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Candy Cane Blossom Cookies Recipe

Candy Cane Blossom Cookies Recipe

We like to stir different flavored candy canes into the dough for fun variety. —Joan Cossette, Colbert, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:48 servings


  • 48 milk chocolate kisses, candy cane kisses or miniature chocolate-covered peppermint patties, unwrapped
  • 4 candy canes
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Freeze kisses in a covered container for at least 1 hour. Place candy canes in a food processor; process until finely crushed.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 3. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in crushed candy canes. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • 4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Immediately press a kiss into center of each cookie. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.

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khegeman User ID: 2379383 259103
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"Made over 75 different Christmas cookies this year. This were one of the best. I followed teh receipe exactly and had no problems"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 114591
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"These cookies are delicious; however, did adjust a few things when I was baking them. I crushed the candy canes like powder, then added some to the dough and combined some with granulated sugar to roll the cookie dough in. This made it easier to remove the cookies from the pan. I used Hershey's Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses to top the cookies and found that if I froze them first, they didn't melt into a puddle. My husband loved them!"

KarenD903 User ID: 593509 121476
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"I had no problem with the recipe just as written. I did not freeze though. I used chocolate hershey kisses, I thought the peppermint may have been too much with the crushed candy cane coating. I crushed my candy canes in the food processor so some of it was more like powder. I do like the idea of adding it into the batter it will save time. People that had problems with melting I only had one or two that the kisses melted over. I think if you wait a minute or two to press the kisses into the cookie when removed that would take care of that problem. I bake all my cookies on a silicone sheet on top of my cookie sheet. I had no problem with sticking at all. The hardest part is storing them. The family thought they were good."

Heather6306 User ID: 2078568 121475
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"These cookies cemented themselves to my baking sheets, and the candy cane kisses melted into striped blobs almost immediately after being pressed into the cookie.

On my second batch, I tried coating only the top of the ball (dough made great balls, at least!), and discovered that taking away that much candy coating revealed a terribly bland cookie.
I wish I'd thought to read these reviews before wasting my time!"

sculver User ID: 1012976 148697
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"The issue with the candy oozing and the kisses melting down is easily solved. 1) The recipe calls for candy canes to be "finely crushed" - - crush them so they are like powder/fine shards so they will help hold the dough together. Also add into the dough instead of rolling balls in the candy cane pieces. 2) I also added 1/4 cup of milk per another's suggestion. 3) After removing from the oven, let the cookies sit for 3-4 minutes then lightly push kiss into top. Remove to a cooling rack. I then set mine out on the closed in porch (not heated) and they set up nicely. 4) I should also mention that I use teflon sheets on my cookie sheets - this is something I do with all my cookies so they are easily removed and there is not mess to clean. But since the candy canes are crushed to a powder substance there is no oozing since that only happens because there are large chunks of candy that have melted.

I just returned from a cooking swap and everyone thought they looked wonderful and they even thought they tasted great. I think if you use these minor tweaks you will be much happier with the cookies texture and presentation. Hope this helps"

tsirois1 User ID: 5362847 193271
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"my 5 yr old daughter and I made these and they turned out great, with a few additions. I added about 2-3T of water so that the dough would be a tad stickier so that the balls would form better. I crushed the candy canes with my mean mallet in a ziptop bag between 2 dishcloths to help the candy from breaking through. You can also use a blender or food processor, but it is very loud. My daughter was a good helper smashing them up. I used butter flavored Crisco as replacement for the butter. I also suggest baking these cookies on parchment paper. They come off perfectly every time that way. We used chocolate Hersey Kisses and they looked just like the photo in the magazine. We are making these again today and I think I will add the crushed candy right into the batter to give it a bit more peppermint flavor"

kkparsons13 User ID: 6467193 114590
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I had the benefit of making these after reading the other reviews and talking to someone else who made them. I made a few changes: stirred the crushed candy into the dough (to minimize contact with the pan), baked on parchment paper, and allowed the cookies to cool 2-3 minutes before pressing the candy in. I did half kisses, half peppermint patties, and they turned out great! The candy cane kisses do lose their shape a bit (I think white chocolate is a bit softer than milk) but they still looked pretty - and now they're easier to store! I didn't have any problem with the dough, it was a perfect consistency and I got exactly 48 cookies."

pollyolive User ID: 5932149 212055
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I was so excited to try these cute cookies, but they ended up a disaster. The dough is extremely dry and crumbly and hard to form into balls. Also, when you press the Kisses into the baked cookies, the cookies split apart and the Kisses melt into blobs. I found a similar recipe on the back of the Candy Cane Kisses bag that calls for 2 cups of flour instead of 3 and for an additional 2T of milk. I may try these alterations in the future."

kelseyrich User ID: 6616163 175708
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"What did I do wrong? I froze the balls (minus the candy canes), pulled them out of the freezer, rolled them in the candy cane, and cooked just like it said. My cookies turned into puddles and ran all over the cookie sheet! I decided to let the balls thaw after the first sheet was ruined, and that did help, but they are still totally flat!"

AngMN User ID: 340127 193287
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"Wish I had read the comments before trying this recipe. The dough is too dry, and the cookies stick to the cookie sheet very badly--parchment paper is a must, and roll only the top of the cookie ball in the candy cane."

bobdiane User ID: 101993 148696
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"I, too, had problems with the kisses melting and actually sliding off of the cookie. Very disappointed! The first batch I made I used candy cane kisses from last year and did not have the melting problem. I agree, too, that the dough needs some tweaking - just haven't decided exactly what."

BigMudder User ID: 6200813 130957
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"VERY disappointed. I have never wrote a review for anything, but I love peppermint flavor so I thought these would be awesome. These were so very dry that I could barely swallow them and yes, the candy canes and kisses melt and never harden again. Not worth the trouble."

liliesandroses User ID: 6687262 112338
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"I was very excited about this recipe. I made the cookies and froze them, then took them out to cook two months later. Wow! The crushed candy cane was melty and sticky, making it very hard to put on a tray cleanly. After being cooked, I spent a considerable amount of time trying to scrape them off the pan. The candy cane had melted, forming a sticky burnt ring around the cookie and ripping off the edges when you scrape it off the tray. Also, the hershey kisses melted into blobs and the cookies tasted extremely dry! Very disappointing, would not make this recipe again."

nanabrandt User ID: 757665 193047
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"I was disappointed in this recipe. Crushing the candy canes was not a problem, but I could not get the cookies off the cookie sheet in one piece because the candy canes stuck to the pan. I will most likely not make this recipe again."

jembd User ID: 324896 175867
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"i also found this recipe to be very dry, and the candy canes made it very difficult to get the cookies from the sheet. Also had the same problem with the kisses melting into an ugly blob."

kleenhouts User ID: 6963367 108567
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I have made the recipe two times, and it is tasty. However it is a lot of work to crush the candy canes. I also had trouble with the peppermint kisses melting. Milk chocolate kisses work much better. I made two double batches to use up the candy canes I crushes, but this recipe is a bit labor intensive. My friends eat anything so I am not to worried about the smashed candies but pure chocolate is better for this purpose."

QueenoftheSloths User ID: 449256 121474
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"I made the recipe as listed. My dough was perfect for rolling into balls, but I guess my balls were a lot bigger than an inch, because I only got 2 dozen, not 4. That was fine though, I actually like a recipe that makes a smaller batch. I used pepeprmint patties on all of mine. I liked the way the peppeprmint patty got soft and gooey from the warmth of the cookie. I suppose as the cookies cool, they will set up again. I also used parchment paper on my cookie sheets to avoid sticking from the melted candy cane bits."

Bell1982 User ID: 4938137 193283
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"I found that this recipe needed lots of fixing to turn out. First, my dough was very dry. I added an extra egg. (Later I found a similar recipe that called for 2 T. milk.) Next don't roll the dough in crushed candy canes. They will just melt off all over the cookie sheet while baking. I rolled just the tops of the balls in the candy canes and that worked much better. Lastly, cool the cookies 3-5 minutes before pushing in the kisses. That way they will hold their shape and not melt into a blob. They are pretty."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 180406
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"I just finished making these cookies, testing them to see if they are worthy to be included in my upcoming Christmas baking. The verdict is: worth another try. I used candy cane kisses in mine and was disappointed to find that the kisses lost their shape almost entirely after being pressed into the warm cookie, turning into a less-than-attractive blob. I wonder if this is because of the type of chocolate used ... in the past I have made the peanut butter blossoms with milk chocolate kisses and, while the kisses soften up, they didn't lose their shape.

And, after tasting the cookies, I think that I might prefer the taste of milk or dark chocolate to the taste of the peppermint/white chocolate candy cane kisses. However, I unfortunately have over three bags of candy cane kisses to use up still (I thought I was going to be making this recipe over and over!), so the next time I may stick the cookies into the refrigerator to try to keep the kisses from losing their shape. As is, they are too ugly to give as gifts to business clients, which is how we'll be using them."

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