Holiday Treasure Cookies

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Share your favorite cookie recipes this holiday season.

The holidays are a wonderful time for baking treats. One of our 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.

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 recipe and it becomes one of your family’s favorites too.

Holiday Treasure Cookies


  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Bag Hershey's Kisses (Any flavor, although we prefer Special Dark)
  • 1 1/2 cups 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 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 sides to wrap around a kiss. When the kiss is completely covered, 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 balls.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on your oven)or until dough is no longer gummy and bottoms are slightly golden.
  • Cool for a few minutes on a cookie sheet, then place on a rack to coolentirely. Meanwhile, put confectioner's sugar in a large bowl.
  • When cookies are cooled, roll in confectioner's sugar to coat. 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.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, Holiday


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

We hope you enjoy these little treasures. Watch out for the powdered sugar – it’s a bit messy but worth it!

If you’re looking for another terrific 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.



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  1. Kim Chatfield Reply

    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!

    • suereddel Reply

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

  2. 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

    • suereddel Reply

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

    • suereddel Reply

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

  3. 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.

    • suereddel Reply

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

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