Almond Kiss Cookies

36 cookies
30 min

Make these easy Christmas Almond Kiss Cookies for your next holiday celebration or cookie swap! Made with amaretto, cream cheese, and chocolate kisses, these cookies taste like chocolate-covered cherries. These almond-flavored drop cookies are easy to make and so delicious, everyone will love them. Since these drop cookies have cream cheese in the dough, they are soft and chewy and delicious. If you don't want to make these with alcohol, you can leave the Amaretto out and still have delicious holiday cookies. These cookies will look perfect on your holiday table or in that cookie box for your family and friends!

Almond Kiss cookie with holiday sprinkles!

Almond Kiss Cookies

almond kiss cookies before baking

Recipe details
  • 36  cookies
  • Prep time: 18 Minutes Cook time: 12 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temp
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 2 tbsp amaretto
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • holiday sprinkles of choice!

Place the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine everything then set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until light and fluffy. This takes about 5 minutes.
Add the egg and mix in. Then add the amaretto, almond extract, and vanilla extract and fully mix in. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Use your spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and give a few more turns to get everything in the dough.
Place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap and form it into a ball while wrapping it up. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Once your dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350° and prepare cookie sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place the sprinkles in a small mixing bowl for rolling.
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.
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. Transf½er the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
  • 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.
Emily |
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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 31, 2020

    This recipe sounds delicious and they look beautiful. A nice easy and festive touch to a cookie tray. Can you keep them in the fridge to extend the amount of time they will last? (I make a bunch of cookies for gifts) Or can you freeze them then defrost the day before creating the cookie trays? Would appreciate your input.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 31, 2020

      Thanks Emily! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.