These Easter Blossom Cookies are the perfect way to enter into Spring and delight your friends and party guests with stunning and delicious Easter treats! These soft and chewy cookies are coated in pastel sanding sugar and topped with a chocolate Kiss!
Easter is just around the corner (again!) and what better way to get into the spirit of the Spring and the holiday than by making a batch of these beautiful Easter Blossom Cookies!
The pretty pastel colors will add a cheerful pop of color to your dessert or snacks table while the Hershey’s Hugs Kisses add chocolate-y decadence that’ll keep you coming back for more, similar to these Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. While this recipe makes a generous 24 cookies, you could easily double this and gift these Easter cookies to your loved ones, teachers, or neighbors.
Or you may want to hoard them for yourself and your little honey-bunnies! The added almond extract and the soft texture of these cookies makes them irresistible! Here’s how to make our new favorite sugar cookie recipe for Easter:
*Preparing for Easter couldn’t get easier when you have some home-baked treat recipes up your sleeve – consider trying Peeps S’mores Dip, Peeps Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies, or Bunny Rice Krispies Treats.
Why You’ll Love These Easter Blossom Cookies:
These Easter Blossom cookies are so pretty in pastel colors. They combine an irresistible cookie base with decadent Hershey’s Hugs Kisses. Here are a few more reasons why you’ll love them:
- An edible Easter gift. Make a few batches of these Easter blossom cookies and package them in paper boxes with decorative ribbon and gift tags for your friends, family, teachers, and neighbors during Easter.
- Quick and easy. Apart from the Kisses, you likely already have all of the ingredients needed to make these cookies. Even better is the fact that you can whip up a batch in just 30 minutes!
- Easily customizable. Use this recipe to make another holiday-inspired cookie by simply using different colored sugar sanding, adding food coloring to the cookie dough, or topping the cookies with holiday limited editions of Hershey’s Kisses or other flavors of Kisses. A bright pink or red sanding sugar with strawberry Kisses would be perfect for Valentine’s Day – the options are limitless!
- Kid-friendly. This Easter cookie recipe is easy enough to get the kids to help you make the cookie dough, roll the dough balls in the sanding sugar, and top them with the candy. It’s a great way to keep the kids busy and help you prepare for your Easter celebrations.
Ingredients for Easter Blossom Cookies
Pantry staple ingredients and Hershey Hugs Kisses are all you need to make these scrumptious and colorful Easter cookies at home:
- Butter – Unsalted butter is best, especially if you include the salt listed in this recipe. If you only have salted butter on hand, omit the salt. Allow the butter to soften at room temperature for easy mixing.
- Sugar – I’ve used granulated sugar in the cookies, but since the dough will be tinted by the pastel sanding sugar, you could also use light brown sugar.
- Egg – Bring to room temperature.
- Extract – I’ve used a combination of vanilla and almond extract for these Easter cookies, and the result is simply irresistible! You can choose to use only one of these extracts if you prefer. Get creative and experiment with lemon, orange or strawberry extract too!
- Flour – All-purpose flour is a sturdy flour commonly used in baking. You could use gluten-free flour, like Bob’s Red Mill, which is a 1:1 substitution.
- Baking soda – Always check the expiration date for this ingredient to ensure a good rise in the cookies.
- Salt – Omit if using salted butter in this recipe.
- Milk – Preferably whole milk, although almond milk or dairy-free milk will also work.
- Pastel sanding sugar – I’ve used pink, yellow, green, and blue. Any brand will work, as long as it’s of good quality. Food coloring can be added to four equal portions of cookie dough if you don’t want to use sanding sugar.
- Hershey Hugs Kisses – You’ll need 24 Hugs Kisses. It’s always a good idea to buy extra in case someone in the house decides to treat themselves before you get a chance to make these cookies, or if you want to double the recipe. Other flavors of Hershey’s Kisses can also be used.
How to Make Easter Blossom Cookies
These pretty blossom cookies are made in just 30 minutes from start to finish! Here are the easy steps to get started:
Step 1: Preheat the Oven and Line a Baking Sheet
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Step 2: Make the Cookie Dough
Start by creaming the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and extracts and beat together. Lastly, mix in the flour, salt, baking powder, and milk. Mix until well combined, but don’t over mix.
Step 3: Bake the Cookies
Make 1 tablespoon size dough balls and roll each ball into a different colored sanding sugar. You should now have 6 balls of each color. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet and bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
Tip: Allow enough space between the cookie balls for them to spread while baking without touching each other. You may need to bake these cookies in batches to avoid overcrowding.
Step 4: Add the Hershey’s Kisses
Once baked, allow the cookies to cool for about 2 minutes. Now top each cookie with a Hershey Hugs Kiss candy by pressing into the warm cookie gently. Serve and enjoy!
Tip: If you’re worried about breaking the candy when assembling the cookies, first create a slight indent in the top center of each cookie with the back of a teaspoon or your thumb. You can then place the Hershey Kiss candy onto the indent.
FAQs about Making Easter Blossom Cookies
How long can I store these Easter Blossom Cookies?
Like most blossom cookies, these Easter blossom cookies will last for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
While I don’t recommend storing these cookies in the fridge as they can soften quickly from the condensation, you could store these Easter blossom cookies for longer by freezing them. Keep in mind that the chocolate Kisses could bloom from freezing, which is where the chocolate discolors with visible streaks. It will still taste delicious though!
Can I make these cookies gluten-free?
Absolutely! Use gluten-free flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill. It’s a convenient 1:1 substitution. While almond flour could be used, it does require additional liquid, which could throw off the quantities of other ingredients listed in this recipe.
Don’t I need to chill the cookie dough first?
No, the cookie dough has enough baking powder for a good rise without it needing to be chilled in the fridge first. I would recommend chilling the dough if you are making batches of cookies and only have one baking sheet. The chilled dough will counteract the heat from the tray, preventing the cookies from spreading too much.
Other Easter Treats to Make
Peeps S’mores Dip for Your Easter Dessert – Get ready for an Easter version of the classic S’mores dessert dip using those brightly colored, sugar-coated marshmallow bunnies and chicks we know as Peeps! Make this delectable Easter dip with just 3 ingredients!
Peeps Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Frosting – Turn classic sugar cookies into adorable Peep-inspired treats with delicious marshmallow buttercream as the topping. It’s a hit with everyone!
Bunny Rice Krispies Treats – These cute bunny-shaped rice Krispie treats are easy to make, and I show you how to assemble them without the help of a cookie cutter! Get the kids to help you decorate these Easter-inspired treats with melted chocolate, sanding sugar, and sprinkles.
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- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon milk
- pastel sanding sugar - pink, yellow, green, blue
- 24 Hershey's Hugs Kisses
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts and beat until well combined.
- Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, and milk until well combined, but don't over mix.
- Form dough into 1 tablespoon size balls, rolling in the palms of your hands. Roll each dough ball into one color of sanding sugar until coated on all sides, and place on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are just set.
- Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes, then gently press one unwrapped Hershey's Kiss into the center of each cookie.
- Let cookies cool and serve.
- Store leftover cookies in an airtight container or zip top bag for up to 5 days.
- Experiment with different flavored Hershey's Kisses and other colors of sanding sugar for different holidays.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Different online calculators may calculate nutritional information differently. Also, the addition of optional ingredients and varying brands and products may change the information. For the most accurate data, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients that you use.