Cherry Kiss Cookies

30 Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Cherry Kiss Cookies are sweet, soft cherry almond cookies with cherry chunks and a chocolate kiss in the center. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve tried Hershey’s Kiss Cookies, this is a delicious fruit version of it. The milk chocolate Hershey’s Kiss is the perfect complement to the tart cherries. Make this Cookie Recipe in February or throughout the holiday season.

Cherry Kiss Cookies on serving plate

When it comes to Holiday Desserts, it’s always fun to make a treat with a nice pop of color. These Cherry Kiss Cookies come out with a nice pinkish red color from the food coloring, and have deep red dotted throughout from the cherries. They will make a beautiful addition to any table or dessert tray. 

Just like Red Velvet Kiss Cookies, the cherry version is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Bake up a batch to make your house more festive, give as gifts, or send in your kids lunchboxes. The beautiful color and cute Hershey’s Kiss on top are enough to brighten up anyone’s day. 

Cherry Kiss Cookies dough in mixing bowl

The combination of flavors in Cherry Kiss Cookies is amazing. Sweet and tart cherries blend with the buttery almond cookie, and it’s all topped off with a creamy chocolate kiss. It is also an easy recipe to make fairly quickly. From start to finish it’s less than 20 minutes before you are enjoying a rich, buttery cookie with tangy cherries throughout. What could be better?

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How to Make Easy Cherry Cookies

  • Prep: Take the butter from the fridge ahead of time to make sure it’s softened. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet so it is ready when the cookie batter is. 
  • Batter: Add the softened butter and powdered sugar to your stand mixer. Make sure to mix the two together for at least a minute to make sure they are well combined and fluffy. Add the other liquid ingredients of cherry juice, almond extract, and red food coloring, and mix until smooth. Put the stand mixer on its lowest speed and add in the flour and salt. Be careful not to over-mix at this point. Lastly fold in the maraschino cherry chunks. 
  • Bake: Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls, and place them on the baking sheet. Make sure to keep the dough at least an inch apart so that the cookies stay separate when they spread. Bake for 8-10 minutes, keep your eye on them, and when they start to become slightly golden on top take them out. 
  • Serve: When the cookies are done baking gently press Hershey’s Kisses into the center of each cookie while they’re still soft. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then remove them from the baking sheet. 
Cherry Kiss Cookies dough balls on baking sheet with parchment

Frequently Asked Questions

What other flavorings can be used in Cherry Kiss Cookies?

To experiment with the flavoring of the cookies try using different kinds of extract instead of almond extract. Vanilla extract, coconut extract, orange extract, or even rum extract could taste amazing in this cookie recipe. 

What kinds of kisses should I use for Kiss Cookies?

There are so many different kinds of chocolate Kisses you can use to top these cookies. You can use almond Hershey’s Kisses, white chocolate Kisses, dark Kisses, or Cafe Moka Kisses. 

Can I use different fruit in this recipe?

Try different kinds of chopped fruits in the cookies instead of cherries. Cranberries, blueberries, or strawberries would all taste great in cookies. 

Cherry Kiss Cookies on serving plate

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How to Store Cherry Kiss Cookies

  • Serve: You can keep Cherry Kiss Cookies at room temperature for 2-3 days. Keep them in your pantry in an airtight container after they’ve cooled down. 
  • Store: Put them in a ziplock bag or other airtight container to store in the fridge. They will stay good for up to a week.
  • Freeze: You can also store cookies in the freezer for up to 6 months. Put them in a freezer bag with the layers separated by parchment paper. Let them thaw in the fridge before enjoying again. 
Cherry Kiss Cookies on serving plate

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Cherry Kiss Cookies

Cherry Kiss Cookies are sweet, soft cherry almond cookies with cherry chunks and a chocolate kiss in the center. Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Yield 30 Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherries , chopped
  • 30 milk chocolate kisses


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add butter and powdered sugar to your stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the maraschino cherry juice, almond extract, and red food coloring until smooth.
  • Add in the flour and salt on the lowest speed setting until just combined.
  • Stir in the maraschino cherry chunks.
  • Roll 1 inch balls of cookie dough and bake 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Right when the cookies come out of the oven press the kisses into the center of each cookie and press down gently.
  • Let cookie sit for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Freeze: You can also store cookies in the freezer for up to 6 months. Put them in a freezer bag with the layers separated by parchment paper. Let them thaw in the fridge before enjoying again. 

  1. LOVE everything about these cookies! They looked so beautiful and it tasted so delicious, I highly recommend them!

  2. Move over peanut butter, I think the cherry flavor is my new favorite!! Love the little pieces of cherry in these. too. These will be perfect for Valentines!