Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies


Tis the season for red velvet! I take that back, any season is the season for red velvet, but Christmas-time is especially the season for beautifully red baked goods. Every year I get excited as the holidays get closer to start making red velvet everything. Last year I made Red Velvet Pancakes and Peppermint Red Velvet Kiss Cookies. I’ve also posted my copycat version of Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes and another red velvet recipe I posted are these Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies. So, are you starting to see I’m slightly obsessed with red velvet?  Not only is it a romantic food but it’s flavor is completely divine. I love it’s light undertone of rich cocoa that perfectly compliments those sweet hints of vanilla.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy

My husband brought me home some macarons from The Sweet Lobby (here in D.C.) and among the batch were several insanely delicious red velvet macarons with a cream cheese frosting. My husband must now me well, instead of bringing me home flowers he brought me home macarons. More often than not I’d rather have food (chocolate, cookies, cupcakes) over flowers (you can’t eat flowers and they die in a few days anyway). I loved those macarons so much that I made some the next day (which I’ll have to post those sometime in the future). I also had a red velvet cookie from Panera a few days ago so between the two it’s gotten me in the red velvet mood so I kept it going and made these soft, cake like crinkles today.

My oh my these things are trouble! I ate them for lunch with a cup of hot cocoa. That’s not something that happens often for me. I usually show more self control and save the desserts I’ve made for after dinner. Not today. Make these and you’ll see why. Enjoy!


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

4.42 from 12 votes

These delicious and easy red velvet cookies are both romantic and festive!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red cookies, red velvet desserts
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 178 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp milk or buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 5 tsp red food coloring
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. 
  2. Mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and red food coloring. 
  3. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Pour powdered sugar into a bowl. Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into medium balls (about 2 1/2 Tbsp each).

  5.  Roll cookie dough balls into powdered sugar and evenly coat. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 - 14 minutes. Allow to rest on cookie sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  6. *If you want them a little more chocolatey you can replace 2 - 3 Tbsp of the flour with 2 - 3 additional Tbsp of cocoa powder.
  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: Love Red Velvet so love these cookies :) Thanks for sharing :-) November 21, 2013 at 10:20am Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: These cookies are getting me in the Christmas spirit! I absolutely love red velvet, and these cookies look perfect! November 21, 2013 at 6:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jessica! November 21, 2013 at 10:11am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: These are so pretty!! I love a good red velvet cookie :) November 21, 2013 at 5:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Katrina! November 21, 2013 at 10:19am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: You have me so ready for the holidays with this! November 21, 2013 at 12:12am Reply

  • Sophie: Oh, wow! These cookies are absolutely STUNNING. I’m sure they taste pretty bomb too! :) November 20, 2013 at 11:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sophie! November 21, 2013 at 10:20am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Gorgeous cookies, love the red velvet! November 20, 2013 at 10:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! I love your blog! November 21, 2013 at 10:20am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Girl. They are STUNNING! Pinned

    And I had a feeling when you commented on my red velvet cupcakes yesterday that you had a trick up your sleeve….I knew it :) Gosh I want these so badly. Perfect texture, color, and the crinkles! November 20, 2013 at 9:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha yes, with all the red velvet around me and your inspiring post too how could I resist :). November 21, 2013 at 10:22am Reply

      • Doreen Pedroni: Jaclyn,

        I’ve made the Choclate Crinkles (yummy).
        However I’ve never made the Red Velvet Crinkles, my question is do I melt the white choclate or just add them in from package? Doreen December 22, 2017 at 7:00pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Just add them from the package. I hope you love them! Happy Holidays! December 22, 2017 at 9:52pm Reply

          • Doreen Pedroni: I will take a pic of both Red Velvet & Chacolate Crinkles! I’m sure I will Love them! Thanks Doreen December 23, 2017 at 6:14pm

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Beautiful, Jaclyn! Pinned and will pin some more this season! November 20, 2013 at 9:04pm Reply

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