Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies

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Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies are a perfect balance of a sweet soft sugar cookie with a touch of fresh creamy peppermint flavor. It’s pure magic. They are decant, indulgent and because of the peppermint, they are not too sweet, they’re just right!

I love all the sweet flavors kisses come in and all the yummy baking you can do with them. Try these two other kiss recipes, Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies and Chocolate Filled Mini Brownie Bites.


Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies

Not only are these so cute, but they make a lot, so you don’t have to worry if you eat half of them while your baking. There will still be enough for the cookie exchange, special occasion or holiday festivity you made them for in the first place.

Peppermint is a classic flavor of the Holidays, and sugar cookies are a classic cookie of the season. Put them together and you have the most perfect cookie I think ever. You can’t go wrong with these little morsels of joy.

Peppermint Kiss Ingredients

  • Powdered Sugar– secret to perfect sugar cookies
  • Butter-Softened for easier mixing
  • Peppermint Extract (optional)– totally depends on whether you want extra mint kick or not
  • Vanilla Extract– Flavor enhancer
  • Egg – Make sure it’s large
  • Flour- Sift with baking powder and salt
  • Baking Powder Makes cookies light and fluffy
  • Salt
  • Granulated Sugar for rolling cookies
  • Chopped Candy Cane flavored Hershey’s Kisses
  • 30 unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses

Making Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies

  1. Sift-In a mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt
  2. Combine– In a large mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, butter, extracts and egg. Beat until creamy being sure to scrape the sides. Add the flour mixture and combine till well blended. Stir in chopped kisses
  3. Shape-Form into ¾ inch balls and roll them in sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  4. Press-As soon as you remove them from the oven press a candy kiss in the center. Put immediately in the fridge or freezer so they keep their shape.
Peppermint kiss sugar cookies on a red plate.

Tips for Perfect Peppermint Cookies

I have discovered two different ways to create these, either way they’re delicious!

  1. Melt– When you remove these from the oven and immediately press the kiss in the center, leave them out on the counter to cool naturally. The candy cane kiss will melt slightly into the center, losing it’s shape but creating a creamy center with melted chocolate.
  2. Cold- As soon as you place the candy cane kiss in the cookie, place in the fridge or freezer to keep that perfect kiss shape. I also like to let the cookie cool just slightly before I press the kiss down.

Storing Your Cookies

These are perfect for you Holiday cookie exchange or party and you make them ahead of time.

  • Store– Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before storing or the chocolate center will melt and make a mess. Store in an air tight container single file so as not to squish each other for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze-Make a double batch and freeze some for another day or event. Once completely cooled, refrigerate first if you haven’t already done so for 2-3 hours. Then you can place in a freezer safe container or bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

More Peppermint Treats

I love the freshness peppermint brings to sweet treats.

Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies

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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 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


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Shape the dough into ¾ inch balls and roll them in the sugar.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • 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!
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.  If they last that long!


Serves: 24

Calories175kcal (9%)Carbohydrates20g (7%)Protein2g (4%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol32mg (11%)Sodium136mg (6%)Potassium43mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar7g (8%)Vitamin A305IU (6%)Calcium15mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

  4. 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. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. They were a big hit at the office Christmas party! Rolled mine in red and green sugars. Delicious!! Thanks!

  8. Yum! I love those kisses!! I will have to try this one. I’ve only seen these with the chocolate cookie.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh my gosh, these looks so wonderful! I haven’t tried a new Christmas cookie in a while, so this will be it. Love your blog!

  10. 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,

  11. Oh my goodness, these look delicious. Two of my favorite things in the world are sugar cookies and anything peppermint.. SO making these. Thanks for sharing!

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