Candy Acorn Cookies

Candy acorn recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 34 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 4 mins
  • Set: 30 mins
  • Yield: 48 servings

These autumn treats are surprisingly easy and they taste amazing! The candies are made with Hershey's Kisses, mini Nilla Wafers (or mini Nutter Butters), and chocolate chips. Melted chocolate chips or peanut butter chips make up the "glue" that holds them together. 

The acorns make a fun party favor for a birthday or Halloween parties or add them to your Thanksgiving table centerpiece. They're versatile as well. The mini peanut butter cookies are great because they have ready-made crosshatches, but mini vanilla wafers can be used if you have guests who are allergic to peanuts.

Feel free to scale the recipe up for a big party or gathering or make a smaller amount for a family snack. 

Ingredients

  • For Peanut Butter Acorns:
  • 48 Hershey's Kisses
  • 24 or 48 Nutter Butter Bites
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 48 semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or mini chocolate chips
  • For Nilla Wafer Acorns:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 48 Hershey's Kisses
  • 48 Nilla Wafers
  • 48 semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or mini chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

To Make the Peanut Butter Acorns

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Acorn ingredients
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  2. Unwrap the Hershey's Kisses. Separate 24 Nutter Butter Bites and scrape off the excess filling or leave 48 whole.

    Unwrap Hershey's kisses
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  3. Place a bowl or top of a double boiler over a saucepan of simmering water over very low heat. Add the peanut butter chips and stir until melted.

    Peanut butter
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  4. With a toothpick, dab a small amount of the melted peanut butter chips on the flat bottom of a Hershey's Kiss. Press the kiss onto the Nutter Butter cookie.

    Dab peanut butter on kiss
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  5. Place it on a plate or sheet of wax paper. Repeat with the remaining candies and cookies. Let the candies set for 10 to 20 minutes.

    Place on plate
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  6. Put a dab of melted peanut butter on the flat side of a chocolate chip and press it on the top of an acorn to make the "stem." 

    Put dab of peanut butter on outside
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  7. Let the candies stand for 10 minutes or until set.

    Let stand
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  8. Enjoy.

    Enjoy
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To Make Nilla Wafer Acorns

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for nilla wafer acorns
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  2. Melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a bowl over barely simmering water; stir until melted.

    Melt chocolate chips
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  3. With a toothpick, dab a small amount of the melted chocolate chips on the flat bottom of a Hershey's Kiss. Press it onto the flat bottom of a Nilla Wafer.

    Dab melted chocolate
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  4. Put a dab of the melted chocolate chips on the flat side of a chocolate chip and press it on the top of a vanilla wafer to make the "stem."

    Put chocolate chips
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  5. Place on a plate or sheet of wax paper. Repeat with the remaining candies and cookies.

    Place on plate
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  6. Let the candies stand for 10 minutes or until set.

    Acorns
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  7. Enjoy.

    Acorn
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Tip

  • For a more authentic look, rub the Nutter Butter crosshatches gently with a small amount of melted chocolate. Or draw crosshatch lines on the vanilla wafers with a food color marker.

Recipe Variation

  • Use Hershey's Hugs, Kisses with almonds, or other seasonal flavors.

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