Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Last week when I went grocery shopping I found these Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses chocolates. I’ve never had them before, so I bought them to make cookies!

These cookies are VERY easy to make, you just need to chill your dough in the freezer for some hours so they can have the right texture when baked. Made with dark cocoa powder, vanilla and peppermint extract and other simple ingredients. They are coated in granulated sugar and have a peppermint Hershey’s chocolate in the center. SO yummy! The outside is a bit crispy but the inside is very very soft!

Video of how I made this cookies. HERE.

Let’s start with the recipe.

Yield about 20 cookies. You can double the ingredients to make a bigger batch.


For the chocolate cookies

1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (not mint)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

For the coating

1/3 cup white granulated sugar

For the chocolate in the center

Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses


For the cookies

1.-In a bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2.-In a bowl of a stand mixer or any other mixer add cocoa powder, sugar, oil. Mix well. Add in eggs and mix again. Add vanilla and peppermint extracts, mix for another minute.

3.-Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until you don’t see any flour.

4.-You can cover the bowl with plastic wrap or you can take the dough out from the bowl and pour the sticky dough on the top of plastic wrap and cover again with plastic (this is what I usually do). Place the cookie dough in the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight. I get better results when the dough rest in the fridge for a whole night.

Next morning…

5.-Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Make balls of dough with your hands (about one inch size). Coat each ball in granulated sugar, coat them good! If your hands get dirty, wash them and start rolling again. If the dough gets soft quick, place it into the fridge again.

What I usually do is work with half of the dough and place the rest in the fridge until ready to use.

6.-Place all the sugar coated cookie balls onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for about 13 minutes. After baking, take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the cookies cool for about 5-6 minutes . Then, place a Hershey kiss in the center, press slightly and transfer them to racks to cool them completely.

Do NOT place the Hersheys kiss chocolates right after they come out from the oven because they melt and your cookies will be ruined.