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Our Favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Holiday Cookie Recipes

It’s that time of the year when everyone gathers in the kitchen to bake and snack on holiday cookies. Blossom cookies are a holiday tradition at your house, and you’ve perfected the recipe over the years.

But this season, it’s your year to try something new! These blossom cookie variations are easy to bake and use limited-edition flavors of HERSHEY’S KISSES Candies. If your family insists on having the iconic peanut butter blossoms, grab another tray and make two batches. Win-win!

How to Bake Great Blossom Cookies Every Time

Classic peanut butter blossoms and all the sweet twists look fabulous arranged on a plate at your next holiday party. But how do you get them looking — and tasting — perfect? Here are our best tips on how to make delectable blossom cookies:

  • Refrigerate the dough. When you want a batch of warm cookies now, this extra step feels like forever, but it’s necessary to get a soft, fluffy cookie in the end. Blossoms should be melt-in-your-mouth delights, sort of like Lofthouse cookies. (If you’re a crispy cookie fan, opt for a classic Chocolate Chip Cookie.)
  • Let the cookies cool. Yes, we know you’re excited, but letting the cookies cool a bit before adding the HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy ensures the chocolate doesn’t melt too much. You want the chocolate to melt just enough to grab onto the cookie but still keep its iconic shape!

Now that you've had a primer on making blossoms, let’s get started!

1. Peanut Butter Blossoms

peanut butter blossoms

It’s a tried-and-true — and chewed — holiday cookie recipe that’s solidified a place among your family traditions. Each bite of rich milk chocolate candy and soft peanut butter cookie brings back memories, but it’s also the perfect treat for sharing new moments this year. Just in case you haven’t made these at home before — because your aunt’s cookies are so good — give this classic recipe a try!

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2. HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy Cane Blossoms

hersheys kisses candy cane blossoms

You know it’s candy cane season because you’ll find red and white striped candy and decorations everywhere you go. HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy Cane Flavored Candies capture the flavor of a peppermint stick in small, creamy bites. These blossoms have a pop of color because they’re rolled in green and red decorator’s sugar. The result is a festive and joyful treat with the minty flavor everyone loves at the holidays. Tip: Save this recipe for Valentine’s Day using pink, purple and red sugar instead!

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3. Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

holiday sugar cookie blossoms

This recipe makes holiday cookies even cookier with HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Flavored Candies. Each blossom is made with sugar cookie dough, rolled in festive sugar crystals, then topped with a candy. These treats are perfect for holiday parties, cookie exchanges or sharing with the big guy in red. Tip: Get creative with your sugar crystal colors! Choose a color like gold that matches your house’s Christmas decor or opt for clear and blue for a Hanukkah celebration.

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4. HERSHEY’S KISSES Hot Cocoa Blossoms

hersheys kisses hot cocoa blossoms

These blossoms taste just like a warm cup of cocoa. Each blossom starts with a rich chocolate cookie base and gets topped with gooey marshmallow. The candy on top is actually a HERSHEY’S KISSES Hot Cocoa Flavored Candy featuring a milk chocolate shell and marshmallow creme center. Set out a plate of these at your Hot Chocolate BarTip: When the marshmallow is gooey and the chocolate is melty, add some graham cracker crumbles for a s’mores twist!

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Holiday Recipes, Kids’ Crafts & Celebration Ideas

You’ve got some fresh blossom cookie recipes, but we’ve got more Hershey-inspired holiday ideas to share! Explore our holiday page for festive candy recipes, crafts, decorations and holiday party ideas to spice up the season.