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Secret Kiss Cookies

close up shot of the inside layers of a Secret Kiss Cookies
These secret kiss cookies are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth confections with a special chocolate surprise hidden in the middle.
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  1. SECRET KISS COOKIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SECRET KISS COOKIES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Secret kiss cookies have a decadent Hershey kiss surprise in the middle, the perfect special treat for your loves. Once they take a bite of these soft, buttery cookies, they will find a sweet chocolate center in this decadent delicacy.

For more festive and amazing recipes to whip up over the holidays, we are confident you will love our Christmas pinwheels and Christmas pretzel hugs.

SECRET KISS COOKIES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 32 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

KISSES: The type of Hershey’s kisses you use is entirely up to you; every festive holiday has themed kisses and hugs. You could also pick ones with a gooey caramel center. You are only limited by your imagination and what you can find in the store.

COCOA POWDER: You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before rolling the baked cookies for a chocolatey coating.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SECRET KISS COOKIES RECIPE

STEP ONE: Using a stand mixer, or a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the softened butter for 1 minute.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your butter is softened, not melted, or it will affect the texture of your cookies, and they won’t hold their shape the way they should.

STEP TWO: Add the sugar and vanilla extract, and continue mixing for 1 minute.

STEP THREE: Add the flour to the sugar and butter mixture and mix on low for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the dry ingredients are well combined. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

PRO TIP:

If the cookie dough is a bit stiff, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk to the dough before chilling.

STEP FOUR: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

STEP FIVE: Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the chilled dough.

STEP SIX: Roll the cookie dough into a ball.

STEP SEVEN: Using your hands, flatten the cookie dough balls to fit around the unwrapped kiss.

STEP EIGHT: Place the unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of the flattened cookie dough and fold the dough up around the kiss.

STEP NINE: Place the shaped dough 2 inches apart.

PRO TIP:

If you find your dough has warmed up too much while you were shaping your cookies, pop the tray in the fridge for about 10 minutes before baking; otherwise, the cookies may spread too much during baking.

STEP TEN: Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

STEP ELEVEN: Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes. 

STEP TWELVE: Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar. Return the coated cookies to the baking sheet to completely cool.

HOW TO SERVE

These holiday cookies could be customized for any holiday. Use festive Hershey’s kisses for Christmas or Valentine’s Day to surprise a special family member with a sweet treat. They would look adorable on a platter of holiday cookies or as an after-school treat with a cold glass of milk or whipped hot chocolate.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these Hershey’s secret kiss cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: These secret Hershey kiss cookies will keep in the freezer in an airtight container for up to a month.

These surprise cookies melt in your mouth and wrap a sweet chocolate kiss in all its buttery goodness. What a perfect way to surprise the ones you love with this decadent treat.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these cookies?

These secret kiss snowball cookies will freeze well for up to a month in an airtight container.

Why did my cookies spread?

If the dough becomes too warm while you are shaping the cookies, they may spread too much during baking. If you find they have sat out too long and the dough is too warm, pop them in the fridge for about 10 minutes before baking to cool them down.

Can I use different types of Hershey’s kisses?

Go crazy and try all of the fun flavors of kisses that are available now. Peppermint, almond, hugs, any flavor would be perfect for the secret surprise in these chocolate secret kiss cookies.

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Secret Kiss Cookies

5 from 1 vote
These secret kiss cookies are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth confections with a special chocolate surprise hidden in the middle.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 32 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 32 Hershey Kisses unwrapped
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • 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°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough.
  • 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 to 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.

Notes

PRO TIP: Make sure your butter is softened, not melted, or it will affect the texture of your cookies, and they won’t hold their shape the way they should.
 
PRO TIP: If the cookie dough is a bit stiff, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk to the dough before chilling.
PRO TIP: If you find your dough has warmed up too much while you were shaping your cookies, pop the tray in the fridge for about 10 minutes before baking; otherwise, the cookies may spread too much during baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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