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Spiced Cappuccino Kiss Cookies

This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors: coffee and cinnamon. You can always find them on my holiday treat trays. —Cynthia Messenger, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 24 striped chocolate kisses


  • Beat butter, brown sugar and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, espresso powder and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix cinnamon and remaining sugar. Shape dough into twenty-four 1-in. balls; roll in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Immediately top with chocolate kisses, pressing lightly. Cool slightly on pans before removing to wire racks to cool.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Add the espresso powder with the egg and vanilla instead of the flour mixture to ensure that it dissolves.
  • This dough is a little sticky, but it can be rolled into balls after chilling for an hour.
  • These cookies taste like a snickerdoodle with a hint of espresso.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 117 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • mmskulski
      Oct 27, 2019

      The flavor of this cookie is amazing! I completely messed up the recipe and it still had a great flavor. I just made the recipe like most cookie recipes, I did not notice the DIVIDED in the sugar amount, I put the entire 3/4c and the cinnamon!!! into the recipe! They came out really flat like a sugar cookie, I could not even put a kiss in the middle. I was going to throw out the whole batch until I tasted the cookie! It was chewy crisp and had the fantastic cappuccino flavor. I will definitely make it again and pay attention to that divided and reread the recipe in total not just assume its the typical order of things!

    • ms11145
      Jan 19, 2018

      With left over dark Hershey kisses (from Christmas) I decided to make these for the party that I am hosting tomorrow evening. I tasted one after cookies had cooled completely. Great texture and wonderful taste. Will be making these again.