Candy Cane Blossoms are a tasty, festive holiday thumbprint cookie! Sugar cookie dough is enhanced with colored sugars and minty candy cane Kisses.

Add these Candy Cane Cookies to your holiday baking list!!

Candy Cane Blossoms

Why You’ll Love Candy Cane Blossoms

  • This recipe is a festive twist on the popular Peanut Blossom that’s a peanut butter cookie topped with a chocolate kiss.
  • Treats with a mint flavor profile are perfect for Christmas, especially when they’re cookies that are covered with red and green sugar!
  • These make an inpressive presentation when piled on a cookie tray! They’re great for cookie exchanges and holiday hostess gifts.

Katie has been hinting around about these Candy Cane blossoms for weeks. She saw these on Pinterest and made sure I pinned them, too. I’m not sure what her ulterior motive was, for me to buy a bag of Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses or for me to make these cookies. Don’t these candy cane blossoms just shout Christmas?!!!

What are Blossom Cookies?

Typically, blossoms are sugar cookie or peanut butter cookie dough rolled in sugar, baked, and then topped with a chocolate candy Kiss. Peanut blossoms are the iconic blossom cookie, but I’ve also made Rolo blossoms using a chocolate caramel candy instead of a Kiss.

How to Make Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

If you’ve ever made Peanut Blossoms, you know the drill! But if you’re new to this kind of cookie, here are some tips.

  • I like using a cookie disher to scoop out evenly sized dough balls. Having the same sized cookies gives a more professional looking result. But they’re delicious even if the sizes vary a bit.
  • Roll between your palms to help make nice round dough balls. Then roll in colored sugar which can be red, green or a combination!
  • Use a parchment-lined baking sheet for two reasons. First, the parchment prevents the cookies from sticking to the pan. Also, it makes for easy cleanup!
  • Pro-Tip: Waiting 3 minutes before adding the Kiss worked perfectly. I tried a few after one minute and the Kiss melted and totally lost its iconic shape.
  • Pro-Tip: You can also chill your Kisses so they don’t melt as quickly after inserting them into the cookies

Candy Cane Blossoms on a square white plate

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Candy Cane Blossoms on a holiday cookie tray

A couple of my Best Christmas Cookies on a holiday tray for our annual neighborhood cookie exchange.
This post was first shared in December 2012. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

Easy Christmas cookies with a candy cane kiss in a white creamic bowl

Candy Cane Blossoms

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 4 dozen

A holiday twist on thumbprint cookies! Recipe adapted from Hershey's


  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red and Green decorative sugar
  • 48 Hershey's Kisses, Candy Cane flavor


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Unwrap Kisses.
  2. Cream butter and sugar, then add egg and vanilla and mix till well blended. Mix in milk, then add dry ingredients and mix till combined.
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in colored sugar and place on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or till cookies are set and very lightly browned. Allow to cool about 2-3 minutes, then press a Kiss into the middle of each cookie. Remove cookies to wire rack to finish cooling.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g


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