Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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I’m pleased to share these Candy Cane Kiss Cookies with you because they’re my favorite holiday cookie recipe of all time!  Watch the short video showing you how to make these cookies, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can bake them at home.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

You’ll want to print out this recipe and save it for the holidays.  Candy Cane Kiss Cookies are teh best Christmas cookie recipe!

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.

Candy Cane Kisses

Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

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 Candy Cane Kiss Cookies.

These Candy Cane Kisses can be found during the fall/winter holidays at Target or drug stores and some grocery stores too. They’re amazing little treats. And I love them. Have I mentioned that?

Chopped Candy Cane Kisses

These delightful little kiss cookies have some of those Candy Cane Kisses chopped up and incorporated into the cookie itself.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookie dough rolled into balls

How to Make Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

The pepperminty cookie dough is rolled into balls and then tossed in a little bit of granulated sugar.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

And the baked cookies are topped while warm with a Candy Cane Kiss. Then they’re placed into the refrigerator or freezer to set the chocolate so it doesn’t melt into the cookie.  They’re such a pretty cookie for the holidays.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies are good make-ahead cookies. They freeze well… so you can take them out for cookie platters when you’re ready for plating, or just take them out of the freezer and chow-down on Christmas treats when the mood happens to strike.

I believe they’re the best Christmas cookie recipe because they’ve been the number one favorite on my holiday cookie platters every year for the last ten years now!

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

When my son was little, he used to think these cookies were a good one to leave out for Santa, along with a glass of milk and a carrot for Rudolph.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

You must find these specialty Kisses this holiday season and try them, and then definitely make some Candy Cane Kiss Cookies too!

If you’re looking for more festive cookie recipes for the holidays, you might also like to try my Chocolate Mint Wafers or these Holiday NuggetsChristmas Crinkle Cookies, Molasses Honey Ginger Cookies and Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are lovely holiday cookies too!

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

These are the best holiday cookies ever!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 175kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, christmas, holiday, kiss


  • cups powdered sugar
  • cups (2½ sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional- see recipe notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses
  • granulated white sugar
  • 30 unwrapped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Make room in either the refrigerator or freezer for your cookie sheet.
  • In a large mixer bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the powdered sugar, butter, egg and extracts. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often until creamy (2 to 3 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and beat, scraping bowl often until well blended (1 to 2 minutes). The mixture will be a bit crumbly. Stir in the chopped Kisses.
  • Shape the dough into 3/4-inch to 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 1-inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. As soon as they come out of the oven, press a Candy Cane Kiss into 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.
  • Store in a covered container- at room temperature for up to a week. In the freezer they should be okay 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  • Trisiyah Hurt wrote:

    How much sugar do I use in the recipe? All it says on the recipe is granulated white sugar

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Powdered sugar is in the dough. The granulated sugar is for rolling the balls of dough before baking. Just a little bowlful is fine.

  • mew wrote:

    These have too much flour! Taste is okay, but this is a SUPER DRY cookie.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think you must have over-baked them?

  • Linda wrote:

    If you chill the kisses before setting them, they will melt less before they are able to chill in the freezer. Awesomeness.

  • Shirley wrote:

    How long do you have to keep the cookies in the refrigerator before you can remove the cookies from the cookie sheet? (Freezer has no room.)

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      As soon as the kisses have hardened a bit!

  • Sarah wrote:

    This is my first time making these cookies this past Christmas and oh boy has my family been missing out. These were an instant hit and have now become a yearly make in my household for the holidays ONLY! They are easy and cook really well. One tip I would give is when it comes time to add the kiss do not push hard when topping the cookie. They are very delicate and need to be handled with care at this stage. Thank you for sharing these with the world! xoxo

  • Beth Sinko wrote:

    Can I use pre made sugar cookie dough to save some time?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried that…

  • Loretta wrote:

    The cookies are absolutely delicious! I made my own errors by not using enough dough for each cookie, therefore, winding up with 72 instead of 30. Also, did not heed your advice about quickly putting them in my refrigerator. Many kisses melted! Will definitely make these again next year.

  • Susan miller wrote:

    For the peppermint Hershey kiss cookies —-can you put these in a tin with other cookies or will the other cookies absorb the peppermint flavor ?? Thanks

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I think they should be fine with other cookies!

  • Erin wrote:

    Perfect Christmas cookie – those kisses are always so pretty and festive!

  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    Could cookies be any cuter? I don’t think so. These are going to be perfect for my office cookie exchange.

  • Toni Dash wrote:

    Such an amazing holiday treat! Love it!

  • Jennifer Farley wrote:

    So cute and festive! Can’t wait to make these this year.

  • Barbara Schieving wrote:

    So fun and festive all your guests will love them.

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    These look so pretty on holiday dessert tables!

  • Melissa Sperka wrote:

    We love these cookies!

  • Sandy wrote:

    These are the BEST cookies!

  • Liz wrote:

    SO festive and tasty! I can’t wait to bake another batch!

  • Aysegul wrote:

    Woow. It would be perfect for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe.