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Grinch Cookies

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Fun and festive, these Grinch Cookies are a perfect holiday cookie recipe. With a festive green color and adorable red heart, the cookies couldn’t be any cuter!

Made with a basic sugar cookie recipe, the cookies are crispy on the outside with a chewy center. They are perfect for holiday parties, teacher gifts, cookie platters, cookie exchanges, and family celebrations.

grinch cookie recipe

Grinch Cookies

Make your holiday celebrations extra special with these delightful Grinch Cookies! Their bright green color perfectly captures the Christmas spirit. Ideal for hosting, cookie exchanges, or gifting, these cookies will impress everyone with their delicious taste, making the Grinch less of a ‘meanie’.

These Grinch Cookies are a simple sugar cookie recipe. The dough does not require chilling, so they are super simple to make. The result is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, a festive sugar cookie.

Make a batch of cookies, turn on Netflix, and watch The Grinch as a family—perfect holiday-together time!

❤️Why You Should Make These Grinch Cookies

  • Festive and Fun: Get in the holiday spirit with Grinch Cookies’ vibrant green hue—they’re like a Christmas party on a plate!
  • Fun to Make: Whip up these cookies with the kiddos and make precious memories as you all await Santa’s arrival.
  • Crowd-Pleaser Guaranteed: Whether it’s for a cookie exchange or a holiday gathering, no one can resist the vibrant green cookie with the tiny red heart!
  • Versatile Holiday Treat: Not just delightful to taste, these cookies double as charming gifts, stocking stuffers, or can be left out for Santa as a crunchy surprise!

(Ingredients at a glance, find the full recipe in the printable card at the bottom of the post.)

ingredients in grinch cookies
  • Flour | All-purpose flour works best in this recipe.
  • Baking powder | Baking powder gives these cookies a slight rise.
  • Butter | Salted. If you only have unsalted butter, that works fine; add 1/2 teaspoon of salt in with the dry ingredients.
  • Sugar | White granulated sugar sweetens these cookies.
  • Eggs | Large
  • Vanilla extract| I always suggest using the best vanilla you can find over imitation vanilla.
  • Green food coloring | Green food coloring gives this cookie its “Grinch” appearance. I prefer the gel food coloring over the liquid drops.
  • Heart Sprinkles | Just the right finishing touch for these cookies. (These are perfect.)

How To Make Grinch Cookies

1 Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.

2 Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small mixing bowl, and set aside.

how to make grinch cookies

3 In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

cream the butter and sugar for the grinch cookie recipe

4 Beat in eggs, vanilla, and food coloring.

adding the food coloring to the grinch cookies batter

5 Stir in dry ingredients until fully incorporated.

how to make grinch cookies

6 Scoop the cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll in granulated sugar. Flatten each ball somewhat, and press a candy heart into each one.

7 Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set.

8 Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

grinch cookies on a rack


  • If you can’t find the red hearts (amazon usually has them year-round), you can use any red hot candies, red M&M’s, or draw a heart with red icing.
  • Dust the cookies with icing sugar instead of rolling in white granulated sugar.
  • Roll in green sanding sugar instead of white sugar.
  • Add a touch of mint extract to the cookie batter.

Recipe Tips

  • Bring your ingredients to room temperature before you begin.
  • Use a cookie scoop to keep all the cookies the same size, so they bake evenly.
  • Place parchment paper on the cookie sheet, so the cookies don’t stick.
  • Make sure to measure the flour accurately. I recommend that you give your flour a stir, then scoop it out with a spoon into your measuring cup, then use a butter knife to level off the top of the measuring cup. You do not want to “pack” the flour into the measuring cup by scooping the measuring cup into the flour.



Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time, so if I can make something ahead of time, I always do. These cookies are the perfect example. Make them a few weeks before your holiday celebration and freeze them until you need them. It makes life so much easier if you can take one thing off your to-do list.

You can also freeze the dough. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months; defrost overnight in the fridge before using.

Can Grinch Cookies be frozen?

Yes, Grinch cookies can be frozen. If you have any leftovers, they will keep for a few months in the freezer in an air-tight container.

How do I store Grinch cookies?

These Grinch cookies can be stored on the counter in an air-tight container for a few days.

How many drops of food coloring do I need?

The best way to figure out how many drops of green food coloring you need is to add one drop at a time so until you get to your desired color. Add more or less to get just the green hue you are looking for. I personally prefer to use gel color, (You will find you need less of this very concentrated food coloring.)

How Do I keep my Cookies from getting too brown on the bottom?

  • Use a light-colored baking sheet, use a silicone baking mat, or line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • It is also important not to cook your cookies on the bottom rack; you want them in the middle of the oven for even baking. (So, for the best results, bake only one cookie sheet at a time.)
  • Another good tip is to let your baking sheets cool in between batches of cookies. (When the weather is cold, I just put my cookie sheets outside in between batches, lol.)
  • Lastly, I recommend setting your timer for a minute or two before the recommended baking time and checking your cookies for doneness.

Can I make these cookies gluten-free?

I have never made these cookies gluten-free, but if you use a 1-1 baking flour, like Bob’s Red Mill, the recipe should work.  Just watch the baking time as they may bake up differently. Betty Croker makes a gluten-free sugar cookie mix.

Can I use store-bought sugar cookie dough?

Yes, you can! You can add food coloring to pre-made sugar cookie dough. I recommend gloves, because you will want to add the food coloring one drop at a time until the desired color has been reached, and I have found it easiest to work the color in with your hands.

I have also found store-bought sugar cookie dough will spread more when baked, so I suggest chilling the dough after working the color in and using parchment paper on a cool baking sheet.

You can also use a sugar cookie mix that requires you to add the wet ingredients.

Why Are These Cookies Called Grinch Cookies?

These cookies are called Grinch cookies because they are green, just like the character Grinch from the movie the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, which was based on a Dr. Seuss book.

grinch cookies

Other Christmas-themed Cookies:

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Grinch Cookies

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven


Fun and festive, these Grinch Cookies are a perfect holiday cookie recipe. With a festive green color and adorable red heart, the cookies couldn’t be any cuter!


  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 68 drops of green food coloring
  • Extra sugar
  • Heart Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, and set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and food coloring
  5. Stir in dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  6. Scoop dough into tablespoon sized balls and roll in granulated sugar
  7. Flatten each ball somewhat, and press a candy heart into each one
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until set
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 96
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 15
  • Protein: 1

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