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Holiday Crackle Cookies

These fudgy, homemade Red Velvet Crackle Cookies are so festive and perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving or Valentine's day. These snowy treats are perfect as is or assembled into a vanilla ice cream sandwich. This delicious cookie has a place in the Santa's cookie plate at my home!

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  • Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup

  • Light brown sugar - 1/2 cup

  • Granulated sugar - 1/2 cup

  • All purpose flour - 2 cups 

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/3 cup

  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon

  • Baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt - 1 pinch

  • Eggs - 2 large , at room temperature

  • Milk - 1 tablespoon

  • Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon

  • Red gel food coloring - as needed [1/2 to 1 teaspoon]

  • Powdered sugar - as needed for coating [1/2 cup]


  1. Combine melted butter and sugars, both white and brown. 

  2. Beat the eggs in one at a time, milk, vanilla and food color. 

  3. Sift the dry ingredients together - flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  4. Slowly combine the wet and dry mixtures to create the cookie dough - it will be sticky.

  5. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. 

  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

  7. Pour powdered sugar in a separate bowl. 

  8. Scoop up about 1 1/2 inch sized balls of the dough, roll the dough balls in sugar and place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.

  9. Using the back of a small flat bowl, slightly flatten the dough balls. 

  10. Bake until cookies have spread and coating is cracked. It takes about 12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

  11. Arrange on a platter and serve. 



  • Give the dough a double ​coat of sugar so they turn out snowy after baking.

  • Be precise with flour and cocoa as they are drying ingredients.

  • I read an article on the types of cocoa and it changed my baking completely. I recommend Penzeys high fat cocoa for moist baked goods, including this cookie.

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Products used in this recipe

Silicone baking mat

All purpose flour

Electric mixer

Did you bake this cookie? I'd LOVE to see it! 

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