Cherry Chocolate Kisses

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.

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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.

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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

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