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Rockin' around the Christmas Tree Cookies


3 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
24 sandwich cookies

Tis the season to be merry with this chocolate Christmas tree recipe. Delight friends and family with holiday cookies made with HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy Cane Mint Candies and Milk Chocolate Chips. Trimming the tree never tasted so good.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour
Bake Time
10 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes
Chill Time
1 hour


  • 1 cup
    butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1 cup
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 cup
    unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 Tbsps
    heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • Pinch of
  • 3 cups
    powdered sugar
  • HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Additional
    powdered sugar

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
mixing bowl mixing bowl
mixer mixer
rubber scraper rubber scraper
whisk whisk
baking sheet baking sheet
chef hat tree cookie cutter
wire rack wire rack
measuring cup measuring cups

For the cookies:

Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.


Add the egg and vanilla; beat until well incorporated.


 In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.


Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on lowest speed. Continue to mix on the lowest setting until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.


Divide the dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.


When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.


Roll one portion of the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.


Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out cookies.


Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.


Bake for 10 minutes.


After the cookies come out of the oven, place the KISSES Candy and chocolate chips on half of the cookies as decorations when the cookies are warm, not hot, so as to have the chocolate stick on the cookies, but not melt.


Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Repeat steps 7 through 12 with second portion of dough.

For the filling:

  1. Combine the butter, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and salt and beat until combined.
  2.  Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the filling comes together. It should be a little stiffer than cupcake frosting.

Assemble the cookies:

  1. Transfer the filling to a piping bag and pipe the filling onto the half of the cookies that are not decorated.
  2. Top with the decorated cookies to form the cookie sandwiches.

Recipe created for The Hershey Company by Dara Yu.

Additional questions?