Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe
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Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe

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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
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Cherry Kiss Cookies in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014

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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!"

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