Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies

Cherry sugar cookies topped with a Hershey’s Kiss. Tastes like a chocolate covered cherry, and looks gorgeous on Christmas cookie trays!

Chocolate Cherry Blossoms

Peanut Blossoms are a favorite of so many households (including ours!). I would never dream of going a Christmas without them!

I don’t think it’s possible to improve on the original. However, this version tastes amazing and looks so festive! Serve them alongside your traditional blossoms for a colorful looking cookie tray!

4.2 from 6 reviews
Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies
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  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Liquid
  • Red Food Coloring (I used Gel)
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2¼ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 10 Oz. Jar Maraschino Cherries
  • 3 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 36 Hershey's Kisses, Unwrapped
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Drain cherries of their liquid, but be sure to reserve ~2 Teaspoons of their juice.
  3. Cream butter using a mixer or wooden spoon. Gradually stir in powdered sugar a little at a time.
  4. Stir in cherry juice, red food coloring, and vanilla
  5. Gradually stir in flour a little at a time. Mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in cherries.
  7. Shape dough into ~1 inch balls. Roll in white sugar. Gently flatten using a small juice glass.
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes ,or until the sides are just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and immediately press a kiss into the middle of each cookie.

You may also enjoy:

Cinnamon Bear Cookies

Frosty’s Hats

Buckeye Cookies

Christmas goodies from blogs I love:

Peppermint Ganache Pie via Crazy for Crust

Candy Cane Fudge via Shugary Sweets

Chocolate Kiss Powderpuff Cookies via Averie Cooks

Oreo Peppermint Bark via Sing for Your Supper

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies via Two Peas and their Pod


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  1. Such a fun, happy cookie for the holidays.
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  2. These are such a pretty color!
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  3. Okay, these look so delicious – I find that color almost irresistible! Hope to make some with the kiddos while they’re still off from school this week.
    Heather | girlichef recently posted…Vassilopitta (New Year Wish Cake) #ProgressiveEatsMy Profile

    • Thanks Heather! The gel really helps delivery the proper color. If you guys made them please let me know how they turned out 😀

  4. Cherry + chocolate is my husband’s favorite flavor combo, so I will have to make these for him!
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    • If you do please let me know how they turn out Stephanie! Also stay tuned I just photographed another chocolate & cherry recipe today! 🙂

  5. These would be really cute for Valentine’s Day too!
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  6. These look so cute for Valentine’s Day! Thanks!

  7. These are so pretty!
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  8. What a great idea for Valentine’s Day as well as Christmas. The peanut butter (and Hershey’s Kiss) version were one of my childhood favorites and I bet these are wonderful too.
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  9. Just made these with my girls (5 & 2) for valentine’s day. Made them pink. Look cute the ree cherries and pink cookie! Yummy!!! Turned out perfect!

  10. Just made these with my girls (5 & 2) for valentine’s day. Made them pink. Look cute the red cherries and pink cookie! Yummy!!! Turned out perfect!

    • What little girl doesn’t love pink? So glad you guys enjoyed them, thanks so much for sharing your feedback Stacy! 🙂

  11. this recipe needs more sugar and more cherry juice.

    • Hi Shelley,
      Thanks for your feedback. Always feel free to adapt my recipes to fit your/your family’s tastes.

  12. Do you cut the cherries up before you fold them into the batter?

  13. Do you cut the cherries up?

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    • Hi Brandi,

      How did they turn out?

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  15. How many servings does this recipe produce?

  16. We love this chocolate cherry cookie recipe! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because of the following 2 things: I found that 2 sticks of butter was way way too much. I will try 1 stick next time. Because I used 2 the cookies were “melting” pretty seriously at 325* so I took them out of the oven a few minutes in, was able to scrape them off my baking stone and put the dough back into a stainless steel bowl. In a few minutes when the dough had cooled a bit I sopped up a lot of the butter with a paper towel. Then I re-rolled them and put them in at a pre-heated 400* to help them hold their shape and 4 min in I reduced the temp to 350*. They turned out great this way! I will make again, I’ll just use 1/2 as much butter!

  17. Just making these now. Found the dough to be very sticky when rolling into balls!! Also cut the cherries in half to make sure there were lots. Mine are more flat than yours but they taste good.

  18. Looks pretty and easy!! Question though, how much red food dye do you use? Thought that maybe I’d try green as well, only because I have a grandbaby that has a red dye allergy!!

    • LOVE the idea of using green Lisa! Did you know that they even make green maraschinos? I used about a teaspoon on gel (it’s pretty potent). I would start with a little and you can always add more.

  19. How do you store these cookies?