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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

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These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies From Cake Mix are the perfect, delicious handheld treat for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. In fact, they are pretty easy to throw together, even if you have unexpected guests.

red velvet cookies stacked with more cookies on a white plate in the background on a yellow cloth.
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If you love this Instant Pot Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake recipe, then you will want to give these easy cookies a try.  These cake mix cookies turn out soft, chewy, and oh so rich, you won’t regret making them.

These soft crinkle cookies are a twist on the classic Red Velvet Cake recipe. If you love the rich cake that your grandma used to make, then you are going to want to make this simple cookies asap. Also, if you want to try some other crinkle cookies, try these Whip Cream Cookies.

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Why I Love This Recipe

Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they also turn out ultra soft and chewy with an incredibly rich flavor, making them a great go-to dessert.

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at holiday parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma
  • It only takes a few minutes of active prep time.

If you love Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Cake Mix,  you may also enjoy these Easy Valentine Cake Mix Cookies.

Ingredients

You only need few simple ingredients to help you make this easy cookie recipe. All of these cookies are easy to find at your local grocery store, so you can enjoy this sweet treat without a lot of effort to track down fancy ingredients. 

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies ingredients.

chocolate cake mix – You will need a box of your favorite cake mix to help you make this easy, yet delicious recipe. 

red food coloring – For a dessert recipe like this, you will need to use red coloring gel. Gel food coloring won’t thin your batter like a liquid food color would. 

sugar – You will need both granulated sugar and powdered sugar for these cake mix cookies. 

Substitutions

Gluten-free: Swap out a traditional cake mix, for a gluten-free cake mix, if you want gluten-free cookies. 

Food coloring: If you don’t have gel food coloring on hand, you could also use food coloring paste. 

Canola Oil: Applesauce or any of these other canola oil alternatives will work.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Here are a few ways that you can  switch up the traditional red velvet crinkle cookies from cake mix. 

Different flavors: You can use different flavors of cake mix for these cookies to get different cookie flavors. 

Chocolate chips: For a chocolaty treat, try adding in some mini chocolate chips for an extra delicious touch. 

Nuts or sprinkles: For a crunchy, festive touch try adding in some nuts or sprinkles to the batter before baking. 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make these festive and beautifully colored cookies. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this sweet treat. 

  • cookie sheet – You will need a large baking sheet or cookie sheet 
  • electric mixer – I’ve found that using a hand mixer or stand mixer makes combined the ingredients super easy. 
  • large mixing bowl – A large mixing bowl will help you whip up these cookies.

How to Make Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies From Cake Mix 

This recipe takes a bit of time to get the perfect crinkle cookies, but the result is definitely worth it! So, follow these simple instructions below and you will delicious cookies that your entire family will love in no time at all. 

Step 1: Prepare a baking sheet 

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 2: Mix together the cake mix and wet ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs. Mix thoroughly.

cake mix, oil and eggs in a mixing bowl next to a wooden spoon and other ingredients.

Step 3: Add the food coloring until you get the color desired

Once you achieve a dough-like consistency, add red gel food coloring. Mix until tinted completely.

chocolate cake mix mixed with red gel food coloring in a stainless mixing bowl with beaters in it.

Step 4: Chill the cookie dough

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Preheat the oven

Remove from refrigerator. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 6: Roll the cookie dough balls in granulated sugar

Roll dough into one-inch balls and coat with a thin layer of granulated sugar.

cookie dough is shaped in a ball and dipped in a bowl of sugar.

Fully coat the dough balls by rolling them in powdered sugar.

a gold tray with cookie dough balls in it, one on the tray, and one in each of the bowls of sugar.

Step 8: Bake the cookies

Place on lined cookie sheet about 2 to 3 inches apart from each other. And, then bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Serving Suggestions

I love to serve these cookies with a delicious meal like these Meatballs and Gravy and a side of these Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to make sure that your Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies  turn out well

  • When adding food coloring to your batter, add a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired red color. Too much food dye can cause your cookies to become too dense. 
  • Make sure to chill your cookie dough before baking, this will help give it a delicious crinkle and prevent them from spreading while in the oven. 
  • Be sure not to overbake these cookies, they should be lightly golden brown when done. Once cool, they will have that signature crackled crust that everyone loves!
  • If you want even sized red velvet cookies, I recommend that use a cookie scoop that will give you 1-inch balls for even sized cookies. 
  • White chocolate chips, cream cheese chips, or lemon zest can be added to the dough for incredible flavor. 
  • If you don’t have parchment paper, you can use a silicone mat on your baking tray instead. 
  • You can use these Christmas cookies as gifts, if you add a few to a pretty bag. 
  • Don’t have a mixer? Use a wooden spoon to do the mixing instead. 
  • Melted butter can be used instead of oil in the cookie dough. 
  • For an extra decadent treat, you can top these cookies with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles.
red velvet cookies stacked on a white table with more cookies on a white plate in the background on a yellow cloth next to a glass of milk.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe. 

How to store?  

Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them for up to 2 months. 

Can I use a different flavor of cake mix?

Yes! You can absolutely use any kind of cake mix you desire. From strawberry or lemon to chocolate and vanilla, use whatever flavor your heart desires. 

Can I freeze crinkle cookies? 

Yes, you can freeze these cookies for up to 2 months! Just make sure they are completely cooled before placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag.

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📋 Recipe

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Corinne Schmitt
These Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies are soft, chewy, and full of rich chocolate flavor.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Cookies
Calories 163 kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • parchment paper or silicone mat
  • Large mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs. Mix thoroughly.
  • Once you achieve a dough-like consistency, add red gel food coloring. Mix until tinted completely.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Roll dough into one-inch balls and coat with a thin layer of granulated sugar.
  • Follow by coating the cookie dough ball in powdered sugar.
  • Place on lined cookie sheet about 2 to 3 inches apart from each other.
  • Bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely.

Notes

  • When adding food coloring to your batter, add a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired red color. Too much food dye can cause your cookies to become too dense. 
  • Make sure to chill your cookie dough before baking, this will help give it a delicious crinkle and prevent them from spreading while in the oven. 
  • Be sure not to overbake these cookies, they should be lightly golden brown when done. Once cool, they will have that signature crackled crust that everyone loves!
  • If you want even sized red velvet cookies, I recommend that use a cookie scoop that will give you 1-inch balls for even sized cookies. 
  • White chocolate chips, cream cheese chips, or lemon zest can be added to the dough for incredible flavor. 
  • If you don’t have parchment paper, you can use a silicone mat on your baking tray instead. 
  • You can use these Christmas cookies as gifts, if you add a few to a pretty bag. 
  • Don’t have a mixer? Use a wooden spoon to do the mixing instead. 
  • Melted butter can be used instead of oil in the cookie dough. 
  • For an extra decadent treat, you can top these cookies with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1CookieCalories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 26IUCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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