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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
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Grinch Cookies Recipe

Grinch Cookies boxed cake mix. fun, tasty holiday treat for kids of all ages. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grinch cookies, grinch recipes, holiday cookies,
Servings: 10
Author: A Gouda Life


  • 15.25 ounce box cake mix white or yellow
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened to room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • green food coloring gel type recommended
  • cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • cup cornstarch
  • Candy hearts may substitute red cinnamon candies
  • Parchment paper optional
  • “Glue” for hearts:
  • ¼ cup confectioners/powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • Sandwich size baggie


  • Preheat the oven to 375° then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the dry cake mix, room temp butter, eggs and oil to a medium size mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to combine.
  • Blend in green food color gel until it reaches your preferred shade of green then refrigerate the dough 15 minutes for easier handling. 
  • Combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  • Roll the dough into about 1” balls (use a scooper if you have one) then coat the balls in the powdered sugar mixture.
  • Place the cookie balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (do not flatten the balls) and 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.

Decorating the Grinch Cookies:

  • In a small bowl blend the “glue” ingredients then add to a sandwich baggie. Clip a small corner of the baggie then pipe a dot of glue onto the top of the cookie. Press a red heart in place then allow to set couple of minutes to dry.