October 13, 2023Review Recipe
Table of Contents
- Ingredients For Chocolate Kiss Snowball Cookies
- Substitutions And Additions For Chocolate Kiss Snowball Cookies
- How To Make This Snowball Kisses Recipe
- Other Hershey Kiss Cookie Recipes
- How To Serve Hershey Kiss Cookies
- Storing A Cookie With A Kiss In The Middle
- Why We Love This Recipe For Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies
- Frequently Asked Questions About Kiss Cookies
- More Cookies Recipes You’ll Love
- JUMP TO RECIPE
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Snowball kisses have a decadent Hershey’s 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.
Ingredients For Chocolate Kiss Snowball Cookies
The buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture of the cookie combined with the rich chocolatey center makes it a perfect indulgence for any occasion.
For this chocolate Kiss snowball cookie recipe, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of salted sweet cream butter, softened
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1¼ teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 32 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
- 2 cups of powdered sugar (or more if needed)
Substitutions And Additions For Chocolate Kiss Snowball Cookies
KISSES: The type of Hershey’s Kisses you use is entirely up to you; every festive holiday has themed kisses and hugs.
If you’re looking for a nutty flavor, consider using the almond Hershey’s Kisses. For a minty twist, peppermint Hershey Kisses would be a great choice.
You could also pick ones with a gooey caramel center. You’re only limited by your imagination and what you can find in the store.
VANILLA EXTRACT: If you’re out of vanilla extract, you can use almond extract. However, almond extract is potent, so use half the amount of vanilla extract called for in the recipe.
COCOA POWDER: You can add one to two tablespoons of cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before rolling the baked cookies for a chocolatey coating.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Make sure our butter is at room temperature and softened, rather than melted.
Using melted butter can compromise the cookie’s texture, preventing them from retaining their intended shape.
How To Make This Snowball Kisses 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 one minute.
STEP TWO: Add the sugar and vanilla extract, and continue mixing for one 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 the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
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 two baking sheets with parchment paper.
STEP FIVE: Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, measure out the chilled dough. Allow the dough to heap slightly instead of flattening it to level.
Using a cookie scoop can help ensure each cookie is of a consistent size. This will help them bake evenly.
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’s Kiss in the center of the flattened cookie dough and fold the dough up around the kiss.
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 NINE: Place the shaped dough two inches apart.
STEP TEN: Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies should be lightly golden and set but not browned.
It’s always a good idea to do a test batch with a few cookies to determine the perfect baking time for your oven.
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.
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How To Serve Hershey Kiss Cookies
These snowball kisses can 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.
AS A HOMEMADE GIFT: If you’re thinking of gifting homemade treats, these cookies are a top choice. Other cookies that would make great gifts include our Peppermint Snowball Cookies, Coconut Snowballs and Fireball Whisky Balls.
Storing A Cookie With A Kiss In The Middle
Here’s how to store these snowball kiss cookies to maintain their freshness and flavor:
Snowball kisses can be prepared ahead of time, which is perfect for busy schedules. You can make the dough up to 2 days in advance.
Simply prepare the dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and store it in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to bake, remove the dough from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes to soften slightly. Then proceed with the recipe.
IN THE FRIDGE:
Once baked, if you have any leftover cookies, place them in an airtight container with a sheet of parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking.
These Kiss cookies will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week. The cool environment helps maintain the cookie’s texture and prevents them from becoming stale.
IN THE FREEZER:
This Kiss cookie recipe freezes beautifully. After they’ve cooled completely, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for about an hour.
Once they’re frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag, separating layers with parchment paper.
The cookies can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, let them thaw at room temperature.
Why We Love This Recipe For Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies
BUTTERY GOODNESS: The use of salted sweet cream butter ensures that the cookies have a rich and creamy texture.
A SWEET SURPRISE: The inclusion of a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle is a delightful twist. Every bite promises a mix of soft cookie and melty chocolate.
VERSATILITY: The recipe offers room for customization — whether you want to use different types of Hershey’s Kisses or another similar sized chocolate.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kiss Cookies
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 ten minutes before baking to cool them down.
Yes, you can use any similar-sized chocolate or chocolate-filled candy. Just ensure it’s of a size that can be easily wrapped in the cookie dough.
Overbaking can cause the cookies to become hard. It’s essential to keep an eye on them and remove them from the oven when they’re lightly golden.
Absolutely! A hand mixer will work just as well. Just ensure you mix the ingredients until they are well combined.
Snowball Kisses are a delightful blend of texture and taste. There’s a certain joy that comes from biting into the cookie and discovering the hidden Hershey’s chocolate kiss in the middle.
They’re perfect for Christmas parties, cookie exchanges, gifts, or quiet moments with a latte.
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- 1 cup salted sweet cream butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1¼ 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°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.
- 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.
- If the cookie dough is a bit stiff, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk to the dough before chilling.
- When we measured out the cookie dough, we made the 1-tablespoon cookie scoop heaping with the dough rather than leveling it off.
- 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.