Red Velvet Hugs Cookies

Both my parents worked when I was a kid, so up until third grade I went to in-home daycare. There were two of them, the first was before I was five and don’t really remember much, except that the lady was awesome and we remained friends with the family until after I was out of high school. That’s where, at the tender age of three or something, I learned to change a diaper and I got married to the boy I napped with (they figured I slept with him, so we should be married).

{I get my sense of humor from my mom, if you hadn’t already figured that part out.}

The second daycare I went to, in grade school, was not so heart-warming and awe-inspiring as the first. I mean, I was safe and all. I never lost a hand or got forgotten at school. But the lady was definitely someone who was in the childcare profession only because she had kids my age and probably would have been better suited to a different profession. One that did not deal with small children. (Hey, I’m not judging. Sometimes I know that the universe made a good decision when it gave me only one kid.)

Here are a few things I learned while in her care:

If you have kids the same ages as your charges, they MUST play together. And if your daughter makes the babysittee play the dog in a game of house, it’s perfectly fine.

If you provide a healthy, state-approved snack after school, it MUST be Wheat Thins. Every day. (For three years, people. It took me until college to be able to look at that yellow box again.)

Toilet paper squares MUST be torn straight across. No jagged edges are ever allowed! If you leave a jagged edge, you will be required to go repair your infraction.

Red and pink do NOT match and should never be worn together.

Now, I really don’t understand that last one. Red and pink not matching? Ridiculous.

I mean, if red and pink didn’t match, what would we wear on Valentine’s Day?

No one would buy red and pink M&Ms. Or those hot pink stuffed gorillas with heart-shaped ear muffs.

The themed holiday industry would probably implode on itself.

So I will proudly wear pink and red this Valentine’s Day. I might even eat some Wheat Thins.

But I will not play doggie. And I will rip the toilet paper however I want, thankyouverymuch.

Red Velvet Hugs Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix (Duncan Hines)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 24 Hershey’s Kisses Hugs, unwrapped (or more if your cookies are smaller)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil using a hand or stand mixer. Roll into 2” balls and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake about 8-10 minutes until tops start to crack. Immediately press a Hugs candy onto the top of each cookie. Let cool completely. (If you want a softer cookie, bake them closer to 8 minutes, even though the will look like they aren't done. A 10 minute cookie is crunchy.)
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Comments

  1. Hi there,
    may i know if there is any substitute to Duncan Hines Red Velvet Mix? I am unable to find this in my country (Singapore).
    Maybe a recipe from scratch would be good!

    Thank you!

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