Candy Cane Kiss Cookies takes only 20 minutes to make and looks so festive. Each bite is soft and fluffy with tons of peppermint flavor!

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Stacked on a platter
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We love making peanut butter kiss cookies so it seemed like a great idea to try a peppermint version. These peanut butter kiss cookies are always a must for the holiday season. It’s a great Christmas Dessert.

If you love all things peppermint like we do, try this Peppermint Bark Recipe. All the flavors of peppermint in a bark form.

Why we love this recipe:

We love Hershey Kisses and the peppermint kisses are so delicious. It really gives these cookies the best flavor. Topping them on these sugar cookies really makes these soft, chewy cookies taste amazing.

Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses are usually sold in holiday section at your local store. If you plan on making these cookies, or just want to enjoy a bag for yourself, grab them early.

Ingredients for Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Ingredients needed - butter, sugar, candy cane kisses, vanilla, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, sugar
  • Butter, softened
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Hershey Candy Cane Kisses
  • Hershey Candy Cane Kisses
  • Granulated Sugar

Find the complete recipe and ingredient list at the bottom of the post.


  • Baking Soda – If you are out of baking soda, you can substitute with baking soda. Use ½ teaspoon of baking soda instead.
  • Crushed Candy Canes – Instead of crushing up candy cane kisses, you can crush candy canes instead. This will add a little crunch to the cookies.
  • Sprinkles – You can top the cookies with sprinkles for a fun and festive look.
  • Peppermint Extract – To enhance the peppermint flavor, mix in a teaspoon of peppermint extract.

How to Make Candy Cane Kiss Cookies:

  • Step 1. Prepare the oven by preheating it to 350 degrees F.
Mixing bowl with batter combined and kisses added.

Step 2. Mix together the unsalted butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the egg and vanilla with a standing mixer. Mix in the remaining flour mixture and chopped Hershey Kisses.

Cookie dough balls dipped in sugar.

Step 3. Place sugar in a bowl. Roll each cookie dough ball in sugar and place on baking sheet.

Cookies baked on baking sheet.

Step 4. Bake the Cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly golden brown.

Hershey Kiss on top of each cookie.

Step 5. Remove the cookies from the oven. Let them cool a few minutes and then place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss in the center. Move the cookies immediately to the refrigerator or freezer so that the kisses keep their form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Use if I can’t find Candy Cane Kisses?

Once the holiday items hit the store and you are planning on making these cookies, I would grab them. They are a holiday item that only comes out during the Christmas time. Everyone loves them, so they are purchased quickly.

If you can’t find them at your store, you can use the white and chocolate striped Hershey’s hugs or plain milk chocolate kisses. These cookies will still be delicious.

Can I Make these into Chocolate Cookies?

If you want to make a chocolate version of this cookie, you can mix in ¾ cup of cocoa powder to the mix. It is a fun twist on this holiday cookie.

Can you freeze?

Yes, you can freeze these Christmas Cookies. These soft and chewy holiday cookies are easy to freezer. They will last for about a month in the freezer if stored properly.

Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and place in the freezer. When you are ready to serve, thaw overnight at room temperature.

How to store?

Store cookies at room temperature covered in airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to a week if stored properly.

Pro Tips

  • Mixing Cookie Dough – When mixing the cookie dough, make sure to not over mix. If you overmix the cookie then they will be flat after baking.
  • Chill Cookies – Make sure to chill the cookies after baking and placing the kiss in the middle. This helps to keep the form of the cookie.
  • Prepare the pan. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cookie Scoop. The cookies will all be uniform if you use a small cookie scoop.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies on a wire rack

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Peppermint Kiss Cookies

4.91 from 11 votes
Candy cane kiss cookies takes only 20 minutes to make and looks so festive. Each bite is soft and fluffy with tons of peppermint flavor!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool 3 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 204



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Blend the butter with the 1 cup of sugar and vanilla extract with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer.  Blend until throughly combined.
  • Add in the egg and blend until smooth.
  • Then stir in by hand the flour, baking soda and salt.  Do not over mix.
  • Then gently mixed in the chopped Candy Cane Hershey Kisses.
  • Roll approximately 1 tablespoon of the dough in the ¼ cup of granulated sugar and place them approximately 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly golden brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven. Allow them to cool for 3 minutes and then place an unwrapped Candy Cane Hershey Kiss at the center of each cookie. Move the cookies immediately to the refrigerator or freezer so that the kisses keep their form.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, remove them from the refrigerator or freezer, remove from the baking sheets and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 204kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 2g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 179mg, Potassium 19mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 16g, Vitamin A 246IU, Calcium 24mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. I love this time of year and this has become my new favorite cookie. They are soft with the added peppermint kiss just makes it so much better. Everyone at work enjoyed them as well. Thanks again.