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.
Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
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.
Test Kitchen Tips
Want easy cleanup? Use parchment paper sheets.
Unwrapping these candies is a great way to get little ones involved in the kitchen.