This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy.

These soft baked red velvet crinkle cookies are the best ever! Rolled in powdered sugar for a snowy appearance, the cookies bake up soft and pillowy with the perfect crackle. With a deep red color and rich, fudgy centers, these festive Christmas cookies are perfect for the holiday season. Recipe yields 26 to 28 cookies, enough to enjoy and share!

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and we’ll send it straight to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us weekly!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Flavored with a hint of cocoa and vanilla, these soft baked homemade cookies are delicious alongside a mug of hot chocolate and a must bake for your holiday cookie tray.

The red velvet cookie dough comes together easily in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Sweet and creamy white chocolate chips folded into the dough melt into each blissful bite.

For best results, be sure to cover and chill the cookie dough for 2 hours before baking. Cold cookie dough results in thicker cookies! 

Pro tip: If you love sandwich cookies, fill and sandwich the cookies with cream cheese frosting for a delicious spin on red velvet cake.

Cookie Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make perfect red velvet crinkles:

  • Flour – Use all-purpose flour in this recipe.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Use natural baking cocoa. Natural cocoa is more acidic than Dutch process cocoa, and also lighter in color, making the red hue of the cookies vibrant. 
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter at room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar – The dough uses a blend of granulated sugar and light brown sugar for perfectly chewy cookies. You’ll also roll the cookie dough in granulated sugar.
  • Eggs – Two large eggs provide moisture.
  • Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract flavors the cookie dough.
  • Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice acts as an acid to boost the color of the cookies. If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, you can use 1 teaspoon of white vinegar instead.
  • Red gel coloring – For the most vibrant red color, I use and recommend AmeriColor Super Red Soft Gel Paste. I prefer gel color over regular red food coloring. The vibrant red color also makes these cookies perfect for Valentine’s Day!
  • Milk – A splash of milk adds moisture and softness to the cookies. You can also use heavy cream.
  • White chocolate chips – Fold into the cookie dough for rich vanilla flavor with every bite.
  • Powdered sugar – Roll the cookie dough in powdered sugar before baking to create the signature crinkle appearance.
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

The Secret to Perfect Crinkle Cookies

Rolling the cookie dough in granulated sugar before coating in powdered sugar helps the cookies crackle as they bake and keeps the powdered sugar coating in place.

For even more crinkle cookie love, don’t miss my fudgy dark chocolate crinkle cookies or chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies!

How to Make Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Whisk together all-purpose flour, unsweetened natural cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat room temperature butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. 

Beat in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and red gel food coloring until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture.

Add milk and mix in on low speed just until combined.

Fold in white chocolate chips with a spatula. The red velvet dough is thick and soft, so chilling is essential.

Chill dough: Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Chilling the dough briefly develops flavor and helps the cookies hold their shape in the oven.

Scoop and shape dough: Use a medium cookie scoop coated with nonstick spray to form 1 1/2-inch balls of dough. Roll the balls in granulated sugar and then coat generously in powdered sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until cookies are puffed and cracked, with edges set. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baked red velvet crinkle cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet

Make Ahead Tips

If you’d like to make the dough in advance, simply roll into balls (without the sugar coating) and freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour. Transfer the cookie dough balls to an airtight container in the freezer (or tightly seal in freezer bags) for up to 2 months.

Just before baking, roll the cookie dough in granulated sugar and coat generously in powered sugar. Bake as directed, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time.

Freezing Tips

You can freeze red velvet crinkle cookies for up to 1 month. After they have cooled completely, freeze flat on a baking sheet for 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container in the freezer (layer cookies between pieces of parchment paper). When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw the cookies at room temperature.

I don’t recommend freezing the cookies for longer than a month – the sugar coating tends to become somewhat dull in color and less crisp.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Favorite holiday cookie recipes:

Did you try this Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie Recipe? Let me know by leaving a comment and rating below!

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Soft Baked Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 32 reviews
  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes
  • Yield: 26 to 28 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
Save Recipe

Description

Soft and pillowy red velvet crinkle cookies make the BEST holiday treat! With the perfect crackle, these cookies are ideal for gifting. Recipe yields 26 to 28 cookies, enough to enjoy and share!


Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (32 g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5 g) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (3 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100 g)
  • 1 tsp (4 g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5 g) lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (21 g) red gel food coloring
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 g) milk
  • 3/4 cup (128 g) white chocolate chips

For Rolling

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Make dough: Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice, and gel food coloring until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Add milk and mix in on low speed just until combined. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  2. Chill dough: The dough will be thick and soft – cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Roll cookies: Place granulated sugar and powdered sugar in separate shallow bowls. Use a medium cookie scoop coated with nonstick spray to form 1 1/2-inch balls of dough (approximately 30 grams each) and roll in granulated sugar to coat, then coat generously in powdered sugar. Place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake cookies for 12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until cookies are puffed and cracked, with edges set. If desired, tap baking sheets sharply once or twice to flatten the baked cookies slightly. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Notes

Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice acts as an acid to boost the color of the cookies. If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, you can use 1 teaspoon of white vinegar instead.

Red gel food coloring: I use and recommend AmeriColor Super Red Soft Gel Paste

Make ahead: Roll the dough into balls (without the sugar coating) and freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just before baking, roll the cookie dough in granulated sugar, coat in powered sugar, and bake as directed, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time.

Meet Laura

Hi, I'm Laura and I'm so happy you're here! Welcome to Tutti Dolci Baking Recipes, a baking blog celebrating all things sweet! I share approachable baking recipes and elevated classic desserts for every home baker. My goal is to inspire you to bake from scratch with kitchen-tested recipes you can count on.

You'll also love:

Leave a comment

If you love this recipe, please consider leaving a star rating when you post a comment to help other readers. If you have a question, I'd love to hear from you too.

As always, thanks for your feedback!

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

Share your photo!Inspire others by uploading an image of your creation along with your review. The maximum upload file size: 5 MB. You can upload: image. Drop files here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

108 Comments

    1. Hi Fran, you can replace the brown sugar with an equal amount of granulated sugar. The texture of the cookies may not be quite the same, so I would add an extra egg yolk too for some added moisture.

  1. Hi! I am wondering if i can use margarine instead of butter? We have butter shortage right now where i live and i really want to try your recipe.

  2. This is the best red velvet crinkles we have ever tasted! I tried this recipe and it’s really great. My family and neighbors said it’s perfectly baked: soft and chewy inside with a little bit crisp in the outer edges. Just perfect. Will definitely bookmark this recipe so I can bake this again. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe 😊






  3. Will try to make these cookies on weekend! Looks so delish! Btw, what type of milk should I use? We only have low fat milk available. Thank you.