Soft and fluffy homemade Easter sugar Kiss cookies with a colorful crisp sugar coating. A fun and festive peanut-free treat for any spring occasion!

Normally I’d start the month by saying happy April, but given the circumstances, that doesn’t seem right at the moment. Hopefully we’re all still finding things to make us happy and enjoy life a bit, even while being stuck at home! It should be the little things now… Spending time with family. Snuggling up on the couch and watching a favorite movie. Eating an entire package of Girl Scout cookies. Maybe staying up late to star gaze.

I have fond memories of doing that as a kid. It may or may not have started when my 6th grade science homework was to sit outside and watch the stars. Pretty awesome homework if you ask me. Being able to see the stars at night was always one of my favorite things growing up. Now, even more so, especially since we live in an area with almost zero lights in town or the surrounding towns. On a super clear night, there’s so much to see! Way more than when I was growing up. It’s almost mesmerizing to stare up at the sky and take it all in. We rarely get the chance to see shooting stars or other astronomical events – purely a weather related timing issue. One of these days though… the timing will be perfect.

Also, totally unrelated to the stars but definitely weather related. We finally have the opportunity to do an Easter egg hunt outside. That is completely unusual for our area. I don’t remember a spring where we didn’t have snow or wasn’t freezing cold… or rainy. I suppose rain could still be an issue. And having a dog, I definitely won’t be doing a hunt outside anyway. I can’t risk her getting any of those goodies that could be bad for her! Will you be sticking to your Easter traditions this year? We’ll definitely be scaled back a bit but I’m still doing my best to keep things as normal as possible for the kids.

Also Easter and spring related… these cookies!

I couldn’t resist turning one of my favorite holiday cookies in a fun and festive treat for Easter and spring celebrations! A fun pop of color on a traditional treat… made peanut-free! A bonus for this household and maybe yours too!

These Easter sugar Kiss cookies are light and fluffy on the inside with a colorful and crisp sugar coating. Don’t forget that classic chocolate topper! It’s a must. We all have a bag or two lying around right now anyway, so what better time than now to put them to good use?!

Family friendly, fun and festive! These Easter sugar Kiss cookies are an absolute must make this season! Grab your favorite colored sanding sugar and get to baking! They’re a perfect treat to make with the kids this week!

Tips tricks and questions answered…

How many will this recipe make?
As written, this will make roughly 3 dozen or slightly more. Too many? Freeze extra or cut the recipe in half. Not enough? Double or increase the recipe as needed.

What size should my dough balls be when shaped?
Using a small cookie scoop, scoop slightly heaping balls of dough. Shape into roughly a 1-inch ball. Slightly larger is okay too, as long as you are consistent with your own scooping and shaping.

Can I use different chocolate?
Any chocolate Kiss can be used…milk, dark or white. If it’s white chocolate, you’ll want to remove the cookies to the cooling rack before adding the Kisses, as they tend to melt faster.

Can I use a different sugar to coat?
Yes! If you can’t find colored sanding sure, use white sanding sugar or granulated sugar.

Does this recipe need to be chilled?
Yes! Do not skip the chilling stage. This dough is fairly soft and sticky to start out. Chilling it allowed it to be easier to handle and shape.

How long will these last?
These can easily be stored for a week or longer in an airtight container. Baked cookies may also be frozen.

Can I freeze the dough?
Yes! Follow the steps through the initial chill step. Then wrap it well, label with essential info and freeze. Frozen dough will keep for up to a year.

Can I make substitutions to the ingredients?
Yes and no. Baking is a science. This recipe works with the exact measurements listed. Altering one or several of those can cause the recipe to fail. If you’re familiar with baking substitutions, go for it! Outside of any alterations I’ve already mentioned, for specific substitution questions, ask in the comments below.

Soft and fluffy homemade Easter sugar Kiss cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel A fun and festive peanut-free treat for any spring occasion!
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Easter Sugar Kiss Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 40 cookies
Soft and fluffy homemade Easter sugar Kiss cookies with a colorful crisp sugar coating. A fun and festive peanut-free treat for any spring occasion!


  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C sanding sugar, various colors
  • 40-50 chocolate Kisses


  • In a bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in one egg at a time, followed by vanilla. Add salt and baking powder. Mix in one cup of flour at a time, increasing speed between additions. Mix until no streaks remain. Refrigerator dough for 1-2 hours or until dough is firm but manageable.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add desired colors of sanding sugar to separate clean bowls.
  • Carefully remove wrappers from chocolate Kisses and set aside on a plate. This may be done in small batches.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop heaping balls of dough. Shape into smooth 1-inch balls. Roll in sanding sugar. Space 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 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


Calories: 127kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 55mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 142IU, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most accurate data, use your preferred nutrition calculator with the actual ingredients you used to make this recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Chocolate, Cookie

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