Hidden Chocolate Kiss Cookies

A buttery cookie with powdered sugar on the outside... a delicious chocolate surprise on the inside

Hidden Chocolate Kiss Cookies

This Easy 7 ingredient recipe is fun to make and to eat!

This is one of our favorite holiday cookies and they couldn’t be more perrrrfect for Valentines Day.  Just think about it…. Chocolate AND kisses.

They look like a basic butter cookie with powdered sugar but … there’s a Hershey’s Kiss when you bite into this cookie!

My boys love them, especially when they first come out of the oven and the chocolate is still warm.  Drooling just thinking about it.

The recipe is from my Aunt’s friend years ago and they are super easy  (only 7 ingredients) and fun to make!  Kids love counting out the 40 kisses and unwrapping them, maybe popping a few into their mouth along the way, hoping no one notices.

The original recipe was for regular gluten all purpose flour but we have been making them gluten-free with GF Jules all purpose flour for years.  (affiliate link). It should work with other gluten-free all purpose flours, just make sure you choose one with xanthum gum or add xanthum gum yourself.

So go ahead and whip up a batch! They are a fan favorite here and I think you’ll love them too!

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Hidden Chocolate Kiss Cookies
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These Gluten-Free cookies are always a crowd pleaser and why not... there's a Hershey's Kiss when you bite into this cookie! Super simple 7 ingredient recipe is fun for kids of all ages.
Recipe type: Valentine's Day, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free
Serves: 40 cookies
  • 1 cup butter (or Earthbalance) room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour with xanthum gum (we used GFJules affiliate link)
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 40 Hershey's Kisses, wrapping removed
  • Confectioner's sugar
  1. At medium speed beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  2. At low speed beat in flour and nuts until well combined.
  3. Divide the dough into 40 equal parts and shape each part around kiss to make a ball.
  4. Place on undgreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 375 degrees 12 minutes or until cookies are set but not brown.
  6. Cool slightly & roll in confectioner’s sugar. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Hidden Chocolate Kiss Cookies

  1. Hi! Thank you for your recipe! I’ve just baked these, but they lost their round shape around the edges in the oven… Did I use too little flour?

    1. hmmmm, that hasn’t happened to me in a long time… the one time it did happen, the butter was “too soft” to begin with…. could that have been the case? And did the flour you use include xanthum gum? I find the xanthum gum is necessary as it “acts as the gluten” holding things together in some recipes.

    1. Hi. I’ve bee asked that several times recently. I have never made them without nuts (pecans would work in place of walnuts) but if you have a nut allergy and want to try without, it should work but will make less cookies. I will try one of these days and let you know. In the meantime, if you try, let me know!

      1. Update: I made a batch following the instructions exactly except for omitting the walnuts… it worked great! But there are a few differences…. I got 31 instead of 40 cookies and they tasted a bit more like a sugar/ butter cookie but still yummy! Let me know if you try 🙂

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