Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies - Valentine Kisses

Recipe by CFS Momma
READY IN: 1hr 14mins


  • 1
    cup butter, softened
  • 1
    cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 18
    teaspoon salt
  • 2
    teaspoons cherry juice
  • 14
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 14
    cups flour
  • 12 - 34
    cup chopped or crushed maraschino cherry
  • 1
    cup granulated or decorator sugar (as needed)
  • 12
    ounces Hershey chocolate kisses (1 per cookie) or 12 ounces Hershey's Hugs chocolates (1 per cookie)


  • Beat butter, add sugar and salt. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract. Beat in flour. Fold in cherries.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes (you don't have to, but dough is easier to work with when cold).
  • Roll dough into balls, coat in sugar and place on cookie sheet. These cookies will flatten on their own, but I typically put a thumb print in the center to flatten some.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 14 minutes. Let cool on pan for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add Hershey Kiss/Hug to center of the cookies. (Hugs melt especially fast, you may want to let the cookies cool a little longer before adding Hugs, but cookies should still be warm so chocolate can melt into the cookie).
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool.


@CFS Momma
“These cookies are similar to Peanut Butter Blossoms, but are cherry cookies instead of peanut butter. I like to make them for Valentine's Day-- and call them Valentine Kisses. There are many variations-- you can use make the dough and use white or semi-sweet chocolate chips or use mini-kisses for smaller bite size cookies. The dough can be rolled in plain sugar, or red decorator sugar for an extra festive look.”