Last Updated on November 30, 2022 by Kathryn Donangelo
This Grinch Cookie Recipe is one to keep this holiday season! Made with cake mix and heart sprinkles to make these cookies look like the Grinch! Both kids and adults will love these easy and chewy cookies.
Grinch Cookie Recipe
Grinch Christmas Cookies couldn’t be any easier to make. Made with a box of cake mix and topped with heart sprinkles that are inspired by the classic movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! These are truly so much fun to make and kids can even help assemble the cookies.
These easy Grinch Cookies are so perfect to add to cookie platters, family movie night, holiday parties, or any time you’re in the mood to do some holiday baking! Other easy Christmas cookies and treats to make are my Rice Krispie Treats, Snickerdoodles, Melted Snowman Cookies, Gingerbread Men Cookies, and Reindeer Cookies.
Christmas time is here (almost) and that means we’re about to be around lots of Christmas cookies. These cookies are unforgettable because they’ll remind you of the Grinch movie, they are bright-colored, and they taste like cake in a cookie form.
- Cake mix: White or vanilla cake mix works best. You can use any of your favorite brands.
- Eggs: Helps bind the cookie dough together.
- Oil: Any neutral oil will work such as canola or vegetable oil.
- Green gel food coloring: Make sure to use the gel. Start off using a few drops and add more if you want a darker shade of green. I used about 10 drops to get the perfect shade of grinch-green. If you want a bright green color, use the neon colored food gel.
- Powdered sugar: Used to coat the cookie dough balls and adds a “snowy” look.
- Red heart sprinkles: This will symbolize the Grinch’s small heart. See below on a list of alternatives you can use if you are not able to find heart sprinkles. You could usually find heart shaped sprinkles at any grocery store or Amazon.
How To Make This Grinch Cookie Recipe
Mix ingredients together: In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and until combined. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer. Add drops of food gel until your desired shade of green (I usually use 10-15 drops). Mix again until cookie dough is combined.
Chill: Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
Prep oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
Roll in powdered sugar: Place the powdered sugar in a shallow small bowl or dish. Use a small cookie scoop (equivalent to 2 tablespoons) and roll cookie dough into powdered sugar until evenly coated.
Top with hearts and bake: Place on prepared baking sheet and gently place a heart sprinkle in the center of the top of each cookie and bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are set and no longer doughy or too soft. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling wire rack.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Easy: Made in one bowl and all you need is a wooden spoon to mix these! No fancy kitchen gadgets are required in this recipe.
Crowd pleaser: Chewy, delicious and light. Everyone will absolutely love these cookies plus, they taste like cake in a cookie form.
Fun holiday treat: Kids and adults will both love these cookies. They are perfect for classroom parties, a holiday cookie exchange, and treat bags for gifts.
Get the kids involved: Let the kids roll the cookie dough in powdered sugar and add the heart sprinkle to the center. They will love love this!
Grinch Cookie Recipe Variations
Cake Mix: Vanilla or white cake mix work best because you can easily change the color. Yellow can work too if you add more green gel. You can use any flavor but I always recommend vanilla or white if you want these Grinch Cookies to be green.
Heart Sprinkles: You can usually find heart sprinkles during Valentine’s Day but Amazon usually has them year round. Other alternatives to use are red M&Ms, jumbo heart sprinkles (sometimes these are easier to find), red candy hearts, any red sprinkles, and chocolate hearts.
Holiday-Theme: Instead of using green food coloring to make green cookies, add pink food coloring gel for Valentine’s day. You can decorate these cookies for any occasion by changing the gel color. If you want to ditch the Grinch theme idea, add Christmas sprinkles on top.
Gluten-Free Cookies: Use gluten-free cake mix to make these cookies gluten-free.
Leftovers & Storage
To-store: Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. They will stay fresh for 7 days. They will still be ok to eat after 7 days but they may start to get crumbly and stale.
To-freeze: Allow the baked cookies to cool completely. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to flash freeze or harden. Once hard, place the cookies in a large freezer bag or stack in an airtight container. Store for up to 3 months- when ready to serve, remove from the freezer to thaw until softened.
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Grinch Cookie Recipe
- 1 box white or vanilla cake mix
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 10-15 drops green food gel
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, and until combined. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer. Add drops of food gel until your desired shade of green (I usually use 10-15 drops). Mix again until cookie dough is combined.
- Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
- Place the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl or dish. Use a mini ice cream scoop (equivalent to 2 tablespoons) and roll cookie dough into powdered sugar until evenly coated.
- Place on prepared cookie sheet and gently press a heart sprinkle in the center of each cookie and bake for 9-10 minutes or until the cookies are set and no longer doughy or too soft. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
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