Red Hots Crinkle Cookies

IMG_0278Oh, 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_0217Start 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_0219Stir in an egg and some vanilla…IMG_0229and cream it up reeeeeeal nice.IMG_0239Add in the dry ingredients and stir it up again.IMG_0222Now 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_0242Stir 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_0245Aha! Scoop out the cookie dough. IMG_0254…and give them a roll in a little powdered sugar. IMG_0275Place 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_0280Oh, hello chewy, sweet, delicious perfect cookies.IMG_0296I 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

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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Place Red Hots into a plastic food storage bag and crush using a rolling pin. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. *If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    • 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 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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!

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

  11. One word: YUM!!!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!

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

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

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

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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.

  22. These are by far the cutest most delicious cookies ever…

  23. Where do YOU find red hots? I was all over the place last week. Most clerks didn’t know what I was asking for!!!

    • They’re just small, hard cinnamon candies. They might be known as something else where you’re from?! Try the bulk foods section!

  24. We make these every year to give to neighbors for Christmas. They are so unique and so yummy and everyone always loves them! Also is my hubby’sfavorite cookie, he gets sad when I give most of them away!

  25. These are my new favorite cookie! So awesome!!



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