Grinch Crinkle Cookies

This recipe for Grinch Crinkle Cookies will become part of your annual Christmas cookie baking tradition. With its easy to mix batter, your kids will love making these green crinkle cookies with the tiny red heart in the center…that’s two sizes too small.

plate of grinch crinkle cookies with a glass of milk

This cookie recipe is especially easy because it starts off with a box of cake mix, and you only have to measure out the wet ingredients.

Not only can your kids make these cookies with a little help from you, but they can be a festive addition to any holiday party or cookie exchange.

Or make a great snack while watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas…one of my family’s favorite movies to watch during the holidays πŸ™‚


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What you need to make the Grinch Crinkle Cookies

The ingredients for this cookie recipe are super simple.

ingredients needed to make grinch cookies

You’ll need a box of white cake mix (yellow could work too), 2 eggs, vegetable oil, green food coloring, powdered sugar, and of course…heart sprinkles.


How to make Grinch Cookies

To make the cookie batter, just stir together the boxed cake mix with the oil and eggs, until they are thoroughly mixed.

The batter will be thicker than you are used to with a boxed cake mix, as you do not add as much liquid.

grinch cookie batter with green food coloring added

Next, add enough green food coloring to make the batter the perfect Grinch-y color.

I would start off with just a couple drops, and then add one or two more at a time, mixing well after each addition, until you get the color you like.

finished cookie batter in a mixing bowl

This is what my batter looked like after adding the coloring. It’s not too dark or too light, but about the color of the Grinch in the movie.

grinch cookie ball in a plate of powdered sugar

Scoop out the dough into little balls, forming them into round shapes with your hands, and then drop them into some powdered sugar.

Roll the balls around in the powdered sugar…it’s better to do this one or two at a time…until they are coated in the sugar.

12 grinch cookie balls on a cookie sheet ready for baking

Place them on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, spaced a couple of inches apart. This is my favorite brand of parchment paper to use for baking.

red heart shaped candy being pressed into the center of a grinch cookie ball

Right before you put these cookies in the oven, press one candy heart into each of the cookie balls…because you can’t forget the Grinch’s heart!

Bake them for 8 to 10 minutes, and let them cool before eating.

plate of finished grinch crinkle cookies
5 from 2 votes

Grinch Crinkle Cookies

These easy to make Grinch Crinkle Cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie tradition. This recipes uses a cake mix, which is great for kids that are just learning how to bake. Dr. Seuss himself would approve of these green cookies with the tiny red heart inside – a heart that is two sizes too small!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, christmas cookies, christmas dessert recipe, grinch cookies
Author Erin Myers


  • Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ΒΌ cup oil
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Heart sprinkles


  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 375.
  2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs together.
  3. Mix in your green food coloring until you have the perfect Grinch color.
  4. In a second bowl pour 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  5. Gather a scoop of dough and roll in the powdered sugar mixture.
  6. Shape into a ball and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Add a heart sprinkle to each cookie.
  8. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool.
plate of finished grinch crinkle cookies

Aren’t they so much fun? Not only are they cute, but come together very quickly, and are pretty yummy too!


Hopefully your family and friends will look just like the Whos while they’re eating these Grinch Crinkle Cookies! πŸ™‚


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15 thoughts on “Grinch Crinkle Cookies”

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    What fun to make green Grinch cookies!!
    Thank you for sharing your Grinch cookie recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow night’s party and pinning too.

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    I love this recipe! The cookies are delicious and freeze well.
    Sometimes the cookies spread and are flat. Other times they come out plump! Both ways taste delicious! What am I doing (wrong)?

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      Hi Sandy! Thanks so much for stopping by today πŸ™‚

      Hmmm…the first thing that comes to mind is the brand of cake mix…do you always use the same one? I think they are pretty much the same, however, so I’m not sure what else it could be. I’ve even had a reader who used a gluten-free mix and her cookies looked nice and plump. Humidity in the room? Size of the eggs? I’m not sure what could be causing the problem…I’m sorry!!

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      We’ve made these before with a similar recipe and it adds a step of chilling the dough in the fridge for 15 mins before shaping into balls. Makes them a bit less sticky to work with and maybe helps them spread less?

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