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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My favorite Christmas cookies . . . . .

I am NOT a chocoholic.  Really, I'm not.  But Dear Hubby is.  So much so that sometimes I think he needs counseling!
But one of my favorite Christmas cookies are these little Cherry Chocolate Kisses.

Just the right amount of chocolate and a hint of cherries.  Sorry I don't know the metric conversion but you really can't mess these up!


1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup maraschino cherries (chopped) I prefer mine chopped quite fine, so I run them through my small food processor
granulated sugar
48 Hershey's chocolate kisses

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat till combined. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract till combined. Beat in flour until thoroughly mixed and then add cherries; mix well.

Shape dough into 1" balls and then roll in sugar. Place balls 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven; press an unwrapped candy kiss on each cookie. Return cookies to oven and bake an additional 2 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes 48. 

If you have just joined us, please visit the Christmas Quilt Along 2011 tab just under my header to see what today is all about. 
Blessings, Cathi


Joanna said...

Hi Cathi,
The cookies look delicious. Thank you for the recipe.
I just signed in and noticed that the quilt you show has all of the same star blocks. I thought the blocks were varied. I look forward to getting my pattern. Thanks to you and Sue.

Karen said...

These are so pretty. I have made the ones that are a peanut butter cookie with the Kiss.

QuiltSue said...

Speaking as a confirmed chocoholic I think these look yummy. Unfortunately we can't get Hershey Kisses in the UK.

Quilt Hollow said...

YUM! Though will be awhile before I start snacking on sweet delights. I'm not swimsuit ready!

Pattilou said...

Those look really good! Good enough for a Valentine's treat!

Carol said...

Yummy! I love Chocolate Cherries so I would be loving these cookies. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Lesley said...

These look so yummy! I do love chocolate and cherries,so these cookies sound delicious!

Lynn said...

These cookies look so pretty and sound delicious!