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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

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

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

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  • 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

100 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 11.3g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 1mg; sodium 28.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2019
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
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2020
17 minutes in my oven Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2021
It was ok. Nothing more Very crumbly to form a ball The peanut butter recipe with chocolate kisses is much better Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2020
Like another reviewer, I found the dough to be very dry. Added cherry juice and it worked out fine. Will use butter next time, don't care for the Crisco taste. Made these for a Christmas treat plate for my children. Easy Christmas cookie to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2019
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: 4 stars
02/14/2021
These cookies were not quite what I was expecting. I felt they lacked the cherry flavor I was hoping for even though I doubled both the cherry flavor and cherry juice, which was necessary in order to be able to shape the crumbly dough into balls. My cookies never browned around the edges even though the bottom turned a golden brown. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2019
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
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2019
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
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