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Cherry Kiss Cookies

These Cherry Kiss Cookies are adorable and EASY! They’re made with Maraschino Cherries which give them the cherry flavor and pink color, all topped with a milk chocolate Hershey’s Kiss!

If you love this flavor combo try my Chocolate Covered Cherries recipe. It’s the best!

Why You’ll Love Cherry Kiss Cookies

  • Festive and Cute! These are some of the prettiest cookies I’ve ever made! They are perfectly festive for Valentine’s Day or Christmas, but can be enjoyed all year long.
  • Easy To Make! The dough for these cookies is super easy to make, making them an easy cookie recipe that really looks impressive.
  • Flavor! If you love the flavors of a chocolate covered cherry, this recipe is perfect for you. The sweet, melt in your mouth cherry cookie with bits of cherry baked right in pairs wonderfully with a milk chocolate kiss.
Cherry Kiss cookie with a bite taken out

Ingredients / What You Need

Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredient list and recipe!

  • Butter. I use salted butter in this recipe as I do in most my baking recipes, which is a personal preference. You can absolutely use unsalted butter if you prefer.
  • Powdered sugar. Using powdered sugar in this recipe instead of granulated sugar gives these cookies a melt in your mouth texture.
  • Kosher salt and all purpose flour
  • Maraschino cherries. Doesn’t matter what brand you use, you will chop them up and add them to the cookie dough and then also use a bit of the juice to add cherry flavor and color.
  • Extracts. You use a combination of vanilla and almond extract in this cookie recipe that enhances the cherry flavor.
  • Pink food coloring. This is optional but it adds a little more pink coloring than just the cherry juice. It’s totally up to you!
  • Hershey’s Kiss candy. I like the milk chocolate candies paired with the cherry cookies but there are lots of Hershey’s Kiss flavors you could use.

What Other Flavors of Hershey’s Kiss Can You Use In These Cookies?

  • Cherry Cordial. I don’t know if these are available year round, but how perfect would a Cherry Cordial Kiss be in these cookies?
  • Hershey’s Hugs. Hugs are white chocolate with milk chocolate stripes and a milk chocolate filling. Perfect paired with cherry!
  • Special Dark. Dark Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven!
  • Milk Chocolate with Almond. There is a small amount of almond extract in the cookie dough, so adding a Kiss with an almond makes perfect sense!
Cherry Kiss cookies on a wire cooling rack

How To Store Cherry Cookies

These cookies store and freeze well. Keep them airtight at room temperature for 5 days, or freeze airtight for up to 2 months for best freshness. Thaw them at room temperature.

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Cherry cookies with a Hershey's Kiss pressed on top on a wire rack

Cherry Kiss Cookies

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 40 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


These sweet Cherry Kiss (Cherry Blossom) cookies are like chocolate covered cherry in cookie form! They melt in your mouth!


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10- ounce) jar maraschino cherries, cherries chopped and juice reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 few drops pink food coloring
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 40 unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss Candies


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment mix butter and powdered sugar on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Add salt, 1 tablespoon of cherry juice, almond extract, vanilla extract, and 2 drops of pink food coloring. Mix until combined, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add flour, mixing until dough just comes together.
  5. Stir in the chopped cherries.
  6. Using a small (1 1/2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion out dough and roll into balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheet 2- inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. 
  7. Immediately press the candy kiss into the center of each cookie.


Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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4 comments on “Cherry Kiss Cookies”

  1. Laura Lambrecht

    Oh my, these are some of the best cookies!!!! The flavors are wonderful together and that Hershey Kiss on top adds just the right amount of chocolate to the cherry cookie. I am not a big chocolate lover like a lot of people so I was curious about that, but it really was good. I love the little bits of cherry, that’s a huge bonus. Cookies were easy to put together and fun to make, everyone enjoyed them. Definitely have these on the list to make again! Oh…and I love all your ideas of other Kisses to put on top, lots of good combos!

  2. Nummo! My favorite combo. I cannot wait to try these.

    I just lost my brother to cancer last Saturday. He was blindsided with the diagnosis two months ago…rare cancer
    that destroyed his liver but started in the lung.

    It brought me so much comfort to bake for him. He loved your banana crumb top muffins. When nuts became an issue I I ground them in his favorite cookie…Russian Tea Cakes. We shared a passion for good sweets.

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