A buttery cookie with powdered sugar on the outside... a delicious chocolate surprise on the inside! These easy, gluten-free cookies are fun to make and to eat, making them a fan favorite around the holidays and Valentine's Day!
We have several different cookies we make each year –recipes that have been handed down from family and friends–and we bake large quantities, then give them away as gifts.
In fact, there are people that literally email or call to make sure they are still on the list each year… the cookies are that good!
Everyone has their favorites but these Hidden Chocolate Kiss Cookies are always a hit!
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!
Recipe is from my Aunt’s friend years ago, they are super easy to make, which is a good thing since I usually make several batches each holiday season.
All you need is 7 ingredients….
Gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GF Jules – affiliate link)
butter or dairy free butter
Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses
confectioner’s sugar (also known as powdered sugar) to roll them in.
Fun fact… this is a family recipe and the only change I’ve made to the original recipe is to use GF Jules gluten-free all purpose flour — they taste just like the original! Maybe even better!
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Back to the Gluten-free Chocolate Kiss Cookies…
They are really fun for kids to make because the first thing you do is count out 40 Hersey’s kisses and unwrap them (and maybe eat a few..)
The dough itself comes together in about 5 minutes.
All you do is mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
Then add and mix in the flour and walnuts. Couldn’t be easier!
Then you divided the dough into 40 pieces.
Roll a Hersey’s kiss inside each piece of dough and bake.
After cooling a bit, you roll in confectioner’s sugar.
And fun for kids of all ages to make and to eat!
I am often asked if these can be made without walnuts. If you can substitute another nut like pecans that would work.
If you are entirely nut-free, I have made them without and it works fine but you get a few less cookies.
And several of you with nut allergies have reported making them with 1/2 cup oat flour in place of walnut and that that works great!
With or without the walnuts I hope you love them as much as we do!
These easy Gluten-Free cookies are a buttery cookie with powdered sugar on the outside... a delicious chocolate surprise on the inside! Fun to make and to eat, they are perfect around the holidays and Valentine's Day! Super quick and simple 7 ingredient recipe. Notes if you are nut-free: At your request I have made them without nuts, and they are good but you get less cookies. Some of you have subbed 1/2 cup oat flour for the walnuts successfully. And if you are allergic only to walnuts, you could consider subbing pecans.
Prep Time20 minutesmins
Cook Time12 minutesmins
Total Time32 minutesmins
Course: Dessert, Cookies, Holiday Baking, Valentine's Day
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family
1cupbutteror Earthbalance room temperature
2cupsgluten free all purpose flour with xanthum gumwe use GF Jules (affiliate link)
1cupfinely chopped walnuts
40Hershey's Kisseswrapping removed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
At medium speed beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
At low speed beat in flour and nuts until well combined.
Divide the dough into 40 equal parts and shape each part around kiss to make a ball.
Bake 12 minutes or until cookies are set but not brown.
Cool slightly & roll in confectioner’s sugar.
Store in an air tight container at room temperature for several weeks. They also freeze well.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...