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
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.
Either way, she got her wish. And the girl lucked out. Her brother was home for break and he was not a fan of these particular Hershey’s Kisses and her father is not crazy about mint. Katie divvied out two per day for her after-dinner treat, eating the cookie first, then savoring the creamy chocolate after that. 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
More Peppermint Christmas Recipes
- Peppermint Marshmallows from Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
- Easy Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Swirled Peppermint Bark
- More Holiday Recipes
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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Unwrap Kisses.
- 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.
- Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in colored sugar and place on cookie sheet.
- 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.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
- USA Pan Bakeware Half Sheet Pan, Warp Resistant Nonstick Baking Pan, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel - 1050HS
- Baking Rack Cooking Rack Set of 2, P&P CHEF Stainless Steel Wire Cooling Drying Roasting Rack, Fits Half Sheet Cookie Pans, Rectangle 16.6''x11.6''x 0.75'', Commercial Quality, Oven & Dishwasher Safe
- OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
Serving Size:2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 77mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g