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Cherry Blossom Cookies on a pink glass cookie stand.

Cherry Blossom Cookies

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Cherry Blossom Cookies are made with a sweet and buttery almond cookie dough filled with chopped maraschino cherries, rolled in sugar and topped with a Hersey's Kiss. This is a show stopper when it comes to homemade Christmas cookies. Our favorite Christmas cookie.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 12 mins
Cool 2 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 12 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 138 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup butter no substitutions softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
  • ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar for rolling the cookie dough
  • 48 Hershey's milk chocolate kisses
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Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 350' F. Beat butter in a mixing bowl on medium high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Add powdered sugar and salt; beat until combined.
  • Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract until combined.
  • Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour and the cherries with a wooden spoon.
  • Chill dough for at least an hour.
  • Unwrap all the Hersey kisses and set aside.
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls, rolling them in your hand.
  • Gently flatten the balls into a disk.
  • Dip in granulated sugar, covering all sides of the dough.
  • Place balls 2 inches apart on a un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies 10-14 minutes just until the bottom edges are lightly browned.
  • Remove each baking sheet of cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hersey kiss into the middle of the hot cookies.
  • Let cool about five minutes and carefully move the cookies to a cooling rack with out disturbing the soft Hersey kiss. (see notes).
  • Cool completely before storing in a single layer in an air tight container.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Cookies | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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