These holiday cookies have a surprise inside! A buttery cookie, powdered sugar coating, and chocolate center make these hidden kiss cookies extra special. The best part is, this delectable cookie recipe is gluten free, vegan, and nut free!
There’s something so fun about a surprise-inside treat! These hidden kiss cookies look like snowball cookies, but wait – when you bite inside, there’s a chocolate kiss hidden there! And not just any chocolate kiss, a homemade, dairy free chocolate kiss.
I love to adapt these kind of recipes. There’s usually a way to make these types of traditional cookies work for those with food allergies. You just have to get creative!
If you love holiday baking, this is a fun recipe to add to your cookie tray.
- Allergy Friendly Chocolate Chips – Both PASCHA Chocolate and Enjoy Life Foods make baking chips that are dairy free and made in a nut free facility. You can use light chocolate or dark chocolate for this recipe, either will work well.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend – There are so many great gluten free flours available nowadays. You will want to get a gluten free flour blend, like Namaste Perfect Flour, Now Foods, or you can make your own blend. Rice flour alone will not work for baking. Coconut flour or almond flour will also not work – the cookies will be flat and tough. Those grain free flours work best in recipes that contain eggs.
- Pumpkin Seeds – I like adding the ground pumpkin seeds to this cookie dough. It adds a nice nutty flavor. If you can’t have pumpkin seeds, just substitute more gluten free flour or some ground oat flour. Superseedz pumpkin seeds are made in an allergy friendly facility.
Homemade Chocolate Kisses
To make homemade chocolate kisses, just take your favorite allergy friendly chocolate chips, and use a candy mold to make homemade chocolate kisses. I have seen the molds available on Amazon and eBay. You could also just pipe a small amount of chocolate on waxed paper. The candies will be flatter that way, but it will still be a similar idea.
- You can use regular butter if you aren’t dairy free.
- If you don’t want to use ground pumpkin seeds, try oat flour in an equal amount.
- If you don’t want to make the candy kisses, just stir some mini chocolate chips into the cookie dough instead.
Step by Step Instructions
- Grind up the pumpkin seeds in a food processor.
- Make the dough, and refrigerate it for about 2 hours.
- Form the dough into balls, and press a chocolate kiss into the center. Form the dough around the chocolate kiss.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 18 minutes. Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar.
- Chilling the dough in the refrigerator will help these cookies keep their shape and not spread out on the baking sheet.
- Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper so the cookies don’t stick.
- Allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes before rolling in powdered sugar.
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Store cookies in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for about 5 days.
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Hidden Kiss Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).
Make the chocolate kisses:
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for one minute. If they aren’t melted, microwave in ten second intervals, stirring in between, until the are melted.
- Use a small spoon to put the chocolate into a chocolate kiss mold. Smooth out the chocolate with the back of the spoon. Refrigerate until firm, for about 30 minutes.
Make the cookies:
- Place the pumpkin seeds in a mini food processor and process on high speed until they are finely ground.
- Cream the vegan buttery spread, vanilla extract, applesauce, salt, and granulated sugar.
- Add the gluten free flour and ground pumpkin seeds. Mix on low speed. The dough will be very thick.
- Refrigerate the dough for two hours.
- Remove the chocolate kisses from the candy mold.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough into balls and place a chocolate kiss in the center of each ball. Pinch the dough around the kiss and use your fingers to smooth the dough out. Place on the cookie sheet. You should leave one inch of space between each cookie. You can fit 12 cookies on a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 18-21 minutes, until the balls are golden brown on the bottom.
- Place the powdered sugar in a bowl.
- Remove the cookies from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
- While the cookies are warm, roll them in the powdered sugar. Let the cookies cool fully, then roll in the powdered sugar again to get a nice white coating.
- Store in an airtight container.