Learn how to make delicious and easy Grinch Cake Mix Cookies Recipe that will quickly become a yearly tradition. Your family will ask for these year after year and precious memories will be made with these yummy cookies.

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The best Grinch Sugar Cookies:

We have a great recipe for Grinch decorated cookies to share today. The kids absolutely love when I make these and they have a blast helping. This has become one of our favorite recipes.

Truly these are the things memories are made of! We started this tradition awhile back and now they look forward to these cookies each year.

We make a night of it and while the cookies are baking, we also whip up this Easy Grinch Punch Recipe. With only 3 ingredients, it’s super easy to make as well.

The cookies smell amazing baking and we have a blast hanging out as a family! Once the cookies are ready, we have a family movie night watching The Grinch that Stole Christmas. Another fun idea is to grab the book- How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

What is the Grinch?

The Grinch is a fictional character that was created by Dr. Seuss. He is best known for the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

These Grinch Sugar Cookies paired with Easy Grinch Punch make the best movie time with family the best! This is a yearly tradition that everyone enjoys and will cherish for years to come!

Everyone looks forward to these yummy Grinch recipes. It is so fun to curl up and eat these delicious Grinch Cookies while watching the movie. You might even include your friends! This would be so fun to have a few friends over and have a festive holiday party with very little effort.

A great gift idea!

We love to make a cookie tray each year for our neighbors. We always include these easy Grinch cookies for fun. This year, we have a new family that just moved in and have young kids, we are going to include a container of these cookies with The Grinch that Stole Christmas movie or How the Grinch Stole Christmas book.

I think this is such a thoughtful and practical gift idea that any family would really enjoy. So many of us are trying to cut down on toys and clutter while providing more experiences for our children. This is the perfect gift to do just that. It is also a nice gift for someone that seems to already have it all!

Let’s get started making Grinch cookies!

This recipe is very simple to make and does not take much time. It is the perfect recipe for the kids to help with and everyone will have a blast.

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Ingredients:

  • White Cake Mix – or Homemade Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Red Gel Food Coloring
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • White Sanding Sugar
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How to make Grinch Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 º F.
  • Using a standing mixer, combine dry ingredients mix, oil and eggs until combined.
  • Divide the batter into two separate bowls. (I use a large bowl for each color)
  • Mix red food coloring into one bowl
  • Mix green food coloring into the second bowl
  • Take about 2 tbsp of red color of dough and 1 tbsp of the green dough and form into small sized balls.
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  • Pour the sanding sugar into a bowl.
  • Roll cookie dough into the white sanding sugar.
  • Place cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lightly push each cookie dough ball down so that it becomes a thick but flat disk on cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 7 to 8 minutes. The allow the cookies to rest for 8-10 minutes on the baking sheet.
  • Then move the sugar cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before enjoying!
Close up image of Grinch cookies in process.

It is optional but you can add small red hearts to the cookies if you like.  I love adding the heart as it represetns the Grinch’s heart that was 2 sizes too small.

Also, chilling the dough is helpful if you find the dough is too soft.

You are going to love these cookies!

How much food coloring do you put in the cookies?

Once you have the two bowls with each having their own cookie dough, I would start with about ½ teaspoon of each color poured into the dough.

Once you have the dough mix together and you want it darker, you can always add more food coloring.

Close up image of grinch cookies on a white platter.

Grinch Crinkle soft and chewy cookies would also be fun for a cookie exchange. If you participate in a Christmas cookie exchange, these would be just darling to bring.

They are so festive with the red and green that they would be so pretty at any holiday party. Every time I get invited my friends are always excited to see what I bring. They are always the first cookie gone.

Close up image of Grinch cookies on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Variations for Grinch Cookies:

  • If you have the time, you can make Grinch cookies from scratch using butters and sugars, vanilla extract and baking soda. Then get a Grinch cookie cutter to make these sugar cookies complete. We prefer the easy method above because it is so child friendly.
  • If you can’t find the candy hearts, you can use a chocolate chip or heart sprinkles instead.
  • You can also use a red hot candy on top of the cookie
  • You can also dust the cookies with confectioners sugar instead once they are at room temperature.
  • Try rolling the cookie dough in powder sugar before baking, it will give the crinkle look. After the dough is rolled in powdered sugar, place them on the baking sheet. Then bake accordingly to the recipe.
  • You can even try making Grinch Faces on your cookies.

Also, make sure to have a good baking sheet.  I just had to replace several of mine and thankfully found several on sale on Amazon. It is super important to use good baking tools so your finished product will be just how you want it!

We have so much fun creating these little goodies. Yum!

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Print Grinch Cookies Recipe below:

Grinch Crinkle Cookies

5 from 5 votes
Learn how to make fun and easy Grinch Cookies Recipe. Grinch Cookies are delicious and sure to be a special holiday tradition to enjoy with your family!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 120
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 box White cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • Red and leaf green gel food coloring
  • 1 container of white sanding sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350º F.
  • Using a standing mixer, combine cake mix, vegetable oil, and 2 eggs until combined.
  • Divide the batter into two separate bowls.
  • Mix red food coloring into one bowl
  • Mix green food coloring into the second bowl
  • Take about 2 teaspoons of green color of dough and 1 teaspoon of the red dough and form into small sized balls.
  • Pour the sanding sugar into a bowl
  • Roll cookie dough into the sanding sugar
  • Place cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Lightly push each cookie dough ball down so that it becomes a thick but flat disk.
  • Bake for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to completely cool before Enjoying!

Recipe Notes

Your kids will love this Grinch treat!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 120kcal, Carbohydrates 19g, Protein 1g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 13mg, Sodium 154mg, Potassium 18mg, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 20IU, Calcium 49mg, Iron 0.5mg

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