Red Velvet Crinkles

red velvet crinkles
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  • 8Servings


  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food color
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees . In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, food color, vanilla and vinegar. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar, occasionally scraping down the bowl, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating to blend between additions. Reduce speed to low; add the flour mixture and beat until just blended. Beat in the buttermilk mixture. Cover; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours.

Roll half the dough (keep the rest chilled) by the tablespoon into balls; roll in confectioners' sugar to thickly coat. Place 2 inches apart on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake the cookies, rotating the sheets halfway through, until puffed and crinkled, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the sheets 1 minute before transferring to racks. Using cooled sheets and fresh parchment, repeat with remaining dough.