Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies

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Have you tried a peppermint kiss yet?  I am surprised that any of them made it on top of these cookies!  They are so good and my new favorite treat!  These peppermint cookies are the perfect cookie exchange treat.  Let me tell you why…  they make a lot, they are so cute, and they are amazingly good!  I had to give some away because I liked them a little too much!  

Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Things that I changed:  I didn’t add the peppermint extract.  I think it would have been too much peppermint for me.
Things that I would do differently next time: Nothing
Will I make it again?  Yes 

1 1/2 cups powdered Sugar
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 tsp peppermint extract (opt)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely chopped candy cane flavored Hershey’s kisses
Granulated sugar (For rolling cookie balls in)
About 30 unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
3. In large mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, extracts, and egg.  Beat at medium speed scraping sides of bowl until creamy.  Add the flour mixture mixing until blended.  The mixture will be a bit crumbly.  Stir in chopped kisses.
3. Shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls and roll them in the sugar.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.
4.  As soon as out of the oven press a candy cane kiss in the center.  Put immediately in the fridge or freezer so that they keep their kiss shape.  
I found that you can do this two ways.  1- You can just press the kiss into the cookie and it will melt in the center.  It will still look really cute with the stripes but lose the kiss shape.  I LOVED the way they tasted when I bit into the soft cookie with melted chocolate.  or 2- You can either put them in the fridge or freezer to keep the kiss shape.  or I let my cookies cool for about 5 minutes and pressed the kiss down into it and put it in the fridge.  it hardly melted at all.  Both ways are awesome, I always warmed mine up anyway before eating so the chocolate was soft and gooey…. YUM these are so good!
5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.  If they last that long!
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  1. says

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kinds words. :o)
    You have such a lovely blog! I look forward to reading it in the future!

    Take care,

  2. Nettie says

    I’m going to try this for a cookie exchange I’m having at work this week! I need to make 5 dozen…how many cookies does 1 recipe make?
    Thanks :)

  3. Kathy says

    Just found this recipe on Pinterest… These cookies are soooooo yummy! I couldn’t stop “testing” them when I made them this morning. :) I followed your advice about not adding peppermint extract and would agree that the mint flavor of the Kisses is perfect without adding the extra mint extract to the cookies. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and was pleased that it made so many cookies–60 plus maybe another batch (20) left to do! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sarah says

    I’m going to try this!
    But I have a quick question, when we shape the dough into balls and we bake them, does the shape change by any chance? Does the cookie get flatter as seen in the picture? I apologize for my noob question! Beginner baker over here! :)

  5. Kathi says

    I LOVE your recipes, but don’t like the fact that I cannot print them out. I don’t have a laptop and it makes it so hard to make your recipes that way. When I try to print them, they come out so light that I cannot read them! Sorry, just my opinion!

    • Alyssa says

      All of my current recipes from June have the print option. I would have to go back and reformat the recipe with the print option on every old recipe. Just haven’t gotten to this one yet.

  6. Molly says

    Made these today, but substituted 1/4 c crushed candy cane for the chopped peppermint kisses, reduced peppermint extract to 3/4 tsp, and used milk chocolate kisses to top. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Mel says

    These looked amazing, so I pinned the recipe, but I was a little disappointed. Mine were VERY crumbly and difficult to shape into balls. As a result, the cookies were dry. I think a little less flour might correct this next time I make them. Have any other readers/pinners had the same experience? Just wondering.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Malena says

    I want to make this for my class cookie exchange, and I was wonder would this recipe make 2 dozen? Or should I double it?

  9. Heather says

    these looked amazing on Pinterest but were terribly dry and crumbly. I was so bummed. We are going to cut the powdered sugar and flour.

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