Valentine’s Day is kind of a corny holiday. And a lot of people hate it, whether they are in love or not.
“Why do I need to spend money on you on this one specific day when I love you every day of the year??”
“I’m NOT buying into an overly advertised Hallmark holiday.”
“I am single and want nothing to do with anything related to Valentine’s Day. Ugh.”
I get that. And a lot of the time it’s marketed as the guy’s job to spend money and buy candy, teddy bears, flowers, and/or dinner for his gal. He can feel a lot of pressure. And if he doesn’t buy into the holiday, there can be a lot of complaining on the other side.
“I can’t believe he didn’t get me flowers. It’s an unwritten rule that you HAVE to do that on Valentine’s Day!”
“I got him a gift! How come he did not get me one, too??”
“LOOK AT EVERYONE ON FACEBOOK GETTING SOMETHING DELIVERED TO THEM. AND NOT ME. LOVE IS FUTILE. I HAVE NOTHING TO POST TODAY EXCEPT FOR SADNESS”
I’ve been in a relationship for a long time. I have done the corny things. He’s gotten me flowers and candy. I’ve given him cards and candy. I’ve planned a Valentine’s Day dinner at home. He’s taken me out on dates.
And yet! Some years we have done absolutely nothing. We’re secure enough in our love for each other that we don’t need to shower each other with candy and gifts to prove that our love still exists.
Some years when we don’t plan anything, I still like to bake something.
One year I made chocolate molten cakes. Because they’re cute and delicious. And they’re warm in the middle — so that signifies a warm heart, or something.
The first year we were dating, I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies that spelled out “I Love You.”
So here. I’ll meet you all in the middle. Why don’t you put a bunch of your favorite movies onto “My List” on Netflix, buy a bottle of champagne, write each other adorable corny cards with crayons and markers expressing your love for each other, and bake a batch of these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies to enjoy. That way, you both feel loved, you’re not spending too much money on the designated Hallmark Holiday, the color red makes its way in there, and um….
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- 1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix (or any brand will do)
- 6 tbsp butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix together the cake mix, butter, eggs, and vanilla with either an electric beater or wooden spoon.
- Place the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl or dish. Roll the dough into one inch balls, then drop gently into the sugar and roll around gently.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until set.
- Let cool on a wire rack. Then enjoy!
My Two Cents
These are pretty delicious. And really easy. I’m actually a really big fan of turning cake mixes into cookies. These turned out fluffy and chewy at the same time. And really adorable and fun.
Even if you don’t make them for Valentine’s Day, make them for the next party you go to!