Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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 so easy to make and perfect for your annual cookie swap. They are also great for Valentine's day.

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.

smileyI made a double batch of these for my Christmas party table and they were a big hit, but with Valentine’s day coming up, I knew I had to do them again. This time the recipes is for 18 cookies, instead of 36, since I’m on a diet now!  I know, I know…that’s still 18 cookies but it’s Christmas, after all!

 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.

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 one is a shout out to my sister Linda!

candy cane kiss cookies doughI 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 months ago, but using this mixer always reminds me of her.

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

Too busy to make these for Christmas?  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Why not make a batch of these for your child’s Valentine’s day party too! The kids will love them.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
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Serves: 18
  • ¾ cups confectioner's sugar
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (I use free range eggs)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Candy Cane flavored Hershey’s Kisses
  • 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. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until the mixture is creamy (about 2-3 minutes).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Immediately after they come out of the oven, press a Candy Cane Kiss in the center of each cookie.
  6. 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.)
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. They also freeze well.

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  2 comments for “Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

  1. Tammy
    12/16/2013 at 5:25 pm

    Love your recipes..

    • Admin
      12/16/2013 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Tammy! Glad you enjoy them. Carol

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