Candy cane Christmas cookie

Ashley Hunt

A spin on the traditional Christmas cookie, this candy cane kisses cookie will have your family and friends begging for more. They won’t look bad on Santa’s plate come Christmas Eve, either.



1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons milk

Red- and green-colored sugar 

Before you begin baking, you can make your own red and green sugar by simply adding food coloring. Combine the food coloring with the sugar in a Ziploc Bag, then shake until the sugar is completely colored. Complete this task the night before to allow the sugar time to dry. 

Red and green sugar can also be bought at the store, should you forget to precolor your own.

When you’re ready to start baking, begin by heating your oven to 350 F. Next, you’ll want to remove approximately 35 candy cane kisses from their wrappers. 

Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Continue beating until blended. 

In another bowl, stir the flour, baking soda and salt until well-blended. 

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Alternate adding the dry mixture with milk into the wet mixture. Continue to do this, slowly, until your ingredients are well blended.

You should now have a dough-like mixture. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll the dough into the red or green colored sugar. Alternate colors to get an even amount of each color.

Place the dough balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for eight to 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and let cool two to three minutes. Press a candy cane kiss into the center of each cookie.

Let the cookies cool completely, and enjoy your Christmas treats.