Sugar Cookie Candy Cane Blossoms


Sugar cookie candy cane blossoms are the epitome of the holidays! They have a slight peppermint flavor from the candy cane kisses. These adaptations from the traditional blossom kiss cookies are always at cookie swaps and for a very good reason – they’re easy to make and a treat to eat!

Sugar Cookie Candy Cane Blossoms from

Sugar Cookie Candy Cane Blossoms from

It’s only the second week of December and I’m already sick of the snow and ice. It’s going to be a long winter for me :)

Yesterday, we were snowed in. On Sunday into Monday morning, we got an ice storm that came through and last night, another front came through and dumped a bunch of snow on us! The federal government closed yesterday and Jason and I were home all day. I think I was going a little stir crazy. It was a nice break to actually leave the house yesterday evening and go to Pure Barre class. Luckily, the snow stopped around 2pm so everything’s pretty much melted by now and the main roads are all clear. Back to work today! My office decorating is going really well. Would anyone like a post on how to decorate a corporate office? I’m actually really excited about it so not gonna lie, I kind of want to share a post on it. Is that weird?

Sugar Cookie Candy Cane Blossoms from

Sugar Cookie Candy Cane Blossoms from

You all have probably seen a variety of these cookies all over the web recently and mine’s just another of those varieties. I’ve never made these blossom kiss cookies before and I was thinking up some holiday cookie ideas that I could share with you all before December ended and I came up with these. What spurred my inspiration for these was a few weeks ago, I was visiting my good friend who recently had the sweetest baby girl. She had an entire candy dish on their table filled with these candy cane kisses. I had never seen or had these before that day. I didn’t even know they had candy cane pieces in them!! I was sooo hooked after that visit. I probably had more than 10 in one sitting. I drove to Target right after and bought two family-size bags. Haha

My other good friend mentioned how she usually makes these for Christmas and uses a sugar cookie base instead of the traditional peanut butter cookie base. Love it. I incorporated some red and green crystal sprinkles in. The sugar cookies are surprisingly really chewy and soft so that was a nice surprise. I was SO worried the kisses would melt. They do a bit, BUT if you don’t touch them or press them down, they hold their shape. I wanted to have some fun and flood some of the cookie centers with the candy cane kisses so on a handful of them, you can see in the photos that I pressed the kisses down so they’d completely melt throughout the thumbprint area.

Sugar Cookie Candy Cane Blossoms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins

Sugar cookie candy cane blossoms are the epitome of the holidays! These adaptations from the traditional blossom kiss cookies are always a hit!

Servings: 2 dozen
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp red sugar crystals
  • 1 tsp green sugar crystals
  • 24 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture, alternately, with milk, to the butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Finally, add the sugar crystals to the dough.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop (or 1 1/2 tbsp of dough), place cookie dough on baking sheets.
  6. Bake cookies for 12-13 minutes, or until edges are turning slightly brown and crisp. Remove from oven and immediately after 2 minutes, press Hershey Kiss into the center of the dough. Do NOT touch it anymore at this point.
  7. After 5 minutes, gently transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Hershey's

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Posted on December 11, 2013

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  1. 12/11/2013 at 7:25 am

    I love how these turned out!! PS I’m sick of winter weather too. Jan 1 I become a hermit lol jK sorta :)

  2. 12/11/2013 at 7:41 am

    So pretty, Julie! I love how you used a simple but scrumptious sugar cookie base for these blossoms and sprinkled in some festive red and green sprinkles. The cookie base pairs beautifully with the red and white peppermint candy stripes of the kisses. Pinned everywhere!

  3. 12/11/2013 at 9:09 am

    Oh man, it is a good thing you do not live in CO. The winter last through May!

    These cookies are so fun! I love the festive colors! :)

  4. 12/11/2013 at 9:21 am

    These cookies are nice and festive! Perfect for the holidays!

  5. Tanya B
    12/11/2013 at 9:51 am

    I have a small jar of these kisses on my desk at work right now. The first year a co-worker introduced me to them they ran out of them in the stores before Christmas, so the next year, I bought 3 or 4 bags the first time I saw them in the store. They are the best!

  6. 12/11/2013 at 10:39 am

    So festive and fun!

  7. Lindsey
    12/11/2013 at 11:29 am

    Ohhh I will need to get a few bags of these guys to try and then to make these cookies with! They sound delicious!

    Also, working in at a university (kinda corporate/professional) setting, I would love to see how you decorated yours! :) Ideas/inspiration please!

  8. 12/11/2013 at 11:44 am

    These are stunning! Such pretty cookies – pinning for future cookie swaps!

  9. 12/11/2013 at 11:56 am

    Old Man Winter has been on a rampage lately! Thanks goodness we have cookies to keep us distracted!

  10. 12/11/2013 at 12:08 pm

    These are so beautiful! I’m not much of a candy eater, but I can never resist the candy cane kisses! They are too good. I did all of my cookie baking this past weekend, but perhaps I will need to fit one more batch into the schedule :)

  11. 12/11/2013 at 12:17 pm

    Julie, these cookies just scream Christmas, so cute! Can’t wait to try them. And as a California, I’ve always dreamed of getting snowed in. Sounds like the best thing ever! Being stuck inside all cozied up watching movies and drinking hot cocoa. I’m sure the reality isn’t that glamorous, but I’m going to pretend : )

  12. 12/11/2013 at 12:24 pm

    These are just too cute.

  13. Colleen
    12/11/2013 at 12:26 pm

    Julie – do the kisses get soft? When I make the “traditional” peanut butter ones I put the kiss on top and put them back in the oven for 2 minutes. Then the kiss is soft and you can have a bite of chocolate kiss with each bite of peanut butter cookie. Works great! Also….I have made 3 batchs of your Christmas Crack recipe. OMG!! Taking it to a cookie exchange on Sunday! :-)

    • 12/11/2013 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Colleen! The kisses already get soft after they’ve been sitting on the cookie for a few minutes so you definitely don’t need to put them back in the oven. They’ll likely just melt into a puddle! I’m so glad you love the Christmas Crack! It’s addicting stuff!!

  14. 12/11/2013 at 3:08 pm

    Such a great festive blossom for the holidays!

  15. 12/11/2013 at 3:55 pm

    Yum – love this spin on the peanut butter blossoms!

  16. 12/11/2013 at 6:57 pm

    These are so fun! Love those stripy kisses!

  17. 12/11/2013 at 9:09 pm

    I love the red and green sprinkles you incorporated! So beautiful, Julie!

  18. 12/11/2013 at 9:26 pm

    Cute and enticing!!

  19. 12/11/2013 at 10:49 pm

    Love the peppermint kisses! These sound irresistible!

  20. 12/11/2013 at 11:52 pm

    These are so festive! By the way, when I make blossom cookies (of any kind), I always stick the kisses in the freezer for a while and don’t remove them until I am ready to use them. And I let the cookies cook for a few minutes. This combined with the chilled kisses helps them not melt!

    • 12/12/2013 at 8:03 am

      Stephanie, that is seriously such a brilliant idea!! I never even thought to pop them in the freezer!! Next time I make it, I’m definitely going to do that. Thank you for this amazing tip!

  21. 12/12/2013 at 9:51 am

    Yummy! Looks like christmas in a cookie. I have baked so many cookies lately and have been freezing them and allowing myself just one a day. Gotta have some restraint right? Lovely photos.

    • 12/13/2013 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Jenna! Cookies are the season! :)

  22. 12/12/2013 at 9:57 am

    I would put them on a Christmas tree….and then eat. Too cute :) ela

  23. 12/12/2013 at 11:52 am

    These Cookies look very yummy. I love how the candy cane melts right in there!

  24. 12/12/2013 at 4:19 pm

    It’s been so mild here that it doesn’t even feel like December – I kind of wish we had some snow! These cookies are so cute, love those little candies in the middle.

  25. 12/12/2013 at 6:16 pm

    Love how pillowy and festive your blossoms are!

  26. 12/13/2013 at 9:11 am

    These look perfect Julie! I was needing a holiday recipe, and I just so happen to have those Hershey’s Candy Cane kisses – so it’s perfect for me and perfect timing! Pinning!

  27. 12/13/2013 at 6:38 pm

    These are so cute and Christmassy, Julie!

  28. 12/15/2013 at 7:12 pm

    I LOVE these, Julie! So fun and festive!!!

  29. Allison Skarin
    12/16/2013 at 12:57 pm

    Took these to a cookie swap this weekend – so cute! Thanks for the idea!

    • 12/16/2013 at 3:45 pm

      Awesome, Allison!! :)

  30. 12/19/2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love blossom cookies, especially this time of the year. These are perfectly festive and i’m loving it. :)

  31. Alison
    12/19/2013 at 1:51 pm

    Honestly I feel like you are doing your readers a disservice. The Hershey’s recipe, which is nearly identical, tastes MUCH better.

    • 12/19/2013 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Alison! If you read at the top of the recipe, I already had a link to the same Hershey’s recipe you just posted. The only thing I did different was add the green/red sprinkles in the dough as opposed to rolling it on the outside so I don’t know why you think I’m doing a disservice to my readers if this is using the same Hershey’s recipe base. Happy Holidays!

  32. 12/25/2013 at 2:03 am

    I remember the year I discovered Candy Cane Kisses. I think I ate several bags all by myself! Enjoy~

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