Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Sharing My Addiction- Candy Cane Kisses.

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 12 min

When the fall holidays arrive, the Candy Cane Kisses begin to appear on supermarket shelves too. These are an incredibly delicious flavor delivered by the Hershey’s Kisses people. And they’re amazing tucked into a cookie too.


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Candy Cane flavored Hershey's Kisses, finely chopped
granulated sugar
additional, unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses- about 30


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Make room in either refrigerator or freezer for your cookie sheet.

2. In large mixer bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter, extracts and egg. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy (2-3 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet mixture and beat, scraping bowl often until well blended (1-2 minutes). The mixture will be a bit crumbly. Stir in chopped Kisses.

3. Shape dough into 3/4-inch to 1-inch balls; roll in granulated sugar. Place 1-inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. As soon as they come out of the oven, press a Candy Cane Kiss in the center of each cookie. They'll crack a little around the edges, so just use your fingers to kind of hold the cookie together while you set the kiss inside. Put cookie sheet (with cookies) immediately into the freezer (preferred) or refrigerator so that the Kisses will set quickly. As soon as you press them into the cookie, they will begin to soften... so if you can get them into the freezer then they will keep their Kiss shape.

4. Store in a covered container- at room temperature for up to a week. In the freezer they should be ok for a couple of weeks.


*The addition of peppermint extract is completely optional. The cookie gets plenty of peppermint flavor from the addition of the chopped kisses, but if you’d like it really minty then go ahead and add the peppermint extract.
*I’ve spotted these Kisses at Target and CVS Pharmacy.


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62 Responses to “Candy Cane Kiss Cookies”

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    antwerpster — December 7, 2010 @ 4:55 AM

    I love these shortbread cookies. But topped with the candy cane kiss? Pretty to look at too!

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    vegcasserolequeen — December 7, 2010 @ 6:23 AM

    These look so beautiful and festive!!! I love Hershey products. I live in PA so I’m a bit partial…

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    Amanda — December 7, 2010 @ 9:56 AM

    Oh, these are so cute. I’ve never had the candy cane kisses before but I bet they taste good in cookies. Hmm, now you’ve got me thinking!

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    Candy Cane Kisses - Christmas Cookies | — December 8, 2010 @ 2:01 AM

    [...] I love these things. I mean truly love these. They’re addicting, and they shouldn’t be purchased unless you plan to share… or bake cookies:  Candy Cane Kiss Cookies [...]

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    Lisa — December 8, 2010 @ 8:15 AM

    I’m going to try these but without putting the “kiss” on top. I have to make 7 doz for a cookie exchange and I think the kisses would get too costly!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 8th, 2010 @ 11:08 AM

      @Lisa, I found some on sale at CVS- 2 bags for $5!

      • Lisa replied: — December 16th, 2010 @ 7:25 AM

        @Lori Lange,

        Thanks, but I’m a Canadian…. can’t get to a CVS!! I did find them at the Bulk Food store for a decent price, though.

    • Pamela replied: — December 9th, 2010 @ 5:19 PM

      @Lisa, The cookies are terrific all by themselves!!! They will be a big hit at your exchange!

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    Carolyn — December 8, 2010 @ 1:52 PM

    They look great but the kisses arent available here in Oz.

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 8th, 2010 @ 2:35 PM

      @Carolyn, bummer :(

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    Peggy — December 9, 2010 @ 8:38 AM

    Oh I love those Candy Cane kisses! I bet they’re super delicious in these cookies!

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    Pamela — December 9, 2010 @ 3:27 PM

    I found these Kisses at Walmart today and can’t wait to make some of these cookies!

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    Autumn — December 12, 2010 @ 5:11 PM

    I just made these, and at first I was a little nervous because the recipe was so different from the one on the bag, but they are PERFECT! Really light and fluffy and perfect for the season. The only thing I did different was rolling them in red and green crystals as opposed to sugar, and they came out beautiful. And I found that 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract adds the perfect hint of flavor. Thank you so much for the recipe! I’ll use it again next year.

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    Courtney — December 12, 2010 @ 5:46 PM

    Wow haven’t seen these kisses yet but I’m making these as soon as I do!! :)

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    Becky — December 12, 2010 @ 8:21 PM

    Made these today! Great recipe! Only thing I did differently is to unwrap the kisses that I was pressing into the cookie and put them in the freezer until I was ready to press them into the warm cookie. Helped them really hold their perfect shape.

    Thank you!!! I’m going to try these with the mint flavored Kisses, too.

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 12th, 2010 @ 10:17 PM

      @Becky, Great tip!

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    Michelle — December 14, 2010 @ 6:39 AM

    Any change for baking at high altitude? I have two bags and can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 14th, 2010 @ 1:03 PM

      @Michelle, I’m afraid I’m not experienced at all w/ high altitude baking. Since it’s not a cake and there isn’t a lot of rising involved, it might be ok just as is.

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    Katie — December 15, 2010 @ 9:13 AM

    Great recipe! I made them for one event already this season and people just love them. Your directions were easy to follow as well. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Happy Holidays!

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    Pamela — December 20, 2010 @ 9:33 AM

    I made these cookies and blogged about them here:

    Thanks so much for the great recipe! I’m making my second batch today!

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    Pamela — December 21, 2010 @ 4:06 PM

    They were yummy! Blogging about them now…

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    Leah — December 5, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

    I doubled the recipe, which required more than 2 bags of kisses…. I will definitely make these again!

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    Amanda Marie — December 11, 2011 @ 9:56 AM

    Just made these! they’re sitting in my fridge now. I am not so great with baking and these were very easy and frustration free!

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    Ginny — December 12, 2011 @ 8:51 AM

    I’ve had a really hard time with these and I’ve made them twice. The first time they spread out into one giant cookie. And no, my butter wasn’t too soft – my oven temp is right, no insulated cookie sheets, I followed the directions, etc. The second time, I made the balls of dough much smaller. They still spread, but not as much. The biggest difficulty I had this time was with the candy cane kisses – they melted even though I stuck them outside in 32 degree weather.

    They are cute cookies in theory, and they taste good, but I don’t think I’ll be making them again. Too much frustration.

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    Woody7 — December 12, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

    Do you think this recipe would work with gluten free all-purpose flour?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 13th, 2011 @ 9:54 AM

      I’m not sure… I hate to recommend since I haven’t tried it, but please let me know if you try it and have success~!

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    Stacey — December 12, 2011 @ 3:30 PM

    These are delicious, and so cute! I had trouble with my kisses melting too, and I put them immediately in the freezer after placing them. On the second pan of cookies, I let them cool for 5-7 minutes before placing the kisses, and then I popped them right into the freezer. So far, they are maintaining their shape very well. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Woody7 — December 13, 2011 @ 10:34 AM

    I tried it with Bob’s all purpose GF flour- they turned out awesome! I did have to reduce the amount of butter (only 1 cup) to get the crumbly texture you mentioned.

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    Debbie — December 17, 2011 @ 6:18 PM

    oh my goodness! these are so yummy! trust me you dont need the extra peppermint. the chopped up kisses are just right! beware…they are addicting! should call them crack candy cane cookies! lol

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    Jennifer — December 23, 2011 @ 9:45 AM

    Looking forward to making these today! (That is If my husband doesn’t eat all of the Kisses first!)

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    Pam Yatson — December 23, 2011 @ 10:42 AM

    I just made these this morning for Christmas! Candy Cane kisses are my favorite so I couldn’t wait to try these! The recipe made a lot more than 30 so I have some without kisses, even those are delish!!

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    Katie — November 15, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

    Wondering how a chocolate cookie would be with the candy cane kiss in the middle? Trying this recipe next week for my very first cookie exchange. Hope I can find the kisses right after Thanksgiving….

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 15th, 2012 @ 5:29 AM

      Sounds good to me!

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    Arianna — November 19, 2012 @ 2:01 PM

    I have my first cookie exchange coming up on Dec 2 so I tried them last week, they came out good but the dough was really crumbling and was hard to shape, it kept falling apart. My kisses melted and I put them directly into the freezer. Then I tried two more times and could not get it either. Help please my family loved the 1st batch. I need to know what to do about the batter falling apart and not sticking. Do I need more butter?

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

      It’s a crumbly dough for sure. You could try adding in a tablespoon or so of milk when kneading it together if you feel it’s too dry.

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    Erin — November 24, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

    I just tried making these, but I was so disappointed that they didn’t turn out the same as the photo! The kisses melted and spread all over the cookies, and putting them in the freezer right away seemed to make it easier for them to slide off of the cookie.

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    Hope — November 27, 2012 @ 5:14 AM

    I love thumbprint type cookies! My favorite way to make them is in a mini muffin tin…they are the perfect size that way.

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    Sarah — December 3, 2012 @ 6:37 AM

    I have made these for several years now & they’re always a huge hit. Can you recommend a chocolate version of the cookie that might work beneath the candy cane kiss? That sounds like a tasty combination, too. My cookie exchange party is Friday night! Yikes! Thank you so much :)

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 9:51 PM

      Not sure- maybe google around for a version of kiss cookies that begins with a chocolate base?

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    carissa — December 5, 2012 @ 8:23 AM

    Do they,come out too sweet rolling in suger? Or would they come out good not rolled in suger

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 8:56 AM

      Not too sweet- but I’m sure you could leave that part out if you want.

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    Megan — December 7, 2012 @ 10:09 PM

    Would you say these cookies are shortbread or sugar cookies? And how long should we leave them in the oven for? Or what would they look like? I’m baking these for a bake sale at my school! I’m so excited!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 8th, 2012 @ 10:04 PM

      Baking instructions are included. They’re not shortbread… so maybe more of a butter cookie?

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    Jennifer @ Hungarian Housewife — December 11, 2012 @ 2:55 PM

    These cookies are fantastic and I was easily able to convert them to gluten-free so that my entire family could enjoy them. Thank you so much!

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    samantha — December 14, 2012 @ 4:17 PM

    hey I was wondering is there an alternative to powdered sugar? do you guys think I could use normal white sugar?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 16th, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

      No, for the dough you need to use powdered.

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    marla — December 20, 2012 @ 5:03 AM

    Cute & festive cookies!

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    Tamie — December 22, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

    We liked these without the kisses on top…just the chopped up ones mixed in. Yummy and festive! Thanks for the recipe!

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    pamela steeley — December 22, 2012 @ 3:21 PM

    I made these today. They are great. Pretty and good. I used the whole teaspoon of peppermint extract and the 1/2 cup of chopped kisses in the batter and it was perfect.

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    Rhea — December 22, 2012 @ 10:31 PM

    These cookies are delish! I made a few minor adjustments: I didn’t top each cookie with its own Kiss since I had to make 8 dozen–and I also wanted them not too sweet. To make sure they were pepperminty enough, I increased the chopped Kisses to 3/4 cup, and I added the tsp of peppermint extract. I also only used 1 cup of powdered sugar. Everyone loved them — so much so that I had to hide a few for myself, otherwise I wouldn’t have had any to enjoy!

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    Gracie — December 23, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

    I made these today and made it according to the recipe with the exception of the peppermint extract and they turned out great! I was surprised that it made almost 5 dozen! I put the kisses in the freezer prior to baking, and waited two minutes after taking them out of the oven to press them on, and I then put them into the fridge; I didn’t have any trouble with the kisses melting.

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    Cindy — December 7, 2013 @ 5:28 PM

    Just made these. I did not use peppermint extract and loved the result! They will be a great addition to my cookie tray on Christmas!

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    Traci — December 10, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

    Has anyone tried crushing candy canes rather than the kisses? Too much peppermint? Did it change the texture of the cookie?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 12th, 2013 @ 7:06 PM

      I think it would def change the texture of the cookie!

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    Michelle Hoover — December 14, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

    Does this sat 1/2 cup sugar? Im confused about that?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 24th, 2013 @ 6:34 AM

      1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar

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    Erin — December 14, 2013 @ 1:54 PM

    they were okay but a little doughy .. I suggest cooking them longer

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    Stacey — December 14, 2013 @ 3:18 PM

    These are seriously one of the best I’ve EVER eaten. DEF add the peppermint extract and instead of chopped kisses in the batter I used chopped peppermint bark. I will make these every year from now on.

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    Sandy — December 17, 2013 @ 2:11 PM

    I’ve never seen these kisses before o.o. I hope can find them in our supermarket they are so cute.

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    Aimee — December 24, 2013 @ 1:56 PM

    These are great cookies! I bought the kisses and stored them in the freezer until they needed to be pressed into the cookies and then put the pan in the freezer. I had no issues with melting. My only concern was that at 12 mins they seemed way, way too soft. Did anyone else have this issues? I left them in for 14 mins, but I am wondering if I slightly over baked them.

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    Amsterdamsterhambster — December 25, 2013 @ 5:26 PM

    These came out great! They were delicious, although the rush to put in the kisses and get them in the freezer was a little hard. The consistency of the dough was very easy to work with. The cookies are in the freezer now; I’m really hoping the kisses won’t melt.