Cherry Chocolate Kisses


I love chocolate.  I love cherries.  I love chocolate and cherry combinations.

So it’s about time that I shared a chocolate/cherry combination in cookie form that I came across recently.  Now, I realize I just posted a cookie recipe the other day.  I had planned to post this about a week and a half from now (you know, to spread the cookie love out a little), but, I’m starting to get the mentality of “why not?”  Why not post these super cute cherry shortbread thumbprint cookies for you if I can?  Because life is too short to go without the things in life that make you happy, that’s why.  Now, bring on the cherry chocolate kisses!

These little cookies are really too simple to mix together-it’s a basic shortbread recipe with a little added boost of chopped maraschino cherries in the batter with some almond extract.  I think the addition of mini chocolate chips to the shortbread might be on the list for next time, and I might up the cherry bits as well.  Since these are shortbread cookies, they are not in-your-face too sweet (the chocolate kiss on top helps with that)-but they definitely are a nice sweet treat to have on hand.

********Just as an FYI, these are a shortbread based cookie. They are not a typically sweet cookie. These are not like the traditional peanut butter-based version.  If you are looking for a sweet cookie, please consider increasing the amount of sugar. Some readers have commented that these are  bland-I would recommend adding more vanilla flavor or cherry  juice. Also, making sure that you use exact measurements is extremely important here.  Please note that this recipe was taken directly from the source listed below.


Cherry Chocolate Kisses

Servings: approximately 36 cookies



1 cup unsalted butter, softened, but still cool*****very important!

1 cup powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons maraschino cherry “juice”

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

Granulated sugar, for sprinkling the cookies

36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped



1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.

3. Reduce the speed to the lowest setting and slowly add the powdered sugar and salt.

4. Add the cherry juice and the almond extract until combined.

5. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

6. Increase the mixer speed to medium and add the cherries.

7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a baking sheet, approximately 2 inches apart.

8.  Using your thumb, gently press each cookie in its center until the cookie is about 1/2-inch thick.

9.  Sprinkle each cookie with a little granulated sugar.

10.  Bake the cookies until the bottoms are lightly browned, about 14 minutes.

11. Once removed from the oven, immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center.

12.  Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Source: directly from The Ultimate Cookie Book.

March 4, 2011 - 6:13 am

Lauren at Keep It Sweet - Chocolate and cherries are a great combo. I love the color you get using maraschino cherries!

March 4, 2011 - 7:53 am

Blog is the New Black - Perfection! Thsee are so pretty, and I LOVE the matching plates. Yea, I noticed the details there. 😉

March 4, 2011 - 10:24 am

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 - What a great twist on a kiss cookie! They’re beautiful, too.

March 4, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking - My dad absolutely loves the combination of cherry and chocolate… I should make these for him sometime! They look absolutely beautiful, Shanon, and I love the plate that you used. Great job!

March 4, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel - These look sooooo good!! I LOOVE the cherry/almond flavor combo! Chocolate just makes it better 🙂

March 5, 2011 - 1:26 am

Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls - This look wonderful!!!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

March 5, 2011 - 2:45 pm

geegee - these are beautiful!

March 5, 2011 - 6:24 pm

jenny - i’ve been making these for years at christmas time….they are my husbands favorite!
btw-i always use the cherry cordial kisses!

March 5, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Patty - so pretty!

March 7, 2011 - 9:49 pm

Kerry - I love chocolate covered cherries so I know I would love these. They look amazing!

March 8, 2011 - 12:36 pm

dyingforchocolate - OMG! These looks fabulous! I love cherries & chocolate. Can’t wait to make these cherry chocolate kisses!

July 6, 2011 - 5:03 am
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July 17, 2011 - 9:12 pm

mak hop - I want to make these so badly, but I do not have a mixer with a paddle attachment.

July 17, 2011 - 9:14 pm

srlacy - Hi Mak Hop-

Just use a hand mixer if you have one.

July 22, 2011 - 6:41 pm

mrsblocko - I made these for a bake sale and wrote about them here. They were a huge hit, even with my daughter who “doesn’t like cherries.” Thanks for sharing the recipe.

August 6, 2011 - 1:04 am

Jess - I just made these! Thanks for the recipe. The gorgeous photo was wonderful inspiration.

October 6, 2011 - 12:05 am

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October 11, 2011 - 2:02 am

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October 14, 2011 - 8:58 pm

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November 23, 2011 - 10:29 am

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November 29, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Mia - I have made these – they were freakin’ amazing. I had to make a second batch because I ate most of the first.

December 9, 2011 - 10:01 am

rachel - i’m in the middle of trying to make these and don’t have a stand mixer, so i’m using my hand mixer. BUT the hand mixer can’t handle this dough, it is way too dry! any suggestions?? HELP!!!

December 9, 2011 - 10:14 am

srlacy - Hi Rachel-
It’s definitely a thick dough. I have two options for you. You could add a touch of water to the dough to soften a bit, or, try using your hands to “knead” it, in a way. Hopefully that helps!

December 11, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Mindy H - I love these!my favorite is the fact that the dough it’s too sweet. These cookies are the perfect complement to the ingredients. I Made them for our hospital bake sale and they were a hit. Now baking them today for a family Christmas lunch! Thanks so much for sharing. I found this on pinterest too 🙂

December 11, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Denise Edwards - I just baked them and they are delicious as well as very pretty.

December 13, 2011 - 11:07 pm

syanik - Is the cookie a soft cookie or a crunchy cookie?

December 13, 2011 - 11:12 pm

srlacy - It’s like a shortbread cookie, so it’s a little harder than the usual peanut butter kiss type cookie that you see.

December 13, 2011 - 11:55 pm

syanik - Thanks!

December 14, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Arlene @ Flour On My Face - I love this recipe and also have been making them for years. I posted it on the Hersey site a couple of weeks ago.

December 16, 2011 - 8:09 am

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December 16, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Chris - I just made these. They came out well, but I thought they could of either used a longer bake time or a higher temperature.

December 16, 2011 - 3:23 pm

srlacy - Hi Chris-

Thanks for the feedback. Everyone’s oven seems to be a little different these days.

December 17, 2011 - 6:38 pm

Patty Gregory - I made these and they flopped…butter everywhere that came out of the dough in the oven…is one cup of butter or should it be 1/2 cup.

December 18, 2011 - 8:47 pm

srlacy - Hi Patty-
I am sorry that they didn’t work out for you. The recipe is correct as written. It sounds like the butter either was not at a correct temperature or was not completely mixed into the batter.

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December 21, 2011 - 7:49 pm

Kimberly - I made these for my family Christmas party, I added Cherry Cordial kisses to half of the cookies instead of plain kisses. What an amazing cookie and the Cherry Cordial kisses definitely ramp up the yummy chocolate cherry combo!!!

December 21, 2011 - 10:48 pm

Ami - Made these for a cookie exchange. Unfortunately, they were a flop. Even though I added extra cherries, they were a bit bland and could have used more sugar, was the general consensus. They sure were pretty to look at though!

December 22, 2011 - 2:56 am

srlacy - Hi Ami-
In the description I stated that they were not over-the-top sweet (a shortbread should not be) and offer the step of rolling or sprinkling the cookies with extra sugar.

December 23, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Miranda - I just made these and they flattened into puddles. My butter was room temp. Not sure what went wrong? I’m thinking maybe the added moisture from the chopped cherries?

December 23, 2011 - 6:33 pm

srlacy - Hi Miranda-

I’m not sure what happened either. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you.

December 24, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Jenny - Great cookies! I made these today and they are just perfect- pretty and delicious! I love the shortbread. Thanks!

December 26, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Alicia - My daughter and I made these cookies “for Santa” and they turned out sooooo good! I used dark chocolate kisses. I thought the cookies tasted just like a chocolate covered cherry. I will definitely make these again!

December 31, 2011 - 10:04 am

Julie D - We made these for our annual cookie plates for friends and neighbors and they were a big hit! I followed the recipe exactly, they turned out perfectly. The cookies stayed soft and were subtly sweet. My husband loved these so much that we’re making another batch for New Years.

January 7, 2012 - 5:45 am

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January 11, 2012 - 1:54 am

Lisa S - re: the flattening…

it could be the butter. cookies with butter sometimes have trouble holding their shape. perhaps try a butter/margarine combo.

Also, you can press the kiss in before cooking. It starts to melt just the tiniest bit, but gets all soft and mushy throughout. Even when it cools back to room temperature, it’s like the chocolate molecules get rearranged and they are just smoother.

January 11, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Bonnie Banters - Found these on Pinterest. My son loves cherries and the kiss cookie could possibly be my all-time favorite…can’t wait to surprise him with this! Thanks!

January 11, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Linda - Must give these a try. Me & my kitchen love to bake up cookies all year round.

January 13, 2012 - 3:01 am

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January 16, 2012 - 10:33 am

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January 17, 2012 - 11:17 am

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January 18, 2012 - 10:56 pm

DeerPark Momma - I just made these cookies. I think they are very good, although mine weren’t as pink as those in the picture above. I think I will add 3tsp of cherry juice instead of 2, for more color and flavor. The batter was a little crumbly, but I kneaded the dough in my. Hand and then formed the ball. As far as people have problems with butter pooling…that sounds to me like too much bitter was used. Remember 1cup of butter is two sticks…not a pound (or four sticks).

January 19, 2012 - 2:54 pm

DeerPark Momma - P.S…I’m totally on board with your idea of adding mini-choco chips, but I worry that the crumbly batter might not hold them. Thoughts?

January 19, 2012 - 3:50 pm

srlacy - You know, I think they would be just fine. It’s worth a shot. I know the dough is a little crumbly but the additional juice (if you do that) and the melty yummy chocolate might hold it better together a bit. It’s worth a shot! Let me know how they turn out if you do end up trying them.

January 20, 2012 - 11:23 pm

Rachael - I mixed everything entirely by hand and they turned out great! Used three tsp’s of cherry juice, and half a tsp of almond extract. I also put in about a half a cup of coconut flakes in the second batch and they were great 🙂

January 22, 2012 - 10:08 pm

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February 7, 2012 - 3:55 pm

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February 12, 2012 - 6:23 pm

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February 13, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Emily - I am making these cookies right now, my dough was mushy so I was seeing if I did something wrong. They might taste good anyways but I couldn’t “roll” them into a ball. I used margarine instead of butter but other than that I followed the recipe exactly.

February 13, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Kiera - I added white choc chips to the dough and used a regular hershey kiss, delish! The only problem I ran into was they dough was a little runny.

February 13, 2012 - 6:32 pm

srlacy - Hi Emily-

It sounds like there is something wrong with your batter. It should have the consistency of shortbread (almost too hard to mix). Since I am not there with you, I cannot tell you what has happened. I don’t think that the margarine would have made that much of a difference, unless it was too warm or melted.

February 15, 2012 - 9:23 am

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February 16, 2012 - 9:45 am

Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me - I made these the other day and thought they were fabulous! I normally make cherry shortbread with a chocolate drizzle at Christmas but I loved the way these looked so much better! I put a pic in this post if you wanted to see how they turned out! Thank you!

April 14, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Corinna Curry - Mmm! Made these tonight. They are so yummy!

April 16, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Sandy - ohmyword- I think I found the long-lost recipe I’ve been searching for! When I was a kid I had a cookie called “santas whiskers”. It had what looks like the SAME base cookie but with toasted coconut around the edges! I HAVE got to try this and see if this is it! Thank you for sharing! I’ll let you know if it IS indeed the one I’ve been looking for!
*gathers baking shopping list*

April 19, 2012 - 9:22 am

deborah - how sweet especiialy for a girls birthday party—thx

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July 21, 2012 - 12:10 pm

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July 24, 2012 - 1:08 pm

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August 17, 2012 - 12:11 am

Janna@littlemagnoliakitchen - These are so cute! I am having a chocolate craving right now…wish I had one of these already made! I will definitely be trying these out…thanks for sharing!

September 10, 2012 - 2:09 pm

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September 25, 2012 - 11:33 am

Brin de cuisine - Very yummy cookies !

October 25, 2012 - 1:58 pm

Amy Lynn - I made these this morning & took them to my grandmother’s church for a bake sale. I love chocolate so I went ahead & added some chopped milk chocolate in the dough & boy am I happy I did! Not only are these cookies beautiful but they are delishious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I will be making it again for Christmas!

October 27, 2012 - 12:30 am

Amber - I followed the instructions exactly. My batch didn’t tasted good at all. Mine looked just like the ones in the picture. Mine actually tasted like flour and it was def not good. I ended up throwing my batch away 🙁

October 27, 2012 - 9:41 am

srlacy - Hi Amber-

Sorry to hear that. Maybe it has to do with the brand/type of flour you used.

October 31, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Mitzi - Has anyone tried these with a substitute for almond extract? I am thinking about trying then with vanilla extract instead, since my daughter has nut allergies.

November 8, 2012 - 12:22 am

Michelle - At first glance I thought they were peppermint ~ like peppermint bark~
I need a recipe for that but a cookie with the kiss on it~ sounds cool right!?!

November 8, 2012 - 1:06 pm

srlacy - That’s a great idea!!!!

November 12, 2012 - 6:16 pm

JIMI - Reading everyone’s comments, I wonder if you refrigerated the dough (maybe 30 min) before rolling into balls would help…The longer you work with butter in a cookie, it will tend to soften..and of course, you know that.

November 14, 2012 - 9:52 pm

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November 26, 2012 - 8:55 pm

Amy - Does this freeze good?

November 26, 2012 - 9:04 pm

srlacy - Hi Amy-

I have not tried freezing the dough, but I would think that, like most cookie doughs, it should be ok. If you end up trying it, please let me know how it turns out.

December 1, 2012 - 11:21 am

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December 1, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Sara - I just made these and they look delish! I added mini chocolate chips to mine because I do not care for kisses. Next time I would add more almond extract!

December 2, 2012 - 5:21 pm

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December 6, 2012 - 11:45 am

Mary - I was just wondering if these are suppose to have baking soda or powder because I do not see it listed in the recipe? That may make a difference in the way these bake (fluffy vs flat). Also you do not mention chilling the dough before it is baked but I have found this helps with cookie dough to maintain its shape or form while baking. What do you think? The cookies look fabulous and I can not wait to try them. Thanks for sharing and I also found these on Pinterest. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 6, 2012 - 1:22 pm

srlacy - Hi Mary-
The recipe is correct as written. These are a shortbread based cookie. You can chill the dough prior to baking if you prefer.

December 6, 2012 - 2:21 pm

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December 7, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Jayme - What type of flour do you recommend? I used unbleached flour, and they kind of have a flour-y taste to them. I am wondering if I use all purpose that maybe they won’t have the flour taste. I know they aren’t a super sweet cookie, what would you recommend to make them a bit sweeter? More powdered sugar? I like things sweet:)

December 7, 2012 - 1:46 pm

srlacy - Hi Jayme-

I swear by King Arthur Flour Company. I used an all-purpose flour. I would suggest increasing the amount of cherry syrup or sugar. They definitely are not a super sweet cookie. But that should do the trick!

December 8, 2012 - 8:22 pm

jo - I too had the problem of “flat” cookie. The first batch was too loose to roll into balls so I used a mini ice cream scoop, but they didn’t hold the nice ball shape and came out more flat.

The second time I refrigerated the dough so it was easier to handle and so I could roll them into balls with my hands. Much better turn out!

December 9, 2012 - 12:57 am

Gwennie - I made these cookies tonight for my cookies exchange I’m hosting tomorrow. They turned out AMAZING! I found you on Pinterest! Thank you and Merry Christmas! 🙂

December 12, 2012 - 8:28 am

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December 13, 2012 - 10:51 am

anna - Hello,
These are beautiful cookies! Making them for a cookie exchange tomorrow! Did you happen to use any red food coloring or is the color simply from the cherry juice? I want my cookies to be as beautiful as yours!

December 13, 2012 - 11:19 am

Danielle - These look WONDERFUL! I was wondering if I could substitute the maraschino cherries with candied cherries and some grenadine. I don’t have enough maraschino cherries on hand and I want to make these now, lol. I think I will try it out an let you know how it turns out. It may also help with sweetening up the dough for those that thought it was not sweet enough.

December 13, 2012 - 11:21 am

srlacy - Hi Anna-

I didn’t use red food coloring, believe it or not. If you are making the dough and think that the color is a little off, you could definitely add in a smidge of red food coloring to get it to the tint you desire. It might have to do with what type of maraschino cherry I used-I feel like some syrups might have more coloring than others. Good luck!

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December 14, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Jessica - These turned out great, although I wish the cherry/almond flavor were a bit more pronounced. Next time I might add more almond extract, like 1 tsp. The dough seemed really soft so I chilled it a bit before cooking. I managed to get more than 4 dozen cookies out of the recipe – always a bonus to get more than the stated yield!

December 14, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Mari - LOVE these! I made a double batch (made 56) cookies and then another single batch (it made 25). Made them for our annual Christmas Cookie exchange party ( we exchange 6 dozen cookies). They taste yummy, and the pink cherry color added with the chocolate kiss are perfect! And p.s. my dough was just right and not runny or crumbly, so tip is to follow the recipe exactly and drain your cherries.

December 15, 2012 - 4:51 pm

sue lynn - Mine were beautiful but we too thought they were bland. Needs a little granulated sugar to the mix. I will try again and use a little sugar and more almond extract. Even the cordial cherries sounds like a great idea.

December 16, 2012 - 9:59 am

Ashley - Made these with vanilla extract because I did not have almond on hand, they turned out SO tasty!

December 16, 2012 - 10:31 am

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December 16, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Cindy B. - I made these this weekend…I think they are terrific! I did sprinkle a little more granulated sugar on the last couple of batches just to sweeten them up a bit more. They look and tasete great and I will definitely be making them again!!

December 19, 2012 - 7:54 am

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December 20, 2012 - 4:47 pm

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December 21, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Cynthia - I just made these cookie, been reading over all the comments. My dough was good, they rolled into nice ball shapes. But when I tasted them, I am like a couple others on here, they tasted very floury. I used the normal name brand at Meijers.. Gold Meal or what ever the name is.. I was thinking I did something wrong, but did what it said..

December 24, 2012 - 4:26 pm

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December 25, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Melissa - I found this recipe on pinterest and made them for Christmas. I used a tablespoon of cherry “juice”. They were delicious !!! Everyone loved them.

January 4, 2013 - 1:44 pm

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January 9, 2013 - 2:31 pm

lauren - in reply to using vanilla extract as a substitute, i did and it worked very well. im reading alot about how some people had them turn out tasting like flour. i tasted my dough and it tasted like that to me so i actually added a ton more cherry juice (granted i love cherries) and they turned out delicious and everyone loved them. thank you for the recipe!!

January 12, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Sandy - I made these for Christmas gifts. They turned out beautiful and delicious. I used Cherry Cordial kisses and they made the dough a little sweeter for those of you who said they weren’t sweet enough.

January 14, 2013 - 6:02 am

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January 24, 2013 - 1:48 am

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January 24, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Rebecca Bouranis - I am so making these for Valentine’s Day. Love the idea about the cherry cordial kisses but will make the original recipe before I make any changes. Thank you for posting.

January 25, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Linda Bailey - Thanks for some great Valentine recipes – they look pretty and delicious.

February 4, 2013 - 1:54 pm

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February 4, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Pedalpusher - I made two batches of these to donate to our local humane society for a bake sale fundraiser. They turned out fantstic! I really like the color, and I used both milk and dark chocolate kisses. Great recipe…I love that it’s so simple.

February 5, 2013 - 1:04 pm

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February 8, 2013 - 11:54 pm

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February 11, 2013 - 12:27 am

Shelly - They’re in the oven now! So pretty. My kids will be excited to get these in their lunches tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! God’s Blessings!

February 12, 2013 - 12:39 pm

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February 13, 2013 - 2:46 am

C M - I substituted 1/8 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon maple plus a dash of red dye instead of the almond extract. It was yummy and had a bit more taste. I’ve made them both ways, this is better!

February 13, 2013 - 3:07 pm

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February 13, 2013 - 3:45 pm

PT - I made these today for my preschool’s Valentine’s Party. They were a big hit and so easy to make. Following your tip about how bland the dough can taste, I rolled the dough in sugar and added an extra tsp of cherry juice. Next time I would add even more cherry juice, probably even some more chopped cherries, and I will definitely up the almond flavoring next time. I couldn’t taste that at all. It’s a great recipe, the flavors just need a little tweaking. They looked so festive, and the kids just gobbled them up. (I also looked around for the cherry kisses to put on top, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. I really want to try that some time!)

February 14, 2013 - 1:15 am

Stacy - I’m finishing a batch of these for my daughter’s preschool (and perhaps for our baked goods table at work tomorrow, too, depending on how many I send to daycare.)

I think they’re delicious. Not too sweet, but very rich and tender. Definitely a winner in my book.

I always have to tweak a recipe so: I used 2 tablespoons of cherry juice and a generous half-cup of chopped cherries. I also added a 1/4 teaspoon of good-quality vanilla and a scant 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips. I used dark chocolate kisses on top. I might like a bit more cherries chopped up in them.

I found the dough just fine to work with; that extra cherry juice and some good mixing are what really got it to come together for me because I despaired for a few minutes there and was scraping down like mad.

Things I noted: the dough is quite tender and cools fast out of the oven. Have the kisses already unwrapped so you can put them into place quickly. I cracked a couple of cookies near the end of my first batch. And while the dough gets firm fast, the kisses will take some time to firm back up so they really need to cool for a bit.

I do wish I’d put more vanilla and chopped cherries in. I like the look of the cherries in the dough but it might be prettier if I’d made it a bit less pink. I also think these would be lovely with some red sugar sprinkled over them for sparkle.

March 2, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Shannon Crane - I made these cookies by substituting Vegan butter, unbleached flour and almost 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. I added 4tsp of extra cherry juice and 4 tablespoons of almond milk because my dough was a little crumbly. I rolled them lightly in turbinado sugar before putting them in the oven. They came out great, my husband said they are one of his favorite cookies now. 🙂

March 21, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Jocelyn - These are my new favorite cookie. Thanks for sharing the recipe along with your fantastic pictures.

April 6, 2013 - 12:18 am

Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats - Someone is using your pictures & taking credit it seems—or rather not giving you due credit….on their FB Pampered Chef Page. Just wanted to inform you!!

April 6, 2013 - 12:40 pm

srlacy - Hey Julie-

Thank you so much for letting me know. I contacted them and requested that they remove it and also reported it to Facebook. It’s really really disappointing. But, thanks to people out there like you, I can at least try to stop it!

Thanks again,

April 7, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Joan - Hi Sandy
I have the Santa Whiskers recipe. E-mail me, I will be glad to give it to you.

April 9, 2013 - 1:12 pm

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April 30, 2013 - 2:30 pm

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May 13, 2013 - 9:31 am

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May 28, 2013 - 11:53 am

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June 27, 2013 - 3:19 pm

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September 30, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Elenna - I’ve been making these since 1995 found the recipe in Pillsbury holiday menus cookbook. Make them every year. They are my favorite.

October 22, 2013 - 12:00 am

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October 30, 2013 - 6:56 pm

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November 18, 2013 - 12:21 pm

karen - These sound great, I recently found Hershey Cordial Kisses…they have a liquid cherry center, I think these would be a great addition to this cookie. Im off to try this now.

November 19, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Marie - Hello, I made these today as something different for my Christmas cookie trays. They are great added more juice, vanilla and almond, and extra cherries. I do agree the oven temp should be higher maybe 350 they took extra time to be done in the middle at 325.
Thank you Happy Holidays!!

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January 10, 2014 - 12:58 am

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January 10, 2014 - 1:03 am

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January 14, 2014 - 9:24 pm

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February 6, 2014 - 4:47 pm

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February 7, 2014 - 1:01 pm

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February 8, 2014 - 2:40 am

Melissa - Wow! Thanks for the recipe! I made these tonight and the whole family was amazed at how incredibly delicious these are! My Walmart carries all natural maraschino cherries, and that made this recipe perfect fit us to add to the holiday baking list. Thanks for making us smile!

February 14, 2014 - 7:18 pm

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February 14, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Manda - I made these for valentines day, with a few tweaks. I added more cherries (3/4 c) and more juice, and sprinkled some sugar before I rolled them because they were very sticky. They were fabulous!! Family loved them! I used dark chocolate kisses too, delish!! Great recipe!!

February 15, 2014 - 9:20 am

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April 6, 2014 - 4:48 pm

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May 5, 2014 - 10:27 am

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May 7, 2014 - 7:58 pm

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July 9, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Maureen - I have made them a couple of times & they are a complete hit every time! M&M Mars is local and I try and use their products whenever possible so I have started using dark chocolate dove candy instead and they are delish!!

September 19, 2014 - 8:26 pm

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September 20, 2014 - 1:31 pm

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October 6, 2014 - 10:30 pm

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November 22, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Terra - I just made these for an upcoming cookie exchange… mine totally didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours!! darn!! the dough was dry – but i added more cherry juice and used my hands to make the dough/balls …i also had to either increase temperature or cook for longer… and the kisses totally melted very quick into the cookie.. eating sorta warm was good cuz the melted chocolate helped with the dryness of the shortbread… cookie exchange isn’t for a few days – oh well! they will have to do! lol Thanks for the recipe!!

December 4, 2014 - 9:06 pm

JACKIE - Turned out great
I read the intro and knew they would be more salty then sweet so I rolled them in granulated sugar before thumbing and put chocolate cherry cordial creme kisses on top that ex tr a sugar and melted chocolate and sweet creme was the perfect 6sweet/salt taste I enjoy. Yum!

December 4, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Jackie - Also forgot to say I have a trick for butter type cookies so they don’t fall flat use a paddle mixer creme butter when still cold and completely solid creme all the way then take bowl put back in the fridge for 10 minutes the mix rest of liquid ingredients. Once you get a set of cookies ready to go in the oven put the dough back in the fridge till your ready for another batch!!

December 16, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Renae - These look so beautiful. My daughter loved how pink they were. She chose them to make for Christmas this year. I’m super excited to feature this post with one photo to use in a collage as part of my Operation Christmas Cookie post at Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

December 19, 2014 - 12:59 pm

yolanda - Not sure what went wrong for me. They came out flat. Not puffy at all. I did add a tsp of baking soda, that did not help I guess.the flavor was good but a flat cookie. I’m sad.

January 13, 2015 - 12:15 am

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January 20, 2015 - 5:00 pm

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February 11, 2015 - 7:46 am

sonaly - CHERRY-MINT CHOCOLATE a burst of cherry zest

Both are great flavour

February 15, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Rosemary M. - I baked these cookies for a Valentines luncheon, and they did taste like flour as one of the other comments indicated. I was disappointed, so I only made 1 batch. However, the day of the luncheon, the flour taste was not noticeable.

I do have one suggestion & that is to roll the cookie balls in sugar (I used raw sugar) rather than sprinkling w/sugar after flattening. The sugar stays on better.

February 16, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Anne - I just made these and they’re delicious! I used dark and milk kisses and I plan to use heart-shaped Dove chocolate next time. They color is lovely and the cherry flavor is subtle, but tasty. I forgot to buy almond extract, so I imagine they’re even better with it. I was experimenting, so I rolled some in sugar, sprinkled some as directed, and even cooked some halfway to try freezing. After defrosting, I’ll cook the last 7 minutes and top with chocolate. I’d like to be able to make them ahead for an event. Thank you!!

March 14, 2015 - 10:34 am

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