These Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies are rolled in red and white sugar and then topped with a candy kiss. They will be one of the first cookies to disappear off your holiday cookie tray.
I don’t know about you, but I just love this time of year. I think it has something to do with all the cookies and fudge and candy that is always sure to be anywhere we go.
Yes, my sweet tooth gets a workout more than normal during the holidays. Thank goodness for weight and cardio workouts to keep me in check.
One thing that is an absolute must during the holidays is a cookie baking marathon. Just make sure you do NOT wrap your cookies in ziplock bags or saran wrap and put them on a tray INSIDE the oven.
We had to be somewhere later in the afternoon, so I bagged up the cooled cookies in a few Ziplock bags and left a few that were still cooling on the cookie sheets. I then proceeded to place all of the above items inside the oven.
You see, we had a dog who liked to steal goodies, so I thought I was being smart by hiding the trays and bags from her.
It turns out I’m not as smart as I think because we got home, and I decided to make a batch of Peppermint Brownie Truffles that night. I turned the oven on and started to work on the cookie dough.
Of course, the smell of burning plastic had me running to the oven in a hurry and then a lot of crying may have happened.
Ever since then I have been a compulsive oven checker. I turn the oven on and open the door every.single.time now!!!
Ingredients for Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies:
- Greek yogurt
- dark chocolate cocoa powder
- baking soda
- red and white sanding sugars
- Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
Most of these ingredients are probably already in your pantry or fridge. So, just run out and buy a bag or two of the kisses and some colored sugars, so you can get baking.
Tips for making Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies:
Beat the butter and sugars until the mixture is creamy. Add the egg and yogurt and mix it again.
Stir together the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Slowly beat this into the butter mixture.
Scoop out 36 dough balls. Roll each one into a round shape. The dough is very sticky, so you will need to spray your hands with nonstick baking spray to keep it from sticking to you while you roll the dough.
Roll each dough ball in the sanding sugars and place on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove and let the cookie cool on the tray for a few minutes.
Transfer the cookies to a sheet of parchment on your counter and top each one with an unwrapped candy cane kiss. The heat from the cookies will cause the kisses to melt and get soft. Do not move the cookies until everything has cooled and set back up.
Store the cookies in a tightly sealed container.
More delicious and festive holiday cookies you may enjoy:
- Chocolate Mint Truffle Snowball Cookies
- Peppermint Shortbread Bar Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies
- Peppermint Mocha Pudding Cookies
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- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- coarse red and white sanding sugar
- 36 Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the yogurt and egg and beat again.
- Stir together the cocoa powder, baking soda, and flour. Slowly beat into the butter mixture.
- Roll the dough into 36 balls and roll in the red and white sugar. The cookie dough will be very sticky. Place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a sheet of wax paper on the counter.
- Press a kiss into the top of each cookie. Do not move the cookies until they are completely cool and the kiss has set back up. Store in a sealed container.
*The post and recipe for these Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies was originally published on December 2, 2013. The pictures and post have been updated, and it has been republished on December 4, 2018.