This is the result of my trying to create a cut-out cookie homage to the cherry cheesecake martini my friends and I enjoy at our local martini bar. Unsweetened Kool-Aid® gives these cookies their pretty pink color with just the right balance of sweet and tart. You could certainly substitute strawberry, tropical punch, or even pink lemonade Kool-Aid® if you prefer. Just be sure to use the unsweetened powder. Glaze with your favorite frosting or icing and decorate as desired. I glazed my cooled cookie hearts with Sugar Cookie Icing by JBS BOX and sprinkled with purple decorating sugar, as I was sending these hearts to wounded soldiers at a military hospital. Tint the icing the same color as your decorating sugar for an intensely vibrant, colorful cookie.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
8 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
2 hrs 53 mins
36 servings


Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Beat butter and cream cheese in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Add sugar; beat until mixture is pale yellow and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract, soft drink mix, and almond extract; beat well.

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Add to cream cheese mixture; beat until well mixed. Add maraschino cherry juice, milk, or lemon juice to loosen dough; mix to incorporate. Divide in half; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out using a heart-shaped cookie cutter; transfer cookies to the prepared sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Using maraschino cherry juice instead of milk to loosen the dough really adds to the color and flavor. You can substitute cherry extract for almond extract, if preferred.

This dough is rather sticky; I found it worked best when I let it chill for a day or two.
You might roll the dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper for easier clean up.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 17.9g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 25.6mg; sodium 88.3mg. Full Nutrition