Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

A sweet peppermint Hershey kiss – a candy cane kiss – gives a holiday flair to a soft chocolate cookie in these Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookies. Our generous sponsors have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

side view of chocolate cookies with a candy cane kiss on a white plate

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies Week 2020, hosted by the amazing ladies, Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks! I love celebrating the holidays with food, and Christmas cookies week is always so much fun.

While the holidays this year will look a little different — be a little smaller and a little quieter — I still plan on doing some holiday baking. My bubble of neighbors and coworkers may end up with more care packages than usual this year. And I may polish up my math skills with halving recipes more often. But I’ll be baking, that’s for sure. 

side view of chocolate cookies topped with a candy cane kiss on a black background, unwrapped kisses scattered among the cookies

First up is a more traditional Christmas cookie. It’s hard to believe that I don’t have a recipe for some sort of “kiss cookie” on this blog. They’re always so popular around the holiday season, especially a Peanut Butter Blossom (although I’m now dying to try this Flourless Buckeye Blossom version. I opted to make a Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookie because my daughter absolutely loves chocolate, and those Candy Cane Kisses are such a fun seasonal treat. 

If peppermint isn’t your think but you’d still like to make a more festive version of a “kiss cookie,” I’ve got these on my to-try list:

overhead view of chocolate cookies with candy cane kisses and a bottle of adams vanilla extract on a parchment lined baking sheet

Recipe Notes for Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies:

  • Ingredients: I used vanilla extract from our sponsor Adams Extract and Spices in this recipe. Not Christmas? Swap out the Candy Cane (Peppermint) Hershey kisses for a Hugs Kiss or another variety. This truly is a cookie you can make all year round just by switching out the Hershey Kiss! 
  • Baking: Don’t overbake! The cookies need to be cooked throughout, but if they’re too soft, the cookies will crack when you put in the Hershey kisses (like mine did above.

Overhead view of chocolate cookies with candy cane kisses on a white plate. The plate is set on a red cloth on a black background

Just as in the past, #ChistmasCookies week comes with a giveaway. This year, we have 4 fabulous sponsors who have donated prizes that you can win and enjoy during the holiday season. The list of prizes is below the recipe, so be sure to scroll down and check it out.

You can keep up to speed with all of the recipes we’re sharing (there are 25 bloggers this year!) by searching the hashtag on social media, following on Pinterest board, and by checking out the other recipes that I’ll link to each day. Who knows, you could find your new favorite! Today’s recipes include: 

side view of chocolate cookies topped with a candy cane kiss on a black background, unwrapped kisses scattered among the cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

A sweet peppermint Hershey kiss - a candy cane kiss - gives a holiday flair to a soft chocolate cookie in these Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30 Cookies
Author Liz


  • 1 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar divided
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • about 30 Hershey kisses (one for each cookie)


  1. With racks in the middle and top half of the oven, preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 1 c. sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat in egg and vanilla.

  3. Reduce speed to low and add cocoa powder, flour and sea salt. Beat until dough come together - about 2 minutes. Dough will be thick.

  4. Use a standard size ice cream scoop to portion prepared dough into equal portions. Roll between clean palms to form a ball. Roll ball in remaining 1/4 c. granulated sugar and set onto prepared baking sheet. Continue until dough is gone, placing cookies about 1" apart on baking sheet (dough will not spread much when baked, only when Hershey kiss is added).

  5. Bake cookies in preheat oven for 8-10 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cookies are ready when the dough is set.

  6. While cookies are baking, unwrap about 30 Hershey kisses and set aside.

  7. When cookies are ready, remove from oven and set cookie sheets on a wire rack. Gently press Hershey kiss into the center of the cookie and allow to cool completely before removing cookies from the baking sheet.

  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

This recipe was adapted from Rachel Cooks.

A sweet peppermint Hershey kiss - a candy cane kiss - gives a holiday flair to a soft chocolate cookie in these Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies.

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies Week!

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.

Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.

Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

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Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

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 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

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Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Baking pans

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Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies”

  1. I love to make empandas with my mom. More of a pastry than a cookie, but still so delicious and sweet and we make them from scratch. My husband likes to bake brownies every once in a while too. When we makes cookies he just gets the premade ones and pops them in the oven ☺️

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