Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Recipe

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Recipe

The aroma of freshly baked cookies always gets people going, especially treats like red velvet crinkle cookies that are best paired with a hot cup of chai tea! Talk about a melt-in-your-mouth experience! They taste deliciously creamy and milky with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Have it with your daily dose of caffeine by serving it with dutch coffee with an added minty chocolate taste.

Tips for Making Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Today, we’re making easy red velvet crinkle cookies with the help of simple instructions and ingredients. It’s a foolproof way to satisfy one’s sweet tooth without breaking a sweat. To make things easier, here are some handy tips to help you with making delicious crinkles:

  • If your cookie dough seems sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour to the mixture in your mixing bowl.
  • Use a cookie scoop when forming your red velvet cookie to achieve identical pieces.
  • Properly coat each crinkle with powdered sugar making sure that every surface is covered. This is to make sure that there aren’t any patches when it expands and for our crinkles to achieve the signature cracked look.
  • For softer cookies, undercook them slightly. Make sure the top layer has completely baked. It will continue cooking even after they’ve been taken out of the oven.
  • Don’t overbake the crinkles to avoid them from drying out. Follow the suggested baking time and temperature. 
  • Step up your crinkle game by adding cream cheese. It gives the dessert more character and texture.
  • Using melted cream cheese would be a complete disaster. The key to baking red velvet crinkles with cream cheese is making sure that the cream cheese frosting is thick and cold. After making your cream cheese, place it in the refrigerator to ensure that the cream cheese remains sturdy. 

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How To Make Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Make delicious red velvet crinkle cookies covered with powdered sugar and baked to soft and fudgy perfection. Serve a batch of this iconic sweet treat in just 30 minutes.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
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  • 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 2 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 1 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 1-ounce ice cream scooper or 1 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 on 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.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I prepare dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare your dough ahead of time. Simply roll it into balls and store them in a freezer-safe container for up to two months. Once you’re ready to bake, thaw your dough, roll it in powdered sugar, and bake according to our recipe instructions.

How do I avoid having cakey crinkles?

Using larger eggs than called for can make your red velvet crinkle cookies cakey, as will the addition of baking powder than specified. Another cause is using a different flour than usual, such as cake flour, and measuring flour with too heavy a hand.

Other than cream cheese, what else can I put in my red velvet crinkle cookies?

White chocolate, dark chocolate, or buttercream are great frosting or filling alternatives for cream cheese. They all have a smooth and creamy texture perfect for these red color crinkles. Use white chocolate if you want a sweeter bite, dark chocolate for a bitter hint that goes well with sweet flavors, or buttercream for a rich but light buttery flavor.


Make a batch of soft and chewy red velvet crinkle cookies for your loved ones or just for yourself. It’s made easy by using ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen. Store these cookies in a jar for a quick pick-me-up snack or wrap them up as a gift for any occasion.

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