Secret Kiss Cookies are perfectly soft and melt in your mouth sugar cookies, coated in sweet powdered sugar, complete with a delicious hidden chocolate surprise inside. These cookies are quite literally sealed with a Kiss! 

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Why We Love Secret Kiss Cookies

  • Only 6 ingredients are required to make these cookies.
  • Quick and easy to make.
  • You can use any type of Hershey’s Kiss for a different flavor every time.
  • Soft and flakey homemade cookie recipe.
  • Perfect for your holiday dessert table or Christmas cookie exchange.
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Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Salted sweet cream butter -softened
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Hershey’s Kisses -unwrapped
  • Powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
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How to Make Secret Kiss Cookies

This Kiss Cookie recipe will come together quickly and easily! There are only 3 main steps. First, make the dough. Next, wrap the kiss with the dough. Finally, bake and coat with powdered sugar. These are so easy and delicious.

  1. In a large bowl, Bbeat the softened butter. Then add in sugar and vanilla and mix well.
    mix ingredient with mixer
  2. Add flour and mix until well combined. Cover the cookie dough and chill for 30 minutes (unitl the dough is firm but you don’t want it stiff). Scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough into balls.
    cookie dough into balls
  3. Flatten the dough ball to fit around the Hershey’s kiss. Place an unwrapped kiss in the center and fold the dough to cover each chocolate.
    cookie dough with chocolate
  4. Place on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (they should be set but not browned – just slightly around the edges). Allow cookies to cool slightly for 8-10 minutes (you can let cool on a wire rack).
    cookie dough before bake
  5. Roll in powdered sugar and let cool completely.
    TIP: The powdered sugar will stick a bit easier when the cookies are slightly warm roll them in the sugar.
    cookie dough with sugar

Substitutions and Additions

  • HERSHEY’S KISSES: You can use any flavor of Hershey’s Kisses that you like for this recipe. It can be fun to switch them up based on holidays. For example, I love using peppermint kisses around Christmas time, or the hot chocolate kisses are delicious too! Some of our other favorites are:
    • Caramel Kisses
    • Almond Kisses
    • Hershey Hugs
    • Cookies & Cream Kisses
    • Cherry Cordial Kisses
  • COCOA POWDER: You can add 1 – 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before rolling the baked cookies.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Secret kiss cookies can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to let thaw before serving, or the kiss will be frozen solid.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if my cookie dough is too stiff or too runny?

If the cookie dough is a bit stiff, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk to the dough before chilling. If you have the opposite problem and the dough is too runny, you can add a bit of extra flour until you reach the desired consistency to wrap around the kiss.

How can I change these cookies?

There are so many ways to change up your secret kiss cookies every time you make them. The first and easiest way is to simply change up the flavor of Hershey’s Kiss you are using. You can also change the powdered sugar by adding cocoa powder to some. You could also add nuts, like pecans, to your cookie dough.

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Secret Kiss Cookies

Serves — 32
Secret Kiss Cookies soft and chewy sugar cookies, coated in powdered sugar and are quite literally sealed with a Kiss! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes


  • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter softened
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 32 Hershey Kisses unwrapped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar or more if needed


  • Using a stand mixer, or a medium size mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the softened butter for 1 minute.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla extract, and continue mixing for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and mix on  low for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the dry ingredients are well combined. Cover the cookie dough and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375*. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough. PRO-TIP: Use a heaping scoop to make sure there is enough dough to cover the chocolate Kiss.
  • Roll the cookie dough into a ball.
  • Using your hands, flatten the cookie dough ball to fit around the unwrapped kiss.
  • Place the unwrapped kiss in the center of the flattened cookie dough and fold the dough up around the kiss.
  • Place the shaped dough 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar. Return the coated cookies to the baking sheet to completely cool.

Jenn’s Notes

  • To Store: Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Secret kiss cookies can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to let thaw before serving, or the kiss will be frozen solid.


Nutrition Info

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 4 stars
    This turned out so much better than expected. I ended up adding 1 egg and about 2 T milk to get it the consistency I wanted. In the end, it was a huge hit with my family!