Red Velvet Crinkles

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These soft and chewy Red Velvet Crinkles are joyful in every bite! My red velvet cake mix cookies are made with only 4 ingredients and will satisfy that sweet chocolate craving any time of the year, but these fudgy red velvet cookies dressed up in powdered sugar are especially perfect for the holidays!

red velvet crinkle cookies on wooden surface


Gooey red velvet crinkles using cake mix are some of the best cookies to ever exist. Wouldn’t you agree? The holidays are fun and filled with all sorts of delicious sweet treats–including these soft cake mix cookies that are the most beautiful shades of vibrant red. 

red crinkle powdered sugar cookies

These cookies are perfect for other holidays besides Christmas, too, like Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and other fun occasions. If you’re anything like me, then you probably love red velvet desserts, too.  Some of my other very favorite red velvet recipes include this sweet Red Velvet Cheeseball (make it heartshaped for a beautiful Valentine Dessert Board!) and these smooth Red Velvet Truffles. Yummy! 

Made with only 4 ingredients and without butter, this red velvet crinkle cookies recipe is super easy and perfect for whenever you need to bake up something quick and simple. These cookies are a superb addition to a holiday tray, and also great for giving away as gifts! Everyone will love these soft crinkles because they taste just like delicious red velvet cake. 

crinkle cookies on green cloth


  • Easy: This recipe is ready with only a few steps and doesn’t take long at all. Keep the holidays stress-free with this simple and quick dessert! Mix the batter in one bowl, coat with sugar, then bake!
  • So Good: Rich red velvet flavors are gooey and so tasty. Crinkle cookies using cake mix are known for being so chewy and pillowy-soft. You won’t regret making this recipe! 
  • Versatile: What I love about these festive cookies is that they are versatile! You can use pretty much any type of cake mix for these cookies. There are so many options out there for creating different-colored cookies. 

bowl of cake mix with bowls of oil, eggs, sugar


Using four ingredients, this cookie recipe is as simple as it gets! For the full measurements, scroll down to the recipe card.

CAKE MIX: I use one box of red velvet cake mix to make 30 cookies. You will have plenty to go around! 
EGGS: Two whole eggs are used to make sure these eggs are the right texture and crumbly. 
OIL: Vegetable oil allows these cake mix cookies to be extra moist and taste just like your favorite red velvet cake. Any kind of vegetable oil will work! 
POWDERED SUGAR: You will need powdered or confectioner’s sugar to roll the cookie dough in for extra sweetness! Rolling the dough in the sugar before baking allows the cookies to have that crinkle appearance. 


adding eggs and oil to cake mix in bowl and mixing with spoon


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Next, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake mix with the eggs and vegetable oil. Mix all of the ingredients with a spoon or rubber spatula until evenly mixed. 


red velvet cake mix batter with powdered sugar

Using a small cookie scoop, form the red velvet dough balls.

rolling red velvet cookie dough in bowl of powdered sugar

Make sure the dough balls are round, then carefully roll each ball into a bowl of powdered sugar. Be sure to coat the dough heavily in the sugar. 

red velvet cookie dough with powdered sugar in baking sheet


Next, place the coated cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake the cookies for eight minutes and remove them from the oven. 

crinkle cookies on wire rack

Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container for five days! 

crinkle cookies on wire rack with text


Be sure to save this holiday cookie recipe for all of your holiday needs! Save this fudgy cookie recipe to your Christmas or Valentine’s Day boards! 

dipping red velvet cookie in glass of milk


  • Instead of red velvet cake mix, switch things up and use lemon, chocolate, vanilla strawberry, and more. 
  • Add more flavor to these cookies by smearing white chocolate cream cheese frosting on them or between two cookies to make sandwiches. 
  • Be sure not to chill the dough or the texture of the cookies of the different will turn out weird! 
  • Do not overbake these cookies to make sure they stay soft and chewy.


Banner for The Sweetest Season 2021 including a blue background with tree shapes and baking utensils

The Sweetest Season And Cookies For Kids Cancer

As I mentioned before, today’s recipe is in honor of The Sweetest Season. The Sweetest Season is an event hosted by my blogger buddy, Erin from The Speckled Palate. She has been doing this cookie baking event for the last 10 years – and this year, since it’s the season of giving and giving back, we are happy to be supporting an organization that’s actively funding treatments for kids and their families who are affected by children’s cancers.

This year, as bloggers all over share their cookie recipes this week, we are raising money in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Did you know?

  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S.
  • More than 40,000 U.S. children are actively battling cancer right now.
  • The average age of a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer is 6.
  • The combined 12 major groups of pediatric cancers receive 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget.
  • 2/3 pediatric cancer patients will develop long-term side effects, many life-threateninga result of the treatments that “cured” them.
  • There are 300,000+ new cases of cancer affecting children worldwide annually. That’s more than 800 new kids affected every day.
  • Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to funding research for new, improved, and less toxic treatment options for kids.


red crinkle cookie in glass of milk

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for new, innovative, and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted nearly $17 million to pediatric cancer research in the form of 100+ research grants to leading pediatric cancer centers across the country. From these grants have stemmed 35+ treatments available to kids battling cancer today.

Here is our fundraising page if you’d like to join us in raising some money for this worthwhile organization.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is in a matching window with their friends at OXO, who will be matching every dollar raised through the end of 2021, up to $100,000. Whatever money we raise will automatically double on our fundraising page! 


close view of red velvet cake mix cookies



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Red Velvet Crinkles

These soft and chewy Red Velvet Crinkles are joyful in every bite! My red velvet cake mix cookies are made with only 4 ingredients and will satisfy that sweet chocolate craving any time of the year, but these fudgy red velvet cookies dressed up in powdered sugar are especially perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix cookies, crinkle cookies, red velvet cookies
Servings: 2 .5 dozen
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 15.25 ounce box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix with eggs and vegetable oil until combined.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, form dough balls. Roll each ball in powdered sugar, coating heavily.
  • Place each cookie dough ball on the lined cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Let cookies stand on the cookie sheet for a minute or so before transferring to a cooling rack to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 15mg | Sugar: 3g

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  1. These red velvet crinkle cookies are so pretty! They will be just perfect for Christmas and Valentine’s Day!

  2. This recipe is perfect for someone like me, who wants to make cookies – but not with tons of ingredients and spending the whole day in the kitchen. Lovely. Plus they look so nice with the crinkles and this color!! Thanks for sharing.

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