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Peppermint Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Hershey Kiss Christmas cookies can be peppermint for the holidays or chocolate and thumbprint sugar cookies. An easy recipe kids love, and perfect for your Christmas cookie exchange party.

Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Want to make a different Christmas cookie this year for your sweets exchange?? These are super fun and versatile too! You can change up our Hershey Kiss cookies all different kind of ways with things like peppermint extract, sprinkles, the list goes on and on. (affiliate links present)

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

We used to make peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies all the time. When it comes closer to the holidays we want all things that remind us of Santa though. SO we thought outside of the box, used that base and tweaked it for the end of the year flavors. They were a huge hit!

Get out a bowl of red and green sprinkles or crushed candy canes and let’s get “rolling”, literally and figuratively. The dark or chocolate kiss on top is just the beginning of the YUM y’all.

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Ok so it is easier if you just use a stand mixer to incorporate all the things. If you have ever made peanut butter blossoms before, you make the dough balls the same way. Below is a simple shortbread cookie recipe that is no fail, seriously.

  • Room temperature butter and sugar
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Peppermint extract, if that is the flavor of thumbprint cookie recipe you want
  • 1/2 c sprinkles optional
  • Hersheys kisses we used these peppermint ones

If you wanted a more subtle taste you could just add the extract into the dough, and use chocolate kisses. For a lactose free version use our dairy free chocolate chip cookies recipe as the base instead, just skip the chips.

How do you make easy cookies?

I mean there are hundreds to choose from but a fun way is to just make sugar cookies. Allow to chill in the fridge to harden a bit. Roll the dough into balls and then into sprinkles. Bake and gently press a chocolate kiss on the top when done.

What is a Hershey Kiss made of?

Um well chocolate. These were actually created out of the waste created when they made Hershey bars at the factory. Instead of throwing away the scraps they were melted down and plopped on a sheet, cooled and there you have their origin!

Your dough is going to look like this when it is incorporated. Just scrape the sides of the bowl to get it all out, waste is tragic.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

As for what you roll the outside in there are more than I could mention. For the holidays a few great options though would be;

  1. Crushed peppermint candies
  2. Red and green sprinkles or colored granulated sugar

You can of course skip the chocolate on top all together but then they wouldn’t be Hershey Kiss cookies now would they? Tweaking it for year round you can make the dough into peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate kisses on top too.

We always make these together in the kitchen as well as our 4 ingredient Crockpot peanut clusters. Those are also super cheap to create and everyone loves them!

Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

I have a printable recipe card at the very bottom. You can keep it handy in your recipe box or just come back again and again. We would miss you if you grabbed it and went forever. 🙁

  • Start off by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides.
    • Add the sugar and continue beating for 5 to 7 minutes or until fluffy.  
  • Mix in the extracts until combined. Add the flour and beat until mixed. Using a small tablespoon cookie scoop, portion the cookie dough and shape into balls with your hands.
  • Roll each ball in the colored sugar if desired. Place on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are puffed and the edges are set.
  • After removing the cookies from the oven, press one kiss into the center of each cookie. Transfer on to a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

The chocolates will look like they are melting but do not touch them and they will get solid again in the correct shape as they cool. Let kids get involved in this last step. Have them unwrap each one (so you don’t have to do it) and in exchange they get to press each one in.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

How to save leftover homemade cookies

You do want to keep these, and Christmas fudge, in a dry room temperature area, and not stacked on top of one another. Best way to do this is in a shallow container with a lid that snaps tight and is as air tight as possible. The more air you can keep out the better they will be. Don’t put into your fridge or they will dry out.

To add moisture you can actually put half of a piece of bread into that container. Believe it or not just sitting in there will keep the cookies moist a lot longer. They will stay tender 2-3 days. If you won’t finish them in that time you can freeze, but it isn’t as recommended as the texture will change when defrosted.

What’s the best way to freeze cookies

For best results you want them to be completely cooled. Then use plastic wrap to wrap each one individually. Line an airtight container with foil or use a freezer bag to add them in in one layer, do not overlap.

They will freeze for up to 3 months this way. This way you can take one or two out at a time and thaw on the countertop. Just note that the kiss will likely change shape a bit when coming to temp and may be a bit white too if it gets a bit of freezer burn.

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Hershey Kiss Christmas cookies can be peppermint for the holidays or chocolate and thumbprint sugar cookies. An easy recipe kids love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, cookies, hershey kiss, peppermint, thumbprint cookies, white chocolate
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 114kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat the butter and medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides. Add the sugar and continue beating for 5 to 7 minutes or until fluffy.  
  • Mix in the extracts until combined. Add the flour and beat until mixed. Using a small (1 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion the cookie dough and shape into balls with your hands.
  • Roll each ball in the colored sugar if desired. Place on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are puffed and the edges are set.
  • After removing the cookies from the oven, press one kiss into the center of each cookie. Transfer on to a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool completely. The candies will look like they are melting but do not touch them and they will get solid again in the correct shape.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

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Nutrition Facts
Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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