Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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:)

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies cut into heart shapes for Valentine's Day. Your sweetheart will love these festive cookies.
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  • 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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  1. So cute and so easy! I don’t have many cookie cutters but I do actually have a heart shape one that I got last year so I might have to put it to use with these πŸ™‚

  2. These are awesome! That red velvet cake mix is honestly one of the best mixes out there, so I think it makes perfect sense to use it for recipes like this. These are adorable, what a great idea to make little cutouts…love it!

  3. These cookies look adorable and delicious…perfect for Valentine’s Day. I cannot wait to try them!

  4. These are adorable! Red Velvet is my favorite! Perfect little sweet Valentine’s Day! Look forward to checking out the others as well.

  5. I am ALL about the cookie scraps. And these heart-shaped crinkles are ADORABLE!!! I’m a little in love with them, Maria!

  6. These are SO darn cute! I think the cut into a heart is an absolute must. My mom used to do that with our PB&J sandwiches on valentine’s day πŸ˜‰

  7. These look great, but couldn’t you also bake the “cut out” heart cookie too? I think it would be neat to try anyways. :o)

  8. These are beautiful Maria! What a great idea for Valentine’s Day. The kids would love to make these and cut them out.

  9. omigosh, i loooooove these! they are so so soooo cute πŸ™‚ i would be a happy camper chilling with all of those cookie scraps!

  10. Maria- i adore your blog and visit often. these heart shaped red velvet cake mix cookies look so wonderful! i love using cake mix for recipes other than cake! i just recently used devil’s food cake mix to make valentine’s day cookies. πŸ™‚

  11. Great looking cookies. I think I came up with something to do with the leftover empty hearts. I’ll have to try it though before I share and make sure it works. I’ll let you know! πŸ™‚

  12. Everyone’s red velvet creations look drool-worthy and so festive and I want all of them!

  13. Love how you cut them into hearts AFTER baking! It gives a much sharper , 90 degree edge, and a more brownie, or bar-cookie-like look! I’ve got a thing for crinkle cookies too, so these REALLY have got my sweet-tooth cravings going!

  14. These are just so adorable! With the milk bottle… I feel like I can taste them right now.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  15. ABSOLUTELY DARLING! What a brilliant idea – cut the shapes while the cookies are still warm ~ Your Valentine is a lucky guy!

  16. These cookies look amazing! I love that you used a cake box mix too! Sometimes it’s so much easier. I just made red velvet cream cheese brownies with a cake mix. Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

  17. Your cookies are always the best! You really are the cookie queen! I trust all of your recipes. Can’t wait to try these next!

  18. These look yummy Maria!
    Love how you coated them with powdered sugar to make crinkle cookies.
    I know these were so good with MILK!

  19. I would love to make these cookies for my sweetheart, but no Red Velvelt Cake Mix here in good old Germany… Maybe I improvise with a recipe from scratch, but if it will result in the same nice cracking effect..? πŸ™ Anyway, thanks for the great inspiration!

  20. Me again.. πŸ˜‰ Just thinking… Maybe I could use a “Chocolate Crackle Cookie” recipe as a start, replace milk by buttermilk and add red food coloring?? I’ll try it and see how it goes.. πŸ™‚

  21. These look great and I think I will make them this weekend! I still have a few boxes of red velvet cake mix left from the holidays when I made the red velvet cheesecake cookies – I just have to tell you that those were to die for!!!!!! Raves from everyone! thank you so much for sharing! Love your blog!

  22. These are adorable!! I love using cake mix to make cookies, it’s my new thing! πŸ™‚ I’m going to try these for V-day!

  23. So you are the creator of these magical cookies I have seen all over Pinterest – no surprise! Love these!!!

  24. These cookies look so good. I am dying over all of the red velvet recipes I’m seeing lately due to Valentine’s Day.

  25. These cookies are gorgeous and look scrumptious! I had to pin it on the CraftBliss Red Valentine Bliss Board on Pinterest and link back to you. ~Dee

  26. Very cute cookies, Maria! I’ll bet that Josh loves (mostly because they’re made by you). I love that lead shot.

  27. I usually don’t use boxed cake mixes either but sometimes they trump everything, like in Knock You Naked brownies. From scratch is usually the way to go but NOT always!

  28. Hi, These look so cute and yummy. Do you have a recipe from scratch for these cookies. We don’t have a Red Velvet Cake mix here in New Zealand.

  29. This looks very cute and delicious! I think I will win a lot of hearts if I bring some to the office on V-day! haha… I was wondering how I should store these? In a room temperature? Are this better the next day or the same day? Thanks!! πŸ™‚

    1. I store them at room temperature in an air tight container. They are good for a couple of days.

  30. I made these last night. I sent some home with my son to share with his roommates and I am mailing the rest to my daughter. College kids need cute, tasty cookies and these totally fit the bill!

  31. So after finally picking up my Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix, I noticed there is a recipe for cookies on the box, but it has differnt ingredients than yours. Theirs uses the mix, 6tbsp butter, 1cup powdered sugar, 1tsp cornstarch, 2 large eggs and 1tsp lemon zest. And bakes at 375.

    Think I will try it both ways plus with a from scratch recipe. Thanks once again for the inspiration, I don’t think I would have gotten around to it without the pictures which made it impossible to resist.

  32. Do you cut the cookies into hearts before or after baking?! (Probably a silly question… I’m assuming they are soft cookies so you can do it afterwards?)

  33. Thanks so much for sharing this! They are beautiful.
    I tried them out but with pink strawberry cake mix, so easy, yet delicious!!
    Will def. try the red velvet for christmas time πŸ™‚

  34. I made these tonight for my dance company rehearsal and everyone LOVED them. The only bummer I had was that they turned out pretty small after I cookie cut them. I supposed next time I’ll make a few less and make bigger cookies but they were delicious!

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

  35. Oh my gosh ! My daughter and I made these last night. I have to tell you these cookies are delicious. Sinful………She made a little box for her boyfriend and I for my husband. We kept some round an made some hearts. It was funny because we had a little bit bigger heart cookies cutter than the cookie so we experimented. You all might cringe, but we smashed the cookie a little when it came out of the oven with the spatula to fit the cookies cutter and let it cool. We taste tested to see if we they we too flat, but they were just fine. I love these cookies. I’m gonna make another box just because.

  36. Maria -planning to make these tonight. am guessing they wouldn’t get the crinkle effect if we rolled them out and used the cookie cutter pre-baking right?

  37. i just made them! mine look nothing like the picture! lol… a lot of the powdered sugar melts when baked and mine were a lot thicker than the picture and it was difficult to get any into perfect hearts with my cookie cutter… but i’m happy they still taste good… thanks for the recipe!

  38. I just opened my box of red velvet mix and I’m worried there isn’t enough mix!
    Apparently in Canada we don’t like red velvet cake and the only mix I could find was for 12 cupcakes from Betty Crocker, no other stores had any and the box had “New!” on it so I’m lucky I found any at all! I’ve made cake from mix before and the bag of mix was much larger..
    Do you know how much mix you had?!

  39. Just made these. Used a medium cookie scoop from Pampered Chef. They were too small for my heart cookie cutter from Michael’s, so I pulled out my mini cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma, and I got 4-5 hearts out of each cookie. They are a little bigger than Goldfish crackers. I bake all of the time, and people are always raving about what I make (toot, toot), but I hardly enjoy anything. LOVE these, top 3 favorite cookies of all time. AMAZING!

  40. I am impatient and tried to make these anyways…currently I have 4 cake globs in the oven. They are impossible to roll and the rest of the mix is still in the bowl. I am waiting to see how these turn out before carrying on. Yikes!

  41. Darn! Oh well!! The 4 cake globes turned out like tiny cakes!! I just ate them myself and turfed the rest!! Haha πŸ™‚ I’ll try again with two boxes next time! Or maybe by then Canada will have fancy Duncan Hines red velvet imports πŸ˜›

  42. Just made these, they turned out great! Used a few different sized heart cookie cutters and put into cupcake wrappers. Thanks for sharing, greatly appreciate it!

  43. While I love the red velvet idea, I want to make these with what I have in stock at home…can we use any flavor cake mix (i.e. devil’s food)?

  44. Made these last night and they came out fabulous. The powdered sugar is kind of sticky, but its not an issue, just weird and annoying to my perfectionist tendancies.

    Just saw pink lemonade cake mix and frosting at Walmart Monday night….think they would be fabulous with this recipe for a summer partry.

  45. I made these cookies for Valentine’s day and they were simple and quick! I left some whole and cut some into heart shapes, that way I could actually give my boyfriend more cookie. My dad wanted me to cut them all so he could eat all of the edges πŸ™‚ The next time I make them I thought about whipping up some homemade cream cheese frosting to put on them πŸ™‚ (Although they are AMAZING even without it!)

  46. I made these for Valentine’s Day and went really light on the powdered sugar and I made cream cheese frosting. I have one of these dish/bowl combos where there’s a small bowl in the middle of a big dish. I put the cream cheese frosting in the middle and the cookies around it so you can dip the cookies in it.

    It’s absolutely FANTASTIC! I love it!! My husband said I was the queen of desserts!!

    This recipe rocks. πŸ™‚

  47. Hey! I made these for my mothers birthday, used a heart cookie cutter and all. But I also made a vanilla buttercream with a splash of almond, and made its consistency stiffer than usual to create a cookie whoopie pie! I also dyed the buttercream blue, my moms favorite color, and it turned out adorable! She loved them.^.^ thank you so much for the recipe!

  48. My niece made these and they were amazing!
    Glad I re-connected with your blog. Keep up the good work.

  49. Im thinking of shipping cookies home for the holidays…would these work!!! new york to Cali about 3 days at the most

  50. Do you mix the cake mix as on the box. Then add the other ingredients. When I mixed it up its dry and hard to form balls. Very crumbly
    please let me know.

    1. It depends on what size cookie cutter you use. I used a medium heart cutter and got about 2 dozen cookies.

  51. Do you mix the cake mix with the ingredients required on the box first or do you just use the ingredients from the recipe on your site?

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. 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 πŸ™‚

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

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

  62. 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.

  63. Just tried these! They are SO good and turned out wonderful! Thank you so much for a great recipe πŸ™‚

  64. 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.

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

  66. 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?

  67. 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!

  68. 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!!

  69. 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.

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

  71. 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