Stephanie’s Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Kiss Cookies

Today’s cookies were baked in honor of our friend Stephanie, who went to Hawaii and brought us back a giant bag of Macadamia Nut Hershey’s Kisses.  Did you even know that such a Kiss existed?  I had no idea, but from what I’ve read you can purchase them in Hawaii and in a few select grocery stores in other parts of the United States.  Let me know if you spot them,  but rest assured you can still makes these cookies with Hershey’s Almond Kisses.

Macadamia Kiss Cookies

You could make them with regular milk chocolate Kisses as well, but since milk chocolate is kind of sweet, I recommend adding nuts to counter the sweetness a little.

What I like about this recipe other than the fact it makes a dense, chewy, cookie, is that the dough can be stirred together all in one bowl and there’s no need to bother with a mixer. The downside of the recipe is that the dough needs to be chilled for the best results. You *can* bake it right away, but the texture really improves after a full night in the refrigerator and the cookies will be slightly thicker.


Stephanie's Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Kiss Cookies
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Chocolate Chunk Kiss Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/3 cup (10.5 ounces) all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) *lightly* packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, cut into chunks
  • 20 milk chocolate Kisses with nuts, coarsely chopped
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Set aside to cool.
  2. While the butter is cooling, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cooled butter and both sugars. Stir in the egg and egg yolk until blended. Stir in the vanilla, then add the flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the chocolate.
  4. Divide batter into 14 to 16 (depending on how big you want the cookies) equal sections and shape into balls. Chill balls overnight or for several hours.
  5. When ready to bake, arrange balls of dough 3 inches apart on a foil lined baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until cookies appear set. As soon as you pull them out of the oven, tap the edges inward with a spatula so make the cookies round (they do spread a bit).


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  1. says

    I’m slightly obsessed with salted macadamia nuts (I just made some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies) and I’d love to give these a try with macadamia nuts plus the Kissses…I’ve also become much better at chilling my dough. I kind of like making it in the morning before things get hectic and then baking in the evening when things quiet down a bit.

  2. says

    Who knew Hershey’s was holding out on us lowly land-locked states? 😉 But yum! White chocolate macadamia cookies are not my favorite, but put “real” chocolate with them and hmmmm? And I actually have some macadamia nuts right now.

  3. says

    Do any of you have issues getting fresh macadamia nuts? Half the time I buy them they taste stale. The ones in the middle of the Kisses were very fresh.

  4. June G. says

    I brought back a ton of those kisses on our trip to Hawaii. Too bad they’re all gone;)

  5. says

    I had no idea there was such a thing. They sound GREAT! As to macadamia nuts. I have all but given up on buying them locally. They simply aren’t very good. There is a Trader Joe’s about 50 miles away and sometimes when traveling I stop there but haven’t thought to look for macadamia nuts.
    Your cookies sound really good.

  6. says

    Macadamia nuts aren’t my favorite nut, I think it’s because they often don’t taste as good as the ones I had in Hawaii back in 1991–chocolate covered, of course. Definitely not as fresh!

  7. Jennifer J-W says

    Anna, all you need to do is take another trip to NYC. They had them in the Times Square Hershey’s store. My daughter and I wanted to buy some, but the line was LONG and they were expensive.

  8. Treva says

    They sell them at Hershey park! I just bought 2 bags- at 5.98 a bag but who cares they are good and I would make a trip back to the Hershey chocolate world for them! it is only 2 hrs from me!

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