Grinch Cookie Recipe

The holiday season is a time for spreading joy and cheer, and what better way to do so than with a batch of whimsical Grinch cutout cookies?

Inspired by the beloved Dr. Seuss character, these festive treats are fun to make and perfect for sharing. In this easy-to-follow recipe, I’ll guide you through the steps to create these delightful cookies.

Delicious Sugar Cookies

Grinch stole christmas cookies on the counter. There are little red heart candies on the counter by the cookies.

The recipe takes a solid foundation of sugar cookies and adds a green color for the Grinch and a heart-shaped sprinkle.

If watching the Grinch is one of your favorite holiday traditions, you will love this delicious cookie recipe.

A Grinch cookie in a bowl of red candy hearts.

Ingredients for Christmas Grinch Cookies

  • Butter (softened)
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Red Candy Hearts (or Red M&M/red heart-shaped sprinkles)

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Grinch cookies in a white bowl. There are some red heart candies in the bowl behind the cookies.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Grinch Cookies

Ingredients for Grinch cookies

Gather your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt. Set the dry ingredient mixture aside.

Make sure your butter is at room temperature.

If you forget to set it out to soften, place it in the microwave at 50 percent power and microwave in increments of 10 seconds until the butter is soft.

Green sugar cookies in a large mixer. There is a spatula in the bowl.

In another large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until they’re light and fluffy. This should take about two to three minutes.

Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until fully incorporated into the butter-sugar mixture.

Add a few drops of green food coloring to get the Grinch’s signature bright green color.

Start with a small amount and add more until you reach the desired shade of green. Mix until the color is evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing on low speed until a soft dough forms.

You might need to add a little bit more green after adding the flour.

Grinch cookie dough with cutouts.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the green cookie dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use your Grinch-themed cookie cutter to create your Grinch cookies.

Grinch cookies on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. There's a rolling pin next to the cookie sheet.

Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are spaced apart to allow for spreading. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Grinch cookies in a white bowl.

Once the cookies are completely cool, place a tiny red heart sprinkle or a red candy heart on the top of each Grinch cookie to represent the Grinch’s small heart growing three sizes.

Press it gently into the cookie to ensure it sticks.

Grinch cookies in a bowl.

Enjoying Your Grinch Cookies

These Grinch Christmas cookies are a delightful addition to your holiday festivities.

The bright green color, the soft and chewy texture, and the sweet touch of the red heart make them a favorite among holiday cookie recipes.

They’re perfect for a cookie exchange, holiday parties, or simply enjoying your favorite Christmas movies.

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How to Store Your Cookies

  • Ensure that the cookies are completely cool before storing them.
  • Place the cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper or wax paper.
  • Store at room temperature for up to one week.

For longer storage, you can freeze the baked cookies in a freezer bag for up to three months. Just make sure to thaw them at room temperature before serving.

Enjoy baking these easy Grinch cookies and sharing them with family and friends this holiday season!

Grinch cookie in a bowl of red heart candies.

Grinch Cookie Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Discover the joy of baking with this Grinch Cookie recipe! Perfect for Christmas, these festive, fun, and delicious treats are a hit with kids and adults alike.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Green food coloring
  • Red candy hearts
  • Grinch cookie cutter

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt. Set this dry mixture aside. 
    3. In a separate bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until they're light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes. 
    4. Beat in the egg and pure vanilla extract until they're fully incorporated into the butter-sugar mixture. 
    5. Add a few drops of green food coloring to achieve the Grinch's signature color. Start with a small amount and add more until you reach the desired shade of green. Mix until the color is evenly distributed throughout the dough. 
    6. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until a soft dough forms. (You might need to add a few more drops of green if it lightened up).
    7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the green dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
    8. Use a Grinch-themed cookie cutter to create your desired shapes. 
    9. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. 
    10. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. They'll continue to firm up as they cool. 
    11. Add a red candy heart on the end of the Grinch hat. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • Ensure that the cookies are completely cool before storing them.
  • Place the cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper or wax paper.
  • Store at room temperature for up to one week. For longer storage, you can freeze the baked cookies in a freezer bag for up to three months. Just make sure to thaw them at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

Nutrition is approximate.

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