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Cherry Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

Snow Covered Cherry Kiss Cookies

A cherry twist on the classic kiss thumbprint cookie! Taste like yummy chocolate covered cherries and perfect for a holiday cookie exchange party.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 48 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp maraschino cherry liquid
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 red food coloring drops
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 48 milk chocolate kisses

white chocolate topping

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • red food coloring

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix powdered sugar, softened butter, cherry liquid, vanilla extract, and food coloring in a bowl. Add in flour and salt. Mix well.
  2. 2. Gently fold in chopped up cherries. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Use your thumb to make a well on the top of each dough ball
  3. 3. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes. Remove and allow to cool 5 minutes before carefully removing from pan allowing to finish cooling completely. When cookies are cool enough to touch, gently press thumb in center to re-form the well.
  4. 4. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate and heavy cream. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds until all chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Add 6 drops of red food coloring and mix until smooth. Fill each cookie well with 1 tsp of red chocolate. Gently press chocolate kiss into center of each cookie. Allow to cool completely and let chocolate set about 1 hour. Optional: Sprinkle cooled cookies with granulated sugar or white sprinkles for a fancy snow look!