Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a new perfect Christmas cookie! They’re deliciously soft and have the classic flavors and stunning color of a red velvet cake but in individual cookie form. They’re coated with sweet dusting of powdered sugar and once baked up end with pretty little crackles to impress.

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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.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy

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.

My oh my these cookies 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!


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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

4.47 from 15 votes

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a new perfect Christmas cookie! They're deliciously soft and have the classic flavors and stunning color of a red velvet cake but in individual cookie form. They're coated with sweet dusting of powdered sugar and once baked up end with pretty little crackles to impress.

Servings: 30 cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: red cookies, red velvet desserts
Calories: 178 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Christine Diwatin: Hi! Can i replace lemon juice to white vinegar? Lemons here in my country is quite expensive. Thanks. December 12, 2018 at 3:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that would be fine. December 12, 2018 at 3:55pm Reply

  • Bev: how long do they keep thanks December 11, 2018 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should keep about 3 days at room temperature. December 12, 2018 at 5:47pm Reply

      • bev: thank you December 12, 2018 at 6:51pm Reply

  • Cynthia: Can you please freeze the cookie dough before baking? December 1, 2018 at 7:50am Reply

  • Heather: Do these freeze well? I’ve made them before and they are amazing….but I want to put them in the freezer until Christmas. November 25, 2018 at 1:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested so I can’t say for sure sorry! I think they should freeze great the only thing might be that the powered sugar dampens when thawed. November 26, 2018 at 2:52pm Reply

  • Tonia: Can these be made in advance and frozen? November 20, 2018 at 10:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine the powdered sugar might wear off a bit but they should still taste good. November 21, 2018 at 9:10pm Reply

  • Sara: Deliciosas May 26, 2018 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Polly: I made these cookies for my daughter-in-law whose favorite came is…Red Velvet. She absolutely loved them and asked me to make her some more! January 10, 2018 at 8:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it Polly! January 11, 2018 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Nancy Rouse: Enjoying these cookies for Christmas a 5th year in a row now! Family favorite, thanks for sharing! December 25, 2017 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: 5 years!? Wow, that makes me happy! :) January 2, 2018 at 4:34pm Reply

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