Grinch Cookies Recipe

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. On the bright side, however, you and your heart that's two sizes too small have inspired these delicious green cookies, which are sure to add a pop of color and cheer to any holiday spread.

The base of this quick and simple recipe by Kristen Carli MS RD, recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, is a super yummy sugar cookie that does not require any chilling or rolling! So, when the urge strikes to bake cookies, you don't have to spend any extra time waiting for the dough to chill. By adding some green food coloring and heart sprinkles you can transform them into the cutest Grinch-themed treat! Pair them with a mug of hot cocoa, a crackling fireplace, and your favorite version of the Grinch movie, and you have the perfect winter movie night. Chow down on these delicious cookies and enjoy all of the "holiday who-be what-ee" that comes with this time of the year.

Gather your ingredients to make Grinch cookies

You're a monster, Mr Grinch. Your heart's an empty hole. But you sure do know how to get us in the cookie-baking holiday spirit. Get these cookies started by gathering all of your ingredients along with your stand mixer. You'll need butter, sugar, an egg, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, baking powder, green food dye, and red heart sprinkles. You'll start with the wet ingredients first and then move on to add the dry after that.

Prepare the wet and dry ingredients separately

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar. Cream them together until completely smooth. Then, add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until everything is mixed well. In a separate bowl, you can start in on the dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk them together to combine, making sure that everything is evenly incorporated. Are you starting to feel nostalgic yet? If not, you will as soon as these cookies get the green Grinch treatment!

Mix the dough and add the green food coloring

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer along with the wet ingredients. Beat until just combined, being careful not to over-mix. A little will go a long way, so add just one drop of the green food dye and beat until the color is mixed through. The dough should turn the perfect Grinch-y light green color by this point, but depending on your green dye, add another drop if you need it!

Roll the dough into balls and bake

Using a spoon, scoop tablespoon portions of the dough and roll it into balls. Better yet, level up your cookie baking game and get yourself a cookie scoop. Place the dough balls on several ungreased cookie sheets, ensuring that they're spread out, as they will expand when they bake. Bake each batch for eight to 10 minutes, until they just begin to appear solid. Because the cookies are green, you will not be able to notice a slightly golden color.

Top with heart sprinkles

Remove the cookies from the oven and, while they are still hot, add one heart sprinkle to each cookie. Then, allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. When they're cooled off and ready to devour, even after eating just one, you'll instantly feel your little heart growing three sizes bigger from all of the holiday joy. Maybe the Grinch isn't so bad after all!

Grinch Cookies Recipe
5 from 20 ratings
While the Grinch himself isn't too fond of Christmas, there's no denying that these Grinch cookies are the perfect addition to a holiday dessert spread.
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grinch cookies on plate
Total time: 18 minutes
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  • 24 red heart sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar, and cream them together until smooth.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until all ingredients are evenly mixed together.
  4. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder, then whisk until combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  6. Add a drop of green food dye and beat until combined. The dough should turn a light green color.
  7. Scoop tablespoon portions of dough and roll into balls. Place the cookie balls on several ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and, while the cookies are still hot, add one heart sprinkle to each cookie. Allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes, then serve.
Calories per Serving 173
Total Fat 7.9 g
Saturated Fat 4.9 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 26.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 24.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Total Sugars 13.0 g
Sodium 123.5 mg
Protein 1.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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