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These cherry blossom cookies are as adorable as they are delicious. The soft, shortbread-like cookies are a festive treat, perfect for any time of the year. These cute pink cookies with a Hershey’s Kiss on top are an irresistible treat that you’ll want to make again and again.

Chocolate cherry blossom cookies on a plate.

If you’re looking for a bite-size, soft, and sweet treat that’s perfect for any occasion, then these cherry blossom cookies are for you. Not only are they a great addition to your Christmas cookie tray, but the combination of chocolate and cherry also makes them a perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

If you’re a fan of these delicious cherry kiss cookies, I guarantee you’ll also love these other tasty treats. They’re all perfect for any occasion: Valentine Strawberry Cream Rice Krispies, Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, and Lofthouse Cookies.

A plate of Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies topped with chocolate kisses, accompanied by cherries and a glass of milk.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Festive: These cute pink cookies are the perfect treat for any festive occasion especially Christmas and Valentine’s Day!
Surprisingly Easy: Despite their elegant appearance, these cookies are incredibly simple to make. There’s no complicated rolling, cutting, or decorating required which makes them a great option for both beginner and experienced bakers.
Beautifully Delicious: The combination of almond, cherry, and vanilla extracts gives these cherry kiss cookies a delicious, unique flavor. Plus, who can resist the classic combination of chocolate and cherry in the form of a Hershey’s Kiss on top? 

Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies beside a glass of milk and cherries.

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Maraschino Cherries: These will be chopped up and added to the cookie dough to give a pop of sweetness.
Cherry, Almond, or Vanilla Extract: Any of these extracts can be used to give the cookies a hint of their flavor.
Granulated Sugar: The cookies will be rolled in sugar before baking to give them a melt-in-your-mouth sweetness.
Hershey’s Kisses: A Kiss will be placed on top of each baked cookie as a cute and delicious finishing touch.
All-Purpose Flour: This will provide the structure for the cookie dough.

Ingredients for the Cherry Blossom Cookies recipe arranged neatly on a white surface.
A plate of pink thumbprint cookies with chocolate centers and maraschino cherries, made from a chocolate cherry blossom cookie recipe, served with a side of milk.

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Start the Cookie Dough: Beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar together, then mix in the cherry juice and your chosen extract.
Finish the Dough: Mix in the flour, then gently stir in the chopped cherries.
Shape the Cookies: Use a cookie scoop to form balls of dough, roll them in granulated sugar, and then chill the dough for at least 20 minutes.
Bake the Cookies: Place the chilled dough balls on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven.
Add the Finishing Touch: Press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center of each warm cookie, then allow it to cool.

A close-up of Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies topped with chocolate Hershey kisses and maraschino cherries.
Pink chocolate cherry blossom cookies with chocolate kisses on top, accompanied by fresh cherries and a glass of milk in the background.

Substitutions and Variations

Different Extracts: Feel free to experiment with different extracts instead of almond extract. You could try a unique cherry-flavored extract or even a different fruit extract for a fun twist.
Other Hershey’s Kisses: If you can find cherry-flavored Hershey’s kisses, that would boost the delicious cherry taste even more, else the regular kind work fine. Cherry kisses are seasonal, so snap them up when you find them. Dark chocolate kisses would be a great option, too.
Size: You can also make these cookies larger if you prefer, just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Gluten-Free: For a gluten-free version, replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative and make sure your Hershey’s Kisses are also gluten-free.

Freshly baked pink cookies topped with chocolate kisses.
A plate of Cherry Blossom Cookies with chocolate centers.

Serving Suggestions

Beverages: Try having it with some green tea. The bitterness of the tea can balance the sweetness of the cookies. Some cherry blossom tea would do great too since it would emphasize the cherry flavors in the cookies. I also love it with some plain ol’ coffee!
Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream would also work beautifully with some warm cookies, especially the Hershey’s Kisses on top.
Condiments: For a unique touch, consider serving with a dollop of whipped cream or a homemade cherry compote.
Other Desserts: I love enjoying my cookies with other delicious desserts. if you love the combination of cherries and chocolate or cherry flavor, you should also try making chocolate cherry brownies too!

Plate of Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies with chocolate centers and a few cherries on the side.

How to Store Cherry Kiss Cookies

Store: Keep your cherry blossom cookies fresh by storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Freeze: These cookies freeze well. Just make sure to place them in a freezer bag and seal them tightly to prevent freezer burn. They can be kept in the freezer for up to 1 year. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow the cookies to thaw at room temperature.

A plate of pink sugar cherry blossom cookies topped with chocolate kisses, served with a glass of milk.

Top Tips 

Customize It: Feel free to experiment with different extracts and flavors to make this recipe your own. Almond, vanilla, cherry, and also other extracts would also work great. That’s one of my favorite things about this cookie recipe!
Don’t Skip the Chilling: Chilling the dough before rolling and baking is crucial. It helps the cookies hold their shape and guarantees a nice, even texture. Plus, it makes the dough easier to handle and roll in the granulated sugar.
Get Creative with Decorations: The Hershey’s Kiss on top of each cookie is not only delicious but also makes for a cute decoration. Consider using a different type of chocolate or a sprinkle of edible glitter for a personalized touch.

A plate of Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies topped with chocolate kisses on a plate.
Can I use fresh cherries instead of maraschino cherries?

Yes, you can if you like. If you do go for fresh cherries instead, you might find you need to add some extra cherry extract to get the same rich flavor, as well as a little more sugar perhaps. Just taste the dough before baking and see what you think.

Is it possible to use other types of fruit instead of cherries?

Yes! You can substitute another kind of fruit for the cherries, such as strawberries for example, and then add strawberry extract. If you’re making this kind of tweak, just taste as you go to achieve a good flavor balance.

My dough is too crumbly, what should I do?

If your dough is not coming together, you can add a tiny bit of cherry juice or even water, a few drops at a time, mixing well after each addition. This will help hydrate the dough and bind it together without making it too sticky.

Can you make these vegan-friendly?

This pink cookie recipe makes a great Valentine’s Day treat or a snack for a spring celebration, but what about a vegan version? They don’t contain eggs, which already helps since you don’t have to find a replacement. I would suggest using a vegan butter alternative as well as a vegan chocolate kiss (or similar vegan chocolate candy).

Plate of Cherry Blossom Thumbprint Cookies with chocolate centers and maraschino cherries on top.
Plate of Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies topped with chocolate Hershey kisses.

Cherry Blossom Cookies Recipe

5 from 63 votes

Easy Cherry Blossom Cookies

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Chocolate cherry blossom cookies pair the sweet, fruity taste of cherries with the timeless appeal of chocolate. This cherry kiss cookie recipe makes a batch of cute pink cookies and each one is topped with a delicious Hershey’s kiss.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon maraschino cherry juice liquid
  • ¼ Teaspoon almond, vanilla or cherry extract
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • 1 Cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • ¼ Cup granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 24 Hershey Kisses

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the cherry juice and extract of choice and continue mixing until smooth.
  • Add 2 cups of flour and mix on low until fully incorporated. Once the two cups are added, slowly add a couple of Tablespoons at a time until the dough resembles a play dough consistency and can be handled without sticking to hands.
  • Carefully stir in the chopped cherries, just until combined.
  • Use a Tablespoon round cookie dough scoop to form small cookie dough balls and roll the balls in granulated sugar until coated.
  • Chill the dough balls for at least 20 minutes before baking.
  • While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place cookies evenly apart on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until baked through.
  • Remove from the oven and place a Hershey kiss in the center of each cookie.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

Notes

Customize It: Feel free to experiment with different extracts and flavors to make this recipe your own. Almond, vanilla, cherry, and also other extracts would also work great. That’s one of my favorite things about this cookie recipe!
Don’t Skip the Chilling: Chilling the dough before rolling and baking is crucial. It helps the cookies hold their shape and guarantees a nice, even texture. Plus, it makes the dough easier to handle and roll in the granulated sugar.
Get Creative with Decorations: The Hershey’s Kiss on top of each cookie is not only delicious but also makes for a cute decoration. Consider using a different type of chocolate or a sprinkle of edible glitter for a personalized touch.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cherry blossom cookies are a family favorite at Christmas. Once you know how to make cherry kiss cookies, you will want to make at least one batch this holiday season. This is a wonderful chocolate and cherry blossom cookie recipe for spring or perfect for a cookie exchange. Cookies make the perfect gift and everyone is going to love these homemade cherry kiss cookies!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. 5 stars
    These were a colorful and flavorful addition to my cookie tray! I loved the combination of cherry and chocolate. These did not last in our house!

  2. 5 stars
    These were not only fun, but beautiful too! They were perfectly pillowy and easy for the kiddos to make. Will make again!

  3. 5 stars
    OMG!!! Sweetheart, I can’t even begin to tell you HOW MANY COMPLIMENTS I RECEIVED FOR THESE! AHH! Not only are they gorgeous, they’re freaking delicious! Thank you SO SO much!