Sugar Cookies with Hershey Kisses

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes

These Sugar Cookies with Hershey Kisses are by far are one of the best treats ever. They’re sweet, wonderfully tasty, and they come with a bite of delicious chocolate. You’ll save so much time baking this holiday season when you add these cookies to your dessert menu.

Hershey kiss cookies

Picture this: it’s the holidays and you’re looking to make a dessert that will satisfy you and all of your guests. The solution? Hershey kiss sugar cookies! These cookies are so yummy and consist of easy ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now! They will become one of your families favorite cookies.

Did you know that Hershey Kisses were invented in Pennsylvania and that during WWII, Hershey’s had to stop producing the chocolate to support rationing? Learn more about this awesome chocolate here.

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What makes this recipe great? Sugar cookies are an all-time classic that, combined with a Hershey’s Kiss, make up the perfect treat. You’ll have no trouble baking these cookies with the easy recipe found below.

  • Easy Ingredients: All of the ingredients used in this recipe are so easy to find in store if you don’t have them already!
  • Family Friendly: Kids love cookies and they’re sure to love these as well.
  • Makes a Great Gift: These cookies are an easy and yummy gift to give to your loved ones this holiday season.
A plate full of christmas cookies.

Ingredient Notes for Hershey Kiss Sugar Cookies

  • Shortening: Adding shortening when making cookies ensures that the cookies will be softer, more tender, and also ‘taller’ instead of flat.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract helps to enhance the flavors in baked goods like cookies. Without it, they could taste dull!
  • Vanilla Pudding: Pudding helps to add flavor to the recipe as well as softness to the cookies.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder helps the cookie dough to expand when being baked, creating light and airy cookies.
  • Candy: Don’t want to use Hershey Kisses for this recipe? Try the variations of peanut butter cups instead for a peanut butter blossom cookies recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar: In this recipe, powdered sugar is used to decorate the cookies.

Equipment Needed for Cookies with Hershey Kisses

How to Make Hershey Kiss Cookies

These are the basic steps for making Hershey Kiss Sugar Cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Mixing the dry and wet ingredients for the cookies.

STEP 1: First

Pre heat the oven. Cream the butter, shortening, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add in eggs, vanilla, and pudding. Stir well. In another bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

Making the cookie dough.

STEP 2: Mix

Add the butter and all purpose flour mixture together in little increments until all the flour is added.

STEP 3: Form Balls

Scoop using a cookie scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Add a Hershey kiss and pinch around the chocolate to form a cone shape.

Rolling the cookies and placing the chocolate kiss inside.

STEP 4: Cool

When all of the dough is used, place the cookies in the fridge for an hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. After, place the chilled cookies on the baking sheet two inches apart.

STEP 5: Bake

Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes on a cookie sheet. Remove from the oven and let cool until they are warm.

STEP 6: Decorate

Place the powdered sugar in a bowl and roll the cookies in the sugar. Let the cookies cool some more before rolling them again on a wire rack.

Prep and Storage Tips for Christmas Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THISHERSHEY KISS THUMBPRINT COOKIES RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Kiss cookies can be made up to a week in advance. Store in an airtight container until they’re ready to be served.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPES FOR HERSHEY KISS COOKIES

Place the cookies in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to two weeks.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Place the cookies in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. They can stay fresh for up to six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE KISS COOKIES RECIPE DIFFERENT

Use a different candy like Rolos for a caramel flavor or alternatively try a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for a peanut butter flavor. However, having a few of each would be amazing.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BAKING SODA IN PLACE OF BAKING POWDER?

Using baking soda will change the texture of the cookies in this recipe. Baking soda is generally used for chewier cookies. This recipe calls for light and airy ones.

CAN THIS SUGAR COOKIE KISSES RECIPE BE DOUBLED?

Simply double the ingredients required for one batch of Hershey kiss sugar cookies and bake as instructed. Make sure you have extra baking sheets to bake the cookies on.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DROP AND CUT-OUT SUGAR COOKIES?

Drop cookies are made by dropping dough balls on a baking sheet. Cut-out cookies are made by rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters to get a specific shape.

A small plate of cookies and a platter of cookies in the background with coffee.

Expert Tips for Making This Chocolate Kisses Recipe

  • Chill: Make sure you chill your dough before baking so that the cookies keep their cone shape.
  • Don’t overbake: Sugar cookie Hershey kiss are supposed to be light and airy. Make sure you don’t overbake them or else they will come out flat and brittle.
  • Candy Topping: To make these cookies a little more festive, replace the chocolate Hershey kiss with a candy cane one!
  • Sprinkles: Make theis sugar cookie recipe with sprinkles on top. Make for other holidays such as Halloween.

What to Serve with Sugar Cookies with Hershey Kisses

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Hershey Kiss Sugar Cookies
5 from 2 votes

Sugar Cookies with Hershey Kisses

Yield: 6 Dozen
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cookies by far are one of the best treats ever and Hershey kiss sugar cookies are no exception. They're sweet, wonderfully tasty, and they come with a bite of delicious chocolate. You'll save so much time baking this holiday season when you add these cookies to your dessert menu.
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Ingredients

  • ¾ Cups Butter–softened
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 70-80 Hershey Kisses
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  • Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, and instant pudding mix.
  • Continue mixing until thoroughly incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the four mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful.
  • Make a ball with the dough and then press a Hershey Kiss into the center.
  • Pinch the dough up and around the kiss to create a cone shaped ball of dough.
  • Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Place the cookies in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • When ready to bake preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the chilled cookies on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle but still warm.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a bowl.
  • Place the warm cookies in the bowl of powdered sugar and gently roll to coat.
  • Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cookies are cooled completely roll them in the powdered sugar again to coat in another layer.

Expert Tips

  • Chill: Make sure you chill your dough before baking so that the cookies keep their cone shape.
  • Don’t overbake: Hershey kiss sugar cookies are supposed to be light and airy. Make sure you don’t overbake them or else they will come out flat and brittle.
  • Candy Topping: To make these cookies a little more festive, replace the chocolate Hershey kiss with a candy cane one!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 1105kcal | Carbohydrates: 163g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 120g | Vitamin A: 788IU | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, Hershey Kisses, hershey’s, hershey’s chocolate, sugar cookies

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