Cherry Chocolate Kiss-Mas Cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I have a new Christmas recipe for you all. Last year Joan and I collaborated on a super easy No-Bake Christmas Truffle tutorial. This year I wanted to share a recipe I’ve been tinkering with for a few years now. It requires baking, but it’s still pretty easy to make and it’s always a crowd pleaser. They make great gifts for friends and family or a perfect Christmas snack for yourself. Hope you enjoy it!


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries (chopped)
  • Milk chocolate kisses (unwrapped)
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Holiday sprinkles (optional)



  1. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees C.
  2. Place the butter into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and mix until creamy (about 1 minute)
  4. Add the salt and stir until well combined.
  5. Add the cherry juice, almond extract and mix until completely combined.
  6. Gradually add the flour in three parts and mix thoroughly.
  7. Add in about 3~4 drops of red food coloring and combine until dough is a solid color.
  8. Combine the chopped cherries with the mixture.
  9. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet (2 inches apart).
  10. Using your thumb, gently press each cookie in its center until it’s about a 1/2 inch thick.
  11. Bake the cookies for about 7 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned.
  12. Once removed from the oven, allow the cookies to slightly cool then press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center.
    • The chocolate will completely melt if you place them too soon.
    • The chocolate will fall off if you place them too late.
  13. While the chocolate is soft, add holiday sprinkles.
    • This step is optional, but they look extra festive with holiday sprinkles
  14. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Holiday Sprinkles Cherry Chocolate Kiss-Mas Cookies (closeup)Cherry Chocolate Kiss-Mas Cookies

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