Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies*

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Last week Beryl was breathing down Jacksonville’s neck…and the locals were FREAKING out. If you turned on the news it was all day coverage of the storms increasing wind speeds and proximity to the coast. I have made it through many a hurricane and tropical storm and while I wasn’t looking forward to loosing power, I knew unless some freaky thing happened, Jorge and I would make it out just fine.

But then I got a call from my Mom and she managed to get my feathers a little ruffled. She reminded me of tropical storms in Houston that had ended badly for some…and how we lost power for days…and had to shower in complete darkness. After our phone call, the news started reporting it was almost a full blown hurricane and only 40 miles off the coast. Jorge eventually caved and told me it was time to go to Walmart and buy some Chef Boyardee ::shudder:: and batteries, just in case. Then the skies darkened, the rain began pouring down, and the wind started howling around the house…

And I fell asleep on the couch watching The Client List –judge away, I seriously just can’t stop watching. I woke up the next morning to a few leaves blown around the yard and people posting pictures of their lawn chairs being blown over on Facebook. We didn’t loose power, we had zero damage and I slept through the whole danged thing.

After such a “horrifying” ordeal, I just had to ease our souls with cookies. 😉 I had little to nothing left in the fridge (don’t want to do a big shopping trip before possibly losing power for days!), but I did find a box of red velvet cake mix in the dark corners of my pantry. Thus the crinkle cookies were destined to be. I am sure these are the traditional We Survived a Tropical Storm Feast! Well, actually we had Chicken & Waffles from Metro Diner for breakfast…but these were the perfect post storm lunch!


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies

Crinkle Cookies from a boxed cake mix are one of my favorite cookies to make. First off, they literally take 5 minutes of work from me. Second, they are delicious and chewy! You can use any boxed cake mix in this recipe to make crinkle cookies...some of my personal favorites are Lemon and Chocolate!


  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 18.25 oz box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 375°F and line two cookie sheets with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs and red velvet cake mix until there are no large lumps left.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls (about 1 tablespoon worth of dough) and coat in powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches for spreading.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the tops have cracked and the tops look set (the centers will still be gooey). Let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Serve warm (over Bluebell vanilla ice cream!) or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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77 Responses to “Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies”

  1. 1

    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 5, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    Love, love, LOVE this photo!!! And love that you slept through the hurricane – ha! So glad you guys were ok. These cookies look FABULOUS!!! :)

  2. 2

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 5, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    glad you’re safe & sound….and had these cookies!

    LOVE the pic with the missing cookie/10x sugar. SO FUN!

  3. 3

    Heather — June 5, 2012 @ 1:43 am

    Glad everything is ok! Cookies are the best soothers out there :)

  4. 4

    Blog is the New Black — June 5, 2012 @ 5:07 am

    Cookies solve everything. They look like winners!

  5. 5

    Katrina — June 5, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    These are pure deliciousness! They look super chewy and tasty!

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    Kathryn — June 5, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    I’m glad Beryl didn’t do much damage, you can never really tell until it hits what’s going to happen!

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    DessertForTwo — June 5, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Well, I’m glad you’re OK! And I’m also really glad you made cookies :)

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    thyme (sarah) — June 5, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    We’re in Houston and I can barely imagine a huge storm passing through. It is so dry and day after day of sun blaring down. (Now, I’m sure I have jinxed the city). Anyway, I adore crinkle cookies. I adore red velvet anything so these jumped out at me on TS! Delicious.

  9. 9

    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 5, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I love love that picture! And the news makes the possibility of hurricanes so much worse :(

  10. 10

    Devon — June 5, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    A) I LOVE THE CLIENT LIST. I don’t care how terrible & cheesy it is…. It’s FANTASTIC. I am totally Team Evan. That man is HOT!

    B) Beryl was no big deal. People need to calm down. I lost electricity for about two seconds.

    C) I kinda hate you for these cookies… because now I have to make them. Immediately. & eat them all.

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    Nikki — June 5, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    I have no idea what The Client List is, so no judging from me! haha. Just don’t judge ME that I am clueless to it. 😉

    You’ve created such beautiful cookies, Jess, out of a cake mix! I’ve never thought to make crinkles out of a box mix. I already know of a box sitting in my pantry that that will go to use in this recipe!

  12. 12

    Lauren — June 5, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I love anything red velvet but these are the cutest cookies! I love them & wish I had some right now!

  13. 13

    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 5, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Yesss, love crinkle cookies! Also, I would totally brave a (possible) hurricane if it meant I got to eat these cookies afterward. 😉

  14. 14

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 5, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Love red velvet cookies and love how easy this recipe is!!

  15. 15

    raquel from Florida — June 5, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    please! Don’t talk to me about Chef Boyardi and batteries pleaaaaseeee!!!!! I love living in Florida half of the year, but he other terrible half….oh boy…..Thank God you did not have any problems with Beryl.
    My DD loves everything red velvet, so these cookies are perfect for her, thanks!!!!!

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    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — June 5, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. 4 ingredient cookies?!!! DAN.GER.OUS

  17. 17

    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 5, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    These beauties make the world go ’round. I make a mean almond and a Strawberry version. Holy Moly in My Yoga Pants they are addicting.

  18. 18

    Cassie — June 5, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    These couldn’t be any more amazing!

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    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes — June 5, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    I love the picture with the missing cookie and the sugar :) We live in Eastern NC and we got some rain and a few tornadoes along the coast. Compared to other storms, it was kind of a *yawn*. I love cake mix cookies just because, who doesn’t have cake mix in their pantry … and they are so fast and taste yummy!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — June 5, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Ugh…hurricanes are no fun. Gustav was a weak cat 1 by the time it got to us, and it just sat….and sat. I learned that no one in Louisiana understands what a 4 way stop is once the traffic lights go out. Heck, no one in Louisiana understands basic traffic rules anyway. 😛

    So, yeah…I need to make those cookies! That’s such an easy idea…I’m totally trying this!

  21. 21

    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — June 5, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Lovely cookies. They look so soft!

  22. 22

    Joy — June 5, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    I would have been scared too. The cookies look so good.

  23. 23

    Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — June 5, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I love red velvet anything :) Also I love crinkle cookies because they taste like delicious little donuts. These are beautiful and I’m sure delicious too!

  24. 24

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 5, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    So glad you’re safe and sound. And I’m totally not judging you watching the client list. That’s my guilty pleasure! Some of the scenes are a little too much for me to handle. I mean I’m a bit shocked that lifetime plays some of that stuff! Anyway, I digress. These cookies are awesome. I need like 50 of these right now.

  25. 25

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 5, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I never even heard there was a storm until now! Glad it turned out to be nothing much and great use of pantry leftovers :)

  26. 26

    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — June 5, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    absolutely love these! I miss talking to you! Just pinned them

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 5, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Yummy! I did something similar once w/ a red velvet cake mix. I don’t know how y’all live in all that weather craziness. I guess what we have to deal with is not that great either: wildfires. ick. Hey, looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

  28. 28

    katie — June 6, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    We were up in Jax Beach and decided to go home a day early thanks to stupid Beryl. Every time we go to Jax we eat at Metro Diner only because its amazing. One of these trips we will get together!!! On a side note I’ve made a similar recipe of red velvet cookies before and they were to die for! Yours look delicious!

  29. 29

    Ana — June 6, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    Oh my, those look so absolutely delicious. I love anything red velvet :)

  30. 30

    sally @ sally's baking addiction — June 6, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    I am glad you are safe and sound! I truly love anything red velvet, but have never had it in cookie form! These are a must try.

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    Kat — June 6, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Haha, sleeping during storms is the best thing! I love how everything gets dark and hostile outside and the fact that I’m safe and home cuddled in a bed reading a book and nothing can happen. It looks like you have the whoopie pie box always ready. I need to look in my grocery store if they sell it as well. So far I needed to do to a pattisserie to get my sugar dose, this would make my life a lot easier :)

  32. 32

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 6, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    I love when delicious cookies can be that easy to make! Gorgeous photos, too.

  33. 33

    Joanne — June 6, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    This sounds highly suspiciously like my experience with Hurricane Irene last summer…except I made the cookies beforehand, not after. You know….just in case I had to live out of my cabinets for a week or so. At least those cookies would have fed me for…an hour. 😛

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    Delia — June 8, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Your story reminds me of Hurricane Rita. Yes, the traffic leaving Houston was a messy nightmare, but the storm…not much to talk about. I am going to have to actually buy a box of cake mix to try those.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 9, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    I’m in awe of your first photo! What a cute idea. :)

  37. 37

    Carrie, A Sweet Spot: Home — June 11, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    How simple, but I’m sure they’re really tasty…great recipe!!

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    Construction Supplies San Diego — July 3, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    christmas cookie exchange idea?!?!?!?
    I love your blog!

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    christy — July 30, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    You are HILARIOUS! Love reading your intros! My daughter is also a Florida transplant from Texas & weathered her first storm (Beryl) with no issues!

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    Cordelia — August 12, 2012 @ 1:47 am

    Made these today using pineapple cake mix; they were a huge hit!

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    Bryant — October 28, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    I was unable to effectively mix the cake mix, eggs, and butter because the batter was so thick and dry. It was so thick that the hand mixer I was using completely stopped. I had to add about 2T of oil and 1/2 C of water to even be able to mix the batter. Therefore, my cookies turned out more like whoopie pies instead of crinkle cookies. Any suggestions?

    • Jessica replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      Hmm. I made these again this weekend without any issues. My best guess is that you possibly used a bigger cake mix? Was it an 18oz box?

      With 6 tablespoons of melted butter and the two eggs, there should be plenty of moisture to mix the dough into a batter.

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    linda — December 9, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I’ve seen this before but the recipe before but it said you had to have a cake recipe with pudding in it and also the cake recipes now are only 15. something. if i don’t need the pudding one that’s great but if i wanted to put in pudding how much would you suggest?

    • Jessica replied: — December 9th, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

      Hey Linda,

      I have never added pudding, so I don’t know how much people add. I don’t feel it needs anything else…they are great as is! Also, if you added pudding, you would need more liquid…so I would google other recipes if you wanted to add pudding!

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    BRooke — December 11, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    I just made these cookies, and the dough… ohh my gosh, the consistency is amazing. <3 them, they are in the oven now!

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    Sam M. — December 17, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    @ Bryant – I followed the directions, except the box mix was slightly smaller (15 or so oz. of Betty Crocker red velvet cake mix). It was very hard to get it mixed together properly by hand, so I just threw it in a food processor, which mixed together perfectly. They came out great. A lot more powdered sugar than in the photos, but still delicious.

    Thanks for this recipe. It was one of the easiest and most delicious things I’ve baked!

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    Julie — December 19, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    I’ve never made crinkle cookies from a cake mix.. I’m making them tonight for a cookie swap…. Should I use I salted butter in this recipe, or unsalted?

    • Jessica replied: — December 19th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

      I would use unsalted butter! :)

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    Corinne — December 25, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    These are so easy and delicious! If you add 1 tbsp of cornstarch to the powdered sugar, they “crinkle” better”. But these are a big bit around my family. I’ve even made them into little whoppie pies :)

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    Bobbie — August 27, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    Was excited to make these cookies for them to only turn out to be an epic fail! I was so bummed cuz they looked so good. Was making them for my employees birthday and red velvet is her favorite. Used 15 OZ standard cake mix and it was the consistency of gum. Even after beating it with mixer and adding water they were so thick that rolling them into balls was a huge mess and I couldn’t even get one made. The clean up was thick and I spent 30 mins with a mess and waste of ingredients. And now no dessert to take to work. Totally bummed.

    • Jessica replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

      Hmm I can’t understand why it would have been like gum?? Crinkle Cookies (made with cake mix) are super popular…and this recipe doesn’t use any strange ingredients or quantities. It’s the very traditional way – except with Red Velvet. Sorry you had an issue!

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    Minela — October 11, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Love love this recipe!! I added some white chocolate chips and they turned out amazing!

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    Amanda — November 12, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Do these cookies freeze well?

    • Jessica replied: — November 12th, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

      I doubt it, but if you try it and have good results please let me know!

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    Cindi — February 10, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    These cookies look like an easy recipe to make with my special education students for Valentine’s Day! How many cookies does one recipe make?

    • Jessica replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 11:45 am

      All yields are right under the recipe name. :-) This recipe makes 18 cookies.

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    Ohh..these are little temptations..i am going to make them today!

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