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Easy Acorn Cookies

Embrace the cozy spirit of fall with our delightful Acorn Cookies recipe. With just three simple ingredients—mini Nilla wafers, chocolate kisses, and butterscotch chips—these sweet little treats are a breeze to make and a joy to savor, perfect for autumn gatherings or a comforting snack by the fireplace.

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These no-bake treats are simply adorable! Using only three ingredients, they are easy to put together, making them the perfect treat to make with kids. Melted chocolate kisses act as the ‘glue’ to assemble the acorns, which are made by attaching a kiss to one side of a mini nilla wafer and a butterscotch chip to the other. The recipe is very scalable, so you can make as many or as few as needed.

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Ingredients for acorn cookies

  • Mini Nilla Wafers – These act as the cupule of the acorn.
  • Chocolate kisses – Used in two applications, melted as the ‘glue’ and whole as the pericarp or nut of the acorn.
  • Butterscotch chips – To make the stem.
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Making the acorn cookies

  1. Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange the Nilla Wafers in a single layer on the baking sheet with the flat bottom facing up.
  3. Melt eight (8) Hershey Kisses in the microwave in 20-second intervals until smooth.
  4. Dip the flat side of a kiss and attach it to the center of a Nilla Wafer. Repeat until each wafer has a kiss attached. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
  5. Turn the cookies onto their side so the top of the Nilla Wafer is showing. 
  6. Use a toothpick to paint some chocolate on the flat side of a butterscotch chip and attach it to the top of the Nilla Wafer. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
  7. Allow the cookies to sit for 30 minutes for the chocolate to set before enjoying.
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Variations and substitutions

Peanut butter acorns – Mini Nutter Butters can be used to make the cupule of the acorn instead of mini Nilla Wafers. The butterscotch chips can also be substituted for peanut butter chips.

Change the kisses – Feel free to use your favorite chocolate kiss; you don’t have to use the milk chocolate ones.

Chocolate stems – If you don’t have butterscotch or peanut butter chips, feel free to use your favorite chocolate chips to make the stems.

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Tips for success

  • Unwrap the kisses – Unwrap all the kisses you need before you start assembling the cookies. This will save you time during assembly and ensure the melted chocolate ‘glue’ doesn’t harden in the bowl before you finish assembly.
  • Pick the cutest cookies – Pick the roundest, smoothest Nilla Wafers for the cutest-looking acorns.
  • Scale the recipe – This recipe can easily be scaled to make as many acorns as needed. Simply arrange the number of Nilla Wafers you need on a tray and unwrap the corresponding number of kisses.
  • Don’t overheat the chocolate – If you overheat the kisses while melting them, they will seize and become grainy. To avoid this, melt the kisses in 20-second increments and stir well between each burst. If the chocolate hardens while you are assembling the acorns, microwave it in 10-second increments until it remelts.
  • Use a toothpick – Use a toothpick to apply the chocolate to the bottom of the butterscotch chips for greater control.
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Storage

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Acorn Cookies FAQs

What are acorn cookies?

Acorn Cookies are adorable bite-sized treats that resemble acorns, a symbol of autumn and nature. These cookies typically consist of a mini Nilla wafer cookie as the base, a chocolate kiss candy as the acorn nut, and a butterscotch chip as the acorn cap. When assembled, they create a charming and whimsical cookie that’s perfect for fall gatherings, Thanksgiving, or simply adding a touch of seasonal delight to your dessert table.

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Acorn Cookies

Embrace the flavors of fall with our irresistible Acorn Cookies. Crafted from just three simple ingredients—mini Nilla wafers, chocolate kisses, and butterscotch chips—these charming treats are a breeze to make and a joy to share. Perfect for autumn gatherings or a cozy snack by the fire.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Set Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 Cookies
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 30 mini Nilla Wafers
  • 38 chocolate kisses unwrapped (divided)
  • 30 butterscotch chips

Instructions
 

  • Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the Nilla Wafers in a single layer on the baking sheet with the flat bottom facing up.
  • Melt 8 Hershey Kisses in the microwave in 20-second intervals until smooth.
  • Dip the flat side of a kiss and attach it to the center of a Nilla Wafer. Repeat until each wafer has a kiss attached. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
  • Turn the cookies onto their side so the top of the Nilla Wafer is showing.
  • Use a toothpick to paint some chocolate on the flat side of a butterscotch chip and attach it to the top of the Nilla Wafer. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
  • Allow the cookies to sit for 30 minutes for the chocolate to set before enjoying.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  • If the melted chocolate hardens before you finish assembling the cookies, re-melt it in the microwave in 20-second increments.
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Hari

Monday 23rd of October 2023

I absolutely love cookies. Who doesn't? This cookie recipe looks so very enticing. Got to try it soon.

Debbie

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

These acorn cookies are adorable! I’m a huge fan of butterscotch chips and love making new recipes that include them.

Miranda

Sunday 1st of October 2023

MMM delicious! Thanks for sharing

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