Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Cookies

February 07, 2014
Valentine's Day exactly one week away. Just a week!  February seems to be moving by at a rapid speed for me.  Which is weird, considering we are spending all our times indoors(except school) and cabin fever hit weeks ago.  On one hand, it's like "Wow..it's Valentines' Day already?!", then, on the other is' like "Man..it's only Valentine's Day, where is spring?!"  Anybody else feel that way? It's been a long winter, guys.
But anyway, are you a big-Valentine's Day person?  Me? Honestly, no.  It's never ranked very high up the celebratory ladder.   But, it does involves giant boxes of chocolate, all things red velvet and a special homemade card that says "Be Mine" from my kids, so, it's ranking gets moved up a bit each year.
To celebrate this year, we've got some cookies.  Red velvet to be exact.  They are a bit of a shortcut with a cake mix, but, are loaded up with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and mint candies.   They are deliciously fabulous.  
If you are not a Valentine's Day person, you just might be after you make these.





Red Velvet Cake Mix Hot Cocoa Cookies
Adapted from The Coers Family
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 18-24, depending on size

Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheets.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cake mix, eggs and melted butter until combined.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips, marshmallows and candy.
  4. Scoop dough by tablespoons and form into round balls.  Place balls about 1in apart on baking sheet.
  5. Press down lightly and if desired, sprinkle with sprinkles.
  6. Bake 10 minutes.
  7. Let them cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

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