Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

CATEGORIES: Christmas, Cookies, Kate

chocolate peppermint kiss cookiessquareThese cookies are special. I mean, all cookies are special, but these are special (like Rory Gilmore). We originally posted these 4 years ago and it was kind of funny to read through what was going on in my life at the time–it was our first Christmas in our new house…I was turning 30. It’s now our 5th Christmas in this house and I am no longer about turn 30, but I still remember making these cookies for the first time, going back and forth between baking and texting my friend Laura about why I was skipping our church Christmas party (who needs Christmas potlucks when you have chocolate and peppermint cookies? That’s why.)

These have become a staple in our family, a favorite treat we deliver to teachers, friends, and neighbors, something my kids request for class treats. This is one of those recipes that has kind of become part of our family story, which makes me love them even more.

We’re participating in a cookie swap with some of our favorite blogger friends, so I thought  I’d give one of my favorite recipes a makeover (as fun as it was to read through my memories, it was not fun to see my old pictures. I know, I know, we should appreciate the growth process, see all the things I’ve learned along the way. One of the things I’ve learned is that some pictures are best remained unseen, like the old pictures of this recipe and my 6th grade yearbook photo.)

I started with Sara’s Cadbury Egg Cookie Dough, which is really just a great recipe for chocolate cookies. Start with some softened butter and butter-flavored shortening…

Place the brown and white sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl.

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Add some butter-flavored shortening and some softened butter.

Butter and Shortening

Cream together for 1-2 minutes on medium-high speed or until light and fluffy. Add some vanilla…



peppermint extract, and eggs and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour,

Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt

and cocoa powder.

cocoa powder with dry ingredients

Add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.

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To prevent cookies from flattening out, refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes.  Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet (or parchment paper-lined baking sheets).

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Bake until just set, but centers are still soft, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to cooling rack.  Top each cookie with an unwrapped Candy Cane Kiss.

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Allow to cool completely, long enough for the Kiss to harden. If necessary, after the cookies have cooled, they can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer to re-solidify the Kiss.

Allow them to stand for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. These puppies need a few hours for the kiss to become solid again, but if you need to hurry things along, wait until the cookies themselves have cooled and then transfer them to your refrigerator or freezer and they’ll be set up in no time.

These are perfect for holiday gift-giving because they’re easy, festive, a little different, and hold up well to packaging:

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  1. These look so yummy! Can't wait to try them. I love the cute holiday box you have them in. Would you mind sharing where you got them? Would love to have some like that to send around to neighbors this holiday season.

  2. These sound insanely wonderful! I can totally understand the scrougeness and grinchness! I am so not feeling up to anything this year… new house (way too small!!), new location, my first born driving and half way done w/ his junior year in high school, 2 out of 3 in high school, 45 hit way harder than 40 or 30 did, and NO snow! But this too will pass, soon hopefully!
    So now I am off to make these cookies as I don't care for my old chocolate cookie recipe! Do they freeze well? 'Cause I need about 20 dozen or more between now and Christmas!! Yep school parties, youth group parties, adult sunday school parties, you name it We got it!

    Thank you!!!

  3. Happy birthday Kate! I love how festive these look. To make them all year round, I just break Andes mints in half and bury them in the middle of my chocolate cookies. Then when people bite into them they get a minty surprise. But I've never tried Sara's Cadbury cookie recipe…guess I need to get on the ball!

  4. These look yummy. Can you make this recipe without using shortening? Love your website and I can't wait to get your cookbook.

  5. Um Kate, just FYI, you so don't have to wait for the kisses to solidify up again. I eat these but the PB chocolate kiss ones and they are the BEST while still a little soft. Like, I eat half the batch within the first half hour as they are coming out of the oven.
    I can't wait to try these. I hope the kisses have made it to our little town grocer.

  6. Wow, so yummy! I've never had these kisses but they look awesome. I'm glad you're planning on enjoying Christmas this year 🙂

  7. Kate!
    These cookies look like a lot of fun–but I'm actually posting because if you're turning 30 this year and went to BYU and were into English and Horticulture, then our paths must have crossed because I did all those things too! Weird! I really don't know you from anywhere except this blog, which I stumbled across a few months ago while searching for a frosting recipe…but seriously there are some parallel universe things going on right now. 🙂 I turned 30 in October, and it feels great so far. Congrats!

  8. Yummy!! I just bought a bag of those kisses just because I love the chocolate mint combo and they are so festive!! This was just perfect timing for this recipe, as I was trying to decide what cookie to make this year for my cookie exchange party….this is it!!!! Thanks for all the great recipes….I just love trying out new ones!!!

  9. These are right up my ally. I have a question for you Kate and Sara- when you make your yummy sweet treats what do you do with the extras? I love to bake but always wish it just made enough for my fam to each just have one. I am a bit lacking in self control 🙂

  10. I wonder if you freeze the chocolates first prior to pressing them into the cookies if that will help them retain their shape?

    there are a couple other recipes out there that have chocolate pressed into them where you do this.


    these do look awesome though i'll have to try them.


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