Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap – Kissmas Cookies

What a beautiful group of people to be a part of, and so much fun to bake for everyone!

First, I want to say thank you to Julie from The Little Kitchen, and Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil for organizing this wonderful cookie swap!

Each time I received a box of cookies, it was the happiest moment! I received three completely different cookies, from three beautiful food bloggers! :-)

If you have not heard about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, head on over to their facebook page.  There was over 22,000 cookies sent around the world for the cookie swap!  How fun right?

My first batch I received was from Kelly at Just a Taste.  Such a beautiful way to package them, and the delicious flavors of chocolate make anyone happy!

My second package was from Molly at the Hungry Hungry Runner.  I would like to say, putting anything peanut butter in this house….well, it will not last long!  The Peanut Butter Surprise cookies were truly delicious:-)

My third and last package was a fun surprise.  Guess who had my name?  My best food blogger friend Nelly from Cooking with Books, YAY!!!!  Another thing that is dangerous to have in my house, chocolate….probably a problem in any home…

She made Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies, I cannot wait to make them.  She said her husband loved the dough, and it tasted just like brownies.  I want to make them just for the dough now, LOL!!!

Now for the cookies I shared with Beth Anne from Cats in the Kitchen, Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen, and  Gerry from Foodness Gracious, I made a childhood favorite!

Kissmas cookies are not heavy on the sweet, instead heavy on the almond extract, maraschino cherry flavors…..which you can only imagine makes me do a happy dance after each bite!

The cookie is pretty easy to assemble, the longest portion of taking care of this cookie is letting it cool completely.  You want the Hershey Kiss solid again, which can take up to three hours.

This is my Grandma’s recipe, she used to make them for me.  Now my Mom makes them for me every year, love that!  In the next picture you can see my recipe, it is a copy, but was written by my Grandma years ago:-)

I hope my matches for the cookie swap enjoyed their cookies!  I can honestly say, I love loved all the cookies I received:-)

Kissmas Cookies
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A delicate cookie with flavors of almond and cherries, wrapped with the flavors of walnuts, topped with a Hershey Kiss for some final chocolate love!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30
  • cup shortening
  • cup butter
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • tsp salt
  • cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • Bag of Hershey chocolate kisses
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease sheet pans.
  3. Cream together butter, shortening, and sugars until creamy. Blend in egg and almond extract. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix flour mixture into batter, then mix in cherries. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. In separate bowl, whisk egg white and water together until foamy. Roll dough balls in egg white, then roll in chopped walnuts. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Place Hershey kiss on candy immediately after you remove the cookie from the oven. Let cool for about three hours.
  4. (Makes about 30 cookies depending on how big you make them.)

What is your favorite childhood cookie from your Grandma?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Miss

    I loved these cookies, I had never had anything like them and I’m telling you they disappeared in a hurry! Thank you so much and have a very merry Christmas!

  • Yummychunklet

    What a fun idea! Great looking cookies!

  • Foodness Gracious

    These cookies were seriously addictive! They were almost gone by the second day :) Thanks Terra for the awesome packaging too, it looked great and really made it feel like Christmas was coming!
    Take care..

  • Molly@HungryHungryRunner

    I’m glad you liked the Peanut Butter Rollo Cookie Cups! :) It looks like the post office threw the box around a bit before it made it to your step! Love, love, love your recipe for Kissmas cookies! I’m going to have to try it out soon!

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to get some fresh cookies in the mail 😉 What a great way to celebrate the holidays. I’ll need to join next year.

  • Andi Perullo

    This was such a brilliant idea!!!

  • BigFatBaker

    Love the cookie swap and can’t wait to do it again next year!! You look like you got some awesome cookie in the mail too. Love your almond, cherry and chocolate flavor combination. Genius!

  • Yuri

    Finally, Ive been waiting for your kissmass cookie post :) they look like fun [to make and to eat], I think my little cousins would love them! This cookie swap sounds like a lot of fun, love the festive packaging :)

  • Valerie Dubard

    All of those look extremely delicious! I don’t know which one I’d choose…

  • Juniakk

    love the addition of cherries to these cookies! actually these are the first type of cookies i learned how to make when i was younger. we called them “pb blossoms” (i think!). hope you are having a fabulous week! hugs.

  • Angie

    A great name for those holiday cookies!