Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Recipe

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These delightful red velvet cookies will surely elicit sweet smiles from your guests during a holiday gathering. They have a wonderfully chewy texture and are saccharine enough to satisfy your sugar cravings. Coated in mixed sugar, the snowy appearance of these crinkle cookies gets everyone into high spirits. You can enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Although, the pairing of a Christmas cookie and fireball eggnog is especially suited for the holiday season.

Making these red velvet cookies is really easy! The dough is made with basic baking ingredients, including flour, baking powder, and eggs. You can also rely on a cake mix—it’s our go-to shortcut ingredient for cookies. This crinkle cookies recipe also uses vanilla extract and granulated sugar as the sweeteners. And most importantly, a few drops of red food coloring will give you the iconic, stunning red cookies to include in your holiday trays. With their lovely red color, these cookies are also perfect for Valentine’s day!

Tips for Making Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

We’re certain this cookie recipe will make the guests gather around your cookie trays. The process is both simple and fun. You can even let the kids roll the dough into the sugar mixture! If you’re a novice baker, consider our tips and tricks below to make sure you end up with multiple batches of holiday-worthy red velvet crinkles.

  • Measure the ingredients properly. Precise measurement is a must in baking. When making these red velvet Christmas cookies, ensure that you measure the all-purpose flour in particular. The trick here is to scrape off the excess flour using the back of the knife to level it across the measuring cup.
  • Add cocoa powder. Besides giving your red velvet cookies a hint of chocolate flavor, cocoa powder will also give them a rich, fudgy texture. 
  • Use a good-quality cookie scoop when scooping out the cookie dough. This baking tool makes sure that your cookies will come out identical, both shape and size-wise. With the same size, they will cook more evenly. Not to mention, a stack of uniformly-shaped sweets is such eye candy.
  • Do not overbeat and overbake the cookie dough. Overmixing the dough might yield tough cookies. And if you want your red velvet crinkle cookies gooey in the middle, avoid overbaking the cookie dough. Strictly follow the instructions, baking time, and temperature.
  • Use fresh baking powder. Although this holiday cookie recipe only calls for a small amount of baking powder, it’s important to make sure that it’s fresh. Besides the sugar, fresh baking powder is another key to the signature cracks in crinkle cookies.
  • Bake one sheet at a time. Baking one sheet of cookies at a time guarantees even baking. Plus, the cookies will also crack evenly. But if you prefer to bake two sheets in one go, you may do so. Just position one baking sheet on the middle rack and the other on the top rack, then add two more minutes to the total bake time. This way, the cookies will still bake evenly. 
  • If the cookie dough is a bit sticky, dust it with flour. It might be a bit challenging to roll sticky dough into shapes. We suggest adding one tablespoon of flour to your cookie dough mixture. You can also try chilling the dough mixture for 30 minutes or so. 

Are you searching for more easy holiday cookie recipes to delight your guests? We’re sure this Christmas cookie bar dotted with chocolate chips and M&Ms will sweeten everyone’s mood. You can also make your cookie platter even more gorgeous with these colorful candy cane cookies.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Recipe

How To Make Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

These red velvet crinkle cookies covered with powdered sugar are a stunning addition to your cookie trays. Serve a batch of this iconic sweet treat in just 30 minutes.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp food coloring, red-colored
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease two baking sheets with cooking spray and line one baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and one cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl as necessary.
  5. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and red food coloring. Continue creaming.
  6. Fold the sifted flour mixture into the creamed butter mixture until evenly incorporated. Set aside.
  7. Whisk to combine the remaining granulated sugar and powdered sugar in a bowl.
  8. Using a one-ounce ice cream scooper or one tablespoon, scoop out the cookie dough and place them onto your mixed sugar.
  9. Roll the balls first in the mixed sugar to completely coat the cookie balls. Place the prepared cookie sheet at least an inch apart on the lined baking sheet.
  10. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up and cracked, but are still a little gooey in the center. Cool down on the cooling racks once baked.
  11. Serve and enjoy with hot coffee or tea.

Recipe Notes

  • To make a vegan version of these cookies, use vegan butter and vegan-friendly red food coloring.
  • You can also make eggless red velvet cookies by using a mix of flax seeds and water as an egg replacement. Mix with other ingredients to make the cookie dough.


  • Sugar: 35g
  • :
  • Calcium: 39mg
  • Calories: 292kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 36mg
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 162mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 276IU
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare the dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare your dough ahead of time. Roll the dough into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and freeze them for one hour. Then, transfer them to a freezer-friendly sealed container or ziplock bag and store them in the freezer. They can be kept in the freezer for two months. Once you’re ready to bake again, just thaw your dough, roll it in confectioners sugar, and bake!

How do I avoid having cakey crinkles?

Crinkles can come out cakey if you use eggs larger than what the recipe calls for. Moreover, you’ll have cakey red velvet crinkle cookies if you use too much baking powder. Using cake flour instead of all-purpose flour also gives the same unwanted results.

What can I put in my red velvet crinkle cookies?

The beauty of this red velvet crinkles recipe is that you can elevate it by adding delectable fillings. Red velvet crinkles with cream cheese filling are a dream with their creamy texture. You can also add melted and tempered dark and white chocolate or buttercream. Other recipes, meanwhile, use vanilla beans with a dash of lemon juice.



Delight your guests with multiple batches of these soft and chewy red velvet crinkle cookies with a sugar coating. Make them with your kids; they’ll enjoy rolling the cookie dough in the sugar. These Christmas sweets also make for a perfect gift, whatever the occasion is!
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