Hershey Kiss Cookies {Chocolate Sugar Cookies}

These Hershey Kiss Cookies are sure to be Santa’s favorite on Christmas Eve! Chocolate kiss cookies are always amazing, but this recipe is even more decadent with cocoa mixed into the batter.

Holidays aren’t quite the same without sugar cookies, and this chocolate version comes with Hershey’s kisses in the middle. These cookies are the perfect addition alongside ginger snaps or shortbread cookies any Christmas platter.

Close up of chocolate hershey kiss cookies on a serving tray.

What Are Hershey Kiss Cookies?

Hershey Kiss Cookies are basically a thumbprint cookie made with cocoa. Where you would normally put jam or frosting (in the thumbprint) instead, you place a Hershey Kiss!

These can be any kind of Hershey kiss – choose your favorite, anything that will go well with chocolate! Just make sure you unwrap it first. Or add in peanut butter to create a peanut butter blossom!

Two images showing the hershey kiss cookies being rolled in sugar with a thumbprint being pressed into them.

How To Make Hershey Kiss Cookies

These are lovely, easy, and versatile cookies. They end up looking like a decadent cookie that took a long time to make, but the beauty is that it only takes a few minutes to throw these together.

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients including cocoa.
  2. In a separate bowl beat the wet ingredients with the sugar (both kinds.)
  3. Incorporate cocoa mixture into the wet ingredients, beating until smooth.
  4. Roll into balls, roll in sugar, and bake. When they are done, make an indent with your thumb in each cookie, and press a chocolate kiss into each hole.

That’s all there is to it, but the results are to die for! Double chocolate bliss!

Additional Toppings

You can use your imagination and decorate these different ways, or make an array of cookies, each one a bit different. Have your kids help to decorate and come up with ideas!

  • Roll in chocolate sprinkles instead of sugar before baking.
  • Or roll in nonpareils, chocolate balls or other types of sprinkles.
  • Roll in crushed up candy canes!
  • Use a different type of Hershey Kiss on each cookie, use Hugs, White Chocolate Kisses, Caramel, Toffee Crunch, or Peanut Butter, Dark, Cherry Cordial…you name it, every cookie can have its own unique imprint…or should I say thumbprint?

Can You Freeze Hershey Kiss Cookies

Oh yes. This is the perfect “freezing cookie” it doesn’t seem to be affected by freezing, but comes out just as delicious and decadent as it was before freezing. You can freeze the dough too, to defrost and bake later.

I love having a couple of tins of these ready to take out for gifts or for guests, or for just a special treat by the fireplace at Christmas time!

Hershey Kiss Cookies on a cooling rack.

How To Store Hershey Kiss Cookies

I like to pack these into a pretty Christmas tin lined with wax paper. I usually make two layers, with a layer of wax paper or foil in between each. That way the cookies don’t freeze together.

  • Counter: Most cookies will keep stored at room temperature for up to 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Fridge: If stored in the fridge they will keep even longer.
  • Freezer: Alternatively, freeze Hershey Kiss Cookies in an airtight freezer safe container (I would still layer with wax paper between layers). Most cookies can keep in the freezer for up to six months

Bon appetit! I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does!

Classic Holiday Cookies

Hershey’s Kiss Cookies

Cook Time 10 minutes

Chill 30 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Chocolate kiss cookies are always amazing, but this recipe is even more decadent with cocoa mixed into the batter.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
  • 24 Hershey’s Kisses unwrapped

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and brown sugar, mix well. Add egg and vanilla.

  4. Turm mixer to low and add the cocoa mixture. Stir until well mixed and smooth.

  5. Form cookies into 1″ balls and roll each ball in granulated sugar. Note: If dough is soft, refrigerate 30-60 minutes.

  6. Place 1 in apart on prepared baking pans.

  7. Press thumb into center of each cookie, leaving an indentation.

  8. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and place a Hershey’s kiss in the middle of each cookie.

  9. Cool completely on wire racks.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 130, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 109mg, Potassium: 28mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 129%, Calcium: 16%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Top photo - Close up of chocolate hershey kiss cookies on a serving tray. Bottom photo - a thumbprint being pressed into a cookie.
Hershey Kiss Cookies on a cooling rack.
Top photo - Close up of chocolate hershey kiss cookies on a serving tray, one has a bite out of it. Bottom photo - a thumbprint being pressed into a cookie.

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