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

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!


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

fudgy red velvet crinkle cookies coated in powdered sugar

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


  • 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 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


  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

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



I loved these! My family had a cookie competition and I won with it???? Mine didn’t come out red though. I’m not sure why!


Amazingly delicious cookies! So tender and perfect.


This recipe is amazing! Simple yet such gooey and amazing cookies. Thank you for the recipe and I’m excited to make more!


Hello, the recipe is amazing and very easy to bake, but my cookies absorbed the sugar and left a little powdered sugar on top. Though i followed the instruction, i dont know what happened

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hey Nour! I’m so sorry to hear that that happened to your cookies! Did you coat them very well in the granulated sugar before coating in the powdered sugar? It’s normal for the powdered sugar to dissolve into the dough a little bit.


Do you recommend leaving the dough in a ball or flattening it a bit?

Sofi | Broma Bakery

We didn’t flatten our and found they spread fine!


Thank you. I had to flatten mine. They also went as red but they were delicious and beautiful.

Mary Lou Johnson

I made these delicious cookies for Valentines treats. Everyone loved how good they were! I’m saving this recipe 🙂

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