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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

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  1. CANDY CANE KISS COOKIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CANDY CANE KISS COOKIES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Candy cane kiss cookies are a sweet, minty, and festive treat. The crispy texture of crushed candy canes provides the perfect balance with the chewy cookie dough and the creaminess of Hershey’s candy cane kisses. 

These are the perfect cookies to make for your Christmas cookie trays or to give as a gift. For more candy cane recipes to make at home this holiday season, take a look at our candy cane pie and this easy candy cane fudge.

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CANDY CANE KISS COOKIES INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

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

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BAKING SODA: If you don’t have this on hand, you could use a half teaspoon of baking powder instead.

VANILLA EXTRACT: Don’t worry if you don’t have this. Just leave it out or use a teaspoon of maple syrup as a substitute.

CANDY CANES: As an alternative to crushing candy canes, you could chop up some more Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses for these Christmas cookies.

COCOA POWDER: To make a chocolate version of these candy cane kisses cookies, simply add a three-quarter cup of cocoa powder.

SPRINKLES: If you want your cookies to look really festive, consider adding red and green sprinkles or rolling the dough balls in red or green sugar.

KISSES: If you are having a hard time finding peppermint kisses, you can substitute Hershey’s hugs or milk chocolate kisses instead.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CANDY CANE KISS COOKIES RECIPE

STEP ONE: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, cream together, with a hand mixer on medium-low speed, the butter and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy (1 to 2 minutes).

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STEP THREE: Then add the egg, vanilla and peppermint extract and mix for another 1 minute. 

STEP FOUR: In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. 

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STEP FIVE: Add flour mixture, milk and candy canes to the wet ingredients and beat just until mixed (about 30 seconds).

PRO TIP:

Don’t over-mix the dough or your cookies will turn out flat.

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STEP SIX: Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon size cookies then use hands to shape dough into a ball to smooth edges. Roll dough ball in the remaining ¼ cup sugar to coat the outside. Place the dough balls onto the baking sheet 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.

PRO TIP:

Don’t skip the chilling step as it will help avoid ending up with flat cookies.

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STEP SEVEN: While your dough balls are chilling, preheat your oven to 375°F. 

STEP EIGHT: Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until the center is set. 

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STEP NINE: Cool for 5 minutes then press an unwrapped candy kiss in the center of each cookie.

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HOW TO SERVE

These festive cookies would be an ideal option to take to cookie exchanges or add to your holiday cookie tray. Whip up our peppermint meltaways and Christmas pinwheels for two more fun holiday treats to share.

STORAGE

AT ROOM TEMPERATURE: Candy cane peppermint cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze peppermint Hershey kiss cookies for up to a month. Store them in an airtight container and thaw overnight at room temperature.

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These candy cane Hershey Kiss cookies are so cute and they taste just as good as they look! The cookies are soft and chewy, with a peppermint flavor and all the melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of candy cane Hershey kisses.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these cookies?

This easy recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.

Can I make these into chocolate cookies?

These candy cane peppermint kiss cookies could be turned into chocolate cookies by adding ¾ cup of cocoa powder to the batter.

What can I use if I can’t find candy cane kisses?

If you can’t find candy cane kisses, you could use the white and chocolate striped Hershey’s hugs or plain milk chocolate kisses.

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Candy cane kiss cookies look so pretty you almost won’t want to eat them.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 28 cookies

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together, with a hand mixer on medium-low speed, the butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy (1-2 minutes).  
  • 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 shape dough into a ball to smooth edges. Roll dough ball in the remaining ¼ cup sugar to coat the outside. Place the dough balls onto the baking sheet 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 cookies for 10 minutes or until the center is set. 
  • Cool for 5 minutes then press an unwrapped candy kiss in the center of each cookie.

Notes

TIP: Don’t over-mix the dough or your cookies will turn out flat.
TIP: Don’t skip the chilling step as it will help avoid ending up with flat cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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