Hershey’s Kiss Cookies

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Hershey’s Kiss Cookies are soft and chewy chocolate cookies, made with cocoa powder, melted chocolate and rolled in sugar before baking and topped with Hershey Kisses, ready in under 30 minutes!

Cookies are practically a staple around here, and right now we’re baking Chocolate Chip Cookies, Turtle Cookies, and Oreo Balls (Oreo Truffles)!

Hershey's Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Hershey’s Kiss Cookies are the PERFECT combo of chewy chocolate cookie and Hershey kiss candies. This is one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes. They are made with cocoa powder and melted chocolate, with kisses pressed into the top, which is basically chocolate heaven. Plus they’re totally kid-friendly, because they’ll love helping to press the candies into the cookies!

These kiss cookies are like a chocolate version of my favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms, but without the peanut butter. If you’re looking for another chocolate recipe to serve next to these cookies, you’ll love my chocolate truffles!


Kiss cookies can be kept at room temperature for up to a week, if they don’t get eaten before that. I like to put a piece of parchment paper between each layer, so the cookies don’t stick together. You can also add a piece of bread to absorb any potential moisture in the container, which helps them stay chewy.


Make your kiss cookies ahead of time and layer them in an airtight container, then freeze. Defrost them at room temperature a few hours before serving. If the kisses don’t stick, you can try to warm just the cookie up and press the kiss into the warm cookie.

I usually advise baking cookies from the freezer to warm them up and make them feel just baked, but with kiss cookies the Hershey kiss will melt in the oven, so I don’t recommend it.

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

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If your cookies are crumbly, it’s usually because they’re either over-baked or there’s too much flour being added. Make sure to measure the all purpose flour exactly, leveling the measuring cup or using a scale. This is a good practice with all of the dry ingredients when you’re baking.


Kiss Cookies


  • You can use flavored Hershey kisses for these chocolate cookies. I’ve made these with the almond, caramel-filled, and white chocolate versions before, and they all turned out great!
  • Try other toppings instead of the kisses, like chocolate chips or chocolate mints, caramel, marshmallows, or peanut butter.
  • This recipe uses both white granulated sugar and brown sugar, which helps keep the cookie chewy. But if you only have white granulated sugar, you can replace the brown sugar with that.
  • Try using peppermint chocolate and crushed peppermint candies for a holiday version!
  • Be careful not to crowd the cookies on the cookie sheet, so the cookies have room to drop and don’t stick together.
  • Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper to help keep the cookies from sticking, and also to help with cleanup when you’re done!

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

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Hershey Kiss Cookies

5 from 11 votes
  • Yield: 30 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Hershey Kiss Cookies are soft and chewy, made with cocoa powder, melted chocolate, and topped with Hershey Kisses, ready in under 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus more for rolling cookies in
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate melted
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 30 Hershey kisses unwrapped


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add the butter and sugar to a stand mixer with the beater attachment on medium speed until lightened in color and fluffy, about two minutes.

  2. Add in the vanilla, egg and finally the melted chocolate.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and add it into the stand mixer on low speed until just combined.
  4. Scoop with a 1 tablespoon measure into a bowl of sugar and roll in the sugar (try not to touch the dough too much) then place on a baking sheet (I do this in 3 sheets of 10 cookies each) and bake for 8-10 minutes.

  5. Once you remove from the oven have the chocolate kisses unwrapped and ready to push into the center of each cookie immediately then remove from the pan to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 30 servings, Amount per serving: 118 calories, Calories: 118g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 56mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 100g, Calcium: 26g, Iron: 0.7g

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Hershey's Kiss Cookies

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  1. Can I jus buy chocolate chip cookies that you bake? Then put the Hershey’s kiss in before they are done?

  2. I made these with pretty striped holiday peppermint kisses and I rolled them in red sugar – *everyone* loved them. Killer recipe, didn’t turn out better when I chilled before baking either, that’s always a plus.

  3. I made these cookies last night and they are completely as promised, chewy, chocolaty and fun to make. I will have to make another batch so I can include them in my annual Christmas cookie gifts to friends and family. Merry Christmas!

  4. Wow these are good. I made them for the first time today and they were amazing. I had a bit of trouble trying to get the size right (I use cookie scoops and I think that to get 30 it may be an in-between size). I got 23 absolutely fantastic cookies out of this recipe. Added to my list of best baking recipes.

  5. Made a batch last week, everyone I gave them too has raved, need to make more now as my son has finished them off! Delicious, chewy, nice texture from the sugar coating, just wonderful!

  6. I made these with my two youngest children. They are so very easy to make. Thank you for a wonderful, delicious recipe. I used peppermint kisses which were heavenly. Great recipe. Thanks again!

    1. Easy to make, and delicious! Light crunch from the sugar coat. Soft but not crumbly. Amazing! Made these with my 4 yr old. Used kisses in 3 flavors: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and cookies n cream. Big thumbs up.