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Holiday Kiss Cookies – A Festive Treat for Christmas

These holiday kiss cookies are an adaptation of a peanut butter version that my sister used to make for Christmas dessert but these are for those who don’t care for peanut butter. (WHO ARE YOU ANYWAY??)

Many holiday gatherings include a party dessert table and these would be a hit for sure. The are the perfect choice to make on Baked Cookies Day – December 18.

During the normal part of the year, I really keep my intake of sugar to a minimum.

But during the holidays, the cookie fairy seems to sit soundly on both shoulders tempting me and prodding me to make one cookie recipe after another. These holiday kiss cookies are the perfect bite of Christmas cheer. They are not too sweet and this version is made without the peanut butter. Serve them plain all year long or decorated for the holidays.

These holiday kiss cookies are perfect for your annual cookie swap.

The cookies start out with my basic sugar cookie recipe.  It is one that I use all during the holidays.  I make a huge batch and freeze it in long logs until I need it for cookies.

Whenever I have a yen to make some cookies, I just take a roll of the freezer and either slice it and bake, roll it and cut with cookie cutters, or roll it into balls as I do in this recipe.  

For these cookies, I use half of my normal recipe proportions, or two logs.

sugar cookie dough

Once the cookie dough is ready, I gather up the rest of my ingredients.  Today I used both Peppermint Kisses and plain Milk Chocolate Kisses.

Ingredients for Kiss cookies

Next, I just rolled the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and placed them on a silicone mat on a large cookie sheet.  

Now comes the creative part. Some of the balls I leave just as plain Janes.  Some get rolled in a bowl of sprinkles and others get a coating of red or green sugar crystals.

The possibilities are endless really.  All cook up well and keep the coating intact in the oven.Make sugar cookie balls and roll them in sprinkles

The cookies need to cook for 10-12 minutes.  Don’t let them get too crispy, or they will be hard to shape for the kisses later.  

Mine were just cooked and just a tiny bit solid on the outside.  

I used a small bottle top to make an indentation in the middle of each cookie while they were still warm and then let them cool for 5 minutes before adding the kiss.  

If you add them too soon they will just melt, so be patient.

Indentations in the sugar cookies

If you time the candy kiss just right, it will get slightly soft on the bottom and will stick to the cookie. If you are not lucky, you can use a frosting tip that will hold them in place.

Just use a tube of Betty Crocker chocolate icing and add a dab of it under each kiss and then place them in the indentation and they will all come out beautifully.

Candy Kiss cookie varieties

What I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile.  You can decorate them for Christmas as I did and use any kind of festive sprinkles and the peppermint kisses too.

Festive candy kiss cookies

Or, when the holidays are done, you can make them year round without the sprinkles and they will be a favorite in your house, as they are in mine.

Candy Kiss cookies

Many holiday cookies are overly sweet which is great but sometimes I want the topping to give the flavor to the cookie.

These are perfect, I think. They have a bit of a crunch when you bit into them and the delicious milk chocolate kiss gives just the right amount of richness without giving you too much of a sugar rush.candy kiss cookie bite

The cookies make a perfect homemade cookie gift, and is the ideal choice for your annual cookie swap.  I made a few batches of them, because I just know they won’t last long at my house!

Platter of holiday kiss cookies

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for these holiday kiss cookies?  Just pin this image to one of your Pinterest Holiday boards so that you can easily find it later.These holiday kiss cookies are made from a basic sugar cookie dough, rolled in sugar crystals and topped with a festive candy kiss. So easy and tasty!

Admin note: this post for holiday kiss cookies first appeared on the blog in December of 2015. I have updated the post to add all new photos, a printable recipe card, and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 36

Holiday Kiss Cookies

Holiday Kiss Cookies

These deliciously festive holiday sugar cookies are rolled in sprinkles and topped with a sweet candy kiss.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 3/4 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 36 Candy Kisses, unwrapped
  • Betty Crocker Chocolate Cookie Icing tube
  • Festive sugar crystals and sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set it aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time and then the vanilla extract. Mix well until a stiff dough forms.
  5. Place the dough on a sheet of saran wrap and place in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
  6. Take the dough out, and divide into even sized portions if you won't be using the dough all at once.
  7. Roll into logs, wrap in saran wrap and zip block baggies and freeze what you don't need. It freezes very well
  8. Take spoonfuls of the dough and form it into balls about 1 1/4 inch in size. You can either leave the balls plain, or roll them in festive sprinkles or sugar crystal.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes in a 350 º F oven .
  10. Move to a wired rack and make an indention in the middle of each cookie to flatten it slightly.
  11. Let cool for at least 5 minutes.
  12. Add a dab of chocolate frosting to the bottom of each candy kiss and place in the center of the cookie.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. Store in an air tight container.


Each cookie has 6 WW Freestyle points

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 3.4gUnsaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 21.2mgSodium: 62.3mgCarbohydrates: 18.3gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 11gProtein: 1.7g

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Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Can you make the dough a few days ahead and keep in the fridge ???


Thursday 11th of January 2018

Hi Maria. Yes, it will keep for about 3 days before using if you wish. Carol

Renee Fuller

Saturday 26th of December 2015

What a great recipe using real butter. YUM. I will have to try this recipe one day for sure.


Tuesday 29th of December 2015

I gave them as homemade Christmas gifts and they were a big hit.

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Thursday 24th of December 2015

These are so pretty and look yummy. But of course they have to be delicious, they have a chocolate kisses sitting on top. Lol


Saturday 26th of December 2015

Anything with chocolate is good, right? LOL


Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

You absolutely have to stop showing these kinds of recipes! They look so good (and I wondered how you put the kisses on top without them melting so I had to scroll through the whole thing).


Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

Awww...temptation is good this time of the year. I melted them the last time I made them, so I got smart this year!

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