This red velvet cookie recipe comes from my cookbook, Baking For the Holidays. Like traditional chocolate crinkle cookies, they’re rolled in powered sugar and when baked, and cracks break through the surface giving them their beautiful snowy look. They’re so chocolatey and fudgy in the center, with a hint of vanilla to keep them classically red velvet.
You’ll notice these cookies are actually a shade of burgundy (how I like my red velvet to be), but you can add extra red food coloring if you want them to be more vibrant.
I will be on Cherry Bombe Radio’s new mini series She’s My Cherry Pie, hosted by Jessie Sheenan, this Christmas Eve. I’ll be talking about these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies, my Holiday Cut-Out Cookies, and cookie baking in general. Tune in if you can!
Ingredient Notes for Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies:
- All-Purpose Flour: Make sure your all-purpose flour is not too high or low in protein; I like to use Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose for cookie baking. At 10.5 percent protein it is a good, moderate choice to keep baked goods tender.
- Unsalted Butter: I use unsalted butter in my recipes so I can control the salt content. This recipe uses both salt in the dough and sprinkled on top before baking, so unsalted works well here in order to keep the cookies from getting too salty.
- Food Coloring: I use a red Bakery Emulsion when making Red Velvet baked goods; it gives a good red color and adds an extra flavor that is slightly both chocolate and citrus-y. If you can’t find it, or want to use straight up food coloring, a gel food coloring works best here for deep color.
- Extra Eggs Yolks: I like to add extra egg yolks; they add richness and help with the fudgy texture.
- Canola Oil: I like to use some canola oil when I can in recipes that call for cocoa powder; I find it helps keep them tender over time.
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Fudgy Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies (no mixer!)
- 1½ cups (213 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup (150 grams) plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion or red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter
- 3 ounces (85 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
- ¼ cup (25 grams) cocoa powder
- ½ cup (60 grams) confectioners’ sugar
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line three sheet pans with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, whisk together ¾ cup (150 grams) of the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, eggs, egg yolks, canola oil, Red Velvet Bakery Emulsion, vanilla, and salt.
- Place the butter and chocolate in a small, heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat and melt together, stirring frequently to prevent the chocolate from scorching. Continue cooking until the mixture is smooth. Off the heat, add the cocoa powder to the chocolate and whisk until completely combined, about 45 seconds (the mixture will be thick).
- Add the warm chocolate-butter mixture to the egg mixture and whisk together until combined. Add the flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to mix gently until combined. Cover the dough and chill the mixture for at least 6 hours and up to overnight.
- In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Scoop the dough into 1½ tablespoon portions (see note) and roll the dough in the sugar mixture. Place eight cookies on each sheet pan and bake one pan at a time, rotating halfway through baking. Bake until the edges are set and the cookies are puffed but still soft in the center, 12 to 14 minutes. Move the sheet pans to a wire rack and let the cookies cool to room temperature. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- The dough is very sticky, so using a cookie scoop works best here; I like to drop the dough balls into the powdered sugar and then gently roll them. Once they are covered, they are easy to pick up. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes or so to help it scoop more easily.
- Reprinted from my Baking for the Holidays cookbook, with permission from Chronicle Books.