Fudge Kiss Cookies

Fudge Kiss Cookies

Day 6: You are going to love these fudge kiss cookies! These cookies are some of Mike’s favorite cookies ever! He says they are his second favorite (oreo ballsΒ are his favorite, in case you were wondering!)

I’ve actually posted about these once before, but the post got lots when I moved my blog over to wordpress. If any cookie deserves re-posting, however, these ones do. That’s how good they are!

Fudge Kiss Cookies

They look similar to hershey kiss cookies (also called peanut butter blossoms), but they taste totally different. The mint chocolate combination is ridiculously good, and perfect for Christmas.

The cookie part is a fudgy, dense chocolate cookie with just a hint of cinnamon. They are actually really good all on their own! The candy cane kiss, however, just takes them over the top. It gets soft and melty and the minty white chocolate pairs perfectly with the fudgy chocolate cookie.

Fudge Kiss Cookies

The result is a peppermint and chocolate cookie that just melts in your mouth. And, as an added bonus, they’re really simple to make. Believe it or not, they start with a cookie mix! It doesn’t get simpler than that. πŸ™‚

So try these. Believe it or notΒ they actually wonΒ a cookie bake-off contest at my company picnic, andΒ Mike also rated them a 4.5. That’s a pretty high recommendation! You are going to love these – they are absolutely perfect for Christmas!

Fudge Kiss Cookies

P.S. You can see all of my Christmas treat recipes from over the years at thisΒ Christmas CookiesΒ tag. Enjoy! And, as always, let me know if you try any and how you liked them.

Fudge Kiss Cookies


  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 6 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pouch (1 lb, 1.5 oz), Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 60 Hershey's candy cane kisses


  1. Heat oven to 350. In large microwaveable bowl, microwave butter and chocolate on high, 1 minute.
  2. Stir, microwave on high 1 minute longer or until butter is melted and chocolate can be stirred smooth.
  3. Stir condensed milk into chocolate mixture. Stir in cookie mix and cinnamon until well blended.
  4. Using 1 level tablespoon of dough for each cookie, shape into 60 balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until edges lose their shiny look (do not over bake). Immediately press 1 candy into center of each cookie.
  6. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Tap edge of candy lightly. Cool completely. Store at room temperature.

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  1. Oh these are adorable and perfect for the holidays!

  2. I made these last year and found a cool trick. If you wait a few seconds until the base of the candy starts to melt, you can grab the point and twist to make a beautiful peppermint swirl pattern!

  3. Lisa – Great suggestion! I be they look really pretty. I'll remember that for next year. πŸ™‚

  4. Yum! These look fantastic! I love the trick about swirling the candy, too. I will have to give these a try!

  5. These look so pretty and festive! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. What pretty cookies!

  7. What a festive looking cookie! bet they were killer!

  8. These look so yummy! I'm making them today:)

  9. leanne – I hope you liked them, they're one of my favorites! πŸ™‚

  10. ok, ok! those are ridonculously adorable!

  11. Thank you! I had the idea of doing a cookie like this and was hoping someone had already done a recipe I could copy!

  12. I made these today! I couldnt wait after I read your recipe for it. I havent eaten one yet but they seem like fudge brownie bite with the yummy candy cane kiss! So pretty for a tray- I cant wait until my grown children come home for the holidays! They will love all the new goodies I have been inspired from your blogs! Thanks again!

  13. Maggie – Thanks so much for your comment! I hope they tasted as good as they looked πŸ™‚

  14. My husband and I made these cookies last night and they are WONDERFUL!!! We'll definitely be making these cookies again and again! We're going to try the cookie dough truffles next. I love your website, by the way! Such yummy recipes and beautiful photos.

  15. I just made these today and they are sooo good! They are fudgey tasting cookies with a delicious peppermint white chocolate candy. And to top it off they were very easy!! I tried the swirl another commenter and said and it worked. Although after the candy melted completely it wasn't as pretty. So the next batch I left without swirling and I actually like them better (look wise, they all taste great!) thanks for sharing!!

  16. Beth – I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and let me know. πŸ™‚

    Kyle & LaRae – I'm glad they turned out so well! I actually tried swirling the tops like the previous commenter mentioned this year as well. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

  17. I don't know what I did wrong, but they are flat as a pancake!

  18. Anonymous – I'm sorry they didn't turn out well! I'm not sure what could have happened. Are you sure you used sweetened condensed milk? I've used evaporated milk by accident before. Hopefully they still taste ok!

  19. I made 12 dozen of these today for a cookie exchange..my family loves them (my official taste testers!) and they were easy peasy to make!! I’m so excited to share them and see what everyone thinks!! Thanks so much for a delicious and original recipe!! I am loving your recipes on pinterest!! ;0)

  20. Just made these and received rave reviews from our visiting friends and the husband and kiddos! Thankfully they left plenty for the potluck tomorrow!

  21. Oh need to try these too for this weekend! Thanks..Beautiful!

  22. I made these and they are beautiful and delicious, unfortunately mine ended up flat also. I did use sweetened condensed milk. Any other suggestions??

    • I’m sorry they didn’t turn out as well as you hoped! I’ve never had mine turn flat, so unfortunately I’m not quite sure what to tell you. Maybe you didn’t bake them long enough so they sunk in on themselves? I’m sorry, I’m really not sure. I’m glad they tasted ok at least!

  23. Hi, I am new to baking and I just wanted to double check, with the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix do you make it according to the package first or just add the powdered mix minus the egg and butter with the melted choc & butter. Sorry for my naivity but want to make these for a cookie exchange soon:)

    • Just add the powdered mix with the other ingredients listed here – don’t do anything according to the package directions. Good luck! And feel free to email me if you have questions. πŸ™‚ (whatmegansmaking[at]gmail[dot]com

  24. do you think the mint hershey kisses will be good instead of the white chocolate? I dont care much for white chocolate ( but will make these for cookie exchange, because they look cute). please advise, thanks 😎

    • I’ve tried the mint ones before and they were great. The candy cane were my favorite (what you see pictured here), but I’m sure any kind would work.

  25. Loved these Megan! Easy and pretty for Christmas. Now onto the peppermint biscotti. Thanks.

  26. Can’t wait to try these this weekend for our cookie exchange! I’m sure they will be a BIG hit!

  27. For those who had flat cookies. I’ve lived at sea level and now at 5500 feet. When I use butter at the high elevation, all my cookies are flat. Maybe use margarine for high altitudes? just a thought, as I haven’t tried this recipe in particular yet. But I am going to! They look wonderful!

  28. Just wondering… When I make peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kiss on top, the kiss doesn’t melt. Why does the kiss melt on these?

  29. I made these today and they didn’t turn out. My package of sugar cookie mix said to add an egg so I did and the cookies are very spread out and the dough cannot be formed into a ball. Maybe omit the egg?

    • Hi Vicki – yes next time don’t use the egg. Just ignore what the back of the cookie package says and use the mix as directed in the recipe here and you should be fine πŸ™‚

  30. I made these yesterday and mine came out very flat, too. Megan, I followed your instructions and not sure what happened. After reading throught he comments, none of them apply to me – LOL. I live pretty close to sea level (Anchorage, AK), and used real butter. They tasted great, just didn’t look too pretty. And, my kisses didn’t melt after putting them on the cookie. I took a metal spatula/spreader and swirled the best I could so they wouldn’t be so “tall”. Not sure what to do next time. Was hoping to have some pretty cookies.

    • I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out correctly! I’m not sure what else could have gone wrong. If you’re sure you used the correct ingredients and amounts, then unfortunately I’m not sure what to tell you. I’ve never had these particular cookies end up flat, so I don’t have any ideas. Maybe check your oven temperature?

  31. OMG So easy! The hardest part was opening all the candy, LOL! My cookies came out perfect. My cand kept it perk. They looked so pretty also. Sad thing is that I forgot to try one. BUT heard they were good. I will make these thru out the year with different kinds of kisses!!!!
    Thanks you!

  32. My attempt turned out pretty well. My only comment is to make all the balls right away because the dough will cool and not stick together well. I really liked them!

  33. I just tried these with the Creme de Menthe Kisses. So good! I had to add an extra Tbsp. of butter and an extra ounce of chocolate because I grabbed a bonus sized bag of sugar cookie mix.

  34. I am so happy to see this recipe! I need to make cookies for a ladies holiday brunch and I was at Target the other day and saw the red and white kisses and the image of a chocolate cookie with a kiss in the middle popped into my head. I was going to start looking for a choc cookie recipe today, got on here to catch up email and saw yours!!! You rock! Thanks for thinking of me subliminally πŸ™‚

  35. How many do these make?? I’m going to a Cookie Party tomorrow and these would be PERFECT!! But I don’t know if I need to double the recipe.

    • If you make them the size I did, with the cookie not much bigger than the hershey’s kiss, it should make about 60. That’s one reason I like it, because it makes so many. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  36. I found this recipe on Pintrest and made a double batch of them for a cookie exchange that I attended last night. They were so easy to make and mine looked just like the picture on the website. I tried one before packaging them up and they were as delicious as they looked. Perfect cookie. Easy and quick to make; and thanks to Megan, my new favorite for the holiday season! : )

  37. @ Jenna: My double batch made about 120 cookies. As the recipe states, use a level tablespoon of the dough per cookie. It is the perfect amount.

  38. Thanks for posting these! I just made them for an ornament/cookie exchange and they are so cute πŸ™‚ My husband taste-tested and declared the rich chocolate perfect for a woman’s only event! πŸ™‚ Then he ate three more.

  39. I made a batch of 54 from the recipe and my one true comment is the whole flavor is the peppermint kiss. Meaning: chocolate? What chocolate?

    The peppermint overrides every flavor put into the batch. I would recommend adding mint flavoring and topping it with a regular chocolate kiss. Add festive sprinkles if you need the cookies to look xmasy.

    • Sorry you didn’t like these all that much. I personally love the peppermint kisses so I wouldn’t do away with them, but if you want more chocolate per cookie you could try making the cookie part bigger so the peppermint kiss doesn’t overwhelm it so much.

  40. Could also be avoid using the Duncan Heinz cookie mix as it’s a sugar cookie and not chocolate. There’s any number of chocolate cookies.

  41. I’ve made these twice in the past week – one for a cookie exchange and for my coworkers. Huge hit both times! So easy to make and I used a toothpick to swirl the melted kisses, which added a nice deco touch. I also kept the cookies in the fridge overnight which kept them nice and moist. This one is a keeper in my recipe book. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  42. Megan,

    I made these cookies and OMG!!! I am in love with them. We are having a cookie swap at my church and I am taking these cookies. Love them and even my 7-year-old liked them and she helped make them as well. Love your site and your recipes.

  43. They looks so festive. I am going to bring them to a party tonight! Thank you for sharing!

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  45. I have tons of these leftover from Christmas so I would like to use them for a Valentines Day cookie swap. Do you think these are two Christmas-y? Is there a suggestion you would have to maybe use them for Valentines Day?! Thanks Megan!!!

    • I tend to think of chocolate/peppermint as a Christmas flavor, but maybe not everyone does? I bet they make fun Valentine flavors of hershey kisses – raspberry or something? Those would be great with the chocolate base! Good luck – I hope you find something you like πŸ™‚

  46. Oh and tons of Candy Cane kisses I mean:)

  47. Megan, my daughter and I can not wait to make these cookies again this year for one of our “25 days of Christmas”. These cookies are so easy and yummy!! Thank you again so much for sharing these sweet treats!!

  48. Make sure u sift the cookie mix, mine had all the hard pieces of flour that I could not mix away

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