With a sparkly sugar coating and a creamy chocolate center, there’s nothing not to love about these soft gingerbread-spiced cookies. Made easily with a cake mix, adorably delicious, and a sweet holiday gift and party treat. Bake a batch today!
Not so fast, though. You don’t have to break out an endless list of ingredients for these gingerbread cookies. You only need a handful of basics, including a cake mix and a mostly uneaten bag of chocolate kisses. Easier said than done, I realize.
Keep reading to get the recipe for these simple, sweet holiday cookies!
With a sparkly sugar coating and a creamy chocolate center, there’s nothing not to love about these soft gingerbread-spiced cookies. They’re incredibly simple to make, and fun to bake with your little kitchen helpers, too!
Just whip up a half block of cream cheese until fluffy, then add butter, egg and a dash of vanilla. In goes your cake mix. Mix it well, but don’t worry if your dough seems a little runny. It will firm up in the fridge, ripe for rolling into dough balls. After rolling, pop them into a bit of coarse sugar, and onto your baking tray. They puff up beautifully golden brown, practically begging for a “kiss”! If chocolate isn’t your thing, whole pecans on top would also be pretty and make for easy packaging.
You’ll love these cookies for holiday gifts, parties and all the sweet merriment surrounding them!
Chocolate Kissed Gingerbread Cookies
- 4 oz. light cream cheese, softened
- 1 stick, 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 16-18 oz. box Spice Cake mix
- 1 cup coarse sugar, also called turbinado or raw sugar
- 36 chocolate kiss candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. Add cake mix, mixing until well combined. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour then roll dough into 1-inch balls.
- Pour coarse sugar into a shallow dish. Roll dough balls in sugar and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
These look so delicious! Might have to make some for Christmas presents, if I don’t eat them all first that is….
De-flipping-licious, and the cutest things no less :) I hope you are all set for the holidays now, big hug from Scotland x
Oh how simple and I love chocolate and gingerbread together. These look so good.
I’m glad I took a break from cooking to see this. I love the combo of gingerbread and chocolate. These are wonderful. Happy holidays to you and your family!
What a great combination of flavors. These will make a great addition to my Christmas cookie platter. Thanks for this recipe!!!
Those are just beautiful to look at and I love the idea of gingerbread with a kiss.
I have been allll about anything gingerbread this year – these cookies sound delicious! Happy holidays!!
Chocolate and gingerbread go together delightfully. They are so adorable, I hope you have a moment to enjoy a few too. How is the new bundle of joy? I hope you are doing well and wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday.
Thank you so much! She’s not so new anymore, she’ll be 7 months old tomorrow! Wishing you and your family a very merry holiday, too.
You just took one of the most Christmas-y cookies and made it MORE CHRISTMASY!!!! Awesome. Brava!
can’t wait to try this cute little recipe out with my little kitchen hand, thanks :)
I doubled this recipe and put it in the unheated shed to chill. Long story short, that was 10 days ago. Today I was going to throw it out but found out that the dough had frozen. Sooooo ….. I set the bowl on the cupboard to thaw out and then used the small Pampered Chef cookie scoop, rolled them in Turbinado and baked them. I ended up getting 7 dozen and 8 cookies out of the double batch. Taking them to fellowship hour at church Sunday. I had to ‘test’ one because when I added the Kiss to the top my hand drug across it and made it look not so cute. Very tasty. Hopefully they will be a hit :) Thanks!
0k … I just tasted them again today after they sat overnight. They are AMAZING! Seriously, these are wonderful! Thank you for this recipe!