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Hubby has a work Hol­i­day party tomor­row so I decided to make cook­ies instead of cup­cakes for a change.  Plus, who can resist some of the great cookie recipes syn­ony­mous with this time of year.  I went with a tried and true favourite — the peanut but­ter cookie with a choco­late kiss pushed into the top.  While at the store buy­ing kisses I saw the white and red striped pep­per­mint vari­ety and thought how fun they would look in a choco­late cookie, so I made those also.

Here are the two quickie recipes which will have you rolling in cook­ies in very short order:

Red Green Candy Bar

Like I said, after see­ing how cute the pep­per­mint kisses were I just had to make a choco­late cookie to put them on.  I had some red dec­o­ra­tor sugar in the pantry and rolled just the tops of the cookie balls into that before bak­ing for some extra hol­i­day sparkle.

Choco­late Pep­per­mint Kiss Cook­iesPrint recipe here

Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweet­ened cocoa
  • 1 tea­spoon bak­ing powder
  • 1/4 tea­spoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted but­ter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup gran­u­lated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
  • 1 choco­late kiss for each cookie


1.  Sift together the flour, cocoa, bak­ing pow­der, and salt and place aside.

2.  Cream together the but­ter and sug­ars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beat­ing after each addi­tion. Beat in vanilla.

3.  On low speed, beat in flour mix­ture a lit­tle at a time, until well blended and smooth.

4.  Drop choco­late cookie dough onto greased bak­ing sheets or sil­i­cone mat by rounded tea­spoons, about 2 inches apart.   I rolled mine in coloured dec­o­ra­tor sugar before plac­ing them on the tray.

5.  Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 min­utes, or until set.

Gen­tly push a kiss into each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

***TIP***  If you don’t have the coloured dec­o­ra­tor sugar avail­able you can make your own but you will still need pow­dered food colour­ing to add to reg­u­lar white sugar.  Place 1 cup of white sugar into a con­tainer with a tight fit­ting lid and to that add about 1/4 tea­spoon of pow­dered food colour­ing.  Shake the con­tainer until the white sugar turns coloured.  Of course you can adjust the amount of food colour­ing to make stronger or paler colours.

Red Green Candy Bar

Peanut But­ter Choco­late Kiss Cookie 

Ingre­di­ents:Holiday Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut but­ter (I like to use crunchy but we only had smooth on hand)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
  • 1 tea­spoon salt
  • Her­sheys Kisses — 1 for each cookie


1.   Pre­heat the oven to 375°F.
2.  Cream together but­ter, both sug­ars and peanut but­ter.
3.  Add the egg and vanilla.
4.  Add flour, bak­ing soda and salt.
5.  Form into small wal­nut sized balls.
6.  Roll in white sugar and place them on a cookie sheet.
7.  Bake for 8 to 10 min­utes.
8.  Press Her­shey Kiss into each cookie when fresh out of the oven.Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

***TIP*** It really helps to have removed the foil wrap­pers from the kisses BEFORE the cook­ies come out of the oven.  I did it for the first batch but was scram­bling to get them unwrapped for the sec­ond batch before the  cook­ies cooled too much as they break up more when push­ing in the kisses if too cool.

Also, some recipes say to return the cook­ies to the oven for a minute once the kisses are on the cookie but I really don’t pre­fer this as the kisses lost their point and looked more like the teats off a baby bot­tle… um no.  You can see the dif­fer­ence in the two pho­tos since I didn’t do it on the choco­late pep­per­mint cookies.

Have a won­der­ful time mak­ing these cook­ies for your fam­ily and friends!  I know I did.  As always, your email ques­tions are most welcome.


(8) Comments   


Lois B on 18 December, 2009 at 8:40 am #

I love the orig­i­nal, but the chocolate-peppermint vari­a­tion if get­ting my atten­tion with the fes­tive red color!

Colleen on 18 December, 2009 at 9:03 am #

Hey Lois! I did sneak one of the choco­late pep­per­mint cook­ies just to try and they tasted as good as they looked.. Enjoy!

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Arlene on 18 December, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

Both ver­sions look absolutely yummy!

Xai on 18 December, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

i think this will be inside the christ­mas goodie bags i am plan­ning to give away. AWESOME IDEA!!!!

Colleen on 18 December, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

Happy Hol­i­days Arlene and Xai! I hope you both enjoy these! I did sneak one today.

HansShinta on 19 December, 2009 at 8:56 am #

Happy Sat­ur­day Sharefest! Thanks for shar­ing the recipes. I might be try­ing one of them soon =)

Cookie Girl on 19 December, 2009 at 9:03 am #

Stop­ping in from SITs today. Nice to see a fel­low FP too. Have a won­der­ful day.

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