If the title made you lift an eyebrow, trust me- you are not new. Crinkle cookies have made a glamorous comeback on the internet for quite some time. It only made sense to me to get the recipe of some delicious Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies for Valentine’s week!
Now, crinkle is basically a wrinkle or creases on the surface of anything. You must be familiar with the zig-zag fries, which are crinkle fries by the way. Similarly, crinkle cookies are delicious, decadent cookies with beautiful cracks on their surface. You dust these cookies off with some icing sugar and castor sugar before baking them- which gives off the beautiful definitive cracks on top.
I love cookies, especially these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. I am not a huge fan of decadent or heavy desserts like red velvet, but these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are amazing. They taste heavenly, are super easy to bake, and are super gorgeous too! For your special valentine, bake these pretty Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies to win his/her heart. They are not very complicated, but rather, the perfect dessert to kickstart your baking career, haha!
Tricks and tips for the perfect Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Now, we all know that desserts always have an oomph factor when they are sugar-coated. Like sugar-coated donuts look so pretty, these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Are nothing without the beautiful sugar layer on top. These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are basically your delicious cake-y cookies. What makes them so dreamy are the various textures you get when you bite into it. In addition, what is truly better than cookies which are just the perfect amount of crispy outside and chewy on the inside?
While they look so obviously beautiful, you need to nail the sugar coating and also take care of other minor things. Trust me, it’s more about your attention to the recipe and the tips over practice that will get the most perfect Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies.
Using baking powder and baking soda together for the perfect cookie spread
When you use the right combination of baking soda and baking powder together, as we have, you ensure a perfect spread. While Baking soda provides a good lift and spread, the baking powder provides an additional lift. The combination of both makes the perfect cookies.
Use room temperature butter
Cold butter will not at all mix well with your sugars. This butter-sugar mix is what is the base of your cookies. The combination of both is what will form the structure of your cookies.
First castor sugar and then icing sugar for coating these red velvet crinkle cookies
Rolling your dough in castor sugar first for the perfect crinkle is essential to the baking process. Not only will your castor sugar not stick to the dough if you coat it after powdered sugar, it also inhibits the baking process of the cookies.
Ingredients for your red velvet crinkle cookies
You need to have softened butter. I use normal Amul butter itself. For ideal results, you can use white Amul or President butter (unsalted)
This recipe requires three types of sugars- castor sugar, brown sugar, and icing sugar. One can easily get castor sugar of the bran Trust. It has a good texture for desserts and also dissolves easily. For your brown sugar, you get dark brown and light brown sugar. I prefer Tate and Lyle’s light brown sugar for a balanced and less dense flavor. For the icing sugar, please remember that icing sugar is different from powdered sugar. Icing sugar also has corn flour for the best results.
The best vanilla extract is of Sprig’s. Even though it becomes quite expensive, you will really notice a change in the flavors of your desserts if you upscale to a brand such as Sprig. You can find it online.
The best type of food coloring is gel-based. Your water-based coloring is not really pigmented. Moreover, even though most grocery stores have food coloring, you need to know that not all of them are of good quality. Some good brands for food coloring are Kitchen Aid, CCDs, and Sprig.
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies Recipe
- Red velvet crinkle cookies
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ⅓ cup castor sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾th tsp milk
- 1 tbsp red food colour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- A pinch of baking powder
- ½ cup castor sugar ( for coating the cookies)
- ½ cup icing sugar (for coating the cookies)
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and both the sugars until smooth and fluffy.
- Add the egg and mix until well combined.
- Add the vanilla extract, milk and the red food colour and mix well.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder and mix until the dough consistency is achieved.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven at 180C and line a baking tray with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
- Scoop out equal balls of the cookie dough and coat them in castor sugar followed by icing sugar and place them on the prepared tray.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until it cracks on top and the edges are well baked.
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