12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Cherry Kisses

Nancy Burgeson prepares her Chocolate Cherry Kisses on Day 5 of 12 Days of Cookies presented by Bridgeman’s Ice Cream.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY KISSES-makes 48 cookies

1 cup butter (no substitutes) softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp maraschino cherry juice
¼ tsp almond extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup chopped maraschino cherries
granulated sugar
48 milk chocolate kisses

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Beat butter in a mixing bowl with electric mixer

for about 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt, beating until combined.

Add cherry juice and almond extract beating until combined.  Slowly add flour.

Carefully stir in cherries.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake about 14 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

Remove from oven and gently press a kiss into each cookie.

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