Red Velvet Crinkles


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick salted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.  Stir or whisk to blend thoroughly.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Beat in the eggs, vanilla extract, and food coloring until smooth and well blended.

Step 4: With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and cocoa mixture to the batter.  Blend well.

Step 5: Chill the dough for at least 2 to 4 hours or until it is quite firm.

Step 6: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick baking spray.

Step 7: Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl.

Step 8: Shape the dough into small balls about 1-inch in diameter and place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.  Once you have filled the baking sheet, roll the balls, one or two at a time, in the sifted powdered sugar and place them back on the baking sheet.

Step 9: Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are set and have that signature crinkled look.

Step 10: Let the cookies cool in the pan for 4 to 5 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.  Repeat with any remaining dough, keeping it in the refrigerator until ready to roll.

Enjoy these festive cookies from TheSpruceEats!