Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a soft, rich and delicious cookie with the perfect hint of chocolate. Rolled in powdered sugar for a beautiful crackled white outside and fluffy red cookie inside, they’ll be everybody’s new favorite sweet treat!

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies stacked on plate

Red velvet recipes are always a favorite around the holidays, and these crinkle cookies are no exception! As the powdered sugar covered cookie dough bakes, they begin to spread, making cracks in the surface that reveal the pillowy soft red velvet inside. These gorgeous cookies make the ultimate Valentine’s Day or Christmas cookies and are guaranteed to be a hit with everyone!

If you’re looking for easy and festive Valentine’s Day recipes to make for your special someone, try these Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies, Red Velvet Brownies or cute heart shaped Cherry Hand Pies. They’re all so fun and delicious, everyone will be asking you for recipes!

Why We Love this Red Velvet Version of Crinkle Cookies

  • Simple ingredients: Even though these are cookies from scratch instead of a red velvet cake mix, you’ll love the simple ingredient list that uses pantry items you probably already have on hand.
  • Beautiful presentation: When you want a dessert or sweet snack for a special occasion that will look pretty AND taste amazing, you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous red color of these cookies. The contrast with the white powdered sugar really makes them stand out on your holiday cookie tray. Add them alongside these Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies and Butterball cookies for a fun variety!
  • Taste and texture: These are honestly the best cookies you’ll ever make. They have a slight cocoa flavor, and the soft and chewy texture is true perfection!

Ingredients for Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp No-Taste Red Food Coloring (we used gel food coloring)
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar

How to Make the Best Red Velvet Cookies

Step 1: Place the top oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Put the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.

Dry ingredients for crinkle cookies

Step 3: Whisk together until well combined.

Dry ingredients blended together

Step 4: Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl or in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until well incorporated.

Butter and sugar in bowl

Step 5: Then begin to add in eggs, one at a time, into the sugar mixture. Mix on low speed in between additions until they are all incorporated.

Adding egg to butter and sugar mixture

Step 6: Add in vanilla and vinegar and continue mixing until well mixed.

Bowl of wet ingredients and bowl of dry ingredients for crinkle cookies

Step 7: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture mixing after each addition until all the flour mixture has been added and is well incorporated.

Dry ingredients mixed with wet ingredients

Step 8: Add in a teaspoon of food coloring and mix until evenly mixed.

Red food coloring for red velvet crinkle cookies

If you want more of a deep red color, add more food coloring and continue mixing.

Red velvet crinkle cookie batter

Step 9: Place powdered sugar in a small bowl or shallow dish. Using a cookie scoop, scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the cookie dough at a time and drop into confectioners’ sugar. Roll the balls of dough in powdered sugar until round and evenly coated. Continue until the remaining dough is rolled up.

Mixing ingredients for red velvet crinkle cookies

Step 10: Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.

Red velvet crinkle cookie dough on baking sheet

Step 11: Bake for 12-14 minutes or until tops are cracked, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Plate Of Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Crinkle Cookie Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Best Way to Store Crinkle Cookies?

To Store: Your room temperature cookies can be stored in an airtight container in a single layer. Use a piece of wax paper between the layers so you don’t mess up the pretty sugary coating.

To Freeze: In the unlikely event you have leftovers, just stick the baked cookies in an airtight, freezer safe container. They will stay fresh for up to 3 months

Can I Make this Cookie Dough in Advance?

You sure can! You can make the dough up to a couple days in advance and store in the fridge. You can also make red velvet dough in advance and freeze for up to 4-5 months. For best results, once you have rolled and coated them in powdered sugar, place them in a single layer on a baking tray. Stick them in the freezer just until they are frozen firm. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container and store them in the freezer until you’re ready for them.

When ready to thaw, just stick them in the fridge overnight. If the powdered sugar has absorbed too much into the dough, you can give them another roll in the powdered sugar prior to baking.

Crinkle cookies with coffee

Why Do My Cookies Flatten Out Too Much?

There are a few reasons this could be happening, but the most common is using expired baking powder. Be sure and check that date!
 
Another reason that your red velvet crinkle cookies spread too much in baking is because there wasn’t enough flour added. The fat from the butter will cause a flat cookie if you don’t add the proper amount of dry ingredients.
 
One of the less common reason your cookies could flatten out is cooking at too low of a temp. But, if you seem to have this problem with other cookie recipes, raise your oven temp by 5-10 degrees and see if that solves the problem.

Red velvet crinkle cookies stacked on white plate

Add-ins Variations for Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

White chocolate chips: If you want to add extra chocolate flavor to your cookies, white chocolate chips look beautiful studded throughout the cookies and they taste amazing too.

Nuts: If you like a little added crunch, you can add about a half a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the dough.

Flavoring: Vanilla extract works great with the other ingredients in these cookies, but if you’re making them for Christmas, peppermint extract adds a unique and unexpected flavor to the red velvet. For a more intense chocolate flavor, you can add a touch of mocha extract.

Cookies on a white plate

Want More Delicious Cookie Recipes?

Looking for more red velvet desserts? If you love these cookies, you’ll also want to try these red velvet brownies and this decadent red velvet fudge!

Red velvet crinkle cookies on white plate
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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies


Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies make the perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day, Christmas or any other occasion where you want a fun dessert that's both pretty and delicious!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Place the top oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
    1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whisk together until well combined.
  • Place the butter and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl or in the large bowl of a stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, cream together on medium speed until well incorporated.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar
  • Add eggs, one at a time, into the sugar mixture. Mix on low speed in between additions until they are all incorporated.
    2 eggs
  • Add in vanilla and vinegar and continue mixing until well mixed.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture mixing after each addition until all the flour mixture has been added and is well incorporated.
  • Add in a teaspoon of food coloring and mix until evenly mixed. For a deeper red color, add more food coloring and continue mixing.
    1-2 teaspoon no-taste red gel food coloring
  • Place powdered sugar in a small bowl or shallow dish. Using a cookie scoop, scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the cookie dough at a time and drop into confectioners’ sugar. Roll the balls of dough in the powdered sugar until round and evenly coated. Continue until the remaining dough is rolled up.
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until tops are cracked. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

Store at room temperature in an airtight container. If stacking them, be sure to put wax paper in between each layer to keep the powdered sugar looking pretty.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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