Friday, August 22, 2008

Cherry Chocolate Kisses

Cherry Chocolate Kisses

1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter, softened
2 ts. maraschino cherry liquid
1/2 ts. almond extract
3 or 4 drops red food color
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 ts. salt
1/2 c. maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
About 48 chocolate kisses, unwrapped (better make it extra, so you can test a few)

Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine sugar, butter, cherry liquid, extract and food color; blend well. Add flour and salt; mix well. Stir in cherries. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown. Immediately top each cookie with a candy kiss, pressing down firmly. Remove from cookie sheets and let cool before touching or chocolate will smear.

These are our cookies for Santa every year. I thought I had a picture to share, but I can't find one. If I find one later, I will add it. If you have had peanut blossoms, these are very similar. Everyone in my family loves these and Santa is lucky to get 2 or 3 cookies. Have your helpers unwrap the kisses while the cookies are in the oven. They might need to test a few too, but save enough for the cookies.

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