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Valentine's Day recipe: Cherry chocolate kiss cookies

Almond extract, cherry juice and bits of chopped cherries make these butter cookies special. Top with a Hershey's chocolate kiss for Valentine's Day.
Photo by Michelle Hein

 

The pink hue of these Cherry Kiss cookies make them perfect for Valentine’s Day baking. A butter cookie batter with chopped cherries and almond extract creates a uniquely flavored cookie that is sweet without being overly so. A Hershey’s Kiss on top adds to the flavor, making a treat that is reminiscent of a chocolate covered cherry, another Valentine’s Day favorite.

Make these for someone you love this holiday. Even better, make them with someone you love! Kids especially will get a kick out of the color of these cookies. Since technical skill is minimal with this easy recipe, it’s great for letting little ones get in on the action. Measuring, stirring and unwrapping Hershey’s Kisses are all steps that they’ll enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 drops red food coloring (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
25-30 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped (Special Dark used here)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add cherry juice, almond extract, food coloring and salt and beat well. Gradually add flour until well incorporated. Fold in cherries.
Place tablespoon-sized balls (a small cookie scoop is great for this) on an ungreased cookie sheet. Leave about 1-½” between cookies.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until just slightly firm to the touch. If you haven’t already, unwrap Hershey’s Kisses while cookies are in the oven.
Remove trays from oven and immediately top cookies with Hershey’s Kisses, pressing down gently. Cookies will crack slightly, press just hard enough that they bein to crack.
Cool completely on trays. Then, store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Makes 25-30 cookies.

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