Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies Recipe

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Carole Knight Modified: March 23, 2022
Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies Recipe

How To Make Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies

What makes these cherry blossom cookies even more exceptional is the addition of almond extract. Another shortbread cookie recipe that you should try.

Preparation: 4 hours 15 minutes
Cooking: 12 minutes
Total: 4 hours 27 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • ¾cupunsalted butter,(170 grams), softened to room temperature
  • cupgranulated sugar,(134 grams)
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • ½tspalmond extract
  • 1tbspmaraschino cherry juice,(15 milliliter)
  • 2cupsall purpose flour,(240 grams), spoon & leveled
  • 16maraschino cherries,drained and chopped
  • 24hershey’s kisses,unwrapped
  • 4ozsemi sweet chocolate,optional

Instructions

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until creamy for about 1 minute.

  2. Switch the mixer to medium speed and add the sugar, vanilla, and almond extracts. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed.

  3. With the mixer running on high, slowly drizzle in 1 Tablespoon of the cherry juice. Beat for 1 minute on high. Turn the mixer off and pour the flour into the wet ingredients. 

  4. Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a very soft dough is formed, then with the mixer still running on low, add the chopped cherries.

  5. Beat just until the cherries are disbursed in the dough. Press the dough down to compact it and tightly cover with plastic wrap to chill until firm for at least 4 hours (and up to 3 days).

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Shape the cookie dough into balls.

  7. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until very lightly browned on the edges. The cookies will puff up and spread slightly. Do not overbake.

  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then gently press a Hershey’s Kisses into each cookie and quickly stick the baking sheet in the freezer or fridge so the warm cookie does not completely melt the chocolate.

  9. Let the Hershey’s Kisses set on the cookies in the freezer/refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

  10. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, in 20-second increments, stirring after each increment until melted then drizzle to the cookies.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 187.59kcal
  • Fat: 10.28g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.28g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.97g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.40g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.44g
  • Fiber: 1.26g
  • Sugar: 15.02g
  • Protein: 1.76g
  • Cholesterol: 15.25mg
  • Sodium: 2.88mg
  • Calcium: 9.91mg
  • Potassium: 68.01mg
  • Iron: 0.96mg
  • Vitamin A: 48.59µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.17mg
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