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Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe

Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe

Topped with a chocolate kiss, these cherry-flavored cookies look super cute on a dessert tray. Share them with family and friends. —Joy Yurk, Grafton, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:54 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • 3. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 85 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Cherry Kiss Cookies

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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 257592
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"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. Big hit here!"

cookincrockett User ID: 2642909 244399
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"This recipe was a huge hit! I ended up making two double batches. Recipe is definitely a keeper!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 240590
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"good cherry taste. looked great on a cookie platter."

AZCristi User ID: 2537783 240039
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"I absolutely LOVED these - they were a big hit with family, friends & co-workers. I'm not a huge fan of chocolate kisses in cookies, so I did substitute them using 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips, and flattened the cookies with the bottom of a glass before baking. The dough recipe is just perfect though. If the dough is too dry, keep adding a little bit of maraschino cherry juice until you can form a ball that holds together. DELICIOUS -- This is a WINNER!"

NHRA User ID: 8672415 239980
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"I made your cookies today. I read the receipe several times. There are no eggs in this receipe. I followed direcrions and my cookies are dry. Tasty but dry"

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 239972
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"My mom and I tried these for the first time this year. I would make them again. They were very simple to make and look great! They are something different from the traditional peanut butter blossoms. The only thing that I would change next time is adding more cherries or cherry juice. Maybe even trying a splash of cherry extract to add more flavor to the cookies. We will plan on making them again next year!"

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 239849
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"My family loves these, cherries are their favorite, this has become an every year Christmas cookie."

KoalaKisses User ID: 8658008 239164
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"Fantastic little cookie. I subbed sorghum flour and tapioca starch for the flour, which may be why my cookie came out a little fragile (crumbly around the edges). I also used coconut sugar and truvia. They taste amazing! And they look very cheerful for the holidays."

buttermilk maid User ID: 2350303 221165
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Wonderful cookie. A great cherry chocolate taste. So easy. Little boys helped to make and loved to eat this melt in your mouth bites."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 218608
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I added these "kiss" cookies to two of my family's other favorite "kiss" cookies--peanut, & chocolate-orange. These are now their No. 2 favorite "kiss" cookie & they've requested it again next Christmas. I thought the cherry flavor was rather weak, so next time I'll double the amount of almond extract & see if that intensifies it a bit. The chocolate & cherry combination reminded me of chocolate covered cherries!"

linpat824 User ID: 1888237 214910
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Just made these and they came out awesome! Only suggestion I would make is to refrigerate the dough for 5-10 minutes before rolling and keep in fridge in between batches so it's easier to work with. I didn't get 54 cookies, but still got 3 dozen . Definitely will make them again!"

puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 151271
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"yummy! They taste like shortbread. I had to give some away because I couldn't stop eating them!


SherryinMN User ID: 4918272 125371
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Very easy and taste great. I guess I made mine to big though, because I only got 30 instead of 54!"

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