Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies – Shortbread Hershey Kiss Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips. The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie.

These easy buttery cookies are the perfect addition to any cookie tray or dessert pitch-in. Be sure to have a glass of milk or cup of coffee handy to pair with this rich dessert.

Hidden Hershey Kiss Cookies

There’s a surprise in the center of the Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies. Can you guess?

The mini chocolate chip cookie dough is wrapped around a Hershey Kiss. When the cookie bakes, the Hershey Kiss melts a bit so when they are warm, you get a creamy chocolate center. Once the cookie cools, the Hershey Kiss resumes it’s original texture.

I love making these each year around the holidays because they are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie platter.

Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 

Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies

My family loves chocolate chip cookies, so much so that we have a list of different versions.

Our go-to chocolate chip cookie is Mom’s version.  They are a classic chocolate chip cookie.

Then, when we are feeling super indulgent, I make Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.  These are super thick and dense and contain nuts.

For Kevin’s side of the family, I make mini chocolate chip cookies just like his Grandma always made.

Lastly, our favorite Christmas cookie is a chocolate chip log topped with melted chocolate and chopped nuts.  Our family has always called these Dainty Logs.

But, there’s another cookie on my favorite list.

Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies are more of a shortbread with a divine buttery flavor. But, there’s also a surprise right in the center. The chocolate chip cookie dough gets wrapped around a Hersey Kiss.

Shortbread Hersey Kiss Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies have the flavor and texture of a shortbread. The dough contains straight up butter, no need to fool around with margarine or shortening.

The other thing that makes these Hershey Kiss Chocolate Chip Cookies more like shortbread is the lack of a leavening agent and a lack of eggs. There’s no baking soda or baking powder in this recipe.

That means the texture is more flat and the butter flavor shines through.

Hershey’s Hidden Kisses Cookie Ingredient List

Butter, softened

Brown Sugar

White Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Flour

Mini Chocolate Chips

Hershey Kisses

How to Make Hidden Hersey Kiss Cookies

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for Hidden Hersey Kiss Cookies, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Cream softened butter, brown and white sugars and vanilla extract until creamy.
  2. Add flour, and mix until dough forms.
  3. Stir in mini chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Wrap shortbread chocolate chip cookie dough around unwrapped Hershey Kisses.
  5. Roll each cookie into a ball.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Let cool for a couple minutes on the cookie pan before removing to cool on a cooling rack.

Notes About Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies

  • Be sure to use softened butter. If you forget to set out the butter, microwave it for 8-10 seconds to barely soften without melting.
  • You really need mini chocolate chips for these cookies. The layer of dough around the Shortbread Hershey Kiss Cookies is really thin.
  • Unwrap the Hershey Kisses before using them for this recipe…just saying.
  • Try switching it up by using different flavors of Hershey Kisses.
  • To jazz these up even more, sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle on an easy chocolate glaze made of melted chocolate chips.
  • You could totally make this a fun Christmas game with the kids. Make them guess what the “hidden” treasure will be. They will be pleasantly surprised to find the Hidden Hershey Kiss.
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Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 

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Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies - Shortbread Hershey Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip hershey kiss cookies, hershey's hidden kisses cookies, shortbread hershey kiss cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 36 Hersey Kisses, unwrapped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cream softened butter, brown and white sugars and vanilla extract.
    Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 
  • Add flour to the mixture and mix until a dough forms.
    Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 
  • Stir in mini chocolate chips.
    Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 
  • Take a small amount of dough and wrap around unwrapped Hershey Kiss. It should be a thin layer around the candy.
    Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 
  • Roll each cookie into a ball and place on a cookie sheet.
    Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 
  • Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes on the cookie pan before removing to a cooling rack.
    Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 

Notes

  • Be sure to use softened butter.  If you forget to set out the butter, microwave it for 8 - 10 seconds to barely soften without melting.
  • You really need mini chocolate chips for these cookies.  The layer of dough around the Shortbread Hershey Kiss Cookies is really thin.
  • Unwrap the Hershey Kisses before using...just saying.
  • Try switching it up by using different flavors of Hershey Kisses. 
  • You could totally make this a fun Christmas game with the kids.  Make them guess what the "hidden" treasure will be.   They will be pleasantly surprised to find the Hidden Hershey Kiss.
  • To jazz these up even more, sprinkle with powdered sugar or an easy chocolate glaze made of melted chocolate chips. 
  • Love Christmas Cookies like these? Try my favorite Dainty Logs, a different form of chocolate chip shortbread cookie. 

Chocolate Chip Hershey Kiss Cookies have a shortbread texture and flavor and are dotted with mini chocolate chips.  The best part is a hidden Hersey Kiss baked right in the center of each chocolate chip cookie. 

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