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Halloween Hershey’s Kiss Cookies (No Peanut Butter)

Tradition is important, but a little twist on tradition can be a very good thing. My Hersheys Kiss Cookie Recipe brings a unique spin to this classic blossom or thumbprint cookie. Nostalgia aside, these peanut butter-free cookies taste amazing and make us all feel like kids again.

Angled view of a brightly sprinkled cookie with an orange glaze and chocolate kiss pressed into the center.

Gorgeous Halloween sprinkles and a touch of melted candy drizzle make this cookie a treat for the eyes as well as the mouth. Make these Hershey’s Kisses Cookies for your next class party, grandbabies, company meeting, or the group of teens crashing your house to hang out.

Why You’ll Love These Hershey’s Kisses Cookies

  • Allergy Friendly. Unlike peanut butter blossom cookie recipes, this recipe doesn’t contain nuts, so it is safe for people with nut allergies. Note: At the time this post is being written, Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses are produced in a factory that is peanut-free and tree-nut free. However, that can change at any time. If you plan to serve these to someone with a peanut allergy you should read the label on your package just to be sure and look for an AIS Statement for possible cross-contamination.
  • Customizable. Change up the thumbprint cookie by changing up the type of Hershey’s Kiss you use.
  • Kid-Friendly Recipe. Get your little ones involved with unwrapping the candies and placing a chocolate onto each cookie. It’s such a wonderful bonding experience to bake with your children.
Ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, sprinkles, butter, milk, vanilla, candy melts, orange food coloring, eggs, baking soda.
  • All-Purpose Flour. Use a one-for-one gluten-free flour for this recipe to make it even more allergy-friendly.
  • Baking Soda. Make sure you don’t have old baking soda or your cookies won’t rise. Your box needs replaced every six months or any time it absorbs moisture or odors.
  • Salt. You just need a bit for the chemistry of this cookie to work.
  • Unsalted Butter Softened. If you don’t keep unsalted butter in your refrigerator, don’t add salt to the cookies.
  • Sugar. White granulated sugar.
  • Egg. We buy large Grade A eggs.
  • Vanilla Extract. I always try to keep an extra jar of this on hand because we go through it so quickly! Especially near the holidays, make sure you have it in the house.
  • Milk. An unsweetened dairy-free substitute will work.
  • Brightly Colored Sprinkles. In your theme of choice. Customize these for any holiday or party!
  • Hershey’s Kisses. You can pick your favorites!
  • Orange Food Coloring. This cookie is so covered in sprinkles your guests might not even notice the bright orange color until they take their first delightful bite.
  • Orange Candy Melts. For the drizzled effect.

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Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

How To Make Hersheys Kiss Cookies

You’ll love how easy it is to make cookies from scratch. For me, it’s almost therapeutic. Getting in the kitchen and making goodies for the people you enjoy is worth the extra effort.

Step 1: Get everything ready.

Preheat your oven and either line the baking pans with parchment paper or spray them with non-stick spray.

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients.

Set aside.

Step 3: Cream the butter and sugar.

First, beat the butter to get it nice and fluffy. Then cream the butter and sugar.

Creaming butter, vanilla, and eggs together in a mixing bowl.

Step 4: Put it all together.

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Then add the flour mixture a little at a time until fully incorporated.

Step 5: Finish by adding the milk.

Add just a little at a time until you get the right consistency.

Step 6. Prep the cookies.

Scoop the dough to portion it. Roll the cookies into balls. Roll the balls in sprinkles. Place them one inch apart on a baking sheet.

Step 7. Bake the cookies.

Do not overbake.

Step 8. Add the chocolates.

Press a Hershey’s kiss onto the center of each cookie gently.

Step 9: Cool.

Set the cookies on a cooling rack and leave them until the chocolates are fully set.

Step 10: Drizzle

Baked thumbprint cookies with an orange glaze drizzled over the top for Halloween

Melt the candy melts in a piping bag or reclosable zip bag. Drizzle the cookies after they’ve completely cool.

Hershey Kiss Cookie Variations & Additions

  • Use another variety of Hershey’s Kiss which include: caramel, Special Dark, hazelnut
    (deluxe), birthday cake, cookies’n’cream, milk chocolate almond, and white chocolate
    (Hugs).
  • Leave or change out the sprinkles for another festivity or holiday.
  • Roll in nuts or coconut.

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How To Store Hershey’s Kiss Cookies

Best Way To Store Hershey Kisses Cookies Leftover

If you have extra cookies, you can place them in a plastic storage bag or airtight container to keep them fresh for up to five days at room temperature.

Can I Freeze Hersheys Kiss Cookies?

Yes. Freeze cookies in an airtight container for up to three months or more. Easy after-school snacks!

How To Reheat Hershey Kisses Cookies without Peanut Butter

If the cookies are a tiny bit stale or you just want to soften the chocolate a little, try ten or fifteen seconds in the microwave to soften the cookie and the chocolate.

Colorfully sprinkled blossom cookies with candy kisses in the center and an orange glaze stripped across them for a Halloween Cookie Party

Hershey’s Kiss Cookies FAQs

Do you flatten Hershey kiss cookies after you roll them?

No. They will flatten on their own.

Do Hershey’s kisses go bad.

Yes. Like most chocolate, there is a best buy date on the package and after this date the chocolate will start to separate, harden, or taste “off.”

If desired, place candy melts or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir well so the chocolate continues to melt with the residual heat. If needed, add to the microwave again, stirring vigorously every 15 seconds until melted.

If the candy melts are too thick, add coconut oil or vegetable shortening a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag and drizzle over the cookies or use a fork by dipping in the times and shaking it over the cookies. Allow to set completely before storing.

Brightly colored baked Hershey Kiss cookies for Halloween.

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Angled view of a thumbprint cookie covered in sprinkles and topped with a Chocolate Candy Kiss and candy glaze.

Halloween Hershey’s Kiss Cookie Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
My Hersheys Kiss Cookie Recipe brings a unique spin to this classic blossom or thumbprint cookie. These peanut butter-free cookies taste amazing and will make us all feel like kids again.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Blossom Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies
Servings: 48 Cookies

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • cup brightly colored sprinkles
  • 48 Hershey's Kisses unwrapped

Optional: Orange food coloring

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat the oven to 350 °F Prepare a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
    • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
    • Beat the softened butter at medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides. Add the sugar and continue beating for 5 to 7 minutes or until fluffy.
    • Add the egg and vanilla extract, beating until evenly combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until mixed.
    • Slowly add the milk to the dough as the mixer runs, adding just enough to soften the dough.
    • Using a small (1 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion the cookie dough and shape in to balls. Roll each ball in the colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired. Place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
    • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are puffed and the edges are set.
    • Put the baking sheet on a cooling rack and carefully press a Chocolate Kiss into the center of each cookie. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 to 3.
    • Transfer the cookies from the baking sheet to a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool completely. The candies will look like they are melting but do not disturb them and they will resolidify in the correct shape.
    • Store at room temperature once completely cool in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. Hershey's Kiss Cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

    Notes

    If desired, place candy melts or chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir well so the chocolate continues to melt with the residual heat.
    If needed, add to the microwave again, stirring vigorously every 15 seconds until melted. If the candy melts are too thick, add coconut oil or vegetable shortening a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
    Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag and drizzle over the cookies or use a fork by dipping in the times and shaking it over the cookies. Allow to set completely before storing.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 65IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg

    Nutritional Disclaimer

    This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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    Recipe Rating




    Michaela Kenkel

    Friday 14th of October 2022

    Oh my goodness!! We LOVED these cookies!!

    Julie Menghini

    Saturday 15th of October 2022

    Thank you, Michaela! They're a lot of fun.

    Mindy

    Wednesday 12th of October 2022

    SO delicious and fun! 10/10!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 13th of October 2022

    Thank you, Mindy!

    Susannah

    Wednesday 12th of October 2022

    These turned out so well! I love that they are peanut-butter-free.

    Julie Menghini

    Wednesday 12th of October 2022

    Thank you, Susannah! I'm glad that you enjoyed them.

    Tristin

    Wednesday 12th of October 2022

    Adorable! Making them with my kids this weekend to get in the Halloween mood!

    Julie Menghini

    Wednesday 12th of October 2022

    That sounds like a fun activity, Tristin! Love getting the kiddos in the kitchen. Thank you for stopping by.

    Kathleen

    Monday 10th of October 2022

    I was looking for a no peanut fun recipe and found yours! Another winner Julie and loved your tips for freshening up stale cookies!

    Julie Menghini

    Tuesday 11th of October 2022

    Thank you, Kathleen! I'm so glad this worked for you and thanks for stopping by!