Good Lord above, do I love Christmas cookies. And Christmas. And these Peppermint Kiss Chocolate Cookies because they are everything that a cookie should be! I have a sordid love affair with the combination of mint and chocolate, so these cookies are pretty tops in my books!
Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Peppermint Kisses on Top
This recipe is a great base for plain chocolate cookies. The dough bakes up into chocolate cookies that are soft and chewy, but also can handle additions such as chocolate chips, M&M’s and yes, a peppermint kiss on top. The way these are done right now they are perfect for Christmas, but you can add whatever you want to these – the sky is the limit.
Chocolate Cookie Baking Tips
- Make sure that you under bake these cookies, so that they are soft and chewy and don’t turn into hockey pucks. When you are baking cookies that have cocoa in them there is a much higher chance of them drying out. You have to watch them carefully and take them out when the edges start to feel solid – check around the 8-9 minute mark and see where they are.
- You can add a cup of two of chocolate chips, raisins, a cup of nuts, etc to this batter and leave the chocolate kisses off of the top to make other types of chocolate cookies.
- Make sure when you use the kisses that you press them into the middle of the cookies RIGHT AFTER you take them out of the oven! You need the kiss to melt into the cookie and then harden, which then means that the two are fuse together and the kisses will stay on top.
To store these cookies you can place them into a freezer safe container with a lid and freeze for up to 3 months. You can also prep the dough ( see my instructions in my chocolate chip cookies recipe for freezing cookie dough and cookies),
So happy baking! This is my base chocolate cookie recipe that I use it for my Rolo Cookies that are another Christmas classic, make sure to check out how to make those as well!
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Peppermint Kiss Chocolate Cookies
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 12 minutes
- Total Time
- 22 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 cup of butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 36 Hershey's White Chocolate Peppermint Kisses unwrapped
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together completely. Set aside.
- In a large mixer bowl with your paddle attachment, beat the sugars & butter until light & fluffy.
- Add in the eggs. Beat well, then add in the vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture slowly and blend well.
- Roll the cookie dough into a 1 inch ball.
- Roll the cookie ball in the white sugar. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet at least 1.5 inches apart..
- Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until slightly under done.
- Remove from the oven and immediately press the peppermint kisses into the top of the cookie. Let the cookies cool completely on the sheet, then store in a closed container for up to 3 days on the counter or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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I really love these cookies! I like my kisses flattened so it spreads into each bite so after they’ve been sitting in the cookies and getting soft for about 10 mins I tap the sheet on the counter to make the kisses fall, then take a toothpick and give them 1 or 2 swirls. Thanks for the recipe looking to try them with more types of kisses.
Can these be made as cookie bars instead of cookies & if so hqw long to bake in an 8×8 pan?!
I just made these and they are amazing!!! I made half the recipe so I could make more for my boyfriend after Christmas. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!!!
These are amazing! My crew can be very critical of new cookie recipes but we all decided these are going in the family favorites column! Thank you for sharing.
Jacquelyn Von Schmittou says
What kind of brown sugar?
I used dark brown, but I would think you could use light brown instead if needed.
Use should put the kisses on immediately after you take the cookies out of the oven after baking.
Karlynn Johnston says
Yup, it’s in the instructions!
I have just put together the dough, and it is far too sticky to roll. Any suggestions? I put dough in refrigerator to see if that helps.
I made these for my family for Christmas this year and they were an absolute hit!!! Thank you for sharing!! We will be craving these all year now!!
Beth A says
SO GOOD! We made them today and they turned out great. I made the dough balls a little smaller and we ended up with 66, lol!
Kirsti Kreutzer says
So. Darn. Good! Thank you for sharing!
How do you get the kisses to not melt flat. All the kisses melted into puddles on my cookies. I even refrigerated the kisses to try to stop them from melting. They taste good they just dont look very pretty. I will make the cookies by themselves next time me cause they are really good. Maybe just rolled on powdered sugar.
Hey,.you are putting them on AFTER baking, right? They won’t melt except for the bottom which makes them stick to the already baked cookie!
Zimmie l Harris says
recipes sound good and hopefully I will try soon after my knee replacement surgery on December 11 , 2018.
MY THUMB PRINT COOKIES SPREAD NO INDENT says
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I made these for my husband to take to work and honestly, I didn’t want to let them go. They’re amazing! Definitely will be making a batch for us to keep! This is my new favorite Christmas cookie.