Cookie Butter Kiss Cookies

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Today’s recipe isn’t healthy, low-fat, low-carb or low-calorie. These cookie butter kiss cookies won’t be featured in my cookbook or showcased on Cooking Light or Eating Well. But they are a staple on my mom’s famous Christmas Eve cookie plate, a favorite among our family members and one cookie that makes every single person smile when they eat it. And that’s reason enough for me to share it with y’all!

cookie butter cookies

Now this recipe differs a bit from my moms since I’m pretty sure she still has no idea what cookie butter is. And when I’m spoon-deep in yet another jar, I totally wish I had that same problem. I don’t know why this stuff is SO INSANELY ADDICTING but it is. Well, actually that’s a lie. I know why it is. It’s made from cookies ground up into a creamy butter. You’d have to be insane not to want to stick a straw in it and drink it.

Soft kiss cookies

In addition to cookie butter, I also added some of my new favorite peanut butter, PB Crave. They are an all-natural brand of PB that comes in an assortment of the most perfect flavors. To give these a double dose of cookie perfection, I added PB Crave’s cookie nookie, which is peanut butter blended with, you guessed it, COOKIE BUTTER!


I made these on a whim for our ugly Christmas sweater party on Saturday. I didn’t have a whole lot of extra time to make a dessert. So I figured, why not make a simple cookie that my family loves? Maybe it’s the cookie butter or just the fact that I was having a good baking day, but these turned out even better than I hoped. They puffed up like gorgeous crinkly pillows and the chocolate kisses fit beautifully right in the center. And they didn’t just look pretty either. 36 cookies were made for the party and only 3 remained on Sunday morning.

Cookie butter thumbprint kisses

We only had about 15 people over, too. Even though my mom is making 16,000 cookies for the holidays, I’m bringing a batch of these home. Mostly because they are so good and I want to share them, but more because I want to eat them on the ride to Ohio and am craving cookie dough like woah.

Cute kiss cookies

At least I’m honest, right?

Cookie Butter Thumbprints

Easy kiss cookies


Yields about 36 – 40 cookies. Slightly adapted from Bake at 350.
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: 12 – 14 minutes


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup PB Crave Cookie Nookie peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cookie butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 36 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
  • + 1/2 cup white sugar for rolling


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, cookie butter, white sugar, brown sugar and egg together. Beat until soft, fluffy and creamy. Stir in the vanilla and beat. Gradually add the baking soda, salt and flours. Beat to combine.
  2. Cover the dough with saran wrap and chill in a fridge for about 2 – 4 hours.
  3. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Add about 1/2 cup of white sugar into a shallow bowl. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll into the white sugar. Place the cookies 1 inch apart from each other.
  4. Bake for about 12 – 14 minutes. While still warm, use a small spoon to press a thumbprint into the center of each cookie. Let cool for about 1 – 2 minutes. Once slightly cooled, press an unwrapped Hershey’s kiss into the center.

Nutritional information per cookie:

Calories: 120.1
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 11.5 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 1.5 grams
Weight Watchers points: 3

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  1. Posted by Shaina on
    Monday, December 23rd, 2013
    I've never had PB Crave before! Cookie butter flavor just sounds fantastic.. Love these classic cookies!
  2. Monday, December 23rd, 2013
    thumb print cookies are too adorable. love the addition of kisses.
  3. Posted by Julia on
    Monday, December 23rd, 2013
    These look amazing! The fact that they're lightened up makes me want to addict myself to them even more! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
  4. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Friday, December 27th, 2013
    I made these before Christmas too. They are my husband's favorite!
  5. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    I need to try this PB Crave - it looks amazing! Great cookie idea.
  6. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    I love the kisses in your cookies!
  7. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    You totally just made my favorite holiday cookies! I make ones similar to these every year!
  8. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    While I've never tried that peanut butter boy does it sound amazing and these cookies are beautiful!
  9. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    You had me at cookie butter.
  10. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Sometimes you just have to take a detour from the healthy stuff and make the recipes with great traditions behind them. These are perfect!
  11. Posted by Heather at Basilmomma on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Hi, my name is Heather and I have NEVER had cookie butter. But for these cookies I will get some! Dee-lish :)
  12. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Peanut butter and cookie butter had a baby? That's seriously cravable.
  13. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Wowza - I didn't think the traditional Hershey kiss peanut butter cookies could better but made with cookie butter? Yes please.
  14. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    I know a few people who would be crazy for these!
  15. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Oh yum - you've made a classic cookie even better!
  16. Posted by Ginny McMeans on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Your cookies look just wonderful and I am glad there is still some cookies butter left for the spoon. :)
  17. Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Those look amazing.
  18. Posted by Melanie on
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    Love cookie butter and this looks like a fantastic idea. A nice change of pace from the usual peanut butter blossoms.
  19. Posted by Nikki @ NikSnacks on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Cookie butter is sooooo addicting! And I'm sure your cookies are too!
  20. Posted by Lora @cakeduchess on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    I have got to get ccokie nookie;)Love making thumbprint cookies during the holidays!!
  21. Posted by Heather // girlichef on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Yeah, I have the same problem. It's impossible for me to keep a jar of cookie butter in the house (literally, I can't stop eating it). I want to make these asap!
  22. Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    OMG using cookie butter in these is brilliant! Such an awesome twist on the original.
  23. Posted by Kate @ Diethood on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Holy beauties!!! Mom's cookies are always the bestest!
  24. Posted by Angela {Mind Over Batter} on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Sometimes a chick has to indulge!! These thumbprint cookies look delicious! I love the kisses!!
  25. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Cookie butter is my love!
  26. Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    I love these cookies. Perfect for the holidays.
  27. Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    Kiss cookies are my most favorite on this earth. I love this version, I'll definitely be making them soon!
  28. Saturday, December 13th, 2014
    I love a classic cookie, these remind me of my childhood.