Almond Sugar Valentine Cookies


I want to talk about something serious today, people.

Animal Prejudice.

So, okay. I have an affinity with raccoons, right? I love them. I think their little striped faces and teeny hands are just SOFREAKINGCUTEICOULDDIE.

But anytime I bring this up, people scold me. “Raccoons are so mean” they say. “Raccoons will claw your eyes out and murder your family and then set your house on fire. That is the evil that roots itself within every raccoons soul.

But like .. how can people say that? How can EVERY raccoon be some devilish creature that has homicidal tendencies? I’m pretty positive that not every single raccoon in the world is evil. I’m sure there’s a nice raccoon family out there teaching their young to be tolerant, sweet raccoons, just trying to make ends meet every day and be a good citizen of the bountiful sewers in this beautiful country.

Or coyotes. They lurk around here sometimes (or so I’m told.. as far as I’m concerned, I think it’s an urban legend or something), and everyone says they’re “soooo mean” and “little beastly savages” but oh my god, you guys. You’re calling homeless dogs savages. That’s a really low blow. Coyotes have feelings too, ya know. And calling them a savage is like, super rude.

I’m sure the coyote moms come home after a long night of just trying to hunt food for their sweet babies and the mom coyotes start crying because everyone is so rude to them, and all they’re trying to do is get food, and omg this is 2013, why can’t people be tolerant?!? It’s just a travesty.

So in conclusion, just bear in mind that when you generalize that all animals are evil or mean or savages, you’re hurting their feelings. Sure, some raccoons out there are douchebags and I’m sure there are plenty of A-hole coyotes, but there’s also sweet ones.. ones I want to own as pets and stroke their fur and snuggle with them and feed them little peanuts because that’d be so freaking cute.

Anyway. This has absolutely nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. But whatever. And holy cow, Valentine’s Day is like, right around the corner. How did that happen?!!?

DSC_0226These cookies would be perfect for the 14th. They’re easy to make, bright and fun, and taste great! Jazzed up with a generous splash of almond extract, these sugary, butter cookies have a sweet flavor to them which is contrasted nicely with the chocolate Valentine’s Sixlets candies stuffed inside each bite.

Make them!!


Almond Sugar Valentine Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
Make these bad boys for your sweetheart.
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ⅓ cup Valentine's non-pareils
  • ⅓ cup Valentine's micro heart sprinkles
  • ½ cup Valentine's Sixlets candy
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or mist lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, eggs and almond extract with a rubber spatula until blended. Stir in the different sprinkles and the Sixlets candies to combine.
  3. Portion heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough evenly on the baking sheets, about 1" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, or until centers are set and edges are lightly golden. Cool on the pans for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


DSC_0222Almond extract is underused in my house, but only because my mom is allergic to almonds (I know! So lame!) But I absolutely love that sweet brightness it gives frostings, cakes, and especially these delicate cookies. You’ll never guess they were made with cake mix because they’re SO chewy, super soft, and have that nice almond flavor. Plus, they’re too cute for Valentine’s Day!! And it makes about 2 dozen, so there’s plenty to give to coworkers or your kiddo’s classmates.

I have a special post for you tomorrow! Have a great Wednesday!

xo, Hayley


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  1. Tanya Schroeder says:

    Yes, these would be perfect for the 14th! I think raccoons are adorable! Especially when they are babies, oh my gosh! There is one thing that I truly think is evil-the cockroach. Ugh! That and termites.

  2. These are so fun, Hayley! Such pretty cookies!! I might even give one to a stray coyote or one of the raccoons that likes to go through my trash… 🙂
    All in the name of love and tolerance!

  3. Omg these cookies are adorable. I think I may end up saying that about everything on your blog because I love the colors you use but still. Seriously cute. And delicious I bet. AND I agree – just like there are d-bag people and asshole people, there are nice people in the mix. Animals are just the same. Coming from someone who owns a Doberman (and everyone acts like they are crazy aggressive angry dogs that will bite you if they get the chance) don’t judge a book by its cover. 😀

    • Seriously, Jess! It’s so true. It’s especially sad that pitbulls get the bad rap in all of this because they’re so sweet and playful little things! And I have met chihuahuas who are meaner than the average pitbull.

  4. My husband loves anteaters and I’ve always had a soft spot for orangutans (remind me to tell you sometime about how all the orangutans at the National DC Zoo hate me). These cookies are totally adorable.

    • OMG. An anteater!? I’ve never seen one in real life! Oh my god, I want one. And I’m sorry Jen, I love you and think you’re rad for liking Depeche Mode but omg I literally loathe monkeys of all kinds! Eek, they scare me deeply. And I would like to hear the orangutan story but I’m afraid afterwards I’ll start plotting against them lol.

  5. These are gorgeous Hayley! And you kind of make me want to get a pet raccoon…

  6. you crack me up! I used to think raccoons and coyotes were adorable, but then I became a farmer. They aren’t so cute when they are eating your crops!!! These cookies sound fabulous. Love all of your treats! 🙂

  7. These sound great! And I love that you used cake mix!

  8. I’ve been feeding a raccoon family that lives in the forest behind our home for going on ten years. Like you, I’m smart enough to admire them from afar so it works. I get to enjoy their cute little faces and my husband knows to plant an extra tomato plant (or three) because we like to share. 🙂

  9. Loving the sugar cookies + sprinkles baked-right in combo! Such a timesaver and these look so chewy and soft and perfect! I love a good sugar cookie but only when they’re SOFT like these!

  10. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Such Sweet Cookies!

  11. I LOVE almond-flavored anything! So lame you can’t use it more often- I’ve started buying the giant bottles at Sam’s Club, I use so much of it. So tasty! And I don’t even think I need to tell you how much I ADORE the Valentine’s sprinkles on these cookies!! So perfect for the Hallmark holiday! 😉

  12. These look great! Loving all the pink and red. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wonderful Cookies! Pretty colors. MY husband and I “psudo- seriously” discussed adopting a baby skunk that got caught in our casement window area. But… that quickly was over ruled by common sense!

  14. Omg, these are so adorable!! Love the hearts! And raccoons are totally cute 🙂

  15. 1st – love the new blog design! 2nd – I know what you’re talkin’ about with the animal thing, I have a pit bull puppy – Amer pit bull terriers/american staffordshires almost always get a bad rap, but any who – I love cake mix cookies and yours sound amazing!!
    P.s. I KNOW we’re gonna get along famously 🙂

  16. cute new blog design, girl!! these are the perfect cookies for VDAY!!

  17. EEEK! I LOVE the new design! It’s so you, Hayley–Ashton did a great job! And I’m loving these cookies, too–so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  18. Stephanie N. says:

    First of all, I cracked up at your douchebag comment! Hilarious! I’m a total animal lover, so I’m with you on the animal prejudice thing. Last year I slammed on my brakes in the dark of early morning b/c I saw a mom raccoon and three little baby raccoons crossing the street in front of me. They were adorable!!!

    I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months, but I have to tell you that I just love it! I love your random thoughts, and your recipes are so freaking creative! There are so many I can’t wait to make!

    • Hi Stephanie!! Thanks for such a sweet comment; I’m glad you enjoy my stories and my recipes, hehe 🙂 Oh man, when I first saw a mama and baby raccoons I went NUTS with delight. They’re ADORABLE.

  19. I adore the new design, its fits you so perfectly! And can I just say that I have love and hate relationship with raccoons? They look so freaking cuddly but there temperate is down right scary. Moving on, these cookies spell LOVE!

  20. Three things.
    1. LOVE the new blog design!
    2. This was so funny and I was laughing out loud so much I had to read it to my husband. Now he thinks we’re both weird.
    3. OMG I LOVE Sixletes!! They are the greets things ever!!

  21. Love the new look Hayley!

  22. Those Valentine sixlets are adorable! And I love almond in my cookies, so I know I would adore these sugar cookies!

  23. I am so making these for vday! On a side note, I’m an ER staff member and can tell you yes raccoons are very dangerous. I’ve had people over the years come in from a raccoon attack and they can be very bad injuries. Very deep lacerations and chunks of skin missing from bite wounds, deep scratches, lost fingers and toes. If they are hungry they will eat your small pets in the yard and even you no matter how “tough” of a fighter you think you are.

    Secondly, coyotes are dangerous. They send one out to lure it’s prey to where the pack is hiding in wait for their victim. Many people chase it or follow it for reasons their own only to find themselves surrounded. I have been one of those people, fortunately I got away. So please, be very careful around a coyote. They may look cute and innocent, but they will not hesitate to play games so their pack can eat you.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Katie! I didn’t know that about coyotes — I suppose that makes sense, being a pack animal/predator and all! Thanks for the heads-up! Even though coyotes are really common around my neighborhood I’ve only ever seen one maybe twice. And while I talk a big game about kidnapping me some raccoon friends, I know realistically I’d probably get my eyes ripped out in the process, haha. Thanks for the info, and Happy Valentine’s Day!! 🙂


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