But what is the weather going to be on Halloween weekend? High of 56...WHAT?!?! Let's just say that my costume is not designed for that degree of coldness, and I might turn into a popsicle. If you don't hear from me on Monday...send help. And a heater. Sheesh.
I guess the weather is trying to prepare me for Winter, much like this link-up party, hosted by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic, is trying to help prepare you for Christmas baking! I sadly had to miss last week because of my travel and crazy schedule, but I'm happy to be back this week to share an awesome cookie recipe with you!
I love chocolate covered cherries....love, love, love them. Don't you? So, when I saw these cookies I was giddy with excitement! Next time I might try stuffing the kiss inside the cookie...cherry covered chocolate, anyone?? And, I must say that when the cookies are fresh out of the oven and you stick the chocolate kiss on top, it gets soft (not melted though) and is extra yummy to eat!!
These were a big hit at the office, and I can't wait to make them again!! Be sure to check below for all the other great treats in the link-up!!
Cherry Chocolate Kisses
Source: The Curvy Carrot
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, but still cool
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tsp maraschino cherry “juice”
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup maraschino cherries, chopped
- Granulated sugar, for sprinkling
- 36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
- In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
- Reduce to low speed and slowly add the powdered sugar and salt, then the cherry juice and almond extract. Mix until well combined.
- Add the flour, in 2-3 batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase the mixer speed to medium and add the cherries.
- Using a medium cookie scoop for uniform sized cookies, shape the dough into 1-inch balls, and place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Gently press each cookie to 1/2-inch thickness, and sprinkle with a bit of granulated sugar.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned. (I unwrapped my kisses while the cookies where baking, to pass the time!)
- Remove from the oven and press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center. Make sure you do this right away, while the cookie is still very soft.
- Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.