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How to Make Crinkle Cookies – Chocolate, Lemon, & Red Velvet

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A holiday tradition, here’s our secret recipe for 3 amazing flavors, lemon crinkle cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies & red velvet crinkle cookies!

Crinkle cookies are soft, pillowy cookies with an attractive crackled and crinkly exterior accentuated with powdered sugar. Invented in St Paul, Minnesota by Helen Fredell, the secret to the cookie’s crinkled appearance is due to surface of the cookie dough ball rapidly drying before it finishes spreading and rising.

How to Make Crinkle Cookies

The method for making crinkle cookies from scratch is the same, regardless of the flavor (Lemon, Chocolate, or Red Velvet)

  1. Combine the dry ingredients together.
  2. Beat wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine all ingredients.
  4. Chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator.
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls.
  6. Generously coat the balls in confectioners’ sugar.
  7. Bake.

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How to Fix Sticky Crinkle Cookie Dough

Crinkle cookie dough should not be sticky or tacky, if it is, it should be refrigerated for at least thirty minutes before forming it into balls and rolling the balls in powdered sugar. The use of sticky or tacky dough will result in a cookie that overspreads during baking, resulting in overly crispy, flat cookies.

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If you prefer smaller cookies, you can use a smaller cookie dough scoop, but be sure to reduce the baking time as will.

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Variation Ideas

Add up to 1 cup of chopped nuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips to the dough just prior to refrigerating.  See also Nutella Crinkle Cookies

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies


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3 thoughts on “How to Make Crinkle Cookies – Chocolate, Lemon, & Red Velvet”

    • Have you ever frozen these cookies? If so, how well do they freeze?

      You can freeze chocolate, lemon, or red velvet crinkle cookies before or after baking. To freeze the baked cookies, allow them to cool completely first. Freeze in single layers between sheets of parchment paper for up to 3 months. To freeze before baking, form the dough into balls, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze until solid. Once frozen, store them in an airtight bag until ready to bake.

      To bake crinkle cookie dough balls that have been frozen: Remove them from the freezer, thaw 20 minutes while the oven preheats. Roll each of the dough balls in powdered sugar and bake as instructed in the recipe.

  1. If you want to make crinkle cookies, but you’re not really a “from scratch” kind of person, you can use make any of the above flavors using just 3 ingredients.

    3 Ingredient Cool Whip Cookies

    You’ll Need
    1 box of Cake Mix, any flavor
    1 8 oz container of Cool Whip, thawed
    1 egg

    Combine the cake mix, cool whip and egg until a soft dough forms.

    Drop 2-tablespoon-sized dough balls (medium dough scoop #30)  directly into confectioners’ sugar and roll to coat, do not shake off the excess; space dough balls evenly on silpat-lined baking sheets, 12 per sheet.

    Bake cookies at 350F for 12-14 minutes.  They should appear puffed and cracked, the edges will  begin to set but centers are still soft (cookies will appear a bit raw between cracks and seem underdone), about 12 minutes.


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