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Grinch Cookies

Another must-bake Christmas cookie, these charming adorable Grinch Cookies inspired by the classic favorite holiday movie will melt your heart!

These green Grinch heart cookies rolled in powdered sugar have become must-have cookies on any holiday dessert baking tray.


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Grinch Cookies Recipe

We watched the holiday classic Grinch film so often with our kids growing up that it is only natural that Grinch crinkle cookies and the Frosty the Snowman inspired adorable melted snowman cookies are two of their favorite Christmas cookies they look for now.

Seeing Grinch cookies being made is a real symbol now that Christmas is soon on its way! We learned that if you make them too early plan on making another batch to have them on your Christmas cookie platter. These Grinch cake mix cookies will be all gone in a hurry!

Making these grinch crinkle cookies will not disappoint, as they are so easy to make using cake mix and other ingredients that you have in your pantry. Often when planning your holiday baking, all you have to do is buy the heart sprinkle shapes to decorate these simple Grinch cookies.

Group of Grinch cookies on a plate.

These Grinch cookies instantly get anyone into the Christmas spirit! Surprise the kids with a batch of the these Grinch Christmas cookies to enjoy a holiday Grinch movie night together with a cup of hot chocolate.

We hope these easy to make Grinch cookies will help bring joy to your holiday season, to share with family and friends.

Why you’ll love this grinch cookies with cake mix recipe

  • So easy to make with cake mix and basic pantry baking ingredients
  • No need to measure the flour
  • Grinch cookies are one of the cutest Christmas cookies
  • Perfect not just for the holiday dessert tray but also for holiday bake sales, cookie exchanges or for boxed holiday gift giving
  • Grinch cookies have become must have holiday cookies

Ingredients for Christmas grinch cookies

Labelled ingredients for Grinch cookies on a marble board.
  • Cake Mix – white cake mix
  • Butter and Eggs – best to use at room temperature
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Food Coloring
  • Heart Sprinkles

Substitutions for the grinch cookies

You could substitute the heart sprinkles by using different type of heart candies and cinnamon candies or even Holiday M&M’s you can find at your local store.

Step by step instructions for how to make grinch cookies

Powdered sugar and cornstarch in mixing bowl.

STEP ONE – Preheat your oven to 375°F and prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

STEP TWO – Combine ¼ cup powdered sugar and ¼ cup cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Eggs in mixing bowl.

STEP THREE – Using a hand or stand mixer, beat ½ cup melted unsalted butter and 2 large eggs for about 30 seconds in a mixing bowl. Next, add the white cake mix, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon pure mint extract, and continue to mix. The batter should be thick and sticky.

Cake mix is added to the egg mixture.

STEP FOUR – Next, add the white cake mix, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon pure mint extract, and continue to mix. The batter should be thick and sticky

Green food coloring is added to the cookie dough.

STEP FIVE – Add green food coloring gel and mix until you reach your desired color. 

Cookie dough balls are rolled in powdered sugar in a bowl.

STEP SIX – Use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop to make small dough balls. One at a time, drop each ball into the bowl containing powdered sugar and cornstarch and roll them, then place them 1 inch apart on your prepared cookie sheet. 

Unbaked Grinch cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, ready to go into the oven.

STEP SEVEN – Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the tops look dry and the edges are set. Don’t overcook.

Baked Brinch cookies on baking sheet with heart sprinkles pressed into them.

STEP EIGHT – Remove from the oven, place the candy heart on each cookie, and gently press down so the heart stays in place. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then place them on a cooling rack until completely cool.

Serve & enjoy!

Grinch cookies stacked with one leaning in front against the stack.

Variations for decorated grinch cookies

There are a lot of fun Grinch theme cookies to try and enjoy.

You can make Grinch cookies with Hershey Kisses by adding a Hershey Kiss to this Grinch recipe after baking the cookie much like you do you with blossom kiss cookies for blossom Grinch cookies.

Adding royal icing to these Grinch cookies is a fun idea as is adding andes mints chopped up in the dough to make an andes mint Grinch cookies.

Grinch sugar cookies is another fun Grinch Christmas cookie variation.

Grinch snowball cookies are adorable Grinch cookies to try.

Grinch inspired Grinch thumbprint cookies is a fun twist on a classic Christmas cookie.

Top tips for making the best grinch cookies

  • Using pure vanilla extract will help make your Grinch cookies taste better
  • We used the Wilton brand leaf green food coloring that I feel really nailed the perfect Grinch color in these cookies
  • Apply the food coloring a little at a time using a tooth pick until your reach your desired color
  • If the dough is too sticky to handle you can chill it for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Use a cookie scoop to measure out the cookies so you get uniform cookie sizes
  • Do not over bake the cookies as the edges can brown quickly so keep on eye on them and know your oven
  • Not letting the cookies cool too much before adding the heart sprinkle or they may not stick properly
One Grinch cookie on a square white plate.

Why should you use cake mix to make Grinch Christmas cookies?

Making cookies using cake mix is so easy with no need to measure the four and it is a quick way to get a made from scratch taste. Using cake mix along with other pantry staple baking ingredients like in these Grinch cookies with cake mix makes them so easy and tasty!

Storage and freezing instructions for easy grinch cookies

How best to store Grinch cookies?

Store Grinch cookies in an airtight container using parchment paper to separate the layers at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.

Can you freeze Grinch cookies?

Yes you can! Grinch cookies freeze very well in a freezer-safe container with parchment paper in between cookie layers for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw at room temperature before serving.

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Grinch cookies on a plate.

Grinch Cookies


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies

Description

Another must-bake Christmas cookie, these charming adorable Grinch Cookies inspired by the classic favorite holiday movie will melt your heart!

These green Grinch heart cookies rolled in powdered sugar have become must-have cookies on any holiday dessert baking tray.


Ingredients

Units
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • (1) 15.25ounce box white cake mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • Green food color gel
  • Mini heart-shaped sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine ¼ cup powdered sugar and ¼ cup cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat ½ cup melted unsalted butter and 2 large eggs for about 30 seconds in a mixing bowl.
  4. Next, add the white cake mix, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon pure mint extract, and continue to mix. The batter should be thick and sticky. Add green food coloring gel and mix until you reach your desired color. 
  5. Use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop to make small dough balls. One at a time, drop each ball into the bowl containing powdered sugar and cornstarch and roll them, then place them 1 inch apart on your prepared cookie sheet. 
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the tops look dry and the edges are set. Don’t overcook. Remove from the oven, place the candy heart on each cookie, and gently press down so the heart stays in place. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then place them on a cooling rack until completely cool.

Serve and ENJOY!

 

Notes

Storage: Store Grinch cookies in an airtight container using parchment paper to separate the layers at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.

Freezing: Grinch cookies freeze very well in a freezer-safe container with parchment paper in between cookie layers for 2 to 3 months.Thaw at room temperature before serving.

 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grinch cookies

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