I saw this recipe on foodgawker last year and ended up making these cookies at least a half dozen times before the season ended. They’re always a huge hit at holiday parties! (And if you’ve never had a Candy Cane Hershey’s Kiss before, do yourself a favor and go get a bag of them RIGHT NOW. They’re addictive, though, so you’ve been warned…)
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies (recipe originally from Once Upon a Cutting Board)
makes about 14 large cookies
1/2 c + 2 tbsps butter, room temperature
1/2 large egg (whisk egg in a small bowl, then divide in half an only use one half) *I usually double the recipe so that I can use a whole egg and not waste any!
3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c chopped Candy Cane Kisses (about 10 kisses)
Additional 14 Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
Optional: Decorative sugars
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with PAM. I used PAM baking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixture, combine butter, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until creamy.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2 additions, mixing thoroughly each time, until well blended.
5. Stir in chopped kisses.
6. Scoop about 1 tbsp of dough and press an unwrapped kiss into the middle of it, covering the kiss completely and rounding the dough into a ball. Once Upon a Cutting Board tip: Try to smooth out any lumps; if the cookie looks lumpy before baking, it will look lumpy after being baked.
7. Repeat with remaining dough and kisses.
8. Pour small amount of granulated sugar into a bowl. Roll the finished dough balls into the sugar before placing them on cookie sheet. If possible, get a friend to help with this part. It goes a bit faster if you have one person forming the dough balls and another rolling them in the sugar. For the holidays, I use red and green sugar, as you can see in the picture.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cooking times may vary. My cookies only take about 8 minutes. I take mine out when the top of the cookie is set, but still soft.
10. Cool on a wire rack.
This is my go-to cookie recipe for the holiday season. It’s easy to make these cookies stand out with different colored sugars and everyone loves the surprise candy cane kiss on the inside!
Do you have a go-to recipe for the holiday season? Share it with me in the comments!