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Cherry Chocolate Kiss Valentine Cookies Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Author Trish Sutton

Ingredients

  • 6 ounce Jar Maraschino Cherries 18-20 cherries - approx. 1/4 cup finely diced
  • 24 Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses
  • or Dove Chocolate Heart Shaped Candy
  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 4 Teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Juice from jar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 8 Drops of Red Food Coloring
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper then set aside.
  • Next, finely dice cherries then set them aside. (Save cherry juice.)
  • Unwrap chocolates and refrigerate them.
  • In a medium mixing bowl cream butter and powdered sugar then add salt and baking powder. Continue to cream with an electric mixer until a creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Stir in cherry juice, vanilla and food coloring then stir until well combined.
  • Mix 2 cups of flour into the creamed mixture and continue to mix until dough is formed.
  • Fold in diced cherries. Then add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Use your hands to blend the flour into the dough.
  • Chill dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into one inch balls then place them on the prepared baking sheet. Do not flatten the dough balls on the pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven then immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Allow the cookies to rest on the pan for two minutes then move them to a cooling rack.
  • Place cookies in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to ensure the chocolate has set.
  • Store them at room temperature in an airtight container.