Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

These peppermint kiss cookies are easy to make and the chocolate and peppermint combination is a holiday classic! 

Can we just talk about these kisses for a minute? They are Hershey’s holiday Candy Cane kisses and they are marvelous. I was skeptical at first, thinking they might be overly sweet. They are sweet, don’t get me wrong, but I was totally won over by the little crispy bits in these. Have you ever had those melt away mints that come in all the pastel colors with the little white “candies” on the bottoms of them? I’m sure they have a name, they are served at parties and weddings frequently. They’re totally addicting and these kisses taste just like them. I’m hooked. Pair them with a rich chocolate cookie and I’m a happy camper.

These peppermint kiss cookies are easy to make and the chocolate and peppermint combination is a holiday classic! 

I used the same cookie base as I did in the Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints, because really…it is just that good. Paired with the creamy deliciousness of these kisses–you’ll want to send these away on cookie platters to friends and family, just to get them out of the house. If you look really closely at my pictures, you’ll see that the tips of the kisses got slightly brown. It will remind you of a toasted marshmallow, there is a tiny bit of crunch and it still tastes great! Just keep an eye on them or you’ll be in trouble.

These peppermint kiss cookies are easy to make and the chocolate and peppermint combination is a holiday classic! 

Note about these Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies: 

After some feedback that these did not turn out well, I re-tested the recipe a couple of different ways. They turn out perfectly for me the way they are written. They are not mushy and they don’t spread too much (they barely spread at all until you put the kiss in). They are a soft, brownie-like cookie. The dough should be thick but easy to handle and not overly sticky. 

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One thing I did do differently and changed in the recipe is when you add the kiss. In the original recipe, I added the kisses 5 minutes into the baking time and returned to the oven for another 3 minutes. Although this does work, the top of the kiss turns a light brown color and I like the appearance of the cookies better when the kisses are added at the end. 

You will want to make sure that you have the kisses unwrapped and ready to go so you can put them on top of the cookies immediately after they come out of the oven.

Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Yield: 40-45 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

These peppermint kiss cookies pair peppermint kisses paired with chocolate cookie for the perfect sweet treat.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • one 10-ounce package of Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Using an electric mixer and a large bowl (or a stand mixer), beat butter and 1 cup of sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Turn mixer to low and gradually add flour mixture until combined.
  2. Put the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into approximately 1-inch balls and then toss in sugar to coat. Place one inch apart on parchment-paper or silicone baking sheet lined baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes or until cookies are set but still look moist. Remove from the oven and lightly press in candy cane kisses into the center of each cookie. Cool completely on the cookie sheets on wire racks before removing to an airtight container to store.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 9g Protein: 1g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

These peppermint kiss cookies are easy to make and the chocolate and peppermint combination is a holiday classic! 

Verdict: Loved these peppermint kiss cookies! Sent them off to work with Ben to get them out of the house.
Husband’s take: He didn’t try these! He set them out at work and didn’t get a chance to eat one. His loss!
Changes I would make: Nada
Difficulty: Easy

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  1. I made these for the first time and they came out DELICIOUS!! I unfortunately could not get my hands on any peppermint kisses because they were sold out over the holiday. So I did have to substitute with some hot cocoa kisses which I highly recommend. The cookies themselves were perfect. Anything less and I’d say it’s human error because I myself found no issues with this recipe at all. Matter of fact, I found it to be one of my favorites actually! 

    Rating: 5
  2. Excellent recipe…i made each cookie 16 grams …baked for 8 minutes ..
    The kisses did get runny though…will be serving it at Xmas today

  3. This was a disappointment. Made these today and also did not turn out. Definitely does not make 2-3 dozens. I think I have 18 at most and I used a 1.5T ice cream scoop. The cookie took a long time to bake and I tried one batch as is and it was crumbly. Bc the dough was melts and sticky I put it in the fridge to firm up. Same outcome, way too crumbly. Will not make again.

    Rating: 0.5
  4. I think the dough needs to be refrigerated. Such a high butter content and no leavening means that the dough will puddle if you’re not careful. Refrigerating the dough delays the puddling action slightly (I’m trying that with the second tray full as the first tray is definitely spreading and browning a bit fast on the bottom (again, the high butter content). Another strategy would be, as in similar recipes, to use part shortening. Other recipes also use melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder, and so there are many variants that can affect the spread as it bakes. Also it’s important to keep the size of each dough ball small, so there’s less initial surface content with the hot pan. Good news, chill the dough only for 15 minutes or so (more will make the dough hard to work). Also I used Crisco on the pan rather than parchment paper and that was pretty useful too. A good cookie once you pay attention to the spreading issue. I like to put the kiss on out of the oven, let it soften, and then fold the point in and make a swirl. It takes me about half a batch to get any swirls that look like a mint candy but it’s fun to do.

    Rating: 3
  5. These cookies did not turn out. They were flat, and were not baked in the 8 minutes you suggested. I let them bake another 2 minutes longer and still flat. They don’t look anything like your photo. Been baking a long time and these were a flop.I would not make again. May I ask why there isn’t baking soda in them?

    Rating: 1
    • Hi Susie,
      Your comment spurred me to test this recipe again (doing it right now!) and they are coming out perfectly and look just like the photos. Are you sure you didn’t miss an ingredient or a step? Mistakes happen sometimes!

  6. Approximately how many cookies does this recipe make?

  7. Are there any high altitude adjustments.  I made a different recipe last night and it spread all over my baking pan.  Now i’m hesitant to try another.

    Rating: 4
  8. Wonderful recipe. These were delicious! Perfect for holiday snacking.

    Rating: 5
  9. Made these exactly per recipe and was a total mess. Should try making this yourself and you will see what I mean. Total disaster.

    • I’ve made these many times and they turn out! I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot if you’d like to try them again.

  10. Terrible to make! Dough was mushy and stuck to your hands. Other recipes I’ve tried are much better.wont do this again.
    A disaster like the other commenter.  Wish I had read the comments before I started.

  11. Is margarine or country crock butter okay?

  12. The ingredients are great but this recipe doesn’t work!  If you put the kisses on and place them back in the oven they MELT. ALL. OVER.  I don’t know what I was thinking following these directions.  I’ve made the peanut butter kisses several times and you have to let the cookies cool a few minutes before you put the kisses on.  I’m sure this is a mistake, but you should definitely correct it in the recipe.  You can’t put the kisses on and return them to the oven.  That’s just silliness.  Made these for my son’s bake sale and they were a disaster :(

  13. Would these freeze well?

  14. Thank you for this recipe! My coworkers all loved them. :) Just some notes to share: I’d say it’s better if you refrigerate the dough a bit to combat the runniness. Also, I used powder sugar instead of regular sugar–worked well too. And lastly, parchment paper worked better for the shape (over using a silicone mat).

    Rating: 5
  15. What is the yield for this recipe? I’m making a bunch of different kinds of cookies for all of the grandparents and I’d like to know how many I can get from this recipe. Thanks!

  16. I followed the directions very closely and the cookies came out mushy and overly sweet. don’t know what went wrong. I literally did everything right. needless to say, I will NOT be making this version of these cookies again.

  17. What type of sugar do i use for this recipe? Powder or granulated?

  18. Those babies are so addicting! Speaking of babies…

  19. Yum! These little bites are so addictive. Love it!

  20. I love those little kisses! Cute cookies! HOpe the baby comes soon!

  21. First time on your site. I made these tonight they are PHENOMENAL! Definitely going to be a permanent member of my Christmas cookie list. I am glad that I made them for my hubby’s work party tomorrow or I would be sorry:)

    Rating: 5
  22. These are just adorable… you have inspired me to bake!

  23. I love those mint kisses!!! Haven’t had any yet this season – yum!!

  24. okay…would i be the outcast if i said, i never saw holiday candy cane kisses before? i know! i breathe chocolate and i am a little in the dark. well, the good thing is you learn something new everyday! i am all over these cookies! :)

  25. I love kisses – I posted a recipe today and have another one tomorrow :-) they make cookies so fun…I love your version :-)

  26. LOVE the candy cane kisses. I am sure these cookies are heavenly with them!

  27. oh yum! These sound awesome compared to the traditional peanut butter style!

  28. I love these. Now go have your baby already. :)

  29. Ohh myy! I love using those kisses in different things!

  30. Cute and delicious. Happy Holidays!!

  31. Yum! I love those candy cane kisses during this season, this looks like a recipe I will have to try.

  32. Wow, Hershey’s is really setting the bar this season with loads of awesome chocolate choices! These cookies look amazing, especially that one with the bite taken from it!!

  33. Mmm so festive and tasty looking! Great recipe!

  34. Mmm, the chocolate/mint combo is one of my all-time favorites + these cookies look SOOO good. I’d totally eat one for breakfast right now if i had some here. =)

  35. Chocolate and peppermint is my jam!! Love!

  36. I am addicted to those things!!!

  37. Yum! I’ve made similar cookies with a different base and I agree, those kisses are so good! Love the pictures, too – very creative :)

  38. Love the look of these cookies! And if I had one, no doubt I’d love the taste too. :) I made a recipe last night that is very similar! It’s just a mocha chocolate cookie though instead, with the addition of some coffee flavors.
    This is a fabulous holiday cookie, that’s for sure!

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