Irish Cake Kisses: How to Make These Adorable St. Patty's Day Treats

You know cake balls. Ah, heck. EVERYONE knows cake balls. They are fun, bite-sized pieces of cake. Cute as can be. And, just when you thought cake balls couldn’t get any cuter, we’ve gone and pulled out their sticks, shaped them into chocolate “kisses,” and wrapped them in foil with little pieces of paper that say “Kiss Me I’m Irish.” I mean, for reals? How perfect are these for St. Patty’s Day?

They are so easy to make, too! Here’s a list of everything you need to make them at home, as well as a step-by-step tutorial slideshow to get your kitchen rocking the kisses in no time at all!

  • Step 1 1 of 20
    Step 1
    Grab a (12 ounce) box of mini sugar cookies from your grocers bakery aisle (the soft, cakey kind with lots of frosting on top). Alternately, you can make a box cake and use canned frosting, as you would to make traditional cake pops.
  • Step 2 2 of 20
    Step 2
    Smash the entire box, frosting and all, into a large bowl.
  • Step 3 3 of 20
    Step 3
    Add some green gel flavoring, and a couple extra tablespoons of canned vanilla frosting.
  • Step 3a 4 of 20
    Step 3a
    You'll know the dough is ready when you can squeeze it together and it sticks into playdough-like hunks.
  • Step 4 5 of 20
    Step 4
    Use a small ice cream scoop to create the perfect-sized ball of dough.
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    Step 5
    Place the dough in the palm of your hand and slowly start to form it into a "kiss" shape.
  • Step 6 7 of 20
    Step 6
    Gently pinch the top of the cake ball into a pointy tip.
  • Step 7 8 of 20
    Step 7
    This is a good approximation of the shape you are going for.
  • Step 8 9 of 20
    Step 8
    Once all of your dough is formed, prepare to dip!
  • Step 9 10 of 20
    Step 9
    Place two large chunks of chocolate Candy Melt (available in the baking aisle of most grocers, by the chocolate chips) in a small bowl with deep sides. Microwave just until melted. Stir until smooth.
  • Step 10 11 of 20
    Step 10
    Gently lift each kiss and press the bottom half of the kiss into the melted candy coating. Allow the candy coating to cool completely.
  • Step 11 12 of 20
    Step 11
    Holding each kiss by the candy-coated bottom, dunk the top of your kisses into the chocolatey coating.
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    Step 12
    Place the dipped kisses onto a piece of parchment.
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    Step 13
    Grab a bag of Foil Wraps (available in the cake aisle of most craft stories). Alternately, you can use a thin piece of cheap aluminum foil.
  • Step 14 15 of 20
    Step 14
    Place a single kiss into the center of the foil.
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    Step 15
    If desired, print small pieces of paper with "Kiss Me I'm Irish" printed on them. Set one of these pieces of the paper onto the side of your kiss.
  • Step 16 17 of 20
    Step 16
    Fold up the edges of the foil to cover your kiss.
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    Step 17
    Twist the foil around the kiss to give it a nice, professional finished look.
  • You’re Finished! 19 of 20
    You're Finished!
    Once all your cake kisses are wrapped, you're ready to share them.
  • Enjoy! 20 of 20
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Irish Cake Kisses

  • 1 (12.5 oz) container of soft sugar cookies with icing (the Lofthouse kind)
  • 2-4 tablespoons Betty Crocker vanilla icing
  • green gel food coloring
  • 1 package chocolatey Candiquik candy coating
  • 1 package foil wrappers

Crush the sugar cookies into a large bowl. Add just enough vanilla icing to make a playdough-like dough. Add green food coloring, if desired. (Alternately, you can bake a cake by following the instructions on the back of the box, then use a can of premade frosting, rather than using the sugar cookies.)

Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop up small balls of the dough. Pinch the top of each ball into a “kiss” shape. Melt the Candiquik into a small, deep-sided microwave-safe bowl by zapping it in the microwave just until melted. Dip the bottom portion of each “kiss” into the melted candy coating, then place on parchment and allow to dry. Once the coating has hardened, pick the kisses up by their candy-coated bottoms, then turn them upsidedown and dip the top half of each kiss into the candy coating, until the entire kiss is covered with chocolately coating.

Place on the parchment and allow to dry before wrapping in foil pieces. If desired, wrap each kiss with a small slip of paper that says “kiss me, I’m Irish!”. Serve, share, and enjoy!


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