Giving "Kisses" For Fall

Boy, already Wednesday evening. This Fall Break is flying around here.

Have you all seen these crazy new Pumpkin Spice “kisses” from Hershey’s?They are fantastic and the second I heard about them I knew I had to have them.The trick is not eating them all before you bake with them.

I decided to make a fun fall cookie with my new kisses. These are just like those peanut blossoms we all know and love, but with great fall pumpkin flavors. Now, I don’t know if we can all handle the 4 ingredients it takes to make these so brace yourselves for some slaving in the kitchen. No, seriously you can have these done from start to finish in about 15 minutes! Woo Hoo, I love cake mix cookies and kisses!

Alright, I think I’m a little sleep deprived today. One more thing, go find yourselves some nice sanding sugar, it’s a bit bigger than granulated sugar and makes a big difference. I got mine at Michaels, a craft store, in the cake decorating section. I know William Sonoma carries some too. It makes for a perfect crunchy coating, definitely a must!!

Don’t they have “Fall” written all over them? Thank you Inside Hershey Blog for the great photo.

A wire rack of Pumpkin Spice Blossoms

Pumpkin Spice Blossoms

These soft and chewy pumpkin spice blossoms are made with Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses for a festive fall treat.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings: 36 blossoms
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  • 1 Spice Cake Mix 18.25 oz
  • 14 oz can Libby’s Pumkin
  • ½ cup sanding sugar
  • 1 bag Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer beat the cake mix and pumpkin until well combined, about 45 seconds. With a cookie scoop, scoop dough and roll top half in sanding sugar (dough is sticky) then place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until cooked through. Quickly transfer to a cooling rack and immediately press kisses into the center of each cookie. I immediately place cooling rack into the fridge for 15 minutes so the kisses don’t melt. I tried both ways and it melts down if just left at room temperature. Enjoy!
Keywords: kiss cookies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice cookies


I couldn’t resist! Have a Great Rest of the Week!


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98 Responses
  1. Laurie

    Was so excited to make this recipe and did so the other night. First issue is I went to several stores and could not find a spice cake mix with that ounce amount. So I backed off the pumpkin I added. Cookies tuned out fine, tasted great and was excited to share them with club members at a function I was attending. So I placed in containers with lids for transporting. When I got there and took the cookies out they had turned to sticky doughy messes. Just thought I would pass along. Great if served immediately but not a day or two after if put in containers with lids.

  2. Audrey

    There is no way, following this recipe, you can make cookies from this mixture! Too gooey to handle. So added flower to make it workable and the result was all flour taste. Uck!

  3. Elizabeth

    I’m about to make these right now and I was curious if you combined the spice cake mix from the box ingredients first or just mixed the dry spice cake mix with the pumpkin??

    Excited to try!

  4. Lindsey

    I wasn’t able to find the hershey kisses but I was able to find cinnamon chips in the baking aisle. They were by the chocolate chips; the cookies turned out great!

  5. Angela

    How do you typically store these? I made them yesterday and they’re very tasty but feel veryyy moist this morning.

  6. Nusra

    Can you make this recipe with yellow cake mix? Can’t find the one you’ve mentioned. Also, the pumpkin pie mix can is the one for the pie, not the 100% purée, correct? I have the 32 oz can of that…

  7. Kathy

    I made the first cookie sheet following the directions exactly, they were ok. Not great tasting and the sugar was a real pain to deal with.
    I took the remaining dough and mixed in cinnamon chips and toffee chips, a handful of each. Eliminated the sugar, sprayed the parchment paper with Pam, then baked them according to the directions.
    They were oozing with flavor. Everyone loved them!

  8. kim

    I didn’t read all of these comments, so if this is a repeat, I apologize. But freeze the kisses before making cookies and they won’t melt.

  9. Marina

    I just made these and they turned out great! I don’t usually make cookies using box cake mixes, so I was getting kinda nervous when I didn’t see them flatten out. I used two sheet pans at a time, so I left them in there for about 15 minutes instead.

    Also, I couldn’t find plain sanding sugar when I was at Michael’s. I DID however find CHOCOLATE sanding sugar which worked gloriously. These are soooo good.

  10. Lauren

    I am so sxcited to make these. I could not find spice cake mix, so I bought Pumpkin spice COOKIE mix. Do you think I can make this recipe with that?

  11. lisa

    Hi I’m very interested in making there, I just wasn’t sure about something, it says mix spice mix and pumpkin only, do i mix the spice cake ingredients like eggs and oil that require on box to mix with pumpkin, sorry i just want to make sure i make it correctly. thank you for your time.

      1. Elizabeth

        I mixed the cake mix with the ingredients on the box and the batter came out way too runny!

  12. Nicole

    OK, its 2011 but I am making your 2008 recipe 🙂
    I could only find the standard size box cake mix, 15.25oz smaller than
    the recipe calls for. I am going with it, and hope these turn out ok.
    Thanks for the great ideas, this is a great blog!

  13. Marian

    Just made these for Halloween at work! They were super messy to scoop and roll in the sugar, the dough is so sticky! But they taste amazing!!! Also, I didn’t have wire cooling racks to move to the fridge so the kisses wouldn’t melt, so I unwrapped all my kisses and put them in the freezer for about 30 mins ahead of time. That seemed to do the trick! Thanks for this great idea!!

  14. jvaughn0311

    These cookies are in the oven now! Can’t wait to try them. I love creme cheese so I added half a pack of creme cheese! Yummy! I am such a messy baker…It was real sticky…how do yours look so perfect?? You are such a great cook, and you make it all look yummy too! Thanks for this blog!!

  15. Catherine

    Oh I love those cookies!! I think I have to try them! Love your new blog look too!!! Your boys are adorable and so are you!!!


  16. Skamamama

    i love your cookie idea and i can’t wait to make them with our boys. unfortunately it might have to wait until next year b/c i can’t find the pumpkin spice kisses anywhere. target, kroger, cvs, walmart, food lion…i hit them all up to try this cookie recipe out! i haven’t given up just yet though!
    i’m new to your blog and LOVE it!

  17. Molly

    We made these today and they were so easy and delicious. My 8 year old daughter made them they were so easy. I couldn’t find the kisses so we just put candy pumpkins on the top instead. Thanks for the great recipe. It is a keeper!

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