Red Velvet Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies

Red velvet gluten free crinkle cookies have all the delicate chocolate taste of red velvet cake, in a sweet little cookie. They never fail to impress, especially when you know the secrets to crinkle cookie success!

A close up of a crinkle cookie on a white surface

Have you ever made crinkle (crackle?) cookies that didn’t crinkle-crackle? When the cookie top doesn’t split, creating white confectioners’ sugar continents, it’s terribly disappointing.

Other than having a crackerjack recipe, like this one for red velvet gluten free crinkle cookies, there’s a simple secret to crinkle success…

Crinkle cookie dough being dipped in powdered sugar

Just double-dip the cookie dough in the confectioners’ sugar. That’s it.

Just rolllllll the cookie dough between your palms into a tight round, dip it in the confectioners’ sugar to coat on all sides, then press it into a thick disk. Then dip it again in the confectioners’ sugar.

Overhead view of crinkle cookies on white surface

These red velvet crinkle cookies have all the taste and texture of a proper crinkle cookie (delightfully chewy cookie with a crispy sugary broken crust), and they always look the part.

The delicate chocolate flavor and gorgeous color of red velvet makes any holiday more festive, too. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and … Happy Valentine’s Day. All in one cookie!

Gluten Free Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 24 cookies


1 1/2 cups (210 g) all purpose gluten free flour (I used Better Batter)

3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1/4 cup (20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed)

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 eggs (100 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature, beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Red gel food coloring (optional) (AmeriColor brand is gluten free)

1 cup (115 g) confectioners’ sugar (for coating)


  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set them aside.

  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the butter, eggs and vanilla, mixing to combine after each addition. The dough will be soft. Add the optional red food coloring and mix until the cookie dough is a uniform red-tinged color. Divide the dough into 24 equal portions, each about 1 1/2 tablespoons, and place on the prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2-inches apart. The dough will be sticky, so use either an ice cream scoop or two spoons. Place the dough in the freezer until firm (5 to 10 minutes). Place the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and set it aside.

  • Remove the cookie dough from the freezer and roll each portion tightly into a ball. Working quickly, drop each ball of dough into the bowl of confectioners’ sugar and roll it around to coat on all sides. Press the ball into a disk about 1/2-inch thick, place in the confectioners’ sugar to coat again completely and return it to the baking sheet.

  • Place the baking sheets, one at a time, in the center of the preheated oven. Bake until the cookies are puffed and set in the center (about 14 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.



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