Updated: Feb 1
Normally, I try to cook healthier... except for Christmas time. Christmas is a time for cookies and delicious food and family and laughter and love. It is a time to fill our bellies with food and our hearts with love.
Every family has their own traditions. One tradition in my family is to bake cherry drop cookies and monster cookies every year. This tradition started out the first my husband and I were married. In an effort to make our first Christmas together feel more like the Christmas season, I made my husband's two favorite cookies from childhood. Since then, I have made these cookies every year and enjoyed every delicious bite of them.
Cherry Kiss Cookies
Prep Time: 13 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 32 cookies
3/4 cup softened, unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
10 oz of maraschino cherries
24 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
Unwrap the Hershey's Kisses and place them in a bowl to the side. You can use milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses or Hershey's Holiday Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses. Both are delicious!
Chop the maraschino cherries into pieces and place them in a bowl to the side. I chop my cherries into quarters, because I personally like to have chunks of cherries in my cookies. You can chop them different sizes or even puree them if you prefer.
Using a stand mixer, beat the butter on high until creamy, about 1 minute. Then, turn mixer to medium and add in granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract, and almond extract. Once ingredients are properly mixed, turn mixer back to high and pour in 1 Tablespoon of maraschino cherry juice. Beat for 1 minute.
Turn the mixer on low and slowly pour in flour until a soft dough is formed. Then, with the mixer still on low, pour in the chopped cherries and beat dough until all of the cherries are evenly mixed.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray two baking sheets with a nonstick spray, or use parchment paper or a silicone mat to reduce the cookies from spreading. Shape the cookies into balls. I like to use an 1 1/2" cookie scooper. These cookies are supposed to be small.
Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until the edges are very lightly browned. It is better to have soft cookies then to overbake them.
Allow the cookies to cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes and then gently press a Hershey's kiss into each cookie. Don't worry if your cookies crack a bit as you press your Hershey's kiss into them. The Hershey's kiss may melt just slightly and that's okay. Who doesn't love a bit of melted chocolate in their cookies!
Enjoy the deliciousness!
Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how your cookies turned out! What are your family's favorite holiday traditions? Enjoy the holiday and don't forget to take a moment to smell the cookies.