These Christmas grinch cookies are green sugar cookies loaded with chopped Andes mints. They are rolled in green sugar and topped with a jumbo heart sprinkle.
These Grinch Christmas cookies are sure to make even the Grinch's small heart grow three sizes! Thew Grinch movie is one of my favorite holiday movies and these adorable Grinch cookies are the perfect holiday cookie recipe to get in the holiday spirit. So, next time you have a family movie night put on the classic movie and enjoy these chewy sugar cookies,
Why This Grinch Cookie Recipe Works
- Festive- These cookies capture the Christmas spirit just like when the Grinch's heart grew 3 sizes! It is the best way to ring in the holiday season.
- Mint inside- These are better than classic sugar cookies because the mint in the cookie gives a great flavor to the cookies!
- Easy recipe- These cookies are super simple to make and decorate! They can bring a great Christmas theme to a Christmas party even if you are not an experienced baker. You don't even need a hand mixer or stand mixer!
Ingredient Notes for Grinch Cookies
Here are some notes on the ingredients. For a full list of ingredients, check out the recipe card below.
- Unsalted butter- Melt the butter and let it cool until it is room temperature before using.
- Eggs- Pull the large egg out 2 hours before using.
- Green gel food coloring- Higher quality dye will get you a stronger color with less dye so it doesn't affect the taste. I used Americolor so I only need a little bit of green food coloring.
- Green sugar- This should be available at most places with baking supplies. I got mine at my local grocery store.
- Andes mints- You can use your favorite brand of chocolate mints.
- Jumbo heart sprinkles- I used these red heart sprinkles.
- Dairy free- You can use your favorite dairy free options for this recipe!
- Gluten free- I haven't tested this gluten free. Let me know if you do.
Step By Step Instructions- Green Cookie Dough
Here is how to make and bake these Grinch cookies.
STEP 1: Mix the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
STEP 2: Mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, use a whisk to mix together the melted butter (room temperature), sugar, vanilla extract, egg, and a couple drops of green food dye (enough to get a bright green color).
Mix it until it is smooth
STEP 3: Combine. Add the flour mixture to the wet and use a rubber spatula to mix them until just combined.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Start chopping Andes mints while you wait.
STEP 4: Scoop. Scoop the dough with a 1 tablespoon scoop. Use your thumb to press a hole in the middle of the cookie dough ball. Fill it with Andes mints and press the cookie dough back over it.
You should not need extra dough to cover the mints, press the dough already in the scoop around them.
STEP 5: Roll. Roll the balls of cookie dough in the green sugar to cover them completely.
STEP 6: Bake cookies. Place 12 cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
STEP 7: Decorate and cool. While the cookies are still hot put the candy hearts on top of each cookie. Then transfer them to a cooling rack and cool them completely.
Enjoy your Grinch heart cookies!
Expert Baking Tips
- Properly measure your flour- Make sure the flour is spooned and leveled. If you stick the measuring cup directly into the flour, it will compact the flour. Compacted flour can cause the cookies to not spread.
- If the cookies are spreading, make sure you are using parchment paper on the cookie sheet. If they are still spreading too much this could be because the butter was too warm before adding the ingredients. If it still spreads too much, you chill the cookie dough balls for 10-15 minutes.
- If you live at high altitude, add an extra 2 Tablespoons of flour. This will help with the spread.
I do not recommend changing the size of these cookies since the filling will either not fit or be too small.
Yes they can! Store the cookie dough balls in an airtight container or use plastic wrap. Store in the freezer for 30 days. Let the cookie dough balls thaw before baking.
Yes you can. However, I recommend making them into cookie dough balls first before chilling overnight. Wrap them in plastic wrap. Make sure they come to room temperature before baking.
- You can add different chocolates inside the cookies! Like regular chocolate, peanut butter cups, snickers.
- You can also decide to skip the chocolate in the middle all together.
- Parchment paper: I use premade sheets of parchment paper vs the roll of parchment paper. It makes baking a lot easier!
- Large cookie scoop: I love this OXO cookie scoop.
Storing and Freezing
Store the Grinch cookies at room temperature in an airtight container up to 5 days.
Freeze the baked cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze up to 30 days. Thaw for 1-2 hours before eating.
Other Holiday Recipes To Try
Try These Christmas Cookies
- Snowman cookies
- Chocolate peppermint cookies
- Cherry cookies
- Hot cocoa cookie blossoms
- Pecan pie cookies
- 1 ⅓ cups All-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon Baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Unsalted butter melted and cooled
- ¾ cup White granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
- 1 Large egg room temperature
- Green gel food dye a couple drops. I used Americolor.
- Green sugar for rolling the cookies
- 17 Andes mints chopped
- 16 Jumbo heart sprinkles
- In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.1 ⅓ cups All-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon Baking soda, ¼ teaspoon Baking powder, ½ teaspoon Salt
- In a large bowl. mix the melted butter (make sure it is cooled to room temperature before using), sugar, vanilla, egg, and couple drop of green food coloring. Use a whisk to mix until smooth.½ cup Unsalted butter, ¾ cup White granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract, 1 Large egg, Green gel food dye
- Add in the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to mix until just combined.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Let the dough rest while the oven preheats. This helps to prevent over spreading. Chop the Andes mints while you wait.17 Andes mints
- Use a small 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough. Use your thumb to push a hole in the middle of the cookie dough ball while it is still in the scoop. Fill with chopped mints and cover with the cookie dough. (Don't get extra dough to cover the cookie, use the dough already on the scoop.)
- Roll in green sugar so it is covered and place 12 cookie dough balls on the cookie sheet.Green sugar
- Bake 8-10 minutes. Top while warm with the heart sprinkle. Let it cool completely on a wire rack.16 Jumbo heart sprinkles