Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Triple chocolate kiss cookies with a super chocolatey center and crisp sugary coating. A fun holiday cookie for chocolate lovers.

Chocolate kiss cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

And just like that… everything is Christmasy! Houses everywhere, decorated and sparkling with strings of lights. It seems that decorating was the popular thing to do this weekend, next to shopping. I’ve been seeing a ton of gorgeous tree pictures lately. We’re holding out for at least another week before decorating, which is a bit odd for us. Usually we decorate the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we got lazy. A good lazy, lounging together as a family. We ended up seeing the new Disney movie Moana… as I’m sure many others did too! The kids loved it. I honestly was expecting a bit more. Don’t get me wrong though, it was cute, but it just didn’t quite meet my expectations. Did you make it to the movies this weekend… or maybe get a chance to watch Gilmore Girls?!

We’ve now moved on from questions about when Thanksgiving is, to when Christmas is. It’s time for a countdown! When my oldest was in kindergarten, she came home around the holidays with a super cute paper chain and some typed up paper attached to the top. It talked about counting down the days until Christmas. You cut a single paper off every day and then you can visually see how much closer you’re getting to the big day. I may have to find that and whip up a 25 link chain with the kids today! I’m surprised that came to mind today instead of a few weeks from now…like has happened in the past! It’s nice to be on the ball! Do you do any fun countdowns leading up to special events or holidays?

Chocolate kiss cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

The holidays mean sweets. Lots and lots of sweets! There are holiday parties for just about everyone and everything, which means an excuse not only to make sweets but eat them! It’s a season to indulge.

Whatever you do, don’t diet during the holidays. You’ll be miserable. Wait until January if you must. Until then…

Chocolate and cookies and so much more!

I love kiss cookies. An excuse to eat both a cookie and chocolate! But… why not make them even more incredible with extra chocolate?!

These are a chocolate lovers dream! Triple chocolate kiss cookies with a fudgy brownie like center and a crisp sugary coating. A perfect addition to any holiday party!

Chocolate kiss cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Triple chocolate kiss cookies with a super chocolatey center and crisp sugary coating. A fun holiday cookie for chocolate lovers.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 3 dozen


  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened 
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate melted
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • Milk chocolate Kisses unwrapped


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a small bowl, set aside. 
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval. Repeat until fully melted. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by salt and baking powder. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in cocoa powder, followed by melted chocolate. Add flour one cup at a time, increasing after each addition. Mix until fully incorporated. If dough is too sticky to work with, chill for 15-20 minutes before continuing. 
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop and shape dough into smooth balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place sugar coated dough balls on prepared baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Immediately press an unwrapped chocolate kiss into each cookie. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely and allow chocolate to set. 
  • Once chocolate has completely set, cookies may be stored in an airtight container. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Chocolate kiss cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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63 Responses to “Chocolate Kiss Cookies”

  1. #
    Rachael — November 30, 2016 at 9:06 am

    These sound so delicious and look so cute!

    Rachael xx.

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Thanks, Rachael!

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — November 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I didn’t make it to the movies this weekend, but I did catch the Gilmore Girls and was disappointed with the first 3 episodes, almost didn’t watch the 2nd one but did so because of my daughter – but things got great in the 4th – which was the episode that left me wanting more! At least that’s my two cents.
    After reading your take on Moana I think I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD.
    Btw, I used to make kiss cookies all the time – but sadly forgot about them these past two years so thank you for reminding me – yes to chocolate and cookies and cakes during the holidays!

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

      I was really disappointed with the way they ended Gilmore Girls. It shouldn’t end like that unless they plan to have more episodes.

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — November 30, 2016 at 10:12 am

    We slacked on getting our Christmas tree and lights up last weekend too, but have plans to do it this weekend. I’m thinking a batch of these chocolate cookies would make the decorating more fun!

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks, Danae!

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    Catherine — November 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Rachel, the holidays just come so quickly…I’m still recovering from our Thanksgiving weekend! I have yet to get the Christmas decorations but I’m making it my point to do that this weekend. These warm cookies would be a perfect accompaniment and maybe it’ll get everyone together to help me ;) xo, Catherine

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks, Catherine!

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    Lauren — November 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Looks so good and so classic. I might throw this recipe into the mix the year.

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks, Lauren!

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats — November 30, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Such pretty photos! And I love your chocolate on chocolate twist!

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Cynthia!

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    alwin — December 1, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Keep inspiring us. LLL thanks on your sweat!

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      Rachel — December 1, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Alwin!

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    Lexi — December 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Oh, these look amaazing! Pinned!!

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      Rachel — December 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, Lexi!

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    Danielle — December 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    As usual, your timing is perfect. I will be making a 3x batch of these tomorrow, thanks for the idea!

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      Rachel — December 3, 2016 at 8:26 am


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    puja — December 3, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I am DROOLING over this recipe. These look too good to be true. AWESOME!!!

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      Rachel — December 3, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thanks, Puja!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — December 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Chocolate is my favorite and these cookies are just yes, yes and yes. I wouldn’t want to share.

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      Rachel — December 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Emily!

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    Meredith — December 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Just made these…Absolutely delicious!!! Great chocolate flavor and not overly sweet. We used coconut sugar in place of granulated, and they came out perfect. My son doesn’t want to share them at the cookie exchange party tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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      Rachel — December 10, 2016 at 8:21 am

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing, Meredith! :)

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    Kristen — December 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Just made these today and they’re scrumptious! Thanks for a great recipe.

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      Rachel — December 14, 2016 at 7:21 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Kristen!

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    Bobbi — December 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I saw another recipe that I was excited to try but misplaced it! Your’s seems very close except for the addition of espresso powder. It was also filled with ganache. Yours looks great & I’m going to try it. Thanks for posting!

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      Rachel — December 14, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Kristin — December 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I just made this batter and it seems awful crumbly which was surprising because after seeing your comment on chilling if to sticky. Any thoughts.

    Thank you

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      Rachel — December 19, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Several things could have caused this. Either your measurements were off or you didn’t increase the speed to pull the dough together. This definitely is not a dry dough. Some doughs can appear crumbly while still being moist. In that case, you simply need to increase your speed. If mixing by hand, this will require more effort. However, the ingredients are correct as listed.

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    Ann @ Bake du Jour — December 20, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I love the crisp sugar coating on these! They look absolutely delicious — I’ll definitely be making these as my boyfriend is a chocolate addict :)

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      Rachel — December 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Ann! :)

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    Amanda — December 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Just wondering if these cookies freeze well like the classic peanut butter ones do.

    Can’t wait to try this as a gluten free recipe :)

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      Rachel — December 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

      I haven’t tried freezing them yet, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Good luck!

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      Amanda — December 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Rachel, I had to let you know the cookies turned out wonderfully with a 1 to 1 gluten free flour. I used Krusteaz for these cookies. I don’t think they will last long enough to freeze. I plan to make a double batch next time. It is a perfect cookie to share with others. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Rachel — December 23, 2016 at 7:42 am

      So glad to hear! Thanks for sharing, Amanda! :)

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    Ariadne — December 23, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Hello from Greece!! can you please tell me how many grams is 2oz?
    Also can I use milk chocolate instead of milk chocolate kisses as I don’t know if we have such thing here in Greece. Thanks a lot!! Happy holidays!!

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      Rachel — December 23, 2016 at 7:47 am

      2 ounces is equal to 58 grams. A thick piece of chocolate is best for the center. So, just be sure that you’re not using a thin piece as it will melt immediately after being pressed into the warm cookie. Enjoy! :)

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    Obat Peninggi Badan — December 26, 2016 at 2:31 am

    I was very lucky to get this recipe, because in Indonesia is rarely a recipe like this. Thanks Rachel

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      Rachel — December 26, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Les Carnets Sucrés — January 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Omg they are so cute :0 !
    I think I will try them soon :3 I have too… :D

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      Rachel — January 31, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Thank you!

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    Charlene — December 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t know what I did wrong , but my dough was very dry . Would not even stick together. My butter was a little melted, would that make a difference ?

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      Rachel — December 17, 2018 at 7:01 am

      After the wet and dry ingredients have been combined, you’ll need to increase the speed and allow the mixer to bring the dough together. Depending on your location and if you’re beating by hand or in a stand mixer, you may have more success adding an extra egg. Others have done this and had great success.

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    Sarah O — December 23, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Well I just now realized I used an entire stick of butter too much, Yikes! Two instead of one. But they still came out great! No one knows the difference. And mine are actually not as cracked as yours in the picture. So idk. Maybe they need a bit more butter anyway.

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      Rachel — December 24, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Happy accidents :) I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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    Anna — December 14, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    What did you use for the melted chocolate? Also, can I use melted semi sweet chocolate chips?

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      Rachel — December 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      I used a chocolate baking bar. If you’re careful, you could absolutely use chocolate chips as well. You may want to shorten your microwaving intervals between stirs though. Good luck! :)

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    Suzanne — December 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    These look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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    Ryann Niemitalo — December 14, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Does this little bit of dough really make 36? Not being a hag, just really wondering.

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      Rachel — December 19, 2020 at 10:52 am

      The amount will vary depending on how each person scoops. So, you may find they make more or less depending on that. My yield was 3 dozen cookies.

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    Annika — December 22, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I really enjoy your site. This recipe though I come back to time and time again. I will be turning them into Christmas cookies tomorrow by using peppermint kisses instead!

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      Rachel — December 23, 2020 at 8:01 am

      So glad you’ve enjoyed them Annika!

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    Janet Becker — November 23, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    these would be good using the peppermint kisses

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      Rachel — November 24, 2021 at 7:56 am


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    Jen — December 22, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Just want to see comments

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      Rachel — December 23, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Unfortunately they’re not working properly on desktop, but they are viewable from a mobile device.

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    Pam Lutz — December 26, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    These are simply amazing! I use a combination of regular and dark cocoa powder. They turn out perfectly every time!

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      Rachel — December 29, 2021 at 7:34 am

      So glad you’ve enjoyed them!

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    Joanie Bado — December 1, 2022 at 8:23 am

    I discovered Hershey cherry cordial kisses this year and was happy to find your recipe. I can’t wait to make them for my Christmas cookie tray! I think they will be a hit with everyone.

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      Rachel — December 2, 2022 at 8:19 am


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    Kelly — December 19, 2022 at 8:19 am

    This recipe looks AMAZING, but I am confused by one of the ingredients you have listed. How do you measure 2 ounces of melted chocolate? Do you measure before or after you melt the chocolate? Where do you get a 2 ounce measuring cup?

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      Rachel — December 19, 2022 at 8:25 am

      The ingredient is listed as 2oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted. In this case, it’s referencing that you will need to melt the chocolate but measure it out beforehand. Typically using a bar of chocolate you’d be able to eye it down accordingly. If a bar is 8oz, you’d need a quarter of the bar, for example. Enjoy!

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