Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are one of my all time favorite Christmas cookies to make. They are soft, chewy, festive and of course, delicious.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies stacked

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Have you ever made crinkle cookies before? If you haven’t, let me explain. In summary, they are cookies that you roll into dough balls and then coat in powdered sugar. When they bake, they spread out and left looking cracked.

This type of cookie generally has a very soft and chewy texture. It’s certainly a fan favorite for a lot of people. If you’re here looking for new Christmas cookies recipes you have certainly found yourself in the right place because we have SO many. Some of our favorites are listed below for you.

If you adore red velvet as much as we do, you’ll also want to try our Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies, Red Velvet Kiss Cookies, Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls, Red Velvet Cheesecake and Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies on a baking rack

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Flour – you will need all-purpose flour.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder We will add in the sweetness with sugar.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Butter – make sure you are using unsalted butter since we are adding in salt.
  • Sugar – granulated sugar.
  • Eggs
  • Milk – any milk is fine including 2% or whole milk.
  • Vanilla – pure vanilla extract works best.
  • Powdered Sugar – you will roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar before baking.
  • Food coloring – we used liquid red food coloring for this recipe, but gel food coloring can also be used.
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Stacked

How To Make Red Velvet Crinkles Cookies

  1. Dry ingredients. Whisk these together in a small bowl.
  2. Mix. Whip together the butter and sugar until it’s nice and fluffy.
  3. Add. Mix in one egg at a time to your butter mixture. Then, add in the milk, vanilla and food coloring.
  4. Combine. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to your wet mixture.
  5. Chill. Cover the dough and sit in the fridge to chill for about an hour.
  6. Roll. Shape the cookies into balls and dip in powdered sugar.
  7. Bake. Cook at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes and then let sit for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.


You can store these cookies at room temperature in an airtight container and they are best for 3-4 days.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies with a bite taken out

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5 from 44 votes

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are one of my all time favorite Christmas cookies to make. They are soft, chewy, festive and of course, delicious.
Servings: 40
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours





  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer (or hand mixer), whip the softened butter and granulated sugar until fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs 1 at a time, until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla and red food coloring.
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients on low speed and mix just until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 1 1/2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl. Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into balls (about 2 Tbsp each).
  • Roll the balls into the powdered sugar and evenly coat. Place the covered balls on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 – 14 minutes.
  • Once baked, let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg


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19 comments on “Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies”

  1. Have you tried making the batter ahead of time and then storing in the fridge or freezer to be rolled and baked?

    1. Andrea Schiller

      Same with mine. It didn’t crinkle and the sugar dissolved on top of it. And I believe that was because I had buttered hands LOL

  2. Andrea Schiller

    Mine did not come out like the picture. They didn’t have big crinkles in them. They were more flat and because I think I used buttered hand to roll it the powdered sugar melted. But either way they still came out delicious I just wish they looked a little better.

  3. I make red velvet cookies several times a year. They are my grandson’s favorite. I will have to try this recipe. Mine are only box of red velvet cake mix, tub of cool whip, 2-3 tbl water, powdered sugar for rolling.

  4. 5 stars
    Quite nice and fluffy but a little too sweet for my taste. I made a batch with smaller balls and reduced the time to 8 min which was better. I must admit, no one forced me to eat the entire big one, but I did.

  5. We used the recommended amount of food coloring and they came up really brown.I guess because of the Coco powder Lol

    1. I used food color gel, it seemed to hold the color better. They’re cooking now.

  6. 5 stars
    These came out so good! Only thing is the powered sugar was pretty much gone once they came out of oven. They didn’t have that pretty white coating

  7. How many cookies does one recipe make? These would be great for a cookie exchange if they made enough.