Cherry Kiss Cookies

4.42 from 73 votes

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Cherry Cookies Cookies with a chocolate kiss highlight the very best in dessert treats. Showcasing the timeless love affair between chocolate and cherries, these cookies are simple to make and perfect for the holidays or any occasion.

If you are new to baking or an experienced baker, take a look at our in-house professional chef’s post on how to bake cookies for beginners.  It’s a great review for all!

Serving platter and plate filled with Cherry Kiss cookies

These cherry kiss cookies are perfect for the holidays or any day when you need a little extra love.

About these Kiss Cookies

A close up of some ingredients for cherry kiss cookies

What says love, like cherries and dark chocolate?

This Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe is deeply rooted within the timeless love affair between cherries and chocolate. If you’ve tried our popular no bake cherry cheesecake or our chocolate whiskey cake, you know we are in love with both of these ingredients!

We’re not talking just any chocolate. These cookies are all about dark chocolate.

Featuring a combination of cherry juice, chopped maraschino cherries, and dark chocolate Hershey kisses, this Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe harkens back to the basics, even to the extent of being able to mix this batter by hand with a fork. No electronics necessary (said with glee by a dad of six boys).

I’ve gotten into the habit of baking almost everything on a stone, in all probability all for my own personal love affair with homemade pizza recipes. With this Cherry Kiss Cookies Recipe though, I make an exception.

The heat from a stone carries over long (and intensely) after it comes out of the oven.  As soon as these cookies are finished baking, the kisses are placed in their centers.

Using a metal cookie sheet helps ensure that the chocolate kisses are don’t get too warm via conduction, allowing for a gentle softening of the chocolate, instead of an all-out meltdown.

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A close up of Cherry Kiss Cookies

This recipe makes about 30 cookies.

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious cookie treat, look no further. These Cherry Cookies not only taste great, they’re a tasty reminder of the enduring ying and yang between chocolate and cherries.

A love affair that will surely live on forever.

Cherry Kiss Cookies close up shot

Cherry Kiss Cookies are easy to make and easy to eat

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Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

4.42 from 73 votes
 Cherry cookies with a chocolate kiss crown.  Follow this link to the original recipe from Taste of Home.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries
  • About 30milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar and salt. Mix in cherry juice, extract and optional food coloring. Gradually stir in flour and baking soda. Fold in cherries.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on to greased baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cook. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.



Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 115mg, Potassium: 4mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holidays
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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