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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My favorite Christmas cookies . . . . .

I am NOT a chocoholic.  Really, I'm not.  But Dear Hubby is.  So much so that sometimes I think he needs counseling!
But one of my favorite Christmas cookies are these little Cherry Chocolate Kisses.





Just the right amount of chocolate and a hint of cherries.  Sorry I don't know the metric conversion but you really can't mess these up!


CHERRY CHOCOLATE  KISSES

1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup maraschino cherries (chopped) I prefer mine chopped quite fine, so I run them through my small food processor
granulated sugar
48 Hershey's chocolate kisses

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat till combined. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract till combined. Beat in flour until thoroughly mixed and then add cherries; mix well.

Shape dough into 1" balls and then roll in sugar. Place balls 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven; press an unwrapped candy kiss on each cookie. Return cookies to oven and bake an additional 2 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes 48. 

If you have just joined us, please visit the Christmas Quilt Along 2011 tab just under my header to see what today is all about. 
 
Blessings, Cathi

8 comments:

Joanna said...

Hi Cathi,
The cookies look delicious. Thank you for the recipe.
I just signed in and noticed that the quilt you show has all of the same star blocks. I thought the blocks were varied. I look forward to getting my pattern. Thanks to you and Sue.

Karen said...

These are so pretty. I have made the ones that are a peanut butter cookie with the Kiss.

QuiltSue said...

Speaking as a confirmed chocoholic I think these look yummy. Unfortunately we can't get Hershey Kisses in the UK.

Quilt Hollow said...

YUM! Though will be awhile before I start snacking on sweet delights. I'm not swimsuit ready!

Pattilou said...

Those look really good! Good enough for a Valentine's treat!

Carol said...

Yummy! I love Chocolate Cherries so I would be loving these cookies. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Lesley said...

These look so yummy! I do love chocolate and cherries,so these cookies sound delicious!

Lynn said...

These cookies look so pretty and sound delicious!