Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day. Not because I had a boyfriend or secret admirer to shower me with flowers, chocolate, and a candle light dinner, but I just think it is a fun holiday. In grade school, I always looked forward to making Valentine’s cards for all of my classmates at school. Valentine’s Day parties were the best! My dad always made Valentine’s Day special by spoiling me and my sister with flowers and candy-dads are always the best Valentine:) I also love all of the pink and red decorations and candy that fill the stores this time of year. The other day I was walking through the Valentine’s Day aisle and stumbled upon Hershey’s Raspberry Hugs candy. I grabbed a bag and came home to create a special Valentine’s Day cookie-Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies. Yay for Valentine’s Day!

If you haven’t tried the Hershey’s Raspberry Hugs, run to the store to find a bag. FYI-I found them at Target. The milk chocolate kisses are “hugged” by raspberry white creme. The Hugs are sweet with a layer of white chocolate and raspberry stripe on the outside and have a milk chocolate core. The Hugs are wrapped in shiny pink and silver foil which makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day.

I love raspberry and chocolate together so I made a rich chocolate cookie dough to wrap around the Raspberry Hugs. They were the perfect little surprise inside of the chocolate cookies. You can never have enough chocolate, so I added a white chocolate drizzle to the tops of the cookies. It complimented the Hugs nicely and made the cookies look extra special.

So are you a lover or hater of Valentine’s Day? Even if you don’t enjoy the holiday, you can still enjoy these Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies. They are divine! And if you have a special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this year, I am sure they would love to receive a dozen of these cookies.

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Raspberry Hugs Chocolate Cookies

Rich chocolate cookies with a Raspberry Hug candy surprise! Your special Valentine will love a batch of these decadent cookies.
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  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
  • 2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
  • 3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract. Mix until blended.
  • 4. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until flour disappears. Unwrap the Hugs candies. Take a spoonful of cookie dough and wrap the dough around the Hug candy. Make sure the entire Hug is covered. Place cookie onto prepared baking sheet. Continue wrapping cookies until dough is gone. Make sure the cookies are 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  • 5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Don't over bake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • 6. Place white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt. Drizzle chocolate over the cookies. Let cookies sit until chocolate hardens, about 10 minutes.
  • Note-if you can't find Raspberry Hugs, any Hershey's Kiss or Hug will work. I found the Raspberry Hugs at Target. They are a seasonal Valentine's Day candy.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love Valentine’s Day too. It’s the best! 😀 Plus, a great excuse to eat lots of delicious treats. I am loving these! What a surprise in the middle. 😀

  2. I love Valentine’s Day – the colors, the food, the extra hugs and love. And, these cookies are absolutely perfect for the special day.

  3. I love cinnamony candy, so I naturally love vday! I havent seen these hugs- will keep an eye out. The cookies look like a fabulous gift

  4. Chocolate and raspberry is a favorite combo in my book – probably even more than chocolate and peanut butter. These would have no shot of lasting a day in my kitchen!

  5. You are seriously the cookie queen. Every time I see a cookie recipe on here I think there’s no way you can top it and then you go ahead a post another amazing one! Chocolate + raspberry (or cherry) is my favorite sweet flavor combination. These would last about 5 seconds over here. 🙂

  6. Darn, I just saw these at the store this morning, and passed them by 🙁 Your cookies look wonderful, I might just need to make a trip back!

  7. I love this technique. There are so many possibilities! I also am a sucker for Valentine’s day. My mom always used to make a big deal out of it and I hope to leave that same impression with my kids. They’re all boys though so Valentine’s day has a certain ‘ick’ factor to them.

  8. Hugs are so much better stuffed into cookies than on their own, these look dangerously good!! 🙂

  9. Thanks for the shout out. I love that you put the cookie dough all the way around the hug. YUMMERS!! Those Raspberry hugs are delish!

  10. I’m a sucker for all things raspberry and cookies, the chocolate is a bonus ! Piled the kids in the car and went to Target. Made these during nap time- Unbelievably delicious!! Thanks!

  11. Heavenly! The only hugs my waistline can handle are real ones. Perhaps my excuse will be to bake these for a friend’s birthday. Sneaking a few test cookies before delivery never hurt anyone. 😉

  12. Must find those raspberry Hugs! The closest they’ll be is probably almost an hour away! sigh They sound really good though and the cookies–yum!

  13. I think I’ve become vaguely ambivalent about V-Day over the years…except for the chocolate and red velvet treats! Those hugs sound addictive, and these cookies even more so!

  14. From the outside, these cookies look like a rich chocolate cookie. Simple but delicious. The added surprise of the chocolate hug inside, that’s sure to brighten the heart of any loved one 🙂

  15. Awww… you’re so sweet. I sort of avoided Valentines Day not because of a lack of boyfriends , I just thought boys were icky back in the day ;D Love the your raspberry hug cookies because I’m sort of a hug junkie. I can’t wait to make them for the boys.

  16. What???? Hershey’s Raspberry Hugs?!?!?! Yet more proof that all the great candy lives in the USA… :o(

    Those cookies look amazing!!

  17. I bet I wouldn’t have spent so many years disliking Valentine’s Day if I had these cookies in my life 😉 Those raspberry hugs certainly sound worth a splurge!

  18. I have never come across a raspberry hug. But I can imagine how incredible it is inside a cookie. And it looks ahmazing!

  19. I love Valentine’s Day, even though we don’t really do anything to celebrate it. But I love the candy, and the chocolate, and the delicious cookies like these!!

  20. Hi! I just saw this recipe and was so excited because I have about half a bag or so of the Hugs left and LOVE them. Anyway, I also thought I’d let you know that tomorrow on my blog (www.apieceofcakeforme.blogspot.com) I’ve got some yummy cupcakes using the Hugs as well—Berry Surprise Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. They are SUPER yummy!

  21. Chocolate and raspberry is a good combo, but doesn’t usually compare in my book with, say, chocolate and peppermint or chocolate and chocolate. However, I’ve made two batches of these this week (to share with several other people, truly!) and I love them. So does everyone else who has tasted them. (Really quite a few others, honest.) Thanks so much for another amazing recipe! You work hard so I don’t have to, and I appreciate it.

  22. I’ve loved this recipe since you first posted it! Yesterday I discovered pumpkin spice kisses for the first time, brought them home and used them in these cookies. Great autumn flavor! Thanks for versatile recipes:-)

  23. I have included this in my Offbeat Holidays – June Bucket List post. Hug Holiday Day is June 29. Thanks for sharing!