Recipe File: Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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Looking for Thanksgiving or Christmas cookie recipe ideas? These Candy Cane Kiss Peppermint Cookies are so simple and delicious, and help make the holidays even more magical for your guests. Click here for the recipe.

This post is all about candy cane kiss cookies.

I stopped by my local grocery store a few days ago to buy a bag of miniature chocolate chips and stumbled on these Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses. Whenever I start seeing holiday items, I get overwhelmed with joy because the holiday season is my favorite time of the year. Like I mentioned last week in my Cranberry Spritzer Cocktail recipe post, one of my favorite things to do is play hostess and prepare holiday meals and treats for guests.

This week, I’m sharing my Candy Cane Kiss Cookies recipe! Normally, I would prepare it with the milk chocolate cookie recipe, but I switched it out with the Candy Cane Kisses to make it more festive. These little candy kiss morsels are so addicting when added inside the sugar cookies and they’re the perfect little bit of peppermint and chocolate that melts in your mouth. It pairs so well with this cookie recipe too. One of my favorite holiday treats!

Looking for Thanksgiving or Christmas cookie recipe ideas? These Candy Cane Kiss Peppermint Cookies are so simple and delicious, and help make the holidays even more magical for your guests. Click here for the recipe.

READ: 16 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes To Make This Holiday Season

I love baking Christmas cookies every year, and this cookie recipe will surely be a hit at your holiday gatherings. It’s perfect to show off at cookie exchange parties, for gift giving and it will surely stand out on a holiday cookie tray. It takes less than 30 minutes to make from the moment you prep the ingredients to when you remove the cookies from the oven. As for tools, you only really need a medium or large bowl, a whisk (or electric mixer if you prefer), measuring instruments, baking sheet and wire rack.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bags of Unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses
  • Ungreased cookie sheets
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, optional
Looking for Thanksgiving or Christmas cookie recipe ideas? These Candy Cane Kiss Peppermint Cookies are so simple and delicious, and help make the holidays even more magical for your guests. Click here for the recipe.

***Updated Dec. 27th, 2017: If you have trouble with this original recipe and want to try a different version, here’s the link to the newer one. Thanks so much for all the feedback!***

candy cane kiss cookies

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes 10 seconds
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes 10 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 bags of pepperment candy cane Hershey's kisses
  • 2 ungreased cookie sheets
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove wrappers from Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses.
  2. In a large or medium bowl, beat together butter, powdered sugar, extracts and egg well, scraping the bowl often until fully combined (2-3 minutes).
  3. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, flour, and salt and whisk together.
  4. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet ingredients (butter mixture) and beat by hand or with a stand mixer until well blended (1-2 minutes). At this point, the dry ingredients and wet mixture should be fully combined and a bit crumbly.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch dough balls (or a cookie scoop if you have one). If you want to add extra sugar, roll in granulated sugar and place the sugar cookie dough on an ungreased cookie sheet with parchment paper and place 1-inch apart.
  6. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool for 1 minute. Immediately press a peppermint kiss into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges.
  7. Remove from cookie baking sheet to cooling rack and set aside. Allow cookies to cool completely for about 5 minutes. Store in a sealed airtight container.

I hope you enjoy this peppermint kiss cookies recipe! Get baking.

Photography: Aubrie LeGault

40 Comments

  1. Soft, delicious and so festive for the holidays. I also had issues with crumbling, but will be trying the updated recipe. Thank you for the updated recipe!

  2. How many cookies will this new recipe make? I thought the old recipe was great…do you still have it? Would love to have it to make again. Thanks!

  3. I actually liked the previous recipe better. This one made less cookies and was harder to press the kisses into. My fiancé is not much of a baker and was able to make them last year without any difficulty. This year, every single cookie cracked.

  4. I made your original recipe tonight and they turned out perfect! I refrigerated the dough for about 30 min before rolling into balls. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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