I love Valentine’s Day because of all the sweets you can make and because it is all about showing love! ❤ Easy Valentine cookies, anyone? Yes please! I made some Grinch Crinkle Cookies before Christmas that were so soft and chewy, so I decided that I would change the recipe just slightly and make these Valentine Crinkle Cookies for Valentine’s Day. These cake mix cookies are the best easy Valentine’s cookies.
I am a big fan of easy quick and easy recipes. These use a cake mix as the base, so you can’t get much easier than cake mix cookies. Try not to eat the whole pan because these Valentine Crinkle Cookies are just so addicting!
More Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas
If you are looking for ideas for more Valentine’s Day treats check out these Valentine Pretzel Snack Bites, or these White Chocolate Hearts. You might also like to read Valentine’s Day Ideas for People who Don’t do Romance.
In fact there are Valentine’s Day ideas for everyone, regardless of relationship status. It’s the day of love, so celebrate family and friendships too! Take some yummy, easy Valentine’s cookies into work to impress your colleagues. Everyone has at least one reason to whip up a batch of these Valentine crinkle cookies.
These are so easy to whip up, they really are! Crinkle cookies actually date back to the first half of the 1800s, and they have stood the test of time well. They are a common sight on holiday platters and in bakeries during festive periods. They come in different varieties too, such as strawberry, vanilla or even chocolate.
Did you know each year on Valentine’s Day, roughly 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold across the country in the U.S! That’s a lot of chocolate! Valentine’s Day can become pretty pricey, especially for the men, as they are more likely to spend double what women do!
Making homemade treats is a great way to spread the love and save money. Try these cake mix cookies to see how good they really are!
Tips for Making Valentine Crinkle Cookies
You will need to combine the cake mix with food colouring, oil and eggs. The dough then needs to chill so it is easy to work with. You will then roll pieces of the dough in icing sugar and press them down.
Add some cute edible hearts on top. You can add as many as you like. Go crazy, it’s a special occasion after all! Of course there are other decorating possibilities, so go ahead and get creative with these yummy little bites. Edible glitter is another idea!
After some more chilling time, the cookies can be baked. They crack all over because of the icing sugar and how they are made, hence the ‘crinkle’ part in their name.
Served with a cup of tea or coffee, a Valentine’s Day cocktail or glass of wine, one (or more!) of these makes a beautiful snack.
How to Make Sure They Crinkle
Of course, since these are crinkle cookies, you don’t want the disappointment of not having them crinkle! That crackly top is what they’re all about. It’s important to chill the dough well before you roll these out. I chilled mine for 15 minutes and they came out well, but you might want to give them 30 minutes just in case.
Another important factor is ensuring you weigh the ingredients properly. If you have more flour than the ratio of other ingredients, they might not crinkle! Incorporating icing sugar into the dough before rolling them out causes the cracks. As the cookies expand during baking, the cracks will form.
If you aren’t a fan of food dye, or you are allergic to some of them, I’m sure you could use a bit of beet juice to make these Valentine Crinkle Cookies instead. I used beet juice in this Pink Beet Hummus recipe that you might like. It would also be great to bring to a Valentine’s party.
Nobody will know these are cake mix cookies unless you mention it. And they are so good no one will be able to tell! Being able to use cake mix for these Valentine crinkle cookies just simplifies the recipe and saves you time.
How to Store Crinkle Cookies
Do you plan on doing a lot of baking for Valentine’s Day? Are you thinking about making several easy Valentine’s cookies varieties?
If so, you might want to make the dough ahead and freeze it in a freezer-proof container, for several weeks. You can thaw the dough by leaving it at room temperature for a few hours.
Freshly baked Valentine crinkle cookies will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. But these are so yummy, I am willing to bet they won’t last that long. At least they wouldn’t in my house!
Valentine Crinkle Cookie Recipe
Valentine Crinkle Cookies
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- food coloring Pink
- 1 Sprinkle Icing sugar for dusting
- 1 Pinch sprinkles Large, heart-shaped
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In the mixer bowl, cream together cake mix, food coloring, oil, and eggs.
- Chill the dough for 15 minutes.
- Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and then roll in icing sugar.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and press a large heart sprinkle in the middle.
- Place baking sheet and cookies in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
- Let cool on pan and then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you make these Valentine Crinkle Cookies. If you have some favourite Valentine’s Day recipes, share them with me below. I am always looking for fun seasonal recipes to try. Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤❤