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Red Velvet Hugs Cookies

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These Red Velvet Hugs Cookies are blossom cookies at their best!! Press Hershey’s Kisses onto red velvet cake mix cookies and you get the perfect cookie HUG!

Red Velvet Hugs Blossom Cookies - this easy cookie recipe starts with a red velvet cake mix! Add a Hershey's Kiss and make them blossom 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.

Easy Cake Mix Red Velvet Blossom Cookies

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.

Red Velvet Hugs Blossom Cookies - this easy cookie recipe starts with a red velvet cake mix! Add a Hershey's Kiss and make them blossom cookies!

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

Red Velvet Hugs Blossom Cookies - this easy cookie recipe starts with a red velvet cake mix! Add a Hershey's Kiss and make them blossom cookies!

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

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Red Velvet Hugs Blossom Cookies

Turn blossom cookies into red velvet hugs!! This easy cookie recipe starts with a red velvet cake mix and bakes up in no time. Place a Hershey's Kiss on top and make them a blossom cookie!


  • 1 box — approx. 16.5 ounces red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter — softened
  • About 30-36 Hershey’s Kisses — unwrapped (use your favorites: Hugs, Almond, Plain, Caramel, Cookies 'n Cream, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats and set aside.
  2. Mix together cake mix, eggs, and butter using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The dough will be wet.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls onto your cookie sheets. Chill for at least one hour (or, if you're in a rush, freeze each tray for about 15 minutes).
  4. Bake about 8-10 minutes until tops just start to crack. Err on the side of underdone! Immediately press a Hershey's Kiss onto the top of each cookie. Let cool completely. (Do not move the cookie sheet until the Kiss has re-hardened. Some of the Hershey's Kisses that aren't plain are fragile when melty and will collapse.)
  5. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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  2. 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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  4. I don’t think they make Hershey’s Kisses Hugs anymore… I haven’t been able to find them! The almond ones were my fav! These cookies look fab though!!

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