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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies – Peppermint Kiss Cookie Recipe

These candy cane kiss cookies have a sugar cookie base topped with a peppermint candy kiss. They not only look great but taste amazing too.

This delicious sweet treat is the perfect peppermint cookie recipe for a cookie swap.

Each year for Christmas my sister would bring cookies with a Hershey kiss center to our family gathering .  We all loved them.  

These Candy Cane Kiss Cookies are a version of her original but instead of using chocolate kisses, I use the candy cane striped ones.

They are very festive and perfect for either Christmas or Valentine’s day.

These candy cane kiss cookies are perfect for A Christmas cookie eschange.

Check out my strawberry buttercream cupcakes for another tasty Valentine’s day sweet treat.

For another wonderful version of this recipe, check out my Holiday Kiss Cookies.

It’s time for some love with candy cane kiss cookies!

If you love making 30 minute meals and quick desserts, you’ll love these cookies. They were a huge hit at my Christmas party this year.

The recipe is easy.

The main thing to remember to get perfectly shaped cookies is to make some room in your freezer before you start, so that you can put the cookie sheet in as soon as you add the kiss to make sure it does not melt.

candy cane kiss cookies dough

I do love my new Kitchen Aid stand mixer.  It makes the preparation of baking goods a snap.

The dough came out perfectly and was so easy to handle.  My mum had one just the same and I grew up watching her bake bread and cookies with it.

She died a few years ago, but using this mixer always reminds me of her.

Hershey's candy cane kisses

Just looking at these kisses makes me believe they will make a great cookie. They are so festive looking.  Quite sweet for snacking but the flavor is great in a cookie.

The chocolate cookie is a shout out to my sister Linda who inspired this recipe with her version!

roll in sugarDon’t forget to roll the dough in granulated sugar.  It makes them a bit bit crispy.

Tasting this delicious peppermint cookie recipePeppermint cookie recipe

These yummy candy cane kiss cookies have a crispy texture. The surprise is the creamy taste of the chopped up candy kisses and the sweet finish of the whole candy kiss on the top.

Place the cookies in a festive red box and they make a nice home made Christmas gift, too.

Oh…and this is what happens if you don’t put them in the freezer to set.   Those candy cane kisses do NOT like the heat.  

So don’t skip this step of putting them in the freezer when you add the kiss to the cookie!

melted chocolate

Nutritional information of for these candy cane kiss cookies

These cookies are a once in a while treat. Each cookie has 171 calories and works out to 8 Weight Watchers Smart points.

Yield: 18 cookies

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Candy Cane kiss cookies

These candy cane kiss cookies have a sugar cookie base topped with a peppermint candy kiss. They are the perfect peppermint cookie recipe for a cookie swap

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (I use free range eggs)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Candy Cane flavored Hershey’s Kisses
  • about 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • additional, unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses- about 18


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Make some space in your freezer that will fit the cookie sheet.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar, butter, peppermint and vanilla extract, and egg.
  3. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until the mixture is creamy (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to your mixing bowl until well blended (1-2 minutes). The mixture will be dry and crumbly. Stir in the chopped candy cane kisses.
  5. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls; roll in granulated sugar. Place 1-inch apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set.
  6. Immediately after they come out of the oven, press a Candy Cane Kiss in the center of each cookie.
  7. Put the cookie sheet (with cookies) immediately into the freezer so that the Kisses will set quickly (you don't want them to melt when you add them to the cookies. Freezing prevents this.)
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. The cookies also freeze well.


Each cookie has 8 WW Smart points

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 8.8gSaturated Fat: 5.4gUnsaturated Fat: 2.3gCholesterol: 19.1mgSodium: 121.4mgCarbohydrates: 22.3gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 14.6gProtein: 1.7g

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Monday 16th of December 2013

Love your recipes..


Monday 16th of December 2013

Thanks Tammy! Glad you enjoy them. Carol

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