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Santa Kisses Cookies

America's Test Kitchen
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Servings 12


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbl. unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 24 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses unwrapped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oven racks to upper middle and lower middle. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bow. Place butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 50% power for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until melted. Let cool slightly. Add sugar, egg, egg white, and vanilla. Whisk until well combined. Fold in dry ingredients in 3-4 additions, mixing until just combined after each addition. Once blended allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop dough by 1 tablespoons and roll into balls. Place 2-inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes until puffed. Remove trays from oven and carefully place Hershey's Kiss on top of each cookie. Return to oven and bake an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer to wire racks and cool completely.