12 Days of Christmas: Candy Cane Blossoms

I’ve been spending some time in my hometown and made a batch of these when I was at my parents’ house. My mom took them to work the next day and the cookies disappeared within a few hours. I think the rate of cookie consumption/disappearance is a great barometer for the quality of what you make. I even had one of the admin assistants ask for the recipe (hi, Karen!). So I think it’s safe to say these cookies were a big success. I hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as I did!

Candy Cane Blossoms
Recipe source: Baked Perfection
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1 bag Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons milk
Red and green colored sugar

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
2. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Yields approximately 35 cookies


20 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas: Candy Cane Blossoms”

  • Yessss, these are my absolute favorite. As soon as the Candy Cane kisses went on sale, I grabbed several bags in anticipation.

  • Hi Ann…I am a friend of your Mom and Dad’s…Love your site!!! you have done a great job!!!Will try your candy cane bloossoms this weekend.

  • I love these! I bought some candy cane kisses tonight to try them out. One question though – did you flatten the dough balls before baking? I noticed that Baked Perfection’s versions were more ball shaped, and I prefer a flatter cookie (like yours). Just wondering if that was a result of pressing the dough down before baking. Thanks!

    • Yes you have to flatten out the dough balls on the pan I didn’t and got cookie balls lol I gave them to my seven year old because even tho they weren’t shaped like cookies still tasted like cookies and didn’t want me to throw them out :’)

  • These cookies are amazing! I made a batch late last night during a Christmas baking-binge…I also made your sparkling peppermint cookies, stained-glass sugar cookies and homemade peppermint Oreos! :D These were by far my favorite and I plan to make another batch tonight and/or tomorrow. It took me forever to find the candy cane Kisses (I only found them at the dollar store – all the supermarkets I checked were sold out!) but it was so worth it! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely be using it again next year :)

  • They look great going to try and make them for my family this year..wish me luck :)
    Merry Christmas to all

    • Steph – I can’t answer that definitively because I wasn’t there to see what you did or didn’t do. But a few things that can cause flat cookies: (1) the butter that you used was too soft, (2) your baking soda/baking powder was old – leveners only keep for about a year, or (3) your oven temp may be off. I’m sorry that I can’t help more, but try adjusting the things I mentioned to see if that helps. :)

  • Hi, first time making these cookies… I am confused about the milk? Could you please clarify what you mean about ‘add milk alternatively to butter mixture’. Did you mean add milk alternating with flour mixture to butter mixture? Please clarify how milk is used in this recipe. Thank you

    • Hi Krista – so what you want to do is beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg together in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a measuring cup, measure out the milk you’ll need. Now add about half of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar/vanilla/egg mixture — beat. Then add about half of the milk to this mixture — beat. Then add the rest of the flour mixture — beat. Then add the rest of the milk — beat. That’s it! Hope this helps :)

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