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hidden kiss cookies

Hidden Kiss Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).

These sweet treats have a chocolatey surprise inside! Hidden kiss cookies are a perfect addition to your holiday party.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword easy dairy free cookie recipe, hidden kiss cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 192 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke



Make the chocolate kisses:

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

  1. Place the pumpkin seeds in a mini food processor and process on high speed until they are finely ground.

  2. Cream the vegan buttery spread, vanilla extract, applesauce, salt, and granulated sugar.
  3. Add the gluten free flour and ground pumpkin seeds. Mix on low speed. The dough will be very thick.

  4. Refrigerate the dough for two hours.

  5. Remove the chocolate kisses from the candy mold.

  6. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  7. 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.

  8. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-21 minutes, until the balls are golden brown on the bottom.

  9. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl.

  10. Remove the cookies from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.

  11. 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.
  12. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are for one cookie.

If you aren't dairy free, go ahead and use regular butter and Hershey's Kisses.


Nutrition Facts
Hidden Kiss Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.