Grinch Cookies

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Inspired by Dr. Suess’s How The Grinch Stole The Christmas, these Grinch Cookies are soft chewy cookies perfect for the holidays and festive season. Made using basic ingredients, these get done in under 20 minutes.

If you are looking for more Cookie recipes, then here are some more that you make this festival – Almond Cookies, Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Banana Cookies.

Grinch Cookies served on a plate.
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About This Recipe

As Christmas is just around the corner, I am feeling a little festive and thus today morning the house was smelling of these freshly baked Grinch Cookies, inspired by Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Well, don’t go by the name, they are perfect for the holiday season!

Most of us think these are prepared in some fancy way, looking at the bright green color of these cookies. But, these are just your regular easy sugar cookies, which have a grinchy green hue from gel food coloring, and then a red sprinkle heart is put on top to make it look even more appealing.

These Grinch Christmas Cookies are soft and chewy and are perfect to give a festive look to your holiday table. Make this cooking using basic pantry ingredients in under 20 minutes. And yes, there is no chilling required.

If not the red heart sprinkle, you can even use green and red M&M’s or any heart shape candies to decorate on top.

So if you are ready to bring in Christmas, this year you have to try your hands on these Grinch Cookies, which hardly takes 20 minutes of your holiday time. As they are super easy, you can also include your kids in a fun cookie-making activity.

These Grinch Cookies are,

  • Soft & Chewy
  • Bright green in color
  • Quick + Easy
  • Perfect for the holiday season
  • Loved by kids
  • Unique
  • Sugary

This recipe has been featured in Twinkl, as part of their Christmas Dinners Around the World series

Ingredients

Grinch cookies ingredients.

All-Purpose Flour – The base of these cookies are prepared with all-purpose flour. This flour gives cookies a soft texture. You can give it a healthy twist and add in or use other flours, but the texture and taste will differ a bit.

Sugar – These are your regular sugar cookies and thus we use a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar. They had a nice texture in the cookies along with sweetness too.

Green Gel Colour – Add in some gel color, which will give these cookies a nice bright green color. Make sure the color is of good quality and is food grade. I used Americolor leaf Green. You can source the gel color online or at any baking supplies store near you.

Heart Sprinkle – If you cannot find a red heart sprinkle, then add in some green and red M&M’s on top instead.

Others – Other than the above ingredients, you need some everyday cookie ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda, unsalted butter, egg, and vanilla extract.

Use a good quality vanilla extract for the best taste. All other ingredients combined will make your sugar cookies soft and help them to rise.

How to make Grinch Cookies?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Whisk butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. I used my stand mixer on medium speed for 6 minutes. You can use a handheld mixer or even a wire whisk.

Add egg and mix well. Keep scraping the sides of the bowl while mixing.

Add vanilla extract and green gel colour.

Now add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and mix on low speed to make a dough. Do not over mix after adding the flour.

Scoop 1 tablespoon dough and roll it into a ball in between your palms. Use a small ice cream scoop to measure the dough.

Arrange the dough balls on the baking tray keeping a distance of 2 inches between them and gently press them. Press a red heart sprinkle over each ball.

Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes. Don’t over bake. They should be just set in the oven. Remove the tray from the oven and let the cookies cool on the tray for 3-4 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve.

Pro Tips by Neha

Be very careful with the quantity of the gel color. A little goes a long way. Add 2-3 drops at first and then increase the amount if you feel that the colour is not right.

If the dough is very sticky, you can refrigerate it for a few minutes.

Storage Suggestions

These Grinch Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for about a week at room temperature. Make sure to cool them down fully, before storing.

You can also freeze the dough in a freezer-safe ziplock bag for upto 3 months. When ready to bake, thaw the dough and make the cookies. Bake the cookies for 1 extra minute as the dough will be chilled.

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Inspired by Dr. Suess's How The Grinch Stole The Christmas, these Grinch Cookies are soft chewy cookies perfect for the holidays and festive season. Made using basic ingredients, these get done in under 20 minutes.
5 from 1 vote

Grinch Cookies Recipe

Inspired by Dr. Suess's How The Grinch Stole The Christmas, these Grinch Cookies are soft chewy cookies perfect for the holidays and festive season. Made using basic ingredients, these get done in under 20 minutes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 pieces

Ingredients 

  • 350 gram all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 250 gram unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 250 gram granulated sugar
  • 25 gram brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops green gel color
  • red heart sprinkle (for decoration)
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Whisk butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. I used my stand mixer on medium speed for 6 minutes. You can use a handheld mixer or even a wire whisk.
  • Add egg and mix well. Keep scraping the sides of the bowl while mixing.
  • Add vanilla extract and green gel color and mix well until the color of the batter is uniformly green.
  • Now add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and mix on low speed to make a dough. Do not overmix after adding the flour.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon dough and roll it into a ball in between your palms. Use a small ice cream scoop to measure the dough.
  • Arrange the dough balls on the baking tray keeping a distance of 2 inches between them and gently press them. Press a red heart sprinkle over each ball.
  • Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes. Don’t overbake. They should be just set in the oven. Remove the tray from the oven and let the cookies cool on the tray for 3-4 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve.

Notes

Be very careful with the quantity of the gel color. A little goes a long way. Add 2-3 drops at first and then increase the amount if you feel that the colour is not right.
If the dough is very sticky, you can refrigerate it for a few minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 50mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 432IU, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
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