Red Hots Crinkle Cookies

IMG_0278 Oh, hello friends.

Can you believe I survived the weekend? Portland had a snowmageddon apocalypse…at least those were the hashtags I was following the last couple days. We had a ton of snow and basically the city shut down so THAT was fun. We actually made the most of it and went sledding down our not-very-steep-driveway….on cookie sheets. Cause we’re cool like that…..and the hardware stores were sold out of actual sleds. Oh, and THE OLYMPICS!

I heart the olympics.

Olympics makes me want to be an olympian. Except I have no winter sports skills.

Growing up, my Mom didn’t exactly say “do you want to go learn how to bobsled?” Yeah, no.

I’m a decent/novice skier but that’s about it. But I will say that I’m really awesome at watching the olympics. Gold medal, yo!

That and making cookies. Specifically crinkle cookies. My originals are the Lemon Crinkles. Those won a little contest and put me on the map. Then I did some Christmas Candy Cane Crinkles. Then more recently I made these Orange Cranberry Crinkles last year.  And now, some Red Hots Crinkle Cookies can be added to that list, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

These are chewy little spicy cookies that I’m seriously in love with! They are made just like the Candy Cane Crinkles, but instead of crushing up candy canes, I crushed up some Red Hots. The candy softens in the oven, leaving these cookies perfectly moist and tender with just the right amount of cinnamon spice. You’ll love them!

Here’s how to make a batch: IMG_0217 Start by creaming some butter and sugar together. Usually I use my KitchenAid mixer, but I think the bowl was dirty…and I didn’t want to wash it… usual. AHEM.

Anyways….. IMG_0219 Stir in an egg and some vanilla… IMG_0229 and cream it up reeeeeeal nice. IMG_0239 Add in the dry ingredients and stir it up again. IMG_0222 Now you can take your Red Hots and smash ’em up reeeeeeeeal good. I just threw these into a plastic bag and smashed them with a rolling pin. A food processor works just as well. IMG_0242 Stir the candy into your cookie dough and start EATING!

I mean…….

scoop out your cookies.

This dough is ridiculous, FYI. Not that I know or anything. IMG_0245 Aha! Scoop out the cookie dough.  IMG_0254 …and give them a roll in a little powdered sugar.  IMG_0275 Place them on your cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes until they look flat and crinkly. Leave them on the baking sheet to cool a little before transferring to a cooling rack slash your mouth. IMG_0280 Oh, hello chewy, sweet, delicious perfect cookies. IMG_0296 I tell ya, these crinkle cookies are some of my very favorites EVER and you all are bound to love these too! Be sure to pin and print this one :) You’re gonna luuuuuurve it!

Enjoy, friends!

Red Hots Crinkle Cookies

Sweet, spicy, chewy, perfect cookies. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


3 tablespoons Red Hots Candy, crushed
½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray, line with parchment paper or use silicone baking mat and set aside.

Place Red Hots into a plastic food storage bag and crush using a rolling pin. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla and egg. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir all dry ingredients together in a small bowl and then in pour into mixer and slowly mix until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in crushed candy. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

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31 Responses to “Red Hots Crinkle Cookies”

  1. #
    Amy D. — February 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Lo, be honest to your readers. You shouldn’t be ashamed of the Olympic gold medal you won for ribbon dancing. Go Canada! :-)


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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 10, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I love red hot candies! What a creative way to use them in cookies…love these!


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    Karen — February 10, 2014 at 4:13 am

    These look so beautiful and festive. Can only imagine how wonderful they taste…going to try them. Thank you just in time for Valentine’s Day!


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    Cookbook Queen — February 10, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Red hots are seriously my FAVORITE candy. Jon David and I get the big boxes of them at Walmart and fight over them. Because yes, it’s normal to fight with your child over cinnamon candy.


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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — February 10, 2014 at 6:34 am

    YUM! Love red hots. I bet they taste great inside these cookies!


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    Marilyn — February 10, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Hello from Iowa…. At -15 today !!! A bought heart shape red hots … Fun !! Will be making these cookies today :)))
    What is the temperature where you live Lauren ?… Marilyn!


    • Lauren — February 10th, 2014 @ 9:59 am

      We are high 20’s low 30’s although this coming week we’ll be in the 40’s and 50’s! All this snow and ice should be gone in a few days :)


      • Cindy — January 29th, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

        Could not find any cinnamon candies so I found candies small heart that are kinda fruity can I use them

  7. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — February 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I haven’t had red hots in years. Such a fun cookie! Pinned!


  8. #
    Amanda — February 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

    We loved watching the Olympics all weekend too. Those athletes are so amazing! But these cookies, I must have them now :)


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    Natalie @ Paper And Birch — February 10, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I agree with Amanda – must have these now! Never would’ve thought of putting red hots in a cookie before!


  10. #
    Mercedes — February 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    What a festive cookie for Valentine’s Day! I know I would love the flavor with those crushed up Red Hots!


  11. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — February 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    LOL, I’d win a gold medal in a red hots crinkle cookie eating contest. LOVE these!


  12. #
    Ashley | Our Full Table — February 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Loving the olympics! These are perfect for V-Day!


  13. #
    Ashton — February 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    HOLY DELICIOUS!!! And gorgeous! These cookies seriously take the win all the way around!


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    Yvette N. — February 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I just made these yesterday, and they are delicious. Not only that, they are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Mailing a box of them off to my grandchildren

    We love all your Crinkle cookie recipes!


  15. #
    Christina — February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I made these today and they were so good! So easy to make too!


  16. #
    Kristyn — February 12, 2014 at 3:45 am

    One word: YUM!!!


  17. #
    Trooppetrie — February 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

    These turned out perfect, thank you. I would love to share them on my blog


  18. #
    Kristin — February 12, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I saw these on Monday and could not stop thinking of them. I made them last night and am so glad. I absolutely love them! My co-workers are thanking me today because I brought some in to share.


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    Carrie — February 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    These were yummy! For Easter I am going to try them with Lemon Heads and Skittles!! I’ll let you know how they turn out! Lemon sound amazing!!


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    Ruthy — February 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    These were great! very different, a surprisingly mild taste and so delicious. A huge hit! Thanks for liking my instagram pic! You’re a trooper!


  21. #
    Marilyn Brennan — February 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Ive had this recipe on my mind since I saw it earlier in February. Mine turned out exactly like hers look, except I tried to get too many on the pan so they ran together. Seriously good cookie!!


  22. #
    Pilatesgirl80 — December 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Love this cookies. Made a bunch for tomorrow’s tree trimming and plan on serving at Christmas as well


  23. #
    jack — February 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    why can’t i save to computer? i can only print no


  24. #
    jack — February 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Why can’t I save recipes any longer from your website???????


  25. #
    Crystal — February 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Cookies look so delicious!! My hubby loves red hots and was excited about this recipe. I’ll be making these for Valentine’s Day for him. Thanks so much :)


  26. #
    Katie — February 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    So my daughter hates chocolate which limits lots of the dessert options out there. I made these with her tonight and they were so easy and delicious – we all loved them! I can’t wait to try the lemon crinkle cookies.



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