Secret Kiss Cookies Recipe
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Secret Kiss Cookies Recipe

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Here's a recipe that's literally sealed with a "kiss." This cookie's bound to tickle any sweet tooth. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 30 milk chocolate kisses
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 366 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Fold in walnuts. Refrigerate dough 2-3 hours or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Shape into 1-in. balls. Flatten balls and place a chocolate kiss in the center of each; pinch dough together around kiss. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake 12 minutes or until set but not browned. Cool 1 minute; remove from pans to wire racks.
  4. Sift together 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar and cocoa. While cookies are still warm, roll half in cocoa mixture and half in remaining confectioners' sugar. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Secret Kiss Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1998, p31

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tsuop User ID: 6274346 202996
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"I make these at Christmas with a candied cherry inside (Sugarplum Surprises) & make them round. For Valentine's Day I shape them like a "kiss' & cover them w/foil along with "the tag" saying Happy Valentines Day or THINK SPRING!!! (If you can't tolerate nuts use oatmeal) Very easy to make & fun too!!"

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 85440
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I am glad I tried this recipe. My grandchildren loved the chocolate kisses inside. Because of the children, I didn't add the walnuts, but I am sure that would have added a lot. Nice change from peanut butter blossoms with Hershey Kisses on top."

mrsburger925 User ID: 5927952 85437
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"Made these for a cookie swap contest, and they won! Very good! I would definitely make them again."

BeeDaLee User ID: 2120178 23970
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"These cookies are my Son's favorite!! I make them every Christmas!! Yummo!!"

yummycooker User ID: 5477375 68691
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"easy and yummy. My kids loved helping make these - I rolled out the balls and flattened them, and the kids put the kisses in the middle and sealed them up. A fun cookie to make together."

ashleydalemiller User ID: 6299755 25085
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Delicious! One of the best cookies I've had! Yes they can be a bit tedious to make, but it's worth it. I used candy cane kisses in half and hugs in the rest."

cricutkate User ID: 5671527 49186
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I've been making these for years (with a couple slight variations) and they're always a hit. I add 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough and I use the kisses with an almond in the center. I've never rolled them in sugar after baking, but that sounds good. A real Christmas classic."

kisstheskykneel User ID: 5739526 49184
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"These cookies are labor intensive and not all that tasty. Rolling into balls warms the dough up - it is too soft for the next step. So I tried placing them in the fridge. In the end I rolled the dough and cut out circles then wrapped the chocolate."

PassionMama User ID: 3222987 19768
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"These are a little time consuming to make but they're yummy!"

ggrecco User ID: 5328609 85436
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"The prep for this is not 25 minutes. I love the cookies, but don't like to make them for holidays as they take a lot of time and many steps."

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