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Peppermint sugar cookies topped with a delicious Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss. They are one of our favorite Christmas cookies of all time!
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  1. Christmas Kiss Cookies
  2. Ingredients
  3. Additions & Substitutions
  4. How to Make Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
  5. How to Store
  6. More Holiday Cookie Recipes
  7. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe

These Candy Cane Kiss Cookies are the holiday version of everyone’s favorite, peanut butter blossom cookies. Instead of a peanut butter cookie, they are peppermint sugar cookies and instead of a chocolate kiss, they are topped with a delicious Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss. They are one of our favorite Christmas cookies of all time!

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Christmas Kiss Cookies

If you have ever had a Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss, then you know the creamy, minty, melt in your mouth deliciousness that these sweet treats offer. They are one of my favorite things to begin to see on the shelves at the store as the holiday season approaches. I am a sucker for this particular candy, so putting them on a cookie seemed genius.

Now, if you are under the impression that Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses can’t possibly get any better than they already are, I’m here to tell you they can. When they are placed on top of yummy, soft, candy cane-filled peppermint cookies, they are so much better. This cookie recipe totally enhances the creamy, rich flavor of the kiss!

These are fun and easy holiday cookies that everyone loves. The candy cane kiss on the top gives them a bit of a festive look and the minty flavor is right on point. You can’t go wrong with candy cane kiss cookies!

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Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • White sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peppermint extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Crushed candy canes – you can throw them in a food processor or put them in a ziplock and crush them up!
  • Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
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Additions & Substitutions

  • Candy canes: If you don’t want the added crunch of the candy canes, you can leave them out of your cookies (either the whole batch or a half of the batch) and just add the kiss to the top of each one. 
  • Gel color: For a fun, decorative twist on these cookies, you can add in red or green gel coloring to all or part of the cookie dough! 
  • Sprinkles: You can also add sprinkles to the top of your cookies for even more fun decoration. Just roll them in the sprinkles before baking!

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How to Make Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
    Beat together butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
  3. Separately, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.
    stir together flour, baking soda, and salt
  4. Add flour mixture, milk, and candy canes to the wet ingredients and mix.
    Add flour mixture, milk, and candy canes to the wet ingredients
  5. Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon size cookies and roll into smooth dough balls.
    Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon size dough balls
  6. Roll each cookie dough ball in the remaining ¼ cup sugar to coat the outside.
    Roll each cookie dough ball in the remaining ¼ cup sugar to coat
  7. Place the dough balls onto the cookie sheets and place it in the refrigerator, laying flat, for 2 hours to chill the cookie dough balls prior to baking.
    place dough balls in baking tray
  8. While your dough balls are chilling, preheat your oven to 375* F. 
  9. Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until the center is set. 
    baked cookies
  10. Cool for 5 minutes then press an unwrapped Kiss in the center of each cookie.
    place unwrapped kiss in the middle of each cookies

How to Store

Store cookies at room temperature in a sealed food storage container for 5-7 days. You can also store them in the fridge if preferred. Personally, I think these are delicious when they are cold! These cookies also freeze well. Simply place them into a freezer bag and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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5 from 2 votes
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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Serves — 28
Peppermint sugar cookies topped with a delicious Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss. They are one of our favorite Christmas cookies of all time!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • cup white sugar divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp milk
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes
  • 28 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses

Instructions
 

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream together, with a handheld mixer on medium-low speed, the butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy (1-2 minutes).
  • Then add the egg, vanilla and peppermint extract and mix for another 1 minute.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  • Add flour mixture, milk and candy canes to the wet ingredients and beat just until mixed (about 30 seconds).
  • Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon size cookies then use hands to roll each into a ball to smooth edges.
  • Roll each cookie dough ball in the remaining ¼ cup sugar to coat the outside.
  • Place the dough balls onto the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and then place the cookie sheets into the refrigerator, laying flat, for 2 hours to chill the cookie dough balls prior to baking.
  • While your dough balls are chilling, preheat your oven to 375* F.
  • Bake your cookies for 10 minutes or until the center is set.
  • Cool for 5 minutes then press an unwrapped Kiss in the center of each cookie.

Jenn’s Notes

Store leftovers (at room temperature) in a sealed food storage container for 5-7days.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

These candy cane kisses are the perfect soft, minty Christmas cookie. The sugar cookie is moist and crumbly, while the candy cane pieces give a minty crunch. Topped off with the Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss, these cookies are so scrumptious. Everyone will love them at your Christmas gatherings!

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Post Updated – Originally posted November 8, 2020

Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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