Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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December 2, 2019
Cookies
December 2, 2019

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

  • Prep time: 1 hr
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Total time: 1 hr 30 min

Festive, fun, and Santa approved, these this red velvet crinkle cookie recipe is a holiday favorite! But a holiday spin on your favorite fudgy crinkle cookies 🙂

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Kicking off cookie week with these fudgy homemade red velvet crinkle cookies! Festive, fun, and Santa approved, these this red velvet crinkle cookie recipe is a holiday favorite!

These fudgy red velvet crinkle cookies are the perfect festive addition to your holiday cookie baking!

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

HAPPY MONDAY SWEET ANGELS WE ARE SO EXCITED. Why are we screaming? Well, because it’s officially Broma Cookie Week AKA the best week ever (debatably better than pie week). And we’re kicking it off with these festive homemade red velvet crinkle cookies. They’re fudgy, chocolatey, fool-proof, and Santa approved.

We think you’re going to love them.

Too goo to resist! Fudgy homemade red velvet Christmas cookie with a bite taken out!

What are red velvet crinkle cookies?

You’ve probably had a crinkle cookie around the holidays. They’re traditionally a dense, fudgy, chocolate cookie rolled in powdered sugar that forms a distinctly crackled top. A lot of people make them by doctoring a cake mix, and don’t get me wrong, they’re delicious. But there’s nothing quite like homemade.

These red velvet crinkle cookies from scratch are slightly less chocolatey than their original chocolate version and are, of course, red, but they have the same dense, almost brownie texture and are simply scrumptious.

homemade red velvet crinkle cookies on a metal grate

How to make red velvet cookies red?

Red food coloring of course! Simply add a few generous drops (about 1/4 teaspoon) to your batter and you’ll have Christmas red cookies in no time.

I will admit, I kind of hate making red velvet desserts. Clearly that hasn’t held me back (hello: red velvet macarons, red velvet cake, red velvet brookies 🙂 BUT, I know I’m not alone in despising that they temporarily dye all your baking gear red. But you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well… or whatever the kids are saying these days.

And believe me when I tell you it is worth that extra scrub in the sink for this red velvet crinkle cookie recipe.

stack of red velvet crinkle cookies

Tips for the best crinkle cookies:

  • Don’t chill your dough: You want these cookies to spread a little bit so you don’t get round snowballs. We found that refrigerating our dough made the cookies keep their shape too much, so if you do prep the dough in advance, give it an hour on the counter to come back to room temp!
  • Roll the dough in granulated sugar AND powdered sugar: This will help the powdered sugar stick to the cookie and prevent the powdered sugar from dissolving into the moisture of the cookie so you get that good snowy crinkle every time!
  • Don’t over bake: You want these red velvet crinkle cookies to be slightly gooey in the middle so that they don’t dry out!

overhead shot of red velvet crinkle cookies

We are SO excited it’s finally the holiday season, and even more excited to share alllll our fav cookie recipes with you each and EVERY day this week.

See ya mañana!

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

4.8 from 50 reviews

Get in the Christmas spirit with these fudgy homemade red velvet crinkle cookies. Perfect for your next holiday party or to leave out for Santa!

Get in the Christmas spirit with these fudgy homemade red velvet crinkle cookies. Perfect for your next holiday party or to leave out for Santa!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: american
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  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon professional red food coloring*
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Add the vanilla and red food coloring, and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat together until combined.
  4. Fill one bowl with granulated sugar and one bowl with powdered sugar. Use a 1 ounce cookie scoop (or tablespoon) to scoop cookies out. Roll the balls first in the granulated sugar and then in the powdered sugar to completely coat the cookie balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheet an inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up and cracked, but are still a little gooey in the center.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy with a glass of milk!

Keywords: easy, holiday, christmas, santa, gooey, chewy, homemade, from scratch, the best

Notes

*food coloring varies A LOT. We made these with Wilton professional food coloring which is very pigmented. If you are using a store bought gel or liquid food coloring you’ll need to use more!

These fudgy red velvet crinkle cookies are the perfect festive addition to your holiday cookie baking!

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  1. I am making these and the first batch are pretty puffy, so I slightly flattened this next sheet and will see what happens. I’m reading the comments looking for advice, I saw a reply to a comment saying baking soda, not baking powder. The recipe says baking powder- is that correct?

    • Hi Denise! We used baking powder. If your cookies are puffy you might have overmeasured your flour a bit. Make sure to fluff it up and spoon and level it into your measuring cup!

      • Thank you!! I made them again and was more careful with the flour, and they turned out perfectly! I also used 1 tsp almond extract and 1 tsp vanilla, instead of all vanilla and it tasted more like the red velvet cake with ermine frosting that I’ve grown to love.

  2. Surprised myself!
    Amateur baker at best here and ended up with a batch of bikkies which actually looked quite like the pics and tasted delicious! This can only mean the recipe and notes were spot on. Thank you for a new Chrissy favourite in our house.

  3. Base of this recipe compares to other crinkle recipes (matcha, chocolate). The only thing I see missing in the steps, which is crucial, is to chill the cookie dough. This makes it easier to then roll into balls. I found the dough a bit wetter than others, maybe removing one egg and just one teaspoon of vanilla instead of 2 would be better. Taste it divine though. Will make again for Christmas.

  4. Have just made these and they are delishhh!! But I did find mine went quite flat and thin? Still yummy though 🤤