Can I mix the dough together like how you did with the Soft Baked Chocolate Swirl Cookie?! :3
Cindy, that would be amazing. Great thinking! Definitely give it a try. Chill both cookie doughs if you do it that way.
Thank you so much for your recipes! You write so well and clear, its so easy to learn new baking techniques, it makes the world of a difference. I made these cookies for a Christmas party this weekend. My 3 year old daughter lOVED helping me make these. My first batch was good, my second batch was overly dry, not sure why, and then the 3rd batch was PERFECT and amazing. They were definitely the most popular cookies at the party!! Thank you thank you! (Wish I could attach a photo of my cookies!)
Hi Kendra. I appreciate this comment so much! Thank you for saying all those kinds things about my writing technique. Baking can be tricky with terrible instructions, so that’s why it’s important to adequately break everything down! Anyway, so glad these cookies were a hit! Feel free to email me a photo – I love seeing them! sallysbakingaddiction (at) gmail.com
Sally these are DELICIOUS! I didn’t have sprinkles so I added some green food coloring to the dough and they came out super cute. They were a huge hit at my work holiday party. I also added a 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract to the dough since I love peppermint
LOVE the idea of making the cookie dough green, Erica! So festive. Happy everyone loved them!
These are such cute cookies that I decided to make them. The cookies are sweet and softer than many butter cookies. I think they are tastier without the striped Hershey kiss, which tastes kind of waxy in comparison to the pleasantness of the cookie. So when I ran out of the striped Hershey kisses, I just rolled these into balls and dipped them into holiday sugars and jimmies. The chocolate dough has a fudgy consistency even after cooling in the refrigerator. I cut small pieces with a knife that I then rolled into balls. Both cookies expand A LOT. I decided that with or without the Hershey kiss the best size for these cookies was teaspoon size, or even slightly smaller. Much bigger and they become too big for the kiss and they start to crumble.
Hi Jodie – thanks for your feedback! The chocolate cookies are definitely fudgy. Love that about them! And I’m sorry you find the hershey kisses to be waxy. both cookies are fantastic on their own though.
I’ve made the chocolate version of these cookies twice in one week: once for my daughter’s school’s bake sale, and once, without the kisses, for a cookie swap I’m hosting. They have the perfect texture, and I love how they’re rolled in powdered sugar before baking so they get a sort of glaze on them. I think I actually prefer them without the kisses on top (it’s almost *too* much, if too much chocolate and sweet could be possible). And I must be making mine smaller, because the second time I made them, I managed to get 3 dozen! When I make them again I might mix crushed candy cane into the powdered sugar.
I’ve been disappointed that so many crinkle cookie recipes on Pinterest have cake mix as the first ingredient, so THANK YOU for making one that uses “real” ingredients! These are going to be on my traditional Christmas cookie list from now on!
Hi Jessica! I am so happy these were a big hit! And the powdered sugar “glaze” is the best part. It gets all melty and completely irresistible. Love the idea of using crushed candy canes with the powdered sugar too. I have to try that!
I made the sugar cookie version last night and love them! They are so cute and festive! I brought to work today so I can’t wait to see what people think of them.
I also made up the dough for the chocolate cookies to give as gifts for people at work. I mixed the dough on Saturday, was planning on baking yesterday (Sunday). Realized a couple of the people I was giving them to are out today so decided to bake tonight instead and left the dough in the fridge. NOW one of the guys is out until Thursday (don’t they know I was trying to do a nice thing for them?!) so I want to bake them on Thursday night to bring in on Friday. Is it too late to freeze the dough? Or should I leave in the fridge? I’m so unsure!
Hey Rebecca! I would roll the chocolate cookie dough today and then freeze as balls until Thursday night. Then, let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, then roll into the powdered sugar and bake as directed. That should be perfect! So sweet of you to bake them for your coworkers. They’re lucky!
Thank you so much for your help!
I made the sugar cookie version and brought to work too and they got RAVE reviews! Going to make them again for my family, I think they’re my new favorite!
So yes, I made these, and they were a HUGE hit. Your recipe is perfect and all your tips made making them even easier. I made the vanilla not the chocolate ones (next!!) and everyone raved. Thanks Sally. Your recipes never steer us wrong!!
Perfect, Shannyn! Let me know when you try the chocolate version.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how Christmasy these cookies look! I showed them to my 11 year old niece to see if she would like to make these on our Annual Christmas Cookie baking night and she was so excited. After the loud “YES” she asked “Is this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction?” She loves your recipes too I did have one question, if I were to make both cookie doughs ahead of time and chill overnight, is there anything special I should do with them the next day before baking?
Just allow the doughs to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before using because they will be rock hard otherwise. Hope you all enjoy them, Kara! I love that your niece knows my blog! That completely made my day. Tell her thanks!
Sally, what a winning cookie recipe!! They are SO soft and delicious!
I actually ran out of eggs yesterday and substituted about 3 tablespoons of greek yogurt for the two eggs, and you can’t tell the difference! I also used the Hershey’s peppermint bark drops instead of the kisses, because I couldn’t find those!
Amazing cookies! I made a huge box for my friends, I hope they like them!
Whitney – that is SO great to know about the eggs! Thank you so much for reporting back about it because now I know what to do if I run out too. I have a feeling your friends will just love them. Perfect gift.
Hi Sally I just made these for christmas party and they were a hit! You did great once again! Also I just saw your engagement photos and you are so pretty!!! SOOO happy for you!
Thank you Kelly – you are so nice! I appreciate that so much. Happy these cookies were a hit!
I recently came upon your site a few weeks ago in an attempt to try to a few new Christmas cookie recipes this year. Not only are the recipes unique, but you’ve added another level of interest with your humor….AND you are as “taken” with rainbow sprinkles as I am. Maybe now my husband won’t think I am as silly now that there is someone else out there with the same passion! lol!!! You have a new fan!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hey Dana! So glad you stumbled upon my website. I am always (always!) happy to “meet” fellow sprinkle lovers. How can you not love them? Thanks for the sweet comment and Merry Christmas to you as well!
Hi Sally –
I am a big cookie baker esp around Christmas. These cookies were a new addition this year and I have gotten tons of compliments by everyone who has tried them. I went with the chocolate version and they are fabulous, so fudgey!!!
Thanks for great recipes!!! Love your blog. Happy holidays!!
That’s wonderful Lori! So happy you loved these (and that many others did as well!) – happy holidays!
They look lovely sally! I just love the pictures! What software are you using for putting in the text, love the fonts!
Is there something speical about King Arthur flour or can I use any brand?
I always suggest my readers use this brand because of its high protein content. Highest on the market for AP flour. High protein = less spreading.
Sally, I’ve tried these three times now and they are so FLAT and they don’t cook in the middle and then the burn trying! What am I doing wrong? Help! Lol thanks! Love your recipes! My mil says the snickerdoodles I make are the best she’s ever had! Your recipe!
Hey Nicole! So happy the snickerdoodles are a hit. A few things on flat cookies: are you using King arthur flour? I always suggest my readers use this brand because of its high protein content. Highest on the market for AP flour. High protein = less spreading. Additionally, I suggest you chill the sugar cookie dough if that is the dough you are referring too. If you did chill, chill for longer. Make sure the dough is super cold. Also, check your baking powder and/or baking soda for freshness. I replace mine every 3 months.
Can these be in the fridge for awhile (like if I made the dough the night before)?
Yes, that would be fine! Enjoy.
The chocolate cookies with peppermint kisses were such a huge hit during the holidays I decided to make them again. This time I added mini reese’s pieces to the chocolate dough and ditched the kisses. They are, as are the norm with your recipes, to die for. Thanx for the delicious inspiration!
Kristin, I love how you made these cookies again with a reese’s twist! So happy you loved them. (How could you not love that combo?!) Thanks for reporting back!
My chocolate cookies were great. The sugar cookies got super thin. They tasted great, but they could have looked better.
WHY DON’T WE OWN BAKING POWDER!!!!!!!!!!
Everything else in the house.
I have to solve this issue or else how am I going to bake half of Sally’s recipies.
I just made the chocolate cookies and they came out flat as pancakes. I chilled the dough and everything. I live in Utah so is there an elevation adjustment I should have made? Have your ever turned out flat?
Just perfect for Christmas!
Hi Sally! I made the sugar cookie version and they turned out wonderful! I crushed up a few candy canes and mixed them into the dough for a little chewy pepperminty crunchy surprise!
Hey Sallie! For the chocolate cookies, should I roll the dough balls in powdered sugar before or after freezing? Thanks!
After would be best.
Sally, I made these cookies today and they looked exactly like yours! Best of all was the taste…they are absolutely delicious. I was wondering if I can freeze these after baking? Thanks for sharing
Yep! Up to 2-3 months is fine.
thank you so much for the recipe! Made these last night for Christmas cookie party! Big hit! They looked just like the picture too!
I just made a double batch of these with my daughter. She loved rolling them in sprinkles and then helping me put the kisses in afterward! They look super cute and I`m excited to try them! Thanks!
I am in the process of making these! My dough turned out a little bit runny, it’s currently in the chilling process. It’s been in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes and is still a little runny. Do you suggest maybe adding more flour?
My dough was SUPER crumbly, any one elses? Any idea why?
im wondering ifnunhaventhe carbs for both of these? My daughter is type 1 but I’m making this for class tomorrow! Your cookie recipes are the best!
Hi I just made the sugar ones and they turned out like pancakes. I had them chilled over err night because I ran out of time. What did I do wrong? Any suggestions to prevent. I made last year and they’d turned out just fine.
Hi! I was wondering if you can subtitute margarine for the butter?
I made this recipe last year and they turned out great!
Fun recipe! I used regular sprinkles in mine, since that’s what I had in my cabinet, and they came out great. I also put a Toblerone on top instead of a kiss, because they’re on a great sale at Costco this week.
I made these last year and will do them again in Dec. They came out perfect. They are SO cute!!! They are yummy and not to difficult.
How do you get the sprinkles to stick?
I’ve had candy cane cookies on the brain lately!! These look great!
Happy Holidays to U.
Can u please tell me a substitute for eggs in this recipe and the quantity I should use of the substitue.
I made this this year again after making them last year! They are so yummy and my kiddos love helping with the sprinkles and the kisses. This year I got smart and put my kisses in the freezer early so they were frozen when they went on the cookies and this stopped them from melting. I also cooled my cookies outside cause it’s cold here right now! Thanks for this great recipe!
Just made them they are beautiful and delicious
Sad to say I had the same results as the last comment! Flat as a pancake,not at all like the picture. I guess the King Arthur flour must really make the difference cause I didn’t use it.
Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!
Meet my new favorite Christmas cookie. There’s sugar, there’s candy canes, there’s Hershey Kisses, there’s sprinkles (!!). Surely you’re not surprised by my new favorite cookie to make around the holidays, right? Just look how festive they are.
But that’s not all. I’m not only sharing one Christmas cookie recipe with you today. I’m sharing two. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies in both sugar/vanilla cookie AND chocolate cookie.
I went to Target this past weekend and, as per the usual, I headed straight for the candy aisle. I picked up a giant bag of Candy Cane Hershey Kisses and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Cookies! Cue fight inside Sally’s head…
Chocolate crinkle cookies! No, wait. Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles! No…. chocolate. No! Vanilla. Choc…van… ugh.
I threw up my hands and dropped the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses into the red cart. Two indecisive days later, I made both cookie recipes and rather than fighting with myself about which recipe to share first…because I clearly do not need any more quarrels inside my brain… I’m sharing both!
Let’s discuss the vanilla cookies first.
I have several sugar cookie recipes at the moment in my archives. These soft-baked funfetti cookies, cake batter sugar cookies, and jelly bean sugar cookies. The first sugar cookie recipe is fantastic, but the cookies aren’t as thick and puffy as the last two. The last two cookies are actually derived from the same basic recipe. It’s a perfect sugar cookie to make into a blossom cookie, where you stick something (like a Hershey Kiss) into the center.
That’s the sugar cookie recipe I used today, only I doubled the recipe as well as slightly increased the butter because I found the dough to be too dry. It’s a very basic sugar cookie recipe to make drop cookies. No strange ingredients – just butter, sugar, leavener, flour, egg yolk (for moisture and chew), and that’s about it! Bonus: there is no dough chilling required for the sugar/vanilla cookies.
Make the cookie dough, roll into balls (about 1 Tbsp of dough each), roll into assorted sprinkles, and bake for 8-10 minutes. This is very important to read: The cookie should be relatively firm. If you find that it’s very soft and hard to roll, chill for at least 30 minutes. Soft cookie dough = flat cookies. Also, the cookies will look very, very under baked. That’s what you need. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes. Press the Hershey Kiss into the center and put the tray into the freezer. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting.
Now, let’s discuss the chocolate crinkle cookies.
I used my tried-and-true chocolate cookie recipe to make the chocolate variety. This chocolate cookie has been getting rave reviews and guess what? It’s quite a simple recipe. Soft, chewy, thick, and ultra fudgy.
You must (MUST!) chill the chocolate cookie dough for at least 2 hours. It’s a very sticky cookie dough; when cocoa powder is mixed with anything wet, you have a sticky mess. So we will chill the cookie dough. The longer you chill the dough, the less sticky it will be – making it much easier to handle. Chilling the dough will also make your baked cookies thicker. Once chilled, roll the cookie dough into balls (a little more than 1 Tbsp of dough each) and roll into powdered sugar. Bake for 10 minutes.
This is very important to read: Just as I explained with the sugar cookie dough, the chocolate cookies will look under baked. That’s what you need. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes. Press the Hershey Kiss into the center and put the tray into the freezer. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting.
Because the sugar cookie dough does not need to be chilled and the chocolate cookie dough does need to be chilled, I made the chocolate cookie dough in the morning and then the sugar cookie dough when I was ready to bake both batches.
And guess what? If you cannot find Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, you may use regular chocolate Hershey Kisses. To get a peppermint flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to either cookie dough when you add the vanilla extract.
So which cookie will you make first? The vanilla cookie or the chocolate cookie? Clearly, I can’t choose. Enjoy TWO new Christmas cookie recipes! Get baking.
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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
Yield: 24 sugar cookies and 20 chocolate cookies
Festive sugar cookies and chocolate cookies stuffed with a Candy Cane Hershey Kiss. Soft, chewy, and easy to make!
Sugar/Vanilla Cookie Dough
10 Tablespoons (145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups (190g) King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (125g) King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (52g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
3/4 cup (90g) confectioners' sugar
1. For the sugar/vanilla cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. Using a hand-held or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 5 full minutes, scraping down the sides and the bottom as necessary. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, beating on medium-high until fully combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. In a medium bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients on low speed until fully combined. The dough will be very thick. If the dough is extremely sticky, chill for at least 45 minutes.
2. Roll dough into balls, a little less than 1 Tablespoon of dough each. The dough may seem dry*, but the warmth of your hands will allow it to come together in a ball. Roll into assorted sprinkles and bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very, very under baked. That's what you need. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Press a Hershey Kiss into the center and immediately put the cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting. Cookies remain fresh tightly covered at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Cookie dough balls may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Roll into sprinkles right before baking. Do not thaw; simply bake for an extra minute or two.
1. For the chocolate cookies: Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed for about 20 seconds. Add the sugars with the mixer running on medium speed. Cream it all together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly add to the wet ingredients on low speed. Beat in the milk on medium speed until combined. The dough will be thick and very sticky. Chill for at least 2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. Roll dough into balls, a little more than 1 Tablespoon of dough each. Roll each ball into confectioners' sugar to coat heavily. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Press a Hershey Kiss into the center and immediately put the cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes. Doing this will prevent the kiss from melting. Cookies remain fresh tightly covered at room temperature for 1 week. Cookies may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Cookie dough balls may be frozen up to 2-3 months. Roll into confectioners' sugar right before baking. Do not thaw; simply bake for an extra minute or two.
For the sugar cookies: the cookie dough should be relatively firm and even somewhat dry. If you find that it's very soft and hard to roll, chill for at least 45 minutes. Soft cookie dough = flat cookies. I strongly recommend King Arthur flour because this flour has a higher protein content than any other flour on the market. More protein in flour results in thicker cookies.
I strongly suggest using room temperature egg yolks and egg (respectively) for these cookies recipes so the egg(s) disperse more evenly into the cookie doughs. To bring to room temperature quickly, place egg(s) into a glass of warm water for 5 minutes.
If you cannot find Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, you can use regular chocolate Hershey Kisses. To get a peppermint flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to either cookie dough when you add the vanilla extract.
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