Cherry Kiss Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies

For the 6th day of Cookies, I turned to the Simple & Delicious Cookbook to find my recipe, Cherry Kiss Cookies.  I'm not normally a fan of red food coloring, but I did use it in these, and they'd look beautiful on a cookie tray.  I like dark chocolate, so I used those in place of the regular Hershey Kisses that were called for. I knew this one would be a hard sell to the guys, they don't really go crazy over anything cherry, but I do.   They both loved them, so much so that I had to hide a few so that I could get pictures.    Thank you to Joy Y for sharing the recipe!

* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Cherry Kiss Cookies

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1                cup  butter -- softened
  1                cup  confectioners' sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
  2          teaspoons  maraschino cherry juice
     1/2      teaspoon  almond extract- used vanilla
  6              drops  red food coloring -- optional (I used it)
  2 1/4           cups  all-purpose flour
     1/2           cup  chopped maraschino cherries
  54                    milk chocolate kisses -- unwrapped (used dark chocolate kisses)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until blended. Beat in cherry juice, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cherries.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.


Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAroundTheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes all week long in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 6

Cherry Kiss Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies from Making the Most of Naptime
Jewelled Fruitcake Bars from A Palatable Pastime
Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big
Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table
Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Spiced Pretzel Walnut Cookies with Chocolate Chips from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Susensky from A Day in the Life on The Farm


  1. Such a pretty cookie! My youngest loves cherry. I'll have to put these on my list to make.

    1. It was nice to find a cookie that was colorful and festive looking :)

  2. These look so pretty! I love anything with maraschino cherries!

    1. Me too! My gram used to make me cherry milk when I was young. A tablespoon or so of the maraschino cherry syrup, a couple cherries and then fill the glass with milk. :)


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