Festive + Delicious Valentine Cherry Cookie Recipe

I started making these cookies a few years ago and they are delicious and quite festive! If you love cherries and chocolate, these are a MUST make! It’s a simple recipe so even if you aren’t a baker at heart, you can whip these up in no time. The finished creation is so pretty and everyone seems to love them.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened, but still cool

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

Instructions on how to make your Chocolate Cherry Kiss Cookies:

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.

*Recipe from The Ultimate Cookie Book

Happy Valentine’s Friends! I hope you will try out this recipe and if you do, please comment and share pictures tagging #TheNashvilleMom.

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