Friday, December 19, 2008

Cherry Chocolate Cookies

We are in the midst of another big snow storm and I am loving every minute of it!


Because I am home today and I love to be snowed in while baking Christmas cookies.

I do not know what propelled me to buy that HUGE jar of maraschino cherries. I guess I thought I needed more than I did.

While shopping last weekend, I saw these new Hershey kisses with cherry cordial filling. I immediately thought of using them for a cherry cookie topper.

The snow was falling, the trees were twinkling, and Kenny Rogers softly crooned Christmas carols as I started baking my first batch of cookies at 6:00 a.m.

This is the first time I made these and after the first batch, I needed to taste them to see if I wanted to do a second.

It was only 7:00 a.m. and I am not really ready to eat a cookie at 7 a.m., but I did... and, oh my, that filling was just like the inside of a chocolate-covered cherry.


I did a little tweaking of a recipe and ended up with this:

Cherry Chocolate Cookies

1 c powdered sugar

1 c butter, softened

3 tsp. maraschino cherry liquid

1 tsp. strawberry extract (if you don't have it, just use vanilla)

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

about 27 cherry filled chocolate kisses (or more if you make smaller cookies than I did)

Combine powdered sugar, butter, cherry juice & strawberry extract .

Mix well.

Add flour & salt.

Slowly stir in until well combined.

Stir in cherries.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour if you have time. I did not do this.

Shape into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 10 -12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Let cool one minute before removing from baking pan.


  1. Thank you! I am SO making these this weekend!

  2. I hope you like them, Catherine. Let me know what you think.

  3. They look yummy! I haven't seen that Hershey kiss yet and here I am in Hershey kiss country! I like that you get the cookie, chocolate and filling-all in one cookie!
    I made a few kinds, on my blog, but am not happy unless I make about 5-6 different kinds. Sean plows through cookies like a bulldozer. He can't find the tins right now-lol-they are under my big corner cabinet.

  4. Oh Zoey these cookies look so very yummy!!


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