Cherry Cordial Cookies

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
  • 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
  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.
from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies Special Edition, 2012

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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

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  1. The texture looks perfect!

  2. These are so pretty. I love pink food, is that strange?
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  3. Yes, these were really, really good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. These look fabulous! I’ve done cookies with the M&M’s but not the kisses – yum!
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  5. My grandfather would love these. 🙂 And they are so festive with the red coloring. Love this recipe!!
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  6. This could be the perfect Christmas cookie. Do you chill the dough before you roll it out? These scream FESTIVE!

    • The recipe did not call for chilling the dough but I found it necessary to do so–I’ll change the recipe to reflect that. You have to make these, Shirley–they are soooo good!

  7. Ok now this is a cookie I want to eat right now! Of course I have never met a cookie that I didn’t want to eat, but I really really really want to eat this one!
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  8. My daughter wants to eat these right off the computer. So do I. Thanks for the link party.
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  9. These cookies look delicious. I love stuffed cookies. The red swirled through the cookies looks lovely.
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  10. I don’t like fruit in my cookies either, but these maraschino cherries sound sooo good!
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  11. the soft cookies, almond extract, the cherry cordials – these cookies were made for me. i am a sucker for chocolate/cherry! i’ve never had a cordial kiss though! i need to buy them. i think they’d be dangerous for me but SO SO worth it. 😉
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    • I hadn’t had the cherry cordial kisses before either, Sally…now I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t tried them. They are soooo good!

  12. Why, oh WHY did I bypass those cherry cordial kisses today at the store? Blasphemy, I tell you! I could have totally made a batch of these since they look AMAZEBALLS.
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  13. Ahhhhhhh your photos look amazing!!! I need some cherry loving in my life right now!
    Ibbs x x x
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  14. Fabulous cookies! I love the whole cherry theme…I’m a sucker for anything with cherries in it! YUM 🙂

  15. OMG. I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN. Sooooooo jelly. 🙂 Love the cookies too!
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    • Eek! Thank you! I wasn’t sure when it was going to be up today, and we’re still working some stuff out–lots of work ahead of me, but totally worth it. Hey, would you let me know if you get this comment reply? Hoping my plug-in is working!!

  16. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Whoa – these look incredible! LOVE this idea!
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  17. I’m with ya – when I make cookies, they’re gonna be stuffed with something chocolately or peanut buttery. But these cookies look gorgeous and so festive! I can’t believe how many products are available in the US that we don’t get in Canada, like the cherry cordial kisses. I need to cross the border and go on a big shopping spree for ingredients!
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  18. I have to make these when I’m back home! My grandma (RIP) used to make cookies and bread like these and I’ve never ever ever seen a recipe for anything even close. Thank you!! Ziplisting & Pinning!
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    • Eek! Thank you so much for stopping by, Averie. These cookies were really fabulous – so soft and pillowy and perfect. Probably not as good as your grandmother’s, but most recipes usually aren’t (I’m really missing my grandmother’s goodies at Christmas now that she is gone). Hope you like these. Have a wonderful holiday!

  19. I bought these Hershey’s kisses last night and have never done anything but gobble them down! I didn’t want to make recipe on bag and found this recipe on Pinterest, and how glad I am. I added some of the cherry juice to my batter to “pinken” them some more. Thank you so much, delicious…….Now onto chocolate and peanut butter cookies.

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