  3. Eggs: 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.
  4. Candy Cane Hershey Kisses: 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.
  5. Sugar Cookie Dough: 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.
  6. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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

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  1. Love how festive these look, Sally! Thanks for the tip about how under baked the cookies might look. I often try to eyeball these but it helps so much when the recipe actually tells you what to look for!

  2. Oh my, these look dangerous! I absolutely love your site and I can’t wait for your cookbook. One thing though, I completely understand having ads on your site – obviously that’s how you are able to make a living at this – but some of the ads lately have made your site virtually impossible to use on tablets and smart phones. There are two pop ups in particular that block out your site completely and then take me on an endless loop between the pop up and the app store. I just thought you might want to know as it is frustrating enough that I have been giving up lately and going elsewhere for my recipes (blasphemy, I know)!

    1. Thanks Allie! And to be honest, I just heard about this last week. I had no idea as I do not experience this on my own phone when I visit my site. I contacted my network last week and am still waiting to hear back. I hope to have this resolved ASAP.

      Thanks for visiting my blog on a computer, though. I appreciate it!

  3. Seeing this post TOTALLY puts me in the mood for Santa! He’s coming, right! Gosh, they are so festive! The total abundance of sprinkles, the striped kisses, the red and green, there’s just a smorgasbord for the eyes, and they look like they BELONG on a holiday cookie exchange platter or spread.

    And with regard to overbaking, both sugar cookie dough AND chocolate ocokie dough of any kind (the cocoa powder is so drying) – both are so prone to becoming dry & overbaked. You were smart to really warn ppl not to overbake. pinned 🙂

    1. Thanks Averie! And overbaking these cookies makes it impossible to press the kiss into the cookie without cracking the sides. I experienced that a few times. Oh well, practice makes perfect right?! Thanks for pinning!

  4. Loved this post, Sally. Your enthusiastic spirit and excitement for the holidays is infectious. I understand the quarrel you talked about just too well! Both cookies are gorgeous… sprinkles are my favorite :))

    1. Thanks Kathi! I love this time of year. Not only because of baking, but because red and green sprinkles are appropriate in anything! That and seeing all my family too. Anyway, happy holidays!

  5. These look awesome Sally – I don’t think that we can get Hershey Kisses in Australia though 🙁 Will have to look for something similar before trying!

  6. I’ve been looking for a good cookie recipe for my annual work cookie swap – looks like I’ve found one!!

  7. The back and fourth in your head? Oh my gosh, that is me every single day. It is terrible. ha! I honestly cannot make decisions for the life of me and food decisions are the worst. I love that you just made both!! Good decision!

    Anyway, these cookie are so fun. I love all the red and green! Oh and I could not agree more with the over baking cookies of any kind. Always under bake! Great recipe, Sally! Pinned!

  8. Two for one??? It’s like it’s Christmas already! I make the chocolate crinkle ones with those peppermint kisses and I am so in love with them, but I think I might like the idea of the vanilla sprinkle ones even more! They’re so unique, and feel like sugar cookies are totally under rated!

    1. Ari, thank you! I am so glad you said that you think sugar cookies are underrated. If done right (in my head, that means soft and sweet) then they are amazing. Totally agree with ya.

  9. What a gorgeously festive post Sally!! I’ve never seen any candy cane Hershey’s kisses before (but then again, we don’t really get Hershey’s products over here in West Aussieland!) but they look adorable atop those speckled vanilla cookies. Love the idea of the chocolate crackle ones too. The dilemma is definitely understood!! xx

  10. I love the tip about putting the cookies in the freezer to prevent the kisses from melting! I also LOVE the sprinkles on the vanilla sugar cookie!

  11. Sally these are gorgeous!! I spied them on your instagram a couple of days ago, so happy we now have the recipe!

  12. Looks delicious! I have a Christmas party that I am catering and I wondered if these cookies can be baked ahead of time and then frozen? If so how long could they be kept in the freezer until I used them? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ruth, yes you may freeze these cookies up to 1 month or so. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and let some to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture. Enjoy!

  13. Oh these look awesome! I’m a vanilla girl so would probably make those first. I say “would” because I NEED to make your Oatmeal Biscoff cookies first! And more Saltines Toffee!

    Thank you for always taking the time to explain the “science” behind your cookies…I am learning SO much!!!

    1. SO happy you enjoy learning from my blog, Christine! Love those biscoff cookies – and oh man, that toffee too!

      1. I made the vanilla ones yesterday – basically I am running out of adjectives to describe how awesome EVERY SINGLE ONE of your cookies I’ve tried is. I think I popped like 6 of them in my mouth yesterday. First I had to try dough form. Then fresh from oven. Then fresh from freezer. Then room temperature…lol! You get the idea! I didn’t have Hershey’s Kisses so just pressed a few chocolate chips in them and they tasted great. This also finished up my second container of sprinkles since starting to read your blog…everything IS better with sprinkles!

      2. “finished up my second container of sprinkles since starting to read your blog” – that just made me laugh so loud! Haha, clearly they’re my favorite ingredient. I’m so glad you love these sugar cookies Christine. They’re so good at any temperature, I totally agree. The cookie dough is heavenly, too. Happy I’m not the only one who taste tests it a little too much. 😉

  14. I had to pop in and share these with you! I know you’ll love them! 😉

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  15. Hi Sally!
    Too cute and perfect for the holidays..I’m on a coconut oil kick, do you think you could sub that in for the butter?

    Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  16. Oh, I love how you did chocolate and vanilla! So festive and so fun. I love the immediate pop of color! If I saw these at a Christmas party, there is no way I could not eat one. I would eat at least more than I should. 🙂 So cute!

  17. I just love your recipes. I’m 16 and i love to bake your recipes i enjoy making them for my family its fun and delicious!!!!♡

  18. I adore how these cookies just scream CHRISTMAS!! So fun and festive and I’m sure a real kid-pleaser. Just love them Sally! Pinned!

  19. The love the colorful sugar cookies, they are beautiful!
    I always make chocolate crinkle cookies at Christmas (one of my husbands favorite). I will have to try them with a candy cane kiss. 🙂

  20. Sally these look so amazing and oh so festive!!!! My vote is for the chocolate crinkle cookies – fudgy rich and delicious! These cookies just make me smile.

    1. Somedays I love the chocolate crinkles, other days I love the sugar cookies. I can’t choose! The chocolate ones sure are pretty though. Thanks Liz!

  21. Very festive! You know I loooove sprinkles so I want to eat about 60 of these 🙂 xoxo- K

  22. I feel like I just met MY new favorite christmas cookie! My goodness I can barely handle all the festiveness! 😀

  23. I can’t stand how cute and festive these are! Gotta love sprinkles for a bit of fun. Pinned to my Kisses board.

  24. I’m totally making these for my children’s Christmas parties at school! Love all of your unique creative ideas!!!! Thank you!!

  25. Hey Sally! Can I add peppermint extract to the cookie anyway even if I have the candy cane kisses? I just really like peppermint things haha.

    Thanks!

  26. Hi Sally,

    I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since you posted it, but I was worried about putting the cookie sheet into the freezer. Do you think cookie sheets might warp from the extreme temperature differences? I have a Vollrath cookie sheet, and I would hate for anything to happen to it! I’m just conflicted because I love all if your recipes lol.

    Thanks,
    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy – I’ve never experienced warping. The sheets are only in the freezer for a few minutes. If you’re afraid, perhaps you can skip that step – though the kiss will melt down slightly.

    2. Sorry, butting in but…my cookie sheet doesn’t fit in my freezer so I just moved the cookies to a plate and put that in the freezer instead. It worked fine and I didn’t have melting issues.

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