Grinch Cookies

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Grinch cookies are a classic cookie reinvented to entertain us with the the whimsy of the Grinch. Perfect to brighten up a cookie tray of for a watch party of one of our favorite Christmas tales.

Grinch cookies on a red and white check napkin.

These Christmas grinch cookies are a great green color and include a little heart candies. They are really easy to make and require only a few ingredients. Your families hearts will grow three times larger with love when they dig into these cookies.

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The Grinch is an iconic Christmas movie that was originally created to battle consumerism. Find out more about the movie here. Your kids can be enjoying the movie and crunching down these cookies with milk.

  • 30 Minute Cookie: These grinch sugar cookies only take about a half an hour.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge, these christmas cookies take very few ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Kids big and small love these treats for movie night.
A group of the cookies stacked.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cream Cheese: These produce a nice delicate, soft chewy cookie. You can use a low fat cream cheese or Greek Yogurt cream cheese.
  • Powdered Sugar Substitute: To save a few calories, try a powdered sugar substitute.
  • Eggs: Large eggs are always the size that you should use, also make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Food Coloring: If you do not have gel food coloring, try a liquid food coloring.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Cake Mix: Use white cake mix to make a cake mix cookies.
  • Powdered Sugar Substitute: To save a few calories, try a confectioner’s sugar substitute.Swerve and Splenda make a sugar free confectioners sugar.
  • Extract: Try adding a little peppermint extract to the cookies for a fun mint flavor..

How to Make Grinch Cookies Recipe

These are the basic steps for making Grinch desserts. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Mixing the batter for the cookies and coloring it.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

STEP 2: CREAM BUTTER

Then in a large bowl mix together with a hand mixer or a stand mixer together the butter, cream cheese until smooth and well combined and then add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Finally, add the flour and beat until combined.

STEP 3: SCOOP

Next, Place around 1 teaspoon of green gel food coloring in the batter and beat until well mixed. Add more food coloring, if needed, until the desired shade of green is reached. Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to scoop out heaping scoops of dough. Roll the dough between your hands and place it on the lined baking sheet. Slightly press down each cookie.

Laying out and decorating the cookies.

STEP 4: BAKE

Then bake the cookies for 15 to 17 minutes. Just until the bottoms are lightly brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes or until firm, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

STEP 5: DECORATE

When the cookies are cool, lightly dust each cookie with powdered sugar. Finally, place a small drop of red icing, on the bottom of each cookie, then press a heart sprinkle into the icing to hold it into place.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Grinch Crinkle Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The cookies can be made ahead of time. A day or two in advance for room temperature cookies, Two weeks if stored in the refrigerator or up to 6 monts in the freezer.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the cookies in an airtight container or zip top bag.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

These cookies are great frozen, place in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Pull out and thaw for a few minutes and then serve. Also, you can freeze the cookie dough balls and pull them out as you wish to bake some.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I MAKE GOOD COOKIES?

> Make sure that the cream cheese and butter are room temperature.
>To ensure cookies come off the sheet easier, make sure that you line the cookie trays with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
> Wait until the cookies are completely cooled before dusting with the sugar and adding the icing and heart.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE COCONUT FOR SUGAR?

Yes, you can replace the powdered sugar mixture with coconut if you wish.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes,you can make a double batch for large parties or cookie exchanges or make a half batch for small families.

HOW DO I GET THE POWDERED SUGAR TO STICK TO MY COOKIES?

First, double dip. Dip them after they come out and then try dipping them again. Also, to keep powdered sugar from melting into your baked goods, add a little bit of cornstarch.

A close up on the grinch cookies.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Sprinkles: Green sprinkles really enhance these cookies.
  • Short cut tip: Use premade sugar cookie dough and decorate the same way.
  • Variation tip: Gel icing to make the hearts.
  • Oven Temp: Know your oven, use a thermometer to make sure that your oven is at the correct temperature, turn cookie tray if you have hot spots.
  • Look: Watch your cookies carefully, they should be very right in color, take out when just slightly brown on the bottom.

What to Serve with Grinch Cookies

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Grinch cookies on a red and white check napkin.
5 from 2 votes

Grinch Cookies

Yield: 36 pieces
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Grinch cookies are a classic cookie reinvented to entertain us with the the whimsy of the Grinch. Perfect to brighten up a cookie tray of for a watch party of one of our favorite Christmas tales.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, plus more for topping
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • Green food coloring
  • Red icing, I used red Pillsbury Funfetti icing
  • Red heart sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the flour and beat until combined.
  • Place around 1 teaspoon of gel food coloring in the batter and beat until well mixed. Add more food coloring, if needed, until the desired shade of green is reached.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping scoops of dough. Roll the dough between your hands and place it on the lined baking sheet. Slightly press down each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, until the bottom is lightly browned.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes or until firm, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • When the cookies are cool, lightly dust each cookie with powdered sugar. Place a small drop of red icing, on the bottom of each cookie, then press a heart sprinkle into the icing to hold it into place.

Expert Tips

 
  • Sprinkles: Green sprinkles really enhance these cookies.
  • Short cut tip: Use premade sugar cookie dough and decorate the same way.
  • Variation tip: Gel icing to make the hearts.
  • Oven Temp: Know your oven, use a thermometer to make sure that your oven is at the correct temperature, turn cookie tray if you have hot spots.
  • Look: Watch your cookies carefully, they should be very right in color, take out when just slightly brown on the bottom.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, cream cheese, sugar cookies

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