Favorite Cookie Exchange Recipe Cherry Blossom Cookie #SundaySupper

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Cherry Blossom Cookie Recipe

Favorite Cookie Exchange Recipe


Cherry Blossom Cookies for your cookie exchange #SundaySupper

Cherry Blossom Cookies


This weekend’s Sunday Supper theme is Favorite Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipe.

 This holiday cookie extravaganza #SundaySupper is hosted by Isabel  from the Family Foodie.

She is the  founder of the Sunday Supper movement and an awesome person so check out her site that is full of great recipes you and your family will enjoy for your own Sunday Suppers.

We also have another special host this week.  Janet Keeler, Food & Travel Editor for the Tampa Bay Times and Author of Cookielicious will be joining us with tips on baking for the Ultimate Cookie Exchange and to answer any of your baking questions.

At 7 pm est December 9th the #SundaySupper  crew will be celebrating all things cookies on Twitter.

Up for grabs are 5 signed copies of Cookielicious so make sure you join us as we talk about our favorite holiday cookie recipe.

There will be more info on the Twitter party at the bottom of this post. 

My favorite holiday cookie exchange recipe.

You may have seen me post a picture or two of these cookies in the past few years. It is my all time favorite cookie. I only bake it at Christmas time.

Everyone loves them that tries them.

They are a beautiful pink color from the maraschino cherry liquid that is added to the cookie dough.

After you check out my recipe be sure to scroll down and check out the other 52 mouth watering holiday exchange cookie recipes from the rest of the #SundaySupper crew. 

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Cherry Blossom Cookie for #SundaySupper
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Recipe slightly adapted from the Cherry Chocolate Kisses recipe found in the Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publication "Christmas Cookies" 2001
Serves: 48 cookies
  • 1 cup butter (no substitutions) softened
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
  • ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • granulated sugar
  • 48 Hershey's milk chocolate kisses
  1. Heat oven to 350' F. Beat butter in a mixing bowl on medium high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat until combined.
  3. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract until combined.
  4. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour and the cherries with a wooden spoon.
  5. Chill dough for at least an hour.
  6. Unwrap all the Hersey kisses and set aside.
  7. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, rolling them in your hand.
  8. Gently flatten the balls into a disk.
  9. Dip in granulated sugar, covering all sides of the dough.
  10. Place balls 2 inches apart on a un-greased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake cookies 10-14 minutes just until the bottom edges are lightly browned.
  12. Remove each baking sheet of cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hersey kiss into the middle of the hot cookies.
  13. Let cool about five minutes and carefully move the cookies to a cooling rack with out disturbing the soft Hersey kiss. (see notes).
  14. Cool completely before storing in a single layer in an air tight container.
It takes a very long time for the Hersey kiss to harden after melting on top of the hot cookie. You can speed it up placing the cookies in refrigerator for 20 minutes or so. Be sure the Hersey kisses have hardened before storing or the kiss can be damaged.

Chilling the dough is not unnecessary but it makes handling the dough so much easier.

The Sunday Supper Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies:

Check out Cookielicious by Food Editor Janet K. Keeler from The Tampa Bay Times now while there is a special… Buy One Cookielicious Cookbook and get one for a friend!

Do you have a favorite cookie to take to a Cookie Exchange?  Please join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper on December 9th.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper Ultimate Cookie Exchange live chat.

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your recipe for The Ultimate Cookie Exchange on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.

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  1. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says

    So pretty! The PB version is my all time favorite holiday cookie, I am sure I would love these too!

  2. says

    Wow, these are pretty cookies! And a very unique flavour for a holiday cookie table since cherry isn’t something that’s baked with a lot around Christmas. That definitely needs to change, starting with these!

  3. says

    I make a variation of the “kiss cookies” for my stepdaughter every year – they are her favorite. Love the idea of adding cherries – chocolate with cherry is one of my favorite combos.

    • says


      I have seen them with out the Hersey kiss and they are probably very good but I have always made them with the kiss on top and my kids would probably riot if I made it any other way.

  4. says

    Okay, you totally have my attention! I am not a huge chocolate lover, BUT I am a huge cherry lover…..so this recipe ROCKS!!! Those cherry blossoms look so delicious, Hugs, Terra

  5. says

    Love these cookies! I make a similar version with the Cherry Cordial kisses. You should give them a try! Although I love them with the plain ones too.

  6. Jennifer Forrest says


    What would you change or add when baking these cookies in high altitude? I made them before in Florida and have since moved to Colorado and the cookies came out flat. Thanks!


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