Tasty Grinch Cookies, a soft sugar cookie recipe for the holidays. With the perfect shade of Grinch Green and a tiny red candy heart even your heart will grow two sizes with every bite.
Holiday Cookie Recipes are abundant and making these adorable Grinch Cookies will be a family favorite this Holiday Season.
Grinch Christmas Cookies are made with a combination of sugars including powdered sugar which helps to keep the cookies soft and moist. When making cookies for Christmas Time or a cookie exchange this recipe is a winner.
And for some real holiday spirit, try watching the Grinch Movie or other favorite Christmas movies as a family with some hot chocolate and enjoy the Christmas Season.
Tiny candy hearts can be found from Wilton in the Holiday sprinkles and are a perfect addition for Grinch's heart. A red M&M is also a great substitution in a pinch too.
Shopping List for Easy Grinch Cookies
Dry Ingredients. All Purpose flour, Granulated Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar
Wet Ingredients. Butter, Egg, Vegetable Oil, Vanilla Extract
Additional Ingredients. Red candy hearts, green food coloring
How to make Grinch Cookie Recipe
I can't suggest enough to use room temperature butter and allow the egg to sit on the counter as well. It will really made a difference for the texture and consistency of these cookies if you do these things.
I recommend 1 hour on the counter. The butter should be soft but still give resistance when touched. You do not want a mushy butter.
Go ahead and gather all the ingredients needed along with baking supplies like a large bowl, hand mixer, cookie sheet, wire rack, cookie scoop, and even parchment paper for easy clean up on the baking sheets.
Cream together softened butter and granulated sugar making sure to scrape sides of mixing bowl to fully combine all ingredients.
I like to cream for 2-3 minutes before adding an egg. Make sure the egg is fully combined and then gradually drizzle vegetable oil and powdered sugar into the mixture.
In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients of all purpose flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Then add vanilla extract along with the flour mixture and mix to combine.
Use a gel color / gel food coloring for the perfect Grinch Green cookie. EEK! I love it. It's going to be great, I promise.
Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough and place on baking sheets at least 2 inches apart and press a small red heart into the cookie dough off to one side for Grinch's Heart.
Bake cookies and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a minute before moving to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Cookies are done baking when edges are set and center is no longer glossy.
Every oven bakes a little bit differently, for me I bake these cookies 8 minutes.
Storage and Freezing
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container placing a piece of parchment paper between layers when stacking. Cookies will stay fresh for up to 1 week but are best if enjoyed within 2-3 days.
Freeze cookies by placing in a sealed container or Freezer ZipLoc bag for up to 3 months. Placing a piece of parchment paper between layers will keep cookies from sticking together and looking perfect.
Dr. Seuss is a childhood favorite author. I do love the whimsical illustrations in these books that just make me smile. And are a perfect theme for Holiday parties or your favorite holiday traditions too.
You might even host a Cookie Exchange with lots of Christmas Cookies. I'm excited to attend and see all the fun and creative cookies. I always love a crinkle cookie or snowball cookies.
Food Coloring. Use a Gel Color for a bright green color. Liquid drop food color can also work but will require more drops and can be difficult to achieve the bold bright colors you are looking for.
Cookie Scoop. I have used a small cookie scoop in these photos because I like the size. Feel free to use any size cookie scoop
Grinch's Heart. Wilton makes a larger heart sprinkle that I have used and can be found off Amazon or other Party Supply stores. A Red M&M candy also works well too.
Kitchen Scales. Weighing ingredients is key to consistency. Adding too much or too little flour, sugar or other ingredients does make a huge difference. These cookies should be soft and tender. A little crispy on the edges and delicious.
Easy Cookie Recipe
This recipe is a favorite. It's a smaller batch recipe which makes it so easy to make and get in and out of the kitchen. I've used this recipe in many of my other favorite cookies too. Take a look.
It's so versatile and easy to make a few quick changes. Substitute Peppermint extract for vanilla to completely change the flavor. Or roll in Powdered Sugar before baking for a delicious Crinkle Cookie too.
Make sure to check out ALL my Easy Christmas Cookies.
Above all have fun with these Grinch who Stole Christmas Cookies. Enjoy a family movie night with sweet treats and make memories. Which to me is the most important thing you can spend your time on.
Happy Holidays from me to you!
- ½ Cup Butter softened
- ½ Cup Granulated Sugar 100g
- 1 Egg Large
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
- ½ Cup Powdered Sugar 65g
- 2 Cup All Purpose Flour 240g
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- 24 Heart Sprinkles or Red Candy Pieces
- Green Food Coloring Green Gel Color
- In a large bowl or stand mixer cream together softened butter and granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes making sure to scrape down sides of bowl as needed.
- Add Egg and vanilla extract and continue to cream until everything is throughly combined. Scrape down sides of bowl
- Drizzle vegetable oil in a little at a time followed by confectioners sugar.
- Allow mixture to cream another 2-3 minutes.
- Gradually add flour and cream of tartar and baking soda a little at a time until it's all added
- Scoop the dough using a small cookie scoop and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart
- Place 1 heart candy on each cooke dough scoop off to one side.
- Bake at 350 degree preheated oven for 7-9 minutes. Do not overbake
- Cookies are done when edges are set and center is no longer glossy
- Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for a minute before moving to cooling racks or wire racks to cool completely.
- Store cookies in a sealed container for up to a week. Cookies best if enjoyed within 2-3 days.