1Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove the wrappers from kisses.
2Beat butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy . Add flour, almonds, and almond extract. If desired. beat on low speed of mixer until well blended.
3Using about 1 tablespoon dough for each cookie, shape dough around each chocolate piece, roll in hand to make ball (be sure to cover each chocolate piece completely) Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set but not browned. Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. While still slightly warm, roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and store in tightly covered container. Roll again in powdered sugar just before serving. Makes 36 cookies.