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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch


3-1/2 dozen

This recipe is special to me because it is totally original, my very own! The cookies are firm but not crunchy on the outside, and they're tender inside. The powdered sugar makes them melt in your mouth. —Jane Rundell, Alanson, Michigan
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red paste food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vinegar, food coloring and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chips. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls; roll in confectioners' sugar. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until tops are cracked and edges are set, 12-15 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 166 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Tracy
    Feb 15, 2021

    Thank you Jane for this cookie recipe! These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are amazing and delicious! Our family has had red velvet cake as a birthday staple for years, and I've always wanted something with a similar flavor Christmas. Well...this recipe does it! It is perfect! I've tried other things (red velvet brownies), and they just don't compare! My mom even commented that she likes the cookies even better than the cake! It is so popular that it will be a Christmas cookie in our house for years to come! Additionally, when I use a 1Tbsp cookie scoop, I yield 5 dozen!

  • tamara
    Feb 10, 2020

    I've made these plenty of times with cake mix - this is a little more time-consuming, but definitely worth the effort. The best "crinkle" cookie recipe - thanks for sharing!