Believe it or not, I’ve never made Christmas Crinkles cookies before. I always just thought the green and red cookies I got from friends and family were sugar cookies with food coloring and left it at that. To be fair, they very well may be just that, since there usually aren’t any pure sugar cookies in the gift boxes I typically receive. In “Easy Cookie Recipes,” however, Addie Gundry provides a recipe for Christmas Crinkles that are more than that. The easy Christmas cookies produced by her recipe are light, colorful, and simple to make.
Once again, this recipe starts off with a cake mix base. The other surprise ingredient in this set is frozen whipped topping, which serves as the main mixer to make the dough. Whipped together, the ingredients create a light dough that begins with a lot of lift to help counteract the natural spreading of the cookies that occurs as they bake. The recipe is very simple and produces vanilla flavored cookies. Half of the dough has red food coloring added while the other half has green. Since the food coloring is customizable, these cookies can be made any hue and color intensity desired.
The best part about these cookies is their simplicity. They are very easy and quick to make and yet they are sure to please, so the recipe is appropriate for most uses. Changing the color could make this holiday recipe useful year round instead. The use of colors could also be appealing to children, making this a fun family-friendly recipe. Without color, these elegant cookies could be used for adult parties or colors could be kept for a quirky dessert. These simple vanilla cookies are sure to please however they are colored and served.
Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
1 (15.25-ounce) box vanilla white cake mix
1 large egg
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red and green food coloring
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, egg, whipped topping, and vanilla.
3. Divide the dough in half and place one half in a second bowl. Add red food coloring to one bowl and green food coloring to the other. Add more food coloring to each as necessary until you reach the desired color.
4. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into 2-inch balls and place into the bowl of confectioners’ sugar. Roll around until covered. Place the balls on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 12 minutes, until set.
5. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.