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Green Grinch Cookies

  • Author: Elise
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Cookies, Crinkle Cookies, Christmas Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These Green Grinch Cookies are light green crinkle cookies with a sprinkle heart to represent the Grinch’s tiny heart. They’re soft, chewy, made in 30 minutes in one bowl, and are sure to impress around the holidays!


  • 1/2 cup (110g) unsalted butter, cool
  • 2/3 cup (160g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (53g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100g), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup (245g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • red heart sprinkles


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer that is fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cool butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar on low speed until combined. Then, mix on medium-high speed until smooth, light, and creamy.
  3. Add your room temperature eggs and vanilla extract into the dough and beat on medium speed until combined throughout.
  4. Pour properly-measured all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl and mix on low speed only until you see the dry ingredients disappear into the dough.
  5. Add green food coloring to the dough and mix until dispersed throughout. Add more color until desired color is reached.
  6. Divide the dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized (35g) balls. Roll the balls in powdered sugar before placing them on your prepared pans at least two inches apart. Place a red heart candy or sprinkle into the top of each dough ball to create the grinch effect.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until the tops are cracked, edges are slightly firm, and the centers look shiny and slightly soft.
  8.  Allow them to cool on the pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack or a plate.
  9. Once fully cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container, tightly covered, or individually wrapped at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.


Bake Time: Make sure to only bake the cookies until the centers are soft, tops are cracked, and edges are just starting to firm up. Overbaking will lead to dry and dense cookies and a brown tint in color.

Keywords: Green Cookies, Grinch Cookies, Christmas Cookies