Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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First of all, thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a fabulous birthday weekend. I have an easy and festive Valentine’s Day cookie recipe for you today. I made Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies during Christmas time and they were a huge hit. Everyone loved them. I decided I needed to create a new red velvet cookie for Valentine’s Day, red velvet is too perfect for this holiday. I made Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies and cut them into cute little heart shapes. If you are still pondering what to do for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, ponder no more. Make them a batch of Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies-their heart will go pitter patter for these cookies.

These cookies are easy peasy. I used a Red Velvet cake mix to make the cookie dough. I usually make my cookies from scratch, but I had such good luck with the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies, I decided to use a cake mix again. I rolled the cookies in powdered sugar to give them the crinkle affect.

I baked the cookies and cut them into heart shapes while the cookies were still warm. You don’t have to cut the cookies into hearts, but they turned out super cute. Plus, you get to eat all of the cookie scraps:)

Everyone deserves a special sweet treat on Valentine’s Day so make a batch of Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies and share the love. And if you don’t want to share and end up eating the entire batch of cookies by yourself, I won’t tell:) You can always run to the store for a box of chocolates:)

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies cut into heart shapes for Valentine's Day. Your sweetheart will love these festive cookies.
4.30 from 20 votes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix and flour. Whisk until clumps disappear. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake mix, flour, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Take about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and form into a ball. Roll the ball in powdered sugar until fully coated. Place cookie dough balls on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are set and cookies begin to crack.
  • Let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes. If desired, cut cookies into heart shapes, using a heart shaped cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Eat the cookie scraps:)
  • Note-you don't have to cut the cookies into heart shapes. They are great round too!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I just made these and they are DELISH! Thank goodness I had dinner beforehand or I would end up downing the entire batch. I am on the hunt for heart shaped cookie cutters for the 14th. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. Hi, I just made the batter and its too sticky to roll into balls it just sticks to my hands. I did what you said to do. Only thing different is I used betty Crocker mix instead.I’m either going to just plop them on the baking sheet and sprinkle powdered sugar on them or turn it into cake maybe. I don’t know what to do with it.

  3. Sorry for the really silly question, just can’t seem to figure this out.
    Do you only use the cake mix powder or do you prepare the cake mix (with all the wet ingredients at the back of the box) and then use it?
    Great recipe, can’t wait to try it 🙂

  4. Hi! LOVE these cookies! I made a batch last night! I was wondering, though, could I replace the oil with sour cream? Or yogurt?

    1. I haven’t tried it. You might want to start by replacing half of the oil and see how they turn out. Let me know!

  5. I’ve made heart cut out chocolate cookies before and the scraps were called the “broken hearts”.

    I am going to try this baking them in the pan cookie version and it would save time in scooping individual cookies before baking.

    Will post my results.

  6. Do you need to refrigerate the dough before rolling? I know with the original crinkle recipe it calls for it but where you used cake mix, I wasn’t sure how different it was from the other.

  7. Thank you for sharing this great idea .. so cute and sounds yummy and the little milk bottle is so cute .. where can I get those? perfect size for little hands.

  8. Just made these with my son. They are super cute and tasty!
    At first I thought the dough was too sticky but I was able to make them into a ball shape once the powdered sugar was added. Thanks for the great Valentine’s recipe.

  9. These are adorable! I think I will make these but I’d like to replace the canola oil with virgin coconut oil. Hope they turn out as nice as yours!

  10. I just made these and they taste oily. 🙁 I used my kitchen aid to mix it well too. I’m not sure what I did wrong.

  11. Hey there!!!:)
    I think I’m in love with these cookies too!
    Thank you soooo much for sharing !!
    Hopefully will try them on mother’s day, since I missed them for Valentine’s!
    *On Directions, no.2, do we use 2 different bowls?
    If yes, how much cake mix/flour in each bowl?
    *Can I use olive oil instead of canola??:)
    I’m really sorry, I just really want to make these perfect ! :)xxx

    1. Yes, whisk the mix and flour together in a bowl before you add it to the stand mixer. Olive oil has a slight flavor, but you can use it if that’s all you have.

  12. Just tried these! They are SO good and turned out wonderful! Thank you so much for a great recipe 🙂

  13. I want to make these, but am a little confused. If you roll them into balls and cook them, how do you use the heart-shaped cookie cutters? Do you flatten the cookies when they come out of the oven and then use the cookie cutter or do you use the cookie cutter before you put them in the oven?

    1. I cut them into the hearts when they come out of the oven. Use the cookie cutter when they are still warm and they will cut easily.

  14. I am thinking of making these for a Drum Corps so I would need ALOT of them. Do you think they would freeze well?

  15. I’m obviously daft… but after you roll the balls of dough in powdered sugar do you leave them as balls when you put them into the oven and they flatten as they bake?

  16. These are so easy and delicious. I didn’t have access to an electric mixer, cookie cutter, or powdered sugar when I made them. They still turned out excellent. I was a little nervous these wouldn’t be that good honestly because they were so simple. I’m glad I tried them!! Definitely keeping this one pinned!

  17. 5 stars
    My family loves these! I make them with Devils Food and Yellow cake mixes too. They are all delicious but these are definitely our favorites!!

  18. I’ve only been able to find red velvet cake mix in the 15.25 size. How would If affect the recipe if I use this instead? This is the only size I’ve seen for any cake mix flavor, not just red velvet.

  19. several friends said to check your site out had lots of special recipes and ideas that i might like!

  20. 1 star
    I gave these a 1 star simply because zero was not an option. These were the absolute worst cookies I’ve ever tasted. I couldn’t even finish the sample I tasted. I checked the recipe several times to see what ingredient I missed, but I didn’t miss anything, they did…all the flavor. These cookies needed chocolate chips or sugar or something to make them taste better than plain cake flour

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