When I was younger I worked at the Masonic Home and Hospital. I did everything from nurses aid to physical therapy aid to pharmacy technician. I learned a whole lot and met so many wonderful people. One of those people was a women named Ann Needham who ran the Occupational Therapy Department. She gave me this recipe and I’d like to share it with you. It’s one that I make every year for Valentines Day because it is so good (cherry and chocolate?? Oh yea!!) and it just looks so pretty and Valentine-ish.
Cherry Chocolate Kisses
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 3 drops of red food coloring (optional)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
- chocolate kisses, unwrapped
In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, cherry juice, almond extract and food coloring. Blend well. Add flour and salt and mix well. Stir in cherries. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately top each cookie with a chocolate kiss. Remove to wire rack to cool.
To make them extra special you can roll them in red sanding sugar before baking.
I like to eat these warm from the oven but they can be zapped for a second or two in the microwave to get the chocolate kiss all melty and gooey again if there are any left in a day or two, which I seriously doubt. Oh and you really need a big glass of ice-cold goats milk to go with them!! Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day! <3