Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies Recipe

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Stubborn Sunshine girls! Whether you are celebrating with your significant other or celebrating yo’ self today, everyone deserves tasty treats! The following is one of Johnna’s foolproof treats just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies Recipe

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cherry juice (I had to add 4 teaspoons to get the flavor I wanted)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherry
1 cup granulated or decorator sugar (as needed)
12 ounces Hershey’s chocolate kisses (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 top in sugar and place on cookie sheet.  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 to center of the cookies.  Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Tip: let these cool completely or you will have squished kisses, I learned the hard way.  Enjoy!

–Johnna

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