Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

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  • It’s December and I am officially ready for Christmas! The lights, the music, the presents, the COOKIES! As I’m blogging this post, I am listening to Christmas music on Pandora. Sing it to me, Harry Connick Jr. What a wonderful time of year! ♥

    Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
    As wonderful as this time of year is, I know folks can get overwhelmed with all there is to do. I don’t even have kids yet and I don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. How do you do it, moms?
    The nice think about this recipe is that I used a cake mix for the base of the cookies. Easy peasy!
    {Here are a few more cake batter cookie recipes: Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies, M&M White Chocolate Candy Corn Cank Batter Cookies}
    My foodie friend, Liz, over at Southern Charm, had a giveaway the other day and I won some Duncan Hines coupons. {She’s pretty awesome. Go check her out!} So I bought a Red Velvet Cake mix and got started.
    I altered this from Duncan Hines Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. The original recipe has lemon in it and no peppermint.
    If you ask me, the peppermint is a necessity! These cookies are not overly sweet, which I like, but the peppermint is a nice addition. Plus it’s pretty!
    Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
         makes about 36
    1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake
    6 T butter
    2 eggs
    1 tsp peppermint extract
    1/2 C crushed peppermint or candy canes
    1 C powdered sugar
    1 tsp cornstarch
    Preheat the oven to 375°. Melt the butter and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix together the cooled butter, cake mix, eggs and peppermint extract. Add in the crushed peppermint and stir. In a shallow dish, mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch with a fork.
    Now, Duncan Hines says to form into balls, but I had a HARD time doing that because the dough is so sticky. So, here’s my special tip.
    Take two spoons and drop a blob of dough in the powdered sugar like this.
    Move it around with spoon until it is mostly covered in powdered sugar. Then, once it is already covered, roll it into a ball and place it on a cookie sheet. Believe me, this is one MILLION times easier!
    Make sure you don’t over crowd the baking sheet. These babies spread out.
    Bake these for 9 minutes. (They won’t look done but they are. I tried 10 and 11 minutes and each were too long). Take them out of the oven and cool for one minute. Then move onto a cooling rack. They will be chewy with little pieces of crunchy.
    Plate up to serve,
    or box up for gifts.
    Christmas is my favorite holiday and these cookies would be fun to take to a Christmas cookie swap! If you need a few more Christmas ideas, click on my holiday page!
    Now if I could just make everything on my Christmas Pinterest board! *sigh* One thing at a time I guess! ☺
    These cookies, and several of my other Christmas goodies are linked up on the Pressed Down, Shaken Together Blog. Click on the photo below for ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

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    • Taylor

      These are so pretty and festive!!

    • Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

      These look delicious! I love your addition of peppermint…so festive!

    • Carolina HeartStrings

      Wow. I have a BIG red velvet fan in the house. Will be trying these.

    • Jocelyn

      So pretty and festive…love the addition of peppermint to them:-) Perfect Christmas cookie!!!

    • The Saucy Gourmet

      only one work comes to mind YUM!!!!! These are going on my Christmas cookie plate.

    • ButterYum

      Crazy cute – great idea, and perfect for this time of year!!


    • Kiri W.

      Oh wow, these are stunning! :) Great recipe, very festive cookies, for sure.

    • Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

      I think you had me at red velvet, then I saw the peppermint.. I will definatly have to try these! Yum!

    • Liz @ Southern Charm

      LOVE what you did with that coupon, mam! These look SO GOOD and like I need to take a stab at them for one of my Christmas parties!!

      Peppermint is a perfect addition!

    • Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny

      Ohh how cute are these?!?! I’m totally saving this recipe to make this Christmas, love these!!

    • Missy ~Cooking For Two

      These are so fun and festive! I never think to put red velvet with Christmas, but the color is perfect! I love that duuncan hines red velvet mix. I actually have one on deck. I may make these and tweet them to you tonight… haha!

    • Kathya

      They look yummy!

    • Jen at The Three Little Piglets

      Peppermint makes just about everything better!

    • Tina

      These type of cookies do deserve some peppermint! Somehow the lemon just does not do it for me either-especially after seeing these peppermint ones. These are a great addition to the holiday goodies. Well done!

    • Something Swanky

      Such a great idea!! I’d love for you to start linking up to my sweet treats thursday link parties! Every Thursday– come check it out :)


    • Rhonda

      Beautiful cookies. I love cake mix cookies, they make nice soft cookies.

    • Grubarazzi

      These are amazing!

    • Melissa

      These are so clever! Two of my favorite flavors combined!

    • carolinaheartstrings

      What great pictures. This little treat looks so delicious. Come visit us. We have great ercipes this week and register on today’s post for our great giveaway. A party dress from the Shabby Apple. It is beautiful.

    • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

      LOVE these cookies! I won some of those coups from Liz too, so maybe I will also pick up some red velvet mix!

    • Belle (tinkeringinthekitchen)

      Glad i found your blog its great! Will definately stop back and browse more :)

    • caeadler

      These looks SO good and great for Christmas gifts! Bet they would also be good with chocolate chips instead of OR in addition to the peppermint:)

    • pineconegirl

      I am so making these! THANK YOU for the inspiration.

    • Kim Bee

      These are so pretty. I must make these. You really did a lovely job on them.

    • michellemccoy

      I just made these with the addition of chocfolate chips. Everything tastes better with chocolate! 😉

      Thanks for sharing this recipe! I agree that 9 minutes to bake is perfect.

    • vonnie

      I just made these and they were good. I did make a mistake that turned out to work out for my benefit. I accidentally added the cornstarch to the batter rather than the powdered sugar – the result was a much easier cookie to roll. Tasted great, consistency was perfect. I might hold off on the peppermint extract next time (or maybe just use a smidgen). Thanks for sharing!

    • Cookin’ Cowgirl

      Vonnie, what a great tip about the cornstarch!! I will have to remember that one! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Anonymous

      I can’t wait to try these! When you say to mix the cake mix with the butter, eggs, etc, are you mixing just the dry cake mix or as it says to prepare it on the back of the box? Thanks for your help!

    • Cookin’ Cowgirl

      Anonymous 5:13, good question! Just the dry cake mix, not fully prepared. Let me know how they turn out!

    • Anonymous

      Tried your cookies and they were a hit at work, some said “these are the best cookies I have ever had!” Thanks for sharing!

    • pineconegirl

      These are amazing and will be a holiday staple at our house. My cookie scoop worked really real for these. Mentioned this on facebook, so hoping you’ll see an influx of visitors.

    • Lisa Robertson

      If you refrigerate the dough its easier to roll. I do that with real crinkles, which are my favorite. Crinkles plus candy cane!! Are you kidding me:)I can’t wait to make these. I’m buying the cake mix tomorrow!

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Great tip! I have never refrigerated my dough for crinkle cookies. I’ll have to try that!

    • Angelpuppy1787

      Just made these for a church wide Christmas Party tonight! Going to be a hit and I bet I’ll be asked for the Recipe too…Thanks for sharing them!!!

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thanks!! I hope they are! :) Hope everyone enjoys them and thanks for the feedback!

    • Mrs. Crossno

      Just made this recipe for a Christmas reception. I did take some of the counsel above and added the cornstarch to the dough and added only 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract. These cookies are amazingly simple to make and so very tasty.

    • Lauren Baxter

      These are excellent! I made them for a work cookie exchange and they were a huge hit!!!! Thanks for the recipe; I will be making them every Christmas!!! If you don’t want to crush peppermint; there are peppermint chips readily available in the grocery store.

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Awesome! Thanks for letting me know! Peppermint chips are a great idea! YUM!

    • Mrsblocko

      I made these and wrote about them here. I like this version much better than the plain chocolate crinkles.

      Although, please don’t make the same mistake I did and buy the Duncan Hines Decadent Red Velvet cupcake mix. This does not have the right amount of cake mix for this recipe!

      Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thanks for sharing your version with me! Sorry they weren’t as red as mine. I hate when I get the wrong thing! ha :( They are still pretty though, and your macaroon kisses look GOOD! Yum! My husband would love those! Coconut, almond extract, dark chocolate, YUM!