Grinch Cookies Recipe

grinch cookies recipe ~ green crinkle cookie with red heart held by toddler hand and a bite taken out of it.

Dessert | November 29, 2018 | By

This Grinch Cookies Recipe starts with a boxed cake mix. They’re simple to make and deliciously hard to resist. Bright green crinkle cookies with a heart two sizes too small. Perfect for kids of all ages.

The Grinch. Cuddly as a cactus. . .charming as an eel whose heart was two sizes too small. The story is a Dr. Seuss classic and these fun cookies are a great time to get the kids in the kitchen. So . . . is cooking or baking with kids: 

  1. Fun!
  2. Somewhat messy.
  3. A confidence booster.
  4. A useful life skill.
  5. All of the above.

I’d say 5, but the biggest bonus ~ other than getting to eat the cookies is that spending time with the little ones in your life leaves your heart full. 

grinch cookies ~ overhead photo of green and white crinkle cookies with a small red heart

Grinch Cookies happen to be the best snack for watching The Grinch or pretty much any holiday movie. The bright green color is just for kicks to make them Grinch-like.  They have a sugar cookie type of flavor, are festive and simple to make starting with a box of cake mix.

The chefs in the kitchen today were my 4 ½ year old grandson and 2 ½ year old granddaughter. They had so much fun measuring and dumping and of course, using the electric mixer.

Tip: remind little ones early and often not to lift the mixer out of the bowl when it’s turned on.

They couldn’t wait to taste them so of course, the cookies became a pre-lunch appetizer we gobbled up. The inspiration for this recipe came from I Heart Naptime with a few changes and instructions of my own. 

grinch cookies with cake mix ~ overhead photo of green crinkle cookies with a red heart and toddler hand reaching for a cookie

Grinch Cookies Ingredients:

  • white or vanilla box cake mix 
  • butter 
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • green gel food coloring 
  • confectioners sugar
  • ⅓ cu cornstarch
  • candy hearts (may substitute red cinnamon candies)
  • parchment paper (optional)

“Glue” for hearts:

  • confectioners sugar
  • milk
  • piping bag or sandwich size baggie

Can I use liquid food coloring instead of gel?

Yes, but the gel gives a more intense color. 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375.

In a mixing bowl add the dry cake mix, butter, eggs and oil then mix until combined.

grinch cookies ~ photos of steps 1-4 of baking instructions

Add green food color gel until it reaches your preferred shade of green. 

grinch cookies ~ green food coloring being added to white cookie dough

In a separate bowl, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch. 

Roll the dough into about 1” balls (if your dough it too sticky, refrigerate it for 5-10 minutes) then coat the balls with the powdered sugar mixture. Place the cookie balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown on the bottom.

grinch cookies overhead photo of green and white crinkle cookies with red heart

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and leave the cookies on the sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

ADDING THE HEARTS:

In a small bowl blend the “glue” ingredients then add it to a sandwich baggie. Clip a small corner of the baggie then pipe a tiny amount of glue onto the top of the cookie. Add the heart and allow to set for a couple of minutes until it’s dry.

Click  for another one of my family’s favorite holiday cookie recipes. 

Enjoy!grinch cookie recipe ~ green crinkle cookies with red hearts.

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grinch cookies with cake mix ~ overhead photo of green crinkle cookies with a red heart and toddler hand reaching for a cookie
Grinch Cookies Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

Grinch Cookies start with a box cake mix + a few other everyday ingredients including green food coloring. A fun, tasty treat for kids of all ages. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grinch cookies
Servings: 10
: A Gouda Life
Ingredients
  • 1 box white or vanilla cake mix dry
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • green food coloring gel
  • cup confectioners sugar
  • cup cornstarch
  • Candy hearts may substitute red cinnamon candies
  • Parchment paper optional
  • “Glue” for hearts:
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • Sandwich size baggie
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the dry cake mix, butter, eggs and oil and mix until combined.
  3. Add green food color gel until you see your preferred shade of green. Tip: the cookies are slightly lighter in color after they’re baked.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes (chilling the dough makes it easier to handle).
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch.
  6. Roll the dough into about 1” balls then coat with the powdered sugar mixture. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown on the bottom.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

  9. In a small bowl blend the “glue” ingredients then add to a sandwich baggie. Clip a small corner of the baggie then pipe a tiny amount of glue onto the top of the cookie. Add a red heart and allow to set for a couple of minutes until it’s dry.

Watch how this recipe is made!

Comments

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    Nancy
    December 11, 2018

    I want to make these…they are so cute..I’m wondering why you put cornstarch in with the powered sugar. I was worried about it tasting funny? Thx

    • Leave a Reply

      Bernie
      December 12, 2018

      Hi Nancy – thanks so much! The cornstarch blended with the powdered sugar gives the cookies that ‘crinkle’ look but you won’t taste the cornstarch at all. Good question ~ I hope you enjoy them. They’re really fun for kids to make too.

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