These quick and easy grinch cookies are a fluffy melt in your mouth treat. Soft cake mix cookies are given a crinkled effect with a sweet candy heart in their chewy center- they’re a perfect snack or dessert to serve for both holiday dessert tables and classroom parties.
Now, who in Whoville wouldn’t like to be served these?
Thank you Dr. Seuss for giving us such a disgusting villain to love, and such an iconic Christmas story to “bring your cheer, cheer to all Whos far and near”.
How ‘The Grinch Stole Christmas’?
How ’bout ‘How The Grinch Crinkled Christmas’!
We’ve taken delicious lazy cake cookies and transformed them into these adorable Grinch-y crinkle-style treats.
Quick and easy cake cookies are a soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth treat.
They’re a perfect treat to make with the kids, and an adorable addition to any holiday dessert table.
Only a few ingredients are needed to make these easy cake mix Christmas cookies.
- Cake Mix – You’ll need one box of yellow cake mix, any brand will work. You can also use a white cake mix.
- Oil – Vegetable oil is recommended, but canola oil will also work well.
- Eggs – Two eggs
- Food Coloring – Green food coloring- the liquid kind works best, but gel can be used as a substitute.
- Sugar – Powdered sugar- you roll the dough in it and it gives it the perfect crinkled look after baking.
- Sprinkles – Large candy hearts that represent the Grinch’s ‘heart’
How To Make
Making these adorable Grinch cookies is super easy!
Start by adding the cake mix, oil, eggs, and food coloring to a large mixing bowl.
You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer to cream the mixture together until evenly combined.
Whichever method you use, start out slow so that the cake mix doesn’t poof up and out of your mixing bowl.
You can increase the speed as it comes together.
Once everything’s evenly incorporated, place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator.
Let the cookie dough chill for at least 10-15 minutes, and up to 30 minutes.
Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and drop it into a plate or bowl of powdered sugar.
Turn the dough ball to evenly coat it in the sugar.
Roll it into a rough ball shape.
Transfer the powdered dough ball to a metal baking sheet, and continue until the sheet is full.
You’ll want to place your Grinch cookie balls roughly 1 1/2 inches apart to allow for spreading during baking.
Place one candy heart on top and in the center of each cookie ball, and gently press it in.
Bake the cake mix crinkle cookies at 350F for 8 minutes, or just until they’re set.
You don’t want to overbake these, and that can happen quickly.
These are meant to be soft and chewy cookies.
Carefully remove the cookies from the oven, and set them aside to cool for 2-3 minutes.
Once slightly cooled, use a spatula to transfer them to a wire wrack to finish cooling completely.
How To Store Cake Mix Cookies
These Grinch cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
If you want to keep them longer, store them in the airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
I do not recommend freezing them since they’re a soft cookie.
Other Grinch Themed Treats
We’ve turned these cake mix cookies green and given them a Grinchy make-over, turning them into fun Christmas-themed snack or dessert.
These Grinch cookies are the perfect way to spread some Christmas cheer by sharing with any and all both ‘far and near’.
Looking for other Grinch themed treats this holiday season?
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- 1 box yellow or white, cake mix
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- green food coloring
- powdered sugar
- large heart-shaped sprinkles or candies
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cake mix, food coloring ( 8 drops for a yellow mix, and 1-2 for white), oil, and eggs.
- Chill the dough for at least 10-15 minutes.
- Drop by the tablespoon into the powdered sugar and then roll into balls.
- Place on a baking sheet and press 1 large heart candy/sprinkle into the center of each.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, or until just set.
- Let cool 2 minutes on the pan before removing the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack.
recipe originally published December 12, 2014