Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies

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It was the first day of Fall and Sarah was excited to start baking some delicious pumpkin cookies. She gathered all of her ingredients and got to work in the kitchen. The smell of pumpkin spice filled the air and soon she had a batch of warm cookies ready to enjoy. She took a bite of one of her cookies and let out a satisfied sigh. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies were exactly what she needed to get into the Fall spirit! Sarah was sure that her friends and family would love them too. She couldn’t wait to share them with everyone. Thanks, pumpkin, for making the best cookies around!

Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!

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Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!

Ingredients Needed for Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies

  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • pure pumpkin
  • flour
  • pumpkin pudding mix
  • caramel filled Hershey Kisses
  • cinnamon sugar
Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!
Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!
Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!

Where do I find pumpkin spice pudding mix?

For the past several years, I’ve seen plenty of Jell-O brand pumpkin spice pudding mix at Target and Walmart. This is the first year in a really long time that I haven’t been able to track it down!! I was panicking at first– because my very favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies HAS TO have pumpkin pudding mix in the dough.

Where do I find pumpkin spice pudding mix? For the past several years, I’ve seen plenty of Jell-O brand pumpkin spice pudding mix at Target and Walmart. This is the first year in a really long time that I haven’t been able to track it down!! I was panicking at first– because my very favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies HAS TO have pumpkin pudding mix in the dough.
Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!

Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookie Tips:

  • Be sure to use fresh pumpkin puree for the best flavor.
  • You can substitute the caramel kisses for chocolate kisses if you prefer.
  • If you want a little extra Fall flavor, add a teaspoon of pumpkin spice to the cookie dough.

Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookie FAQ

What is the best way to store these cookies?

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, these cookies can be frozen. Place them in a freezer-safe container and they will keep for up to three months.

What is the best way to reheat these cookies?

These cookies can be reheated in the microwave for a few seconds or in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.

These cookies are a must-make for the Fall season! They’re easy to make, taste delicious, and will be loved by all. Be sure to give them a try – you won’t regret it!

Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!

Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pumpkin snickerdoodles with a caramel kiss pressed into the middle. These Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies taste like Fall and are so yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp pure pumpkin
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp baking soda, dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour, packed
  • 3.4 ounce instant pudding mix, pumpkin spice flavor
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup cinnamon sugar
  • 2 dozen Caramel Filled Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Melt the butter for 60 seconds in the microwave. Whisk in the brown sugar and sugar.
  3. Add the egg, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix well. Add the baking soda water.
  4. Combine remaining dry ingredients together and gradually add to the wet mixture.
  5. Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Coat the dough in the cinnamon sugar and then place onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Immediately press a Hershey Kiss into the center of each cookie. Place cookie sheets in the refrigerator while cookies cool, so that the Kisses keep their shape and don't melt.

 

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42 thoughts on “Pumpkin Caramel Kiss Cookies”

    • I followed this recipe for these cookies and loved how they turned out. I thought it was too much flour too, but was pleasantly surprised at the pumpkin flavor that was totally there! Having said that, one person left a comment saying they thought it tasted too flour-y.

      I totally disagree, but I will say you probably have room to not add quite the amount of flour called for. If you wanted, maybe scale it back to 3 1/2? 3 1/4? I really loved these BECAUSE they weren’t the normal, dense pumpkin cookie. I wanted these to resemble the same consistency as a traditional peanut butter blossom cookie. But you could certainly take it less flour, more pumpkin 🙂

    • Hi there! I believe you CAN buy it in the spice aisle at grocery store, but I always just make it! The general rule of thumb is about 1 cup of sugar to about 1 tsp cinnamon– but you can change that up to make it as cinnamon-y or as sugar-y as you want!

  1. I made a batch of these last night for a cookie exchange (my original cookie choice was a huge epic failure). They came out amazing! I was a little concerned with the amount of flour in the recipe but once everything was mixed together the amount was perfect. If you use less then the 3 3/4 cups you get a very soft, messy dough. My son gave these an enthusiastic 2 thumbs up! These will definitely be added to my “must make” list!

  2. so when you say a stick of butter, does that mean one of those small sticks or a full-size stick? thanks! i plan on making these very soon!

  3. My daughter and I made these over the weekend and we decided that the next batch we will add less four. Too much flour not enough flavor. We love the concept of the pumpkin meets chocolate caramel. Thank you for the recipe.

    • LOL, there seems to be a 50/50 opinion split on how much flour should be used in these! I like more flour, because I want it to taste more cookie like and a little less pumpkin like. But some people have said the same thing as you and want more pumpkin! *sigh* so much controversy 😉

  4. I simply adore your recipes, only one thing wrong, I can’t get the recipe. I’ve tried on so many of them, touched the print ,and nothing happens !! Tell me what’s going on, Please I’ve been baking and cooking for 60 yrs, as wellas an avid recipe collector.God bless you girl , MC

    • Thanks so much! I replied to one of your comments about this a little earlier tonight, have you seen it yet? I’m not sure exactly what the problem is, but I made a couple of (guessing) suggestions… 🙂

  5. I am an avid recipe collector, and I’ve been cooking and baking for 60 yrs. I’ve been trying to copy your recipes, but every timeI press print , NOTHING happens I hope you can help me ,or else I will have to do it the old fashioned way. This way is so much faster. God Bless MC

    • Hm.. I honestly don’t know! It sounds more like some sort of connection problem… like, maybe there’s a plugin your browser doesn’t support or something? ack! Sorry– I wish I knew more and could help! Maybe try copying and pasting the recipe into a word document and printing from there? Or you could maybe subscribe to my site’s emails? And then print the emails when there’s a recipe you want to print?

  6. Hey,
    is there anything I can use instead of the shortening… I have a list of nightmares that include Crisco so if I could use oil or more butter instead it would be ideal… any thoughts?

  7. These were GREAT! I made them for a safari club fundraiser (I go to vet tech school) and people loved them! Only thing I did different was use a bit less flour.

  8. I made these last night. Im not sure what i did wrong, but mine came out dense and not like the picture. yours look fluffy, mine were not. i followed the directions exactly as they are written. I also stored them in a covered container and they have become kind of mushy. maybe its the pumpkin, maybe i needed to cook them longer. i dont know. they are still really good though.

  9. Oh my pumpkin goodness! Just made these delicious pieces of heaven, and they definitely are magical!!! My new favorite pumpkin treat! Thank you so much! (Loved the Harry Potter commentary by the way, perfect additional touch) 🙂

  10. I never have been known for following directions very well. That being said I replaced the shortening with apple sauce and Caramel Kisses with Pumpkin Spice Kisses. My husband loved them. I will say that with the flour they are not real sweet and he liked that about them. They kind of have a pumpkin bread texture with a little treat on top.I would definitely make them again.

  11. Help!!! The caramel kisses melted and the caramel ran everywhere. They don’t look so hot and they are for a wedding 🙁

  12. I agree with using less flour. My family and I found the cookies to be pretty bland and dry. I also refrigerated the dough so it would be less gooey when rolling in the cinnamon sugar.

  13. Too much flour or not enough sugar, and it made 50 cookies. Not sure if you actually tried this recipe? They were dry and not sweet, I’m sorry I wasted my time on them.

  14. I made these for a cookie swap and they came out very tasty! I did alter the recipe slightly after reading the comments. I only used 3 cups of flour and added an extra tsp of pumpkin pie spices. I also opted not to use the cinnamon sugar, but I think I will make them again with it. Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. Do you think these would freeze well or last a week? I’m starting to make cookies for Christmas and am trying to plan it so I’m not making them all at once!

  16. Followed the recipe exactly as written. They had no flavor, couldn’t taste the pumpkin at all. Waste of time, they all went in the trash. Such a disappointment.

  17. Made these again – second year!! Loved them last year, and love them this year! I am a novice when it comes to baking so I totally follow the recipe! Which I did both years and the cookies turned out yummy. No flour issue at all!! Than you for all you do – and I’m sorry that some people can be a little rude!! (did you make this cookie??? really?? total rude!!!)
    donna

    • Thanks Donna! I’m so glad you liked them 🙂 Sometimes it can be hard trying to please everyone, but I think I’ve learned that recipes are a tricky thing if you take into account so many different tastes and preferences and kitchens! I take most negative comments with a grain of salt. But I love getting positive ones!!

  18. I was really excited to make these but disappointed with the taste. They taste more like a biscuit than a cookie. I like the idea of this recipe and wonder how it could be modified to taste more like a cookie? Also, once cooled don’t store in a sealed container, the cookie becomes soggy by the next day. 

  19. I made these cookies for my cookie exchange this year. I was unsure because of the comments in regards to having too much flour, and no flavor. I reduced the flour to 3 cups. As for the pumpkin pie spice , I used 2 teaspoons. For the sugar dusting, I also used pumpkin pie spice. These cookies are amazing, perfectly tender, excellent pumpkin flavor!!! Will definitely be making these again.

  20. I was unsure about these cookies because of the reviews, so, I reduced the flour to 3 cups, and bumped up the pie spice to two teaspoons. I also, changed the cinnamon sugar mixture to pumpkin pie spice mixture. These cookies were amazing, perfectly tender, fluffy. I’m not sure why people say they have no flavor. they were excellent!!!! will definitely be making again.

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