Holiday Treasure Cookies



Share your favorite cookie recipes this holiday season.

The holidays are a wonderful time for baking treats. One of our holiday cookie favorites to share is this easy and delicious recipe for holiday treasure cookies that each come with a secret hidden delight.

My mother used to make these every holiday and store them in coffee cans in the cool cabinet in our kitchen. Being the organized German that she was, she took weeks to make dozens of Christmas cookies to share with family and friends. I have to admit that I would sneak into the cabinet and steal a few. I’m sure the tell-tale sign of the powder sugar trail gave me away every time. She never scolded me because she knew they were my favorites and still are to this day.

Buttery Christmas Cookies

These wonderful treats have a crumbly, buttery outside hiding a delicious and surprising chocolatey burst inside. You can use any flavor of chocolate kisses you like or mix and match to enhance the surprise. I grew up with the standard milk chocolate Hershey kisses but now I prefer the dark chocolate kisses. Holiday and specialty flavor kisses would work well too.

We hope you try this delicious Christmas cookie recipe and it becomes one of your family’s favorites too.


Holiday Treasure Cookies
Holiday Treasure Cookies


Holiday Treasure Cookies


1 cup  (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Hershey’s kisses – any flavor, though we like Special Dark
1 – 1 1/2 cup Confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.

Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla together until creamy, light, and fluffy.

Slowly add flour and blend well until flour becomes completely incorporated into the mixture forming a soft dough.

Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or more until quite firm.

While the dough is chilling, unwrap the kisses.

When the dough is thoroughly chilled, take a spoonful and work gently with your fingers to create a ball then flatten the ball into a small patty. Place a kiss in the center of the patty then pull up the sides to wrap all the way around a kiss. When the kiss is totally enveloped, roll dough in your palms (like a meatball) to shape it back into the ball. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat until all dough/kisses are in the balls.

Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on your oven) or until the dough is no longer gummy and the bottoms are slightly golden.

Cool for a few minutes on a cookie sheet, then place on a rack to cool entirely. Meanwhile, put the confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl.

When cookies are cooled, roll in the confectioner’s sugar to coat them. When you have finished all the cookies with one coating, repeat so that each cookie has 2 coats of confectioner’s sugar and is covered all around.


Holiday Treasure Cookies
Holiday Treasure Cookies the surprise is a chocolate kiss inside!


We hope you enjoy unique Christmas cookies. Watch out for the powdered sugar – it’s a bit messy but worth it!

If you’re looking for another delicious holiday cookie check out these Easy Chocolate Crinkles.

Happy Holidays!


THE QUICK BITE:  If you’re looking for a new holiday cookie recipe try the Holiday Treasure Cookie. There’s a chocolate surprise in every cookie. They’re sure to be a new family favorite.



12 thoughts on “Holiday Treasure Cookies

  1. I made these for Chanukah…they were a hit. Absolutely LOVE this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Sue and Diana! We were never a Christmas cookie family. Instead, we had Christmas “candy”: fudge, pecan divinity, home made peppermint patties and peanut butter cups, and more. Grandma used to make some date-filled cookies though, that had to “season” in a big popcorn can for weeks before they got really good… I have the recipe, but have never tried it. Perhaps you’ve inspired me to make something!

  3. These look fabulous. I’m definitely going to give them a go this Christmas. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Johanna, thanks for stopping by hope you enjoy the cookies!

  4. I used to love to bake for Christmas and would save up our coffee cans throughout the year, wrap them in Christmas paper and give them filled with a variety of cookies to friends and family. This recipe looks delicious! I’ve bookmarked it to try someday when we take a break from our travels. Anita

    1. Hi Anita, I love that you used coffee cans too! Hope you enjoy the recipe. Happy Holidays!

    1. I love pfeffenusse too. Thanks for sharing your recipe, we’ll have to try it. Happy Holidays!

  5. Yum! It would be fun to share these with you over coffee! My favorite Christmas cookie recipe:
    Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies My secret to these is instead of the 3 oz pkg of cream cheese, I use an 8 oz pkg. =:-O They’re easy to cut out and decorate with royal icing. Now that we’re traveling, I haven’t made them in several years. I look forward to getting together with my daughter again someday and reverting to our annual tradition with these.

    1. Hi Betsy! We’re always looking for a good sugar cookie recipe. Thanks for stopping by happy holidays!

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