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Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies

Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies

It’s crunch time people. The final days where stuffing your face with christmas cookies is still socially acceptable.

Milk it for all it’s worth.

I’ll admit I’ve made some pretty darn delicious cookies this year, but these may just be the best of the lot.

I first came across the elusive Mint Truffle Kiss during our excursion to Hershey’s kitchens. Where better to find these magical bites than where they were born? Anyway, a bag came home with me, although at the time I didn’t quite realize what I had discovered. I was, I think, expecting more of a minty flavored chocolate rather than a creme-de-menthe filled confection. They’re like Andes mints in the shape of Kisses. Once I realized this, well, let’s just say that bag didn’t last long.

Two Krogers, a Walgreens, and a Publix later… I had four more bags. And don’t be surprised if I make another run before they disappear for good.

Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies

I knew that I had to turn some of these Kisses into the ultimate Christmas cookie.

The cookie base I used is basically a soft chocolate sugar cookie. I’m not one to add cream cheese willy nilly to things (in fact, you could call me somewhat cream cheese averse,) but there isn’t a hint of it in the final cookie other than a delicate, pillowy texture that stays soft for days (not that they’ll last that long, but still).

Chocolate Mint Truffle Kiss Stuffed Cookies

I first set out to make a chocolate mint version of the classic Peanut Butter Blossom, but soon discovered that stuffing the cookies was where it’s at. They look all innocent on the outside, and then BAM! Mint truffle EXPLOSION.

Sorry for the outburst. I think all the sugar has gone to my head.

Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies

Yield: 28 cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) regular cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 36 Hershey's Mint Truffle Kisses, unwrapped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, cream cheese and melted butter in a large bowl and whisk until mixture forms a smooth paste. Whisk in oil. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Fold in flour mixture until all flour is incorporated and no dry ingredients remain.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup or so of sugar into a small bowl. Dough will be soft, but should still be workable. If not, refrigerate it for 15 to 20 minutes until it is. Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out about 2 tablespoons of dough. Press a kiss in the center, shape into a ball around it, then roll in sugar to coat. Arrange on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie.
  5. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until cookies are set and cracked. Cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Cookie base adapted from Cooks Illustrated via the Craving Chronicles.

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  1. 1
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Love love love…sigh, all of their kiss varieties are so good. Right now I’m obsessed with the candy cane ones!


  2. 2
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    These look unreal!


  3. 3
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love love LOVE these cookies! :)


  4. 4
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

    These look heavenly!!


  5. 5
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Yum! I may make these tonight!


  6. 6
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I need a dozen of these in my life now! I will definitely be on the hunt for these kisses.


  7. 7
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’m not a huge mint fan, but I have a feeling these cookies would change my mind. :)


  8. 8
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

    What a fabolous cookie!!! I love mint and I can only imagine how wonderful it must taste with a kiss in the middle!


  9. 9
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’ve got to try these! I hate it when your little blossoms puddle, making them this way would def fix that problem!


  10. 10
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I’d never think to squish a whole Hershey’s kiss into a cookie. Genious!


  11. 11
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Gorgeous cookies. Anything stuffed is an automatic win! I love stuffing the Kiss rather than just perching it on top. Way smarter!


  12. 12
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    wow- these are AMAZING cookies!


  13. 13
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    So I thought I was done baking today and then I saw these cookies. Hello yummy! I think I’m gonna have to get back in the kitchen and bake these with some Hershey’s HUGS inside.


  14. 14
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    This looks really amazing!


  15. 15
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Looks delish! Very clever to put the kiss inside – def trying this recipe! Glad I stumbled on your blog, I’ll be back for sure :)


  16. 16
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    These look wonderful, but I don’t see chocolate in the ingredients. How much and what kind do you use?


    • Posted On December 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Just cocoa powder. It’s there, just below the flour.

  17. 17
    Posted On December 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    These look amazing! I was just complaining the other day on Twitter that I can’t find those Kisses here anymore. We had them for 2 Christmases and now nothing. Boo!

    But if I find a bag or manage to get someone to take pity on me and send me some, I will make these cookies in a heartbeat!


  18. 18
    Posted On December 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    These look amazing and so delicious. The middle is to die for.


  19. 19
    Posted On December 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Anche io ho fatto questi biscotti con un’ altro ripieno, solo buonissimi forse i più buoni che ho fatto.
    Mi stuzzica anche la variante che hai proposto te, credo proprio di provarli.
    Complimenti per il tuo blog è carinissimo!!
    Ciao ciao


  20. 20
    Posted On December 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Mixing Christmas candy with Christmas cookies is the best. This recipe is a winner. And now I am off to the store to get some Mint kisses :)


  21. 21
    Posted On December 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    For the record, I’ve made two batches of these cookies in the last two days. I’m trying to keep them around long enough to take to my mom’s for Christmas Eve dinner, but the wife and kids keep demolishing them.


  22. 22
    Posted On December 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Love the look of these and the pictures are fantastic. Wish we got Hersey’s chocolate here in the UK!


  23. 23
    Posted On December 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them soon- can’t have enough cookies around the holidays!


  24. 24
    Posted On December 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I just made these and they are amazing! Could use a little more chocolate flavor, but amazing taste and texture… A great recipe! Thanks so much!


  25. 25
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

    oh wow i’m speechless…


  26. 26
    Posted On December 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I ran to Target for day after Christmas sale candy just to buy the truffle kisses for these cookies. I lucked out and got 3 bags. After trying these cookies, however, it is apparent that I should have bought every bag they had. YUM. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.


  27. 27
    Michelle m
    Posted On March 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Just made a bunch of these and these are too die for, delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  28. 28
    Posted On March 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Late to the game so I missed out on those Hershey kisses but I managed to stuff some Andes mints in there and they’re delicious! Thanks!


  29. 29
    Posted On March 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. If I can’t find the kisses, do you think Andes mints would work? Also can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it? Thanks!


  30. 30
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Does this dough roll out easily? I want to make cut-out decorated cookies and this dough sounds delicious!


  31. 31
    Posted On December 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

    My grocery store didn’t have mint kisses so I bought ghiradelli mint chips. They didn’t melt… I baked them as directed. Help?


    • Posted On December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Unfortunately the mint kisses are quite unique. And whatever is in the center doesn’t actually melt, but rather stays suspended in the center of the cookie. I think using a different kind of kiss would be a better alternative, I know they have some cherry or caramel filled ones that I think would be a nice variation. :)

  32. 32
    Posted On December 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I just made these cookies and they are absolutely AWESOME!!! I left the first batch in the oven a little too long and the bottom got a little too brown but it didn’t affect the taste at all. Just be careful not to overbake as it doesn’t take long for them to be done. Not only did the mint truffle add the awesomeness to this recipe but the cookie recipe itself is DIVINE. It is soft like a brownie and the taste is WOW! It definitely is a mint truffle explosion and a pleasant surprise when you bite into this wonderful cookie. I will be making these cookies from now on along with my family’s other favorites. Thank you for sharing the recipe as well as the photos.


  33. 33
    Posted On January 1, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Can you omit the cream cheese part? and If so, can or should you substitute it with something else?


    • Posted On January 5, 2016 at 8:10 am

      I’ve substituted it with goat cheese before, which works but the cream cheese keeps the cookies much softer. It’s one of the secrets that makes these cookies so soft. :)

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