Usually I’m not a fan of fruit in my cookies.

It seems kind of weird to me. If I’m going to eat a dessert, I want it to be filled with chocolate, or peanut butter, or Biscoff, or some other high calorie ingredient. 🙂

So I stuffed these with Hershey’s Cherry Cordial Kisses.  It was maybe one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

These cookies baked up soft and pillowy, with just a hint of chocolaty sweetness from the surprise kiss inside.

The Tall Boy loved these cookies–which if you know him at all, says a lot, since he doesn’t typically have any interest in sweets.

{He’s weird.}

In fact, we loved them so much that we polished them off pretty quickly…and while I technically made these for a Christmas post, I’m seriously thinking of making them again next week for Thanksgiving.  🙂

They were that good.

As in really, really good.

Cherry Cordial Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained and patted dry
  • 36 Cherry Cordial Kisses
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the rest by hand, if necessary, as well as the cherries.
  3. Divide the dough into 36 equal portions. To achieve this, I rolled out my dough into a rectangle, and cut into 6 equal rows and then cut each row into 6 portions.
  4. Shape each portion into a ball around a Kiss. I chilled my dough for approximately 30 minutes prior to baking.
  5. Place balls 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms are light golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
Notes
from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies Special Edition, 2012

If you’re interested in participating in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, stop by Brenda’s blog to sign up!

And if you missed them, here’s what I made over the last few weeks:

{Week One}: Apple Pie Bread
{Week Two}: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
{Week Three}: Melting Snowmen {Chocolate Mint} Cookies
{Week Four}: Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
{Week Five}: Homemade Gumdrops
{Week Six}: Gingerbread Cookie Dough Peppermint Bark
{Week Seven}: Vanilla Nougat Candy Bar Bites

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!