These Coconut Chocolate Kiss Cookies are a fun twist on the classic sugar cookie! Toasted coconut + melty chocolate combine for a tasty sweet treat!
Ah, the Hershey’s Kiss. Is any piece of chocolate more recognizable than a Hershey’s Kiss (at least in the States)? Despite its’ popularity, a Hershey’s Kiss is typically not my first choice in chocolate candy. I personally prefer nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.) in my chocolate, so I’ll go to Baci, Snickers, Peanut M&Ms or Almond Hershey’s Kisses before I unwrap a plain Kiss. Almond Hershey’s Kisses? A bag of those is definitely not safe around me!
Hershey’s Kisses first appeared in 1907, but did you know that they weren’t made at all during WWII? Aluminum foil was in short supply during the war, thus putting a halt to the foil-wrapped Kisses. Interestingly enough, the aluminum foil shortage also led to the popularization of Saran Wrap as a substitute for wrapping food. Bikinis were also invented during this time as a way to save on material. #NowYouKnow
Instead of producing Kisses during WWII, Hershey’s machinery was used to temper chocolate for military ration bars. These bars could withstand the desert heat, and the taste was (by design) only slightly better than eating a boiled potato. The goal was to make these bars nutritious options in the event of an emergency. The military didn’t want the bars to be too tasty as they feared soldiers might just eat all of the bars instead of saving them for emergency situations. The thought of a piece of chocolate tasting like a plain boiled potato doesn’t sound very interesting to me!
Coconut Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Fast forward to modern times and regular Hershey’s Kisses. Every year for Christmas my Dad sends us a huge box of Hershey’s Kisses. That thing must weigh 5 pounds, and it usually takes us the better part of several months to get through them all. Opening the pantry in late February to still see red, green and silver Hershey’s Kisses is kinda odd. But, hey, if I eat all of the green ones, then I can pretend they’re Valentine’s Day themed Kisses! This year I decided to have a plan for those extra Kisses. I’m making Coconut Chocolate Kiss Cookies!
Growing up, my Mom used to make sugar cookies that she’d roll in shredded coconut before baking. I’ve always enjoyed the coconut + chocolate combination, so I decided to make those cookies…but shove a Hershey Kiss into ’em as they came out of the oven. Win! These Coconut Chocolate Kiss Cookies are delicious. The coconut gets lightly toasted in the oven, and the Kisses get just slightly melty (that’s a technical term right there) when you stick them into the hot cookies. The Kisses do harden back up as the cookies cool, but I personally like digging into these cookies while those Kisses are still warm.
When life gives you too many Kisses, make Coconut Chocolate Kiss Cookies! These cookies would be a fun addition to holiday cookie trays…if they last that long. Happy baking, my friends!
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Coconut Chocolate Kiss Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 18 Hershey’s Kisses
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (~3-4 minutes on medium speed).
- Add egg and vanilla; stir until just combined.
- Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir until just combined.
- Place shredded coconut in a shallow bowl. Fill a separate small bowl with a bit of water.
- Roll dough into 1” balls and then dip each ball into the bowl of water. Next, roll each ball in the shredded coconut. (Note: The water helps the shredded coconut stick to the cookie dough.)
- Place dough balls on parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until light coconut is lightly toasted.
- Remove from oven and press Hershey’s Kisses into center of each cookie.
- Let cookies cool completely.