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I hate giving bad reviews but these cookies just weren't what I was expecting. I made them the first time for my son's Valentine's Day party and followed the exact recipe but they seemed dry and I couldn't taste very much cherry and I didn't really like the almond. So the 2nd time, I added more cherries, used butter instead of margarine, used vanilla instead of almond and rolled them in the red sugar as suggested. Still no cherry taste. I made them today for Thanksgiving and used even MORE cherries and I just can't get the flavor that I've been looking for. The cookie itself is good, it's just lacking the cherry flavor.
Even after adding vast amounts more cherry to the mixture, these didn't have a strong cherry taste to them and therefor the cookies were rather bland.
We make these in my family ever year for Christmas. We follow this exact recipe to a T. There are never any left. We fill the center with homemade chocolate ganache instead of kisses (after baking, make a small indentation in the center of the cookie and fill with the ganache ).
The combination of cherry and chocolate is great. However, I had to add an extra 1 1/2 Tbsp. of cherry juice because the dough was too dry. Make sure there are a lot of chopped cherries because in the bites without them, you don't have enough cherry flavor. I used regular chocolate kisses, but I imagine the chocolate cherry kisses are ideal.
I made these the other day and the family LOVED them! Thanks!!!
I made these for my annual cookie exchange. Very delicious and beautiful cookie. And easy to make to boot! Thanks for the great recipe!
omg these are my new favorite cookie! they have such outstanding flavor and were easy to make. i topped them w/ chocolate cherry kisses and they were perfect! will be perfect for my holiday cookie trays!
I loved these! Quick, simple and yummy. I used the cherry cordial kisses for the top and that really brought the whole thing together. This is a Christmas keeper!
After seeing all the wonderful reviews on this recipe, and enjoying chocolate covered cherries as one of my favorite candy, I decided to try this recipe. I really didn't care for the cookies at all. I found the cookie to be doughy, and kind of bland in taste. I tried baking them longer thinking that would help with the texture, but it didn't. About half of the cookies cracked when I pushed in the kisses, so they really didn't look as nice as they should have. To be fair, thinking I might have done something wrong, I tried making them again, and had the same results, and ended up throwing them out. This cookie, for as good as it sounded just isn't for me. Sorry.
I make these cookies every Christmas, my recipe calls them Cherry Chocolate Kisses, but it is the same). It's one of my faves!