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Rockin' around the Christmas Tree Cookies

Details

Time
3 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
24 sandwich cookies

Tis the season to be merry with this chocolate Christmas tree recipe. Delight friends and family with holiday cookies made with HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy Cane Mint Candies and Milk Chocolate Chips. Trimming the tree never tasted so good.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour
Bake Time
10 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes
Chill Time
1 hour

Ingredients

  • CHOCOLATE COOKIES

  • 1 cup

    butter (2 sticks), room temperature

  • 1 cup

    sugar

  • 1

    egg

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup
  • 1-1/2 tsps

    baking powder

  • 1 tsp

    salt

  • FILLING

  • 1/2 cup

    unsalted butter (1 stick)

  • 2 Tbsps

    heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • Pinch of

    salt

  • 3 cups

    powdered sugar

  • HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies

  • Additional

    powdered sugar

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

mixing bowl
mixing bowl
mixer
mixer
rubber scraper
rubber scraper
whisk
whisk
baking sheet
baking sheet
chef hat
tree cookie cutter
wire rack
wire rack
measuring cup
measuring cups
1

For the cookies:

Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

2

Add the egg and vanilla; beat until well incorporated.

3

 In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

4

Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on lowest speed. Continue to mix on the lowest setting until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

5

Divide the dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

6

When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.

7

Roll one portion of the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.

8

Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out cookies.

9

Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.

10

Bake for 10 minutes.

11

After the cookies come out of the oven, place the KISSES Candy and chocolate chips on half of the cookies as decorations when the cookies are warm, not hot, so as to have the chocolate stick on the cookies, but not melt.

12

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

13

Repeat steps 7 through 12 with second portion of dough.

For the filling:

  1. Combine the butter, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and salt and beat until combined.
  2.  Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the filling comes together. It should be a little stiffer than cupcake frosting.

Assemble the cookies:

  1. Transfer the filling to a piping bag and pipe the filling onto the half of the cookies that are not decorated.
  2. Top with the decorated cookies to form the cookie sandwiches.

Recipe created for The Hershey Company by Dara Yu.

Additional questions?