Christmas cookie recipe secret kisses for santa

Christmas cookie recipe: Secret Kisses for Santa

The idea came from this conversation while we were looking at some photos of art cakes that my sister Sherry made… And a fairly easy Christmas cookie recipe that V found in a cookbook I got from an event.

V: Aww, I wish you could bake like tita Sherry.

Me: Hmmm. I never bake. It’s very hard to bake. You have to measure everything exactly. It’s messy. We have no pans, no tools… (voice trails off with more excuses)

V: Hmm… Can I try baking?

Me: SURE! (thought bubble: whew, please don’t try to talk me into it!)

V: Really? Yay!

The other two – Patch and Nate – were excited with the new project too so off we went to the supermarket to buy their materials.

We have a kiddie cookbook at home called The Witchkins (by Mel Martinez-Francisco) that I got from the ladies of Tomatis Philippines when I attended an event at their Rockwell center. It’s got some really easy recipes and this Christmas cookie recipe –Secret Kisses for Santa-  is perfect for my newbie bakers.

Christmas cookie recipe The Witchkins kids cookbook

We all agreed to make the Secret Kisses for Santa recipe because it’s primarily egg-free (Nate is allergic to eggs). We also bought some white chocolate to substitute the Kisses in some pieces too. So even if it isn’t Christmas, and Santa is most probably enjoying himself in some sunny getaway, we decided on doing this one.

Christmas cookie recipe - secret kisses for santa with hershey's kisses

SECRET KISSES FOR SANTA – Christmas Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 28 Hershey’s Kisses (Cookies and Cream flavor), unwrapped
  • several squares of a white chocolate bar (for Nate!)
  • powdered sugar, sifted

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F.

Christmas cookie recipe - Secret Kisses for Santa

Nate was happy with his primary role: unwrapping the chocolates and cutting the bar into squares… and occasionally sneaking in a white square to his mouth.

Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. (We don’t have an electric mixer so the little arms went to work. I did, however, promise V that I would buy an electric mixer if she sustains her interest in baking.)

Christmas cookie recipe Secret Kisses for Santa dough mixing

Step 3: Gradually add the flour. Mix on low speed until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Christmas cookie recipe - my newbie bakers

Step 4: Shape 1 tbsp of dough over each Hershey’s Kisses (or white chocolate square), making sure it is covered completely.

Christmas cookie recipe - cookie dough and chocolate filling

We’re ready to roll – wrap the chocolate pieces with dough; form dough into balls; roll balls in powdered sugar.

Christmas cookie recipe - wrapping chocolate kisses with dough

Step 5: Form into a ball.

Step 6: Roll in powdered sugar.

Step 7: Place on cookie sheets, one inch apart.

Step 8: Bake for 10-12 minutes. Don’t overbake! (They firm up as they cool.) Let cool.

Christmas cookie recipe - Secret Kisses for Santa!The cookies are cooling. (Rectangular ones have white chocolate squares, reserved for Nate.)

…And voila!

Secret kisses for Santa - Christmas cookie recipe

They’re a bit too sweet for my adult taste, but perfect for the kids’. I am going to cut the sugar next time we do this. But wow, this Christmas cookie recipe was super easy. And the kids are super happy with how their first baking project turned out. More coming!

2 thoughts on “Christmas cookie recipe: Secret Kisses for Santa

  1. this post just made me excited to do cooking activities with my boy… he’s just 7mos now… i’ll prepare the tools already so we’re ready when he’s able.. hihihi

    am a new follower!!! followed you thru facebook… 🙂 hope you could follow me back too! 🙂 am converting my travel blog into a mommy blog. 😀

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