Cinnamon Crackle Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 drops red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons Red Hots candy, crushed

For rolling the cookie dough:

  • 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place Red Hots into a plastic food storage bag and crush using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, and red food coloring

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually blend in the flour mixture until just combine, then fold in crushed candy

Pour granulated sugar and powdered sugar onto two large plates. Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and roll first in granulated sugar, then in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 3-5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.