Cake Mix Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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Cake Mix Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a fun cookie recipe that is perfect for Valentine’s Day or Christmas with its bright color and crinkly top!

Red Velvet Cookies made with cake mix

These Cake Mix Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are perfect when you need a cute Christmas cookie fast – you only need 4 ingredients and a few minutes!

Cake Mix Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

These cookies couldn’t be easier. Get out your favorite mixing bowl and spoon (no need to break out the mixer).

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Dump in the cake mix, 2 eggs, and ⅓ cup of oil or melted butter. Stir it up until a stiff dough forms. 

Then chill it for 15-30 minutes until just firm enough to handle. Roll into balls. Roll them in powdered sugar and bake.

If the cookies spread too much, chill them a bit more. If they aren’t spreading enough, let the dough warm up a bit. 

Red Velvet Cookies made with cake mix

Can you freeze these cookies? 

Crinkle Cookies do freeze well. After they have cooled, store them in an airtight container and freeze for several weeks.

However, they are best enjoyed within a couple of days of baking if you don’t plan on freezing them. 

These cookies are an excellent make-ahead cookie recipe for Christmas when you know you’ll need something quick. But they don’t take that long to bake in a pinch either. 

Andes Mint Cookies, White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies, and these Chocolate Turtle Cookies also freeze nicely for Christmas baking that can be completely early in the season.

Red Velvet Cookies made with cake mix

Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

You can use cake mixes to make any flavor of crinkle cookies you want. I have a cake mix funfetti crinkle cookie recipe that is fun too. I used a valentines cake mix for those. Let me know what flavor you might like to try!

Did you know you can also make these cookies with Cool Whip instead of oil or butter? Rachel Cook’s has a great recipe for Cool Whip Cookies made with a cake mix.

If you’d like to try these cookies with Cool Whip, just omit the oil and eggs, and stir together an 8 ounce container of cool whip with the cake mix. That’s all there is to it!

Extra cake mix makes for rich, moist, chocolate cupcakes, the perfect indulgence for any chocolate lover. Though they are made from a mix, they don’t taste like one at all.

Red Velvet Cookies made with cake mix

Cake Mix Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

4.65 from 14 votes
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a fun cookie recipe that you can make in a pinch that still looks extra festive!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in


  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cake mix, oil and eggs until a stiff dough forms.
  • Chill the dough for 15-20 minutes until the dough is easy to handle. Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  • They freeze well.


You can also use cool whip in place of the oil or butter. Simply omit the oil and stir in one thawed 8 ounce package cool whip.


Serving: 1g · Calories: 78kcal · Carbohydrates: 7g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 21mg · Sodium: 27mg · Sugar: 6g
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{originally published 11/13/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 1/12/21}

Red Velvet Cookies made with cake mix

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  1. Amanda says

    3 stars
    I tried this recipe and for some reason the batter came out super sticky. I followed everything exactly so I don’t know what happened.

  2. Kala Lavin says

    5 stars
    Hi there! I made an eggless version.
    Turned out extremely well.
    I used 80gm of melted butter and used 2 tsp of egg replacer powder… a tablespoon of yogurt and sprinkled plain water to get the dough to the smooth consistency.
    Thank you for this wonderful share.

  3. Vanessa says

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing these! They’re great! How long will they keep if I keep them on the counter in a closed container?

  4. Andrea says

    5 stars
    How many approximate teaspoons is a one inch ball? I’m thinking about getting a cookie scooper and can’t figure out what size to use.

  5. Lisa says

    I used bailys Irish cream and added more flour and 2oz soft cream cheese. They are the best cookies I have ever had!! Try and enjoy!!!

  6. Deb J. says

    4 stars
    The dough was Very sticky. I made the mistake of using a hand mixer and it was very difficult
    To get the dough off the beaters. After refrigerating, the dough was still sticky, so I coated my finger tips with the powdered sugar to get them out of the bowl and roll. They spread more than I expected and took a little longer to bake, but they turned out so pretty. I’m serving them at my HOA meeting tonight.

  7. Jean says

    5 stars
    I made these cookies today and they came out delicious. My husband said to keep making them. Refrigerating the dough for 15 minutes helped alot. Great recipe. 👍

    • Mary says

      Yes, it definitely helps to chill the dough, Jean. I’m so glad you and your husband loved the cookies. Enjoy!

  8. Meagan says

    5 stars
    Great recipe with the boxed cake I make all my crinkle cookies this way now. They turned all thick and chewy with a semi crunch on the outside. Everyone loved these.

  9. Jamie De Rosa says

    I’m making these cookies today. I was wondering do you think pressing down a little bit would make them crinkle more…just curious!

    • Mary says

      If you find that the first batch is a little puffier than you like, you can try smacking the tray on the stove as you take them out of the oven. It will cause them to fall and “crinkle” a bit more. I don’t know that pressing down on them will make a big difference, but you can try it.

  10. Abbs says

    5 stars
    Been making these cookies for the last few years and it’s always a hit with the family. Barely had any leftover after Christmas they were so good!