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I can’t believe my mom’s weird ‘cookie’ dating hack worked — it got me a boyfriend

Fia James on TikTok and freshly baked cookies
Fia James on TikTok and freshly baked cookies

Love is in the air — and it smells like cookies.

Fia James, 27, revealed a dating hack shared by her mother “that weirdly, oddly, stupidly worked,” in a now-viral video on TikTok.

“When you invite a guy over, you should be baking cookies before they get there so that your apartment still smells of cookies,” she said.

All you need is some cookie dough and an oven to get your date thinking of you, according to this tip. TikTok / @fiajames_
All you need is some cookie dough and an oven to get your date thinking of you, according to this tip. TikTok / @fiajames_

James shared that the first time her boyfriend at the time came over he was sniffing around and complimented how good her apartment smelt, but she just played it off acting as if her apartment always had the delicious aroma floating in the air.

“We tricked them and we manipulated them, and now every time they smell a cookie, they think of us,” she explained.

“Bake your cookies.”

The video amassed 11.8 million views as people thanked James for the tip.

“We tricked them and we manipulated them, and now every time they smell a cookie, they think of us,” she explained. TikTok / @fiajames_
“We tricked them and we manipulated them, and now every time they smell a cookie, they think of us,” she explained. TikTok / @fiajames_

Others noted that the hack was used in the movies “Clueless” and “Because I Said So.”

For those without the proper tools or skills, some noted that a cookie-scented candle could also do the trick.

The hack mimics the Pavlov effect or “classical conditioning,” which states that behaviors can be learned through repetition with a neutral cue.

For those without the proper tools or skills, some noted that a cookie-scented candle could also do the trick. Pixel-Shot – stock.adobe.com
For those without the proper tools or skills, some noted that a cookie-scented candle could also do the trick. Pixel-Shot – stock.adobe.com

The theory was officially developed when physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov showed that dogs could be conditioned to salivate at the sound of a bell if that sound was repeatedly presented at the same time that they were given food.

From if you give a dog a bone to if you give a man a cookie.

The hot and ready tip seems to work once you welcome your date into your house, but singletons today are struggling to even ask a person on a first date.

Between the advent of dating apps and a cultural reckoning in the wake of the #MeToo movement, many daters are left wondering: Is it still acceptable to ask a stranger out in person?

And while today’s singles are currently rewriting the rules of engagement, the consensus, according to The Post’s polling, seems to be “yes” — just don’t be creepy about it.