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almond kiss cookies

Almond Kiss Cookies

Almond Kiss Cookies are made with amaretto, cream cheese, and chocolate kisses and taste like chocolate-covered cherries!
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Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • stand mixer bowl or large mixing bowl
  • medium mixing bowl for dry ingredients
  • small mixing bowl for sprinkles
  • silicone or rubber spatula
  • silcone mats or parchment paper
  • cookie sheet pan
  • cooling rack

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temp (1 1/2 sticks)
  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temp
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 2 tablespoon amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • holiday sprinkles of choice!

Instructions

  • Place the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine everything then set aside.
    dry ingredients whisked together for almond kiss cookies
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a mixing bowl and a hand mixer), cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. This takes about 5 minutes.
    butter, cream cheese and sugar creamed together in a mixer
  • Add the egg and mix in. Then add the amaretto, almond extract, and vanilla extract and fully combine. Add the dry ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and give a few more turns to get everything mixed in.
    almond kiss cookie dough
  • Put down a piece of plastic wrap and place the dough on top. Form a ball with the dough while tightly wrapping it up. Chill the dough in the fridge for 2 hours.
    almond kiss cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap
  • Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare cookie sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper and place the sprinkles in a small mixing bowl for rolling.
    holiday nonpareils in a bowl
  • Scoop the dough and roll into equal-sized balls using your hands. Roll each ball in the bowl of sprinkles and place it on the prepared cookie sheet.
    almond cookies with sprinkles before baking
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until set. The cookie will continue to firm up once removed from the oven. While the cookies are cooling on the pan, place a chocolate piece on top and gently press down. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
    almond kiss cookies on cooling rack

Notes

  • These cookies will last 4-5 days in a sealed container.
  • If you don't want to use Amaretto, just substitute an additional 1/2 tsp almond extract instead of the alcohol.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.