Ruffles & Truffles

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies for #SundaySupper

 It’s undeniable – the holiday season is in full swing! And with the holidays comes a lot of food – time to break out the cookies and candy for some holiday treats!

The group over at Sunday Supper is giving you quite the roundup today – we’re talking about holiday baking! Who doesn’t want a new recipe to try out around the holidays? As much as I’m a sucker for the tried and true recipes year after year, I do like to branch out and try new things too. Make sure you check out the other recipes for some awesome inspiration!

I’m usually not much of a baker, which seems strange. Aren’t girls supposed to be bakers (stereotyping, I know)? I guess when it comes down to it, I like to have the ability to change things as I go when I cook something, and with baking it has to be right from the start…there’s not much ability to change! But alas, I do love a good cookie every now and again, so I get over my trepidation and soldier on to create some sweet treats to share.

What is more perfect for the holidays than red velvet cake? How about red velvet cake in cookie form? If you’ve seen my recipe for chocolate pixies (aka crinkle cookies), you know I’m a fan of these powdered sugar dusted treats. But the red and white combination seems perfect for the holiday season.

One thing I love about red velvet is that the flavor is light…even though I’m a chocoholic at heart, the subtle cocoa flavor is enough to satisfy me. Someone also needs to keep me away from the cookie jar with these bad boys: after making this batch I keep catching myself sneaking cookies here and there. They were so easy to make as well. Because you know what the best part is? These are semi-homemade. Yep. I kind of cheated…using a boxed cake mix as an ingredient. However, the cake mix gives these cookies a cake-like texture, but with a crispy outside. I’m not complaining. Plus, me + red food dye = disaster…so having it in the cake mix already is a bit of a relief. So – here’s the super simple recipe for red velvet crinkle cookies…

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

*adapted from Duncan Hines*


6 tbsp butter

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1 tsp cornstarch

1 box red velvet cake mix

2 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, melt butter and set aside to cool (or place in the refrigerator briefly to do so).

2. Sift powdered sugar into a shallow dish (I used a pie plate) and mix in the cornstarch. Set aside.

3. Pour cake mix, the cooled melted butter, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spatula until well blended. A dough will form from this combination.

4. Use a small scoop to form 1 inch balls of the dough; drop and roll each in the powdered sugar, and place the balls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart from one another. Bake for about 9-11 minutes, until the dough is fully set.

5. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container to preserve. Enjoy!


Make sure you check out the rest of the amazing recipes created by the Sunday Supper team!


69 Comments on Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies for #SundaySupper

  1. Nicole
    December 9, 2012 at 2:36 am (1 year ago)

    Once you get used to baking more often you will realize that you have just as much ability to change things up as you do with cooking. There are some basics you can’t mess around with, but there is quite a lot of wiggle room. I’d say it is the same for cooking.

    • Katie
      December 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Interesting thought, Nicole! I have never thought about being able to change things once a batter is made/dough is made/etc. I mean, I suppose you could change things around and learn from mistakes, but what if you were to make a cake….how do you change that as you go? Or if you overwork your macaron batter so they won’t stand up? Maybe I am just not understanding…totally possible! :)

    • Taryn
      December 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Just made these and they turned out PERFECTLY!! Such a great and simple recipe!! Thanks!!! :)

  2. Amber ~ Real Girl Glam
    December 9, 2012 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

    These sound and look delicious! I usually do the typical frosted sugar cookie during the holidays, but these look too good to pass up. YUM!

    • Katie
      December 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm (1 year ago)

      I love a classic frosted sugar cookie!!!

  3. Jen @JuanitasCocina
    December 9, 2012 at 9:34 am (1 year ago)

    I love that these use a cake mix! Easy and quick to my mouth!

  4. Conni Smith
    December 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm (1 year ago)

    What beautiful cookies! Perfect for Christmas baking!

  5. Mandy rappe
    December 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Where does the powdered sugar and cornstarch come in?

    • Katie
      December 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Mandy – the powdered sugar/cornstarch is explained in steps 2 and 4 – hope that helps!

  6. Renee
    December 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm (1 year ago)

    What beautiful cookies to have at Christmas! They sure would brighten up any dessert table.

  7. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    December 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Crinkle cookies are so magical, perfect for the holidays. They look wonderful and incredibly soft!

  8. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
    December 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm (1 year ago)

    The crinkle on these cookies is so perfect – I could gaze at your beautiful photos all day long. Or better yet, I could get into the kitchen stat and bake a batch of these myself. Thanks for sharing!

    • Katie
      December 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha…you are cracking me up! And sadly, I’ve already eaten all of my cookies…guess it’s time for a new batch!

  9. Dara
    December 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm (1 year ago)

    These look amazing! I love red velvet anything. Great job.

  10. Sheila Fretz
    December 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm (1 year ago)

    These look so yummy and tasty! I need to find a way to make gluten free.

  11. Bea
    December 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm (1 year ago)

    They are simply beautiful. Love the presentation :)

  12. Tara
    December 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm (1 year ago)

    What a great recipe. I wonder if we can get red velvet cake mix here in Canada, never seen it. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Donna
    December 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve made the chocolate version of these, and I love them. The red is so perfect for Christmas. So nice!

  14. Sarah
    December 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm (1 year ago)

    One day they’ll bring the mix to us up here!

  15. Audrey's Mamma
    December 11, 2012 at 12:11 am (1 year ago)

    We have not made crinkle cookies in years! What a great idea.

  16. Megan
    December 11, 2012 at 8:17 am (1 year ago)

    LOVE these & now I am sad I didn’t get any. Good news is that they seem easy enough that I could make these without screwing up!! Yum!

  17. diabeticFoodie
    December 11, 2012 at 9:55 am (1 year ago)

    These cookies are so beautiful and festive. What a great addition to our cookie exchange!

  18. Liz
    Twitter: thatskinnychick
    December 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm (1 year ago)

    My daughter loves red velvet anything, but I’ve never seen crinkles before! Wonderful idea!!!

    • Katie
      December 12, 2012 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

      They seem to appear around the holiday baking time, for sure!!!

  19. Arlene@FlourOnMyFace
    December 12, 2012 at 12:16 am (1 year ago)

    These are beautiful cookies. Red velvet is perfect for a Christmas Cookie.

  20. Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite
    December 12, 2012 at 4:50 am (1 year ago)

    What a great twist on crinkle cookies. My mom loves making chocolate crinkle cookies so I will have to send this to her

  21. Vespa Woolf
    December 12, 2012 at 7:03 am (1 year ago)

    These are beautiful little cookies and it’s nice to use a box mix with so much cooking to do. I really enjoy your writing style and your photos and layout are gorgeous. Thanks!

  22. Tammi @ Momma's Meals
    December 12, 2012 at 9:30 am (1 year ago)

    Love these little bits of goodness! And the color……WOW!!! I am IMPRESSED!

  23. Michelle
    December 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I can’t wait to try these for Christmas!

  24. Lyn @LovelyPantry
    December 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Red Velvet anything always brings smiles to peoples face. These look lovely.

  25. Heather @girlichef
    Twitter: girlichef
    December 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm (1 year ago)

    I love cake mix cookies…they remind me of growing up. My brother and sisters and I made them all the time. I’ve never made a red velvet version though (!?!?)…these are on my short list, they look awesome.

  26. Susan
    December 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm (1 year ago)

    So festive and a nice twist on the crinkle cookie!

  27. marla
    December 16, 2012 at 11:11 am (1 year ago)

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  28. Laura
    January 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm (1 year ago)

    These look amazing. Something different for Valentine’s Day!

    • Katie
      January 9, 2013 at 7:06 am (1 year ago)

      Oooh, another good holiday for them indeed!!!

  29. Aleta
    November 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm (5 months ago)

    About how many cookies does one box make?


30Pingbacks & Trackbacks on Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies for #SundaySupper

  1. Snowball Surprise Cookies
    December 9, 2012 at 7:16 am (1 year ago)

    [...] Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by She likes ruffles, he likes truffles  [...]

  2. Dairy Free Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | The Purple Buffalo
    January 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm (1 year ago)

    [...] the mailman and our neighbors before Christmas Eve, I found this recipe for red velvet cookies from I believe the recipe was originally adapted from Duncan Hines, but no matter where it came from, [...]


Leave a reply