Valentine’s Day Recap & Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without too many baked goodies and an over abundance of chocolate. You’re not celebrating correctly if you don’t wake up the next morning with a tummy ache from sampling every single chocolate in the box. My dad sent me a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and my Valentine gave me a box of chocolates from Kilwin’s. Yeah, try just eating one of those and not be tempted to go back for another. Even after having an amazing and super-filling dinner, we still could not resist the chocolates. 

First, let me tell you about dinner. Attention to everyone in the Boca/Delray area: if you haven’t been to Brule Bistro in Pineapple Grove, you need to go. Now. Lunch, dinner, dessert…whatever. Just go. My Bubby and I went to lunch before and really enjoyed the sandwiches we had. But this dinner went beyond that. I tried food I never would have known I’d like — escargot is surprisingly delicious and I was actually able to stomach a tiny taste of foie gras. Who knew? We got a whole slew of appetizers to share between the four of us — me and my Valentine, his best friend and his girlfriend. The escargot, foie gras, zucchini blossoms, grilled baby romaine, and shrimp and roasted corn mac and cheese. For dinner, I had lobster risotto with fresh tile fish and asparagus. Ahhhhh. Just typing those words makes me drool. I ate every last bite. I didn’t care how full I was; there was no way I could leave any of that uneaten. It was too good. After all the food was gone, my date pointed out that I didn’t take any pictures for the blog… Guess I was too busy eating. Oops. 
Anyway, back to the main point of Valentine’s Day: the sweets. Like I said, I was gifted a box of Kilwin’s homemade chocolates, caramels, truffles, clusters, etc. and couldn’t be happier. BUT I think my gift was pretty awesome, too — an assortment of homemade treats in a cute Valentine’s Day-themed tin. These strawberry cake mix cookies were among the treats he got to devour (with my help, of course). 
If you remember, I was inspired by another cake mix cookie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction around the holidays. I turned to her blog again for Valentine’s Day. These strawberry chocolate chip cookies were perfect. I have never used strawberry cake mix before and had no idea how amazing it smells. As soon as I cut open that bag of mix, my kitchen was filled with a strawberry aroma that had some serious staying power; it still smelled like the cake mix the morning after I made the cookies!

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Check out Sally’s blog for the recipe. The only thing I did differently was use egg whites instead of whole eggs, and I added in rainbow sprinkles! Cake mix cookies are the perfect kind of cookie — crisp edges and a soft and chewy center. The bright pink color was perfect for this holiday and the burst of colors from the sprinkles made them so fun. 
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Sally — you hit it on the nose with your cake mix cookies! Next on my list to try are red velvet and snickerdoodle! I kind of want to buy every flavor cake mix in existence and just bake a million little cookies. Anyone up for a little taste testing??? 😉 



Hello! I’m Shaina – a Delray Beach, Florida resident, foodie, and lifestyle blogger. I love exploring South Florida and beyond, and sharing everything from my favorite restaurants, products and more with you! See more by following along on Instagram:  @takeabiteoutofboca

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