Cherry Kiss Cookies

These Cherry Kiss Cookies are sweet cherry almond cookies with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle. Great for Christmas cookie plates.These Cherry Kiss Cookies are sweet cherry almond cookies with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle. Great for Christmas cookie plates.

How’s it going? Are you ready for Christmas? I want to encourage you to let it go. Let go of anything else you don’t HAVE to do. Do it next year. Promise me you will.

Relax with your family. Go on a Christmas light scavenger hunt. Make hot chocolate and watch the Polar Express. Simple, easy memories.

I practicing what I preach. I had an offer for a project that would be due the end of the this week. It paid well but I knew it would stress me out and take away from my family so in my gut I knew I had to say no.

You know how you know you made the right decision? Immediate relief. Immediate confirmation that I made the right choice.

I know this feeling but I also know the other. When I’ve said yes to something that I shouldn’t have and have instant regret. I feel a huge weight added to my life and everything feels chaotic and cluttered.

You got this. Let it go. Sing it Elsa.

These Cherry Kiss Cookies are sweet cherry almond cookies with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle. Great for Christmas cookie plates.

One thing I’m not letting go is my holiday baking. It doesn’t stress me out. It’s like brushing my teeth. Something I just do. Except with my kids.

When I asked my husband what his ideal Christmas goodie plate looks like he said, “Snowball cookies, sugar cookies, some kind of fudge, peanut butter cup cookies, and divinity.”

Mmkay. I can help you with the sugar cookies, fudge, and peanut butter cup cookies but homie be out on the others.

These Cherry Kiss Cookies are a twist on those old school peanut butter blossoms. Cherry Cookies are nothing new here. I love the almond, cherry, chocolate flavor combo and these are melt in your mouth delicious!

Cherry Kiss Cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered 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
  • 30 milk chocolate kisses unwrapped
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and salt until fluffy. Beat in cherry juice and food coloring. Gradually add in flour and mix until combined. Stir in cherries.

  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Press a Hershey kiss immediately into the center of each cookie. The edges will crinkle. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

Source: Taste of Home

These Cherry Kiss Cookies are sweet cherry almond cookies with a chocolate Hershey kiss in the middle. Great for Christmas cookie plates.

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  1. Perfect!!!! I can’t wait to bake there little treasures.. I will post my pictures as soon as possible..
    Thank you for Sharing them with me!!!

  2. I’ve made this cookie ( minus the kiss) for many, many years. My kids named them “ Cherry Bombs” I rolled them in a ball to bake and dusted with powdered sugar after baking. Yummmm!

  3. These look AMAZING!! Instead of a “kiss” on top in putting a chocolate covered cherry!! Thanks for the great idea! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅

  4. Were very good, but balls were bigger than one inch to make only 30. One inch ball didn’t spread enough so kiss overwhelmed the cookie. Made second batch bigger. Merry Christmas

  5. Just finished baking my first tray and they look just like the picture! I have too many nut-allergic people in my life for the almond extract so I subbed in vanilla. The batter tasted good so I’m sure these will be a hit when we deliver our Christmas cookie trays to our neighbors tomorrow 🙂 thanks for posting this recipe!

  6. Can you freeze these? Baked or unbaked?

  7. Christianne Boudreau says:

    These turned out incredible. Easy to whip up, beautiful colour and look. And of course, the taste is amazing and a burst of flavour in each bite.

  8. Great cookies! Mine turned out cake-y (not a complaint), so they didn’t crinkle when I placed the Hershey’s kiss. I was unsure of the powdered sugar but now I assume that’s the reason for the soft, moist texture. I think these would be great without the chocolate, too.

  9. Wonder how these would be if i put mini chocolate chips in the batter instead of the large kiss on top.

  10. I made these for Christmas. I always like to make cookies in red and/or green for Christmas. These were easy to make. Cookie tastes too much like flour. I’d probably put in more almond since cookie didn’t taste almondly enough. Also cookie was VERY crumbly. One bite of the cookie and the rest would fall on the floor.
    Did like the cherry taste and of course the kiss on top. They looked pretty on the cookie plate, but I probably won’t make them again.

  11. I love these cookies!

  12. This cookies looks so sweet and cute

  13. Good morning. I just found your website and I am excited about trying some of your delicious looking recipes. I plan to make the Cherry Kiss Cookies for Valentine’s Day. Today I’ll make the Creamy Ham and Potatoe Soup. I’ve got a few left over large baked potatoes and ham to use up. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments and your follower’s comments too. Everyone is interesting and nice.