Grinch Cookies

toddler hand holding cookie with bite taken out of it

Dessert | November 29, 2018 | By

Grinch Cookies recipe is an easy cake mix cookies and totally kid friendly. Bright green SOFT crinkle cookies, 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. 

Overhead view of white plate with bright green cookies and single heart candy

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.

white plate with green cookies with red heart

Grinch Cookies Ingredients:

  • white or vanilla box cake mix 
  • butter 
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • green gel food coloring 
  • confectioners sugar
  • 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. 

How to make Grinch Cookies:

Preheat the oven to 375° then add the dry cake mix, butter, eggs and oil to a medium size bowl. Stir 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 then refrigerate the dough 15 minutes for easier handling. 

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 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.

bright green grinch cookies with red candy 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.

Do these cookies freeze well?

I had a reader ask recently if these cookies freeze well. It’s a great question – the answer is yes. For best results, after baking and completely cooling the cookies store them in a single layer in a freezer/air tight container. If you’re stacking the cookies, layer with wax paper between.

To freeze the dough, roll into balls before freezing and freeze on a baking sheet. Once they’re solid transfer to an air tight container. When you’re ready to bake, thaw on the counter about 30 minutes them just roll in the powder sugar/corn starch mixture and bake according to the recipe

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

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Grinch Cookies!

pinterest pin bright green crinkle cookies with red candy 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

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. 
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CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
Keywordgrinch cookies
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Servings10
AuthorA Gouda Life

Ingredients

  • 1 box white or vanilla cake mix dry
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons 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

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • In a mixing bowl add the dry cake mix, butter, eggs and oil and mix until combined.
  • 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. Refrigerate the dough 15 minutes for easier handling.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch.
  • Roll the dough into about 1” balls then coat with the powdered sugar mixture. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown on the bottom.
  • Remove from the oven and leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
  • 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.

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

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      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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      Bernie
      November 11, 2019

      Hi Shira – yes they do freeze well! Thanks for asking – I’ll answer you here but I’m also going to update the post for others that may wonder – it’s a great question 🙂 For best results, after baking and completely cooling the cookies store them in a single layer in a freezer safe/air tight container or stacked with waxed paper between the layers. If you’re wondering about storing the dough: before freezing roll the cookies into balls and freeze on a baking sheet. Once they’re solid, transfer to an freezer safe/air tight container. When you want to bake them thaw them on the counter for about 30 minutes then just roll in the powder sugar/corn starch mixture and bake per the recipe. I hope you enjoy and have as fun making them as we did! 🙂

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    Daniela Mangiore
    November 18, 2019

    How many cookies does one batch make? While these are really cute and I want to try them, we make 15 dozen or more of each cookie recipe that we choose for our baking day and I am not sure they will be cost effective if we are only getting 10 cookies per batch.

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      Bernie
      November 18, 2019

      Hi Daniela – they make about 2 – 2 1/2 dozen. Sounds like a fun baking day 🙂

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    Carrie
    December 16, 2019

    I tried to make these and mine turned out hard I never have a problem with any cookies but these turned out very hard. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you

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      Bernie
      December 17, 2019

      Hi Carrie – I’m sorry to hear the cookies were hard. I’ve never had that experience and asked some other bloggers who make similar cookies and they haven’t had that experience either. That said, they may have baked too long. They are generally a soft, moist cookie – even for several days in an airtight container on the counter.

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    Sally Parks
    December 22, 2019

    The recipe calls for butter. I have a friend who cannot eat any dairy product but butter is dairy. Can margerine be substituted for the butter?

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      Bernie
      December 23, 2019

      Hi Sally – if margarine is okay for your friend to consume, it will work just as well in place of the butter in the recipe. Happy holidays!

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      Maggie
      December 23, 2019

      I just took the last batch of cookies out of the oven. They were so easy to make and look absolutely adorable! I can’t think of a better Christmas cookie tradition to start with little ones than making Grinch cookies! I made them exactly as the recipe stated and they turned out great. I’m not a huge fan of soft cookies but the novelty of these particular soft cookies makes them perfect in my book. If like me, you love the Grinch, make these cookies. They’ll leave you smiling every time you see them. Thank you so much for sharing your Griinchy recipe with us! My heart just grew a little bigger today!

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        Bernie
        December 24, 2019

        Hi Maggie – I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies as much as we do! I can’t tell you how much your thoughtful comment warms my heart. THIS is what cooking and baking is all about. Family time – sharing – creating traditions. Thank you so much for making the Grinch Cookies and taking the time to reach out. Best wishes to you for a happy, healthy holiday season ~ Bernie

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