My grandma loved chocolate-covered cherries, so I combined 2 recipes to come up with these yummy cookies. She loved that I made a special cookie just for her. These are also Jessie's favorite cookie.



Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Whisk flour and salt together in a small bowl.

  • Combine shortening, powdered sugar, cherry juice, red food coloring, and cherry flavoring in a large bowl. Add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in maraschino cherries.

  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls; arrange 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are light golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately top each cookie with a chocolate kiss, pressing firmly. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

The cookies get their rich cherry flavor from the Wilton(R) flavoring. Do not skip this ingredient. These cookies can stand on their own so they can also be made without the chocolate candies.

Nutrition Facts

99 calories; 5.8 g total fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 28 mg sodium. 11.3 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
Great flavor but I did have to double the almond since I didn't have the cherry flavoring. I also used butter instead of crisco but I'm sure it would be the same either way. I found the mix to be a bit dry since there are no eggs so I just added extra cherry juice to compensate. Love the chocolate-cherry combination. This is a repeat for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Actually make it at least EVERY Christmas. My family and friends would not be pleased if I didn't have a plate ready for them. Easy to make and delicious a must have recipe!! You will make often Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just made these and they are great! I am sure the recipie would work perfect as is but I had to make a few changes due to what I had on hand. I used margarine and added a few extra drops food coloring for a brighter color. I also increased cherry flavoring to 1tsp. I live in a very rural area and the only cherry flavoring I could get was a store brand. I think I wouldn't have needed the extra if I had a more concentrated brand. They have a great texture and taste amazing. I know a few chocolate covered cherry lovers who are going to go crazy for these! Read More