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Secret Kiss Cookies

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
    4-1/2 dozen


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


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Gradually add flour and mix well. Fold in walnuts. Refrigerate dough until firm, 2-3 hours.
  • 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.
  • Bake until set but not browned, 12 minutes. Cool 1 minute; remove from pans to wire racks.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 103 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Valerie
    Dec 20, 2018

    A minor modification/shortcut to shaping. Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, don't over chill the dough. This works with cool softish not cold hard dough. Press a kiss, pointy side down into the filled scoop, until the bottom of the kiss is even with the top edge of the scoop. Smooth the dough that wells up around the edges back over the bottom of the kiss. Then simply release the cookie on the baking sheet. Dusted with powdered sugar they looked like little snowballs and the grandkids greatly enjoyed them.

  • tsuop
    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
    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
    Dec 26, 2012

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

  • calandrajunk
    Apr 18, 2012

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  • BeeDaLee
    Dec 26, 2011

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

  • yummycooker
    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
    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
    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.

  • jcohan
    Dec 21, 2011

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