1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
6 drops red food coloring, optional
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until blended. Beat in cherry juice, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cherries.
2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
YIELD: 4-1/2 dozen.
1 cookie: 85 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.