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Cherry Kiss Cookies

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, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Want easy cleanup? Use parchment paper sheets.
  • Unwrapping these candies is a great way to get little ones involved in the kitchen.
  • Learn how you can freeze extra cookies for later.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 85 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Kathy
      Jan 13, 2020

      Love this recipe. I only got 24 cookies as my yield. Also used cherry extract instead of almond extract due to nut allergies in the group eating the cookies. Also I needed to add 6 teaspoons full of cherry juice as well as the 2 used in the beginning, so dough wasn’t too crumbly. But adjustments needed were easy to do.

    • Christie
      Dec 25, 2019

      These cookies are so buttery and delicious! I accidentally put in double the amount of cherry juice and I'm glad that I did. I also used a 1.5 inch cookie scoop and the size is perfect. They are so pretty and they are really soft and yummy!

    • susdegroff
      Dec 15, 2019

      My daughter gave me this recipe a few years ago so they became our Christmas favorite. But I finally made them with the Hershey Cherry Cordial Kisses that I've wanted to try. They are amazing and my granddaughter just loves the cherries in them so I have extra for her to eat. They are a little too dry so I added a little more juice and cherries. The cherries have a slightly liquid center so they add some moisture. Tastes amazing. Definitely need to double the batch next time.

    • Emily
      Dec 12, 2019

      As written, this cookie dough is too crumbly and dry. The 1" balls is too small for the choco kiss--just a little bigger of a ball makes a big difference. Just double the recipe and make them bigger. I agreed with the other reviewers who felt the flavor of the cookie was too mild/bland. Finally, I think using dark chocolate Kisses would be a good bet. It is a super cute cookie, just not reaching its potential. I did make some changes. I used 1 egg white, added more cherry juice, added some Amaretto, just trying to add moisture. If I were going to do this one again, I would just use mini choco chips and then it wouldn't matter as much if the cookie is bland because the choco would add a nice flavor note.

    • Brandy
      Dec 4, 2019

      I made these for the first time today and I liked how easy they were. My complaint is they are super dry and not enough cherry flavor. I made a cherry glaze with amaretto and maraschino cherry syrup to pour on top. That seems to have added a lot to them.

    • bjpalmer
      Jan 9, 2019

      These were very pretty on the tray and my husband and I ate so many of them. :) They were delicious. Love the cherry chocolate combination.

    • dcscake_OH
      Dec 5, 2018

      I made mine just as the recipe said, did not need any changes, They are colorful and taste great.

    • mngirl123
      Mar 27, 2018

      I would add cherry extract next time as well, though I did add more cherry juice and more almond extract with a little more powdered sugar to compensate, it still wasn't quite flavorful enough. They are a great cookie, with great color appeal! - just a few tweaks and they'll be perfect! I will definitely be making them again.

    • Diane
      Feb 7, 2018

      Add 2 egg whites, another 1/4 cup flour, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Otherwise they don't hold together and are not tender. Also, rolled in plain or red sugar looks nice.

    • MARY ANN
      Feb 1, 2018

      At first I gave this recipe 2 stars because the chocolate overwhelmed the flavor of the cookie. I substituted the chocolate kisses for maraschino cherries or a piece of almond. Wonderful! Wonderful! I received many compliments on the results. I usually bake close to 15 kinds of cookies during the holidays and CHERRY KISS will become one of my favorites