These soft and buttery homemade Grinch Crinkle Cookies are easy green cookies rolled in sugar and topped with a sweet little red candy heart sprinkle. They are a fun Grinch themed dessert to add to your baking list this holiday season.
The Grinch may have stole Christmas but left you with these decadent cookies. You may want to make these Grinch sugar cookies too.
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Like many, this is a favorite holiday movie of ours. So when we are going to watch it, why not have a few homemade green desserts to serve on movie night.
These Christmas cookies are perfect for kids classroom parties and to add to the dessert tray of a cookie exchange!
Flour – I used all purpose flour where I spooned mixture into measuring cup and then leveled it off.
Baking Powder – This is going to allow the cookies to puff up.
Salt – Salt is always a must as it is going to really blend all the flavors together.
Egg – Large eggs are used to be a binder for the dough.
White Granulated Sugar – For the perfect amount of sweetness in these cookies.
Butter – Softened butter is key. If you use salted butter just omit the salt in the recipe.
Vanilla Extract and Peppermint Extract – Peppermint extract to give the cookies a minty flavor. You can also just use vanilla extract if you don’t want a mint cookie.
Food Coloring – I really like using green gel food coloring and you can add a little bit or a lot to get your perfect bright green color.
White Sugar – For rolling the cookies to give the dough and giving it the classic crinkled look.
Red Candy Heart – I used these tiny red heart candies.
1. Although this recipe uses pantry staples, if you don’t want to make a homemade cookie you can use a vanilla boxed cake mix for the base for this Dr. Seuss inspired cookie.
2. Roll in powdered sugar instead of regular white sugar.
3. Use mint extract instead of peppermint extract. Or almond extract if you’d like.
How to Make these Green Crinkle Cookies
Fun and easy to make, these sugar cookies will make any Whoville Christmas jollier. Plus, they melt in the mouth, so they’re easier to make than you think. It doesn’t take much to make these yummy holiday treats.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375° F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2 – Add the dry ingredients into a medium bowl and mix and set aside.
Step 3 – In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy using an electric hand mixer.
Step 4 – Add in the extract and eggs, scraping down the sides.
Step 5: Then, gradually add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in batches, blending on low speed after each addition until just barely incorporated. (careful not to over-mix).
Step 6: Then add in a few drops of food coloring and blend it into the dough. Place the dough in a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. (it can be left in the refrigerator to up to 24 hours.
Step 7: Next, using small scoop, scoop the dough and roll the raw dough into balls. Then roll into the sugar that is in a small bowl and place on a baking sheet.
Step 8: Flatten the cookies a bit, and lightly press the red heart on the top of each cookie.
Step 9: Bake for 8-10 minutes. Once baked, place the cooking on a cooling rack and allow the cookies to fully cool.
- You can find heart sprinkles online or at most grocery or craft stores. It is a perfect symbol for the Grinch’s heart.
- Feel free to double the recipe if you want to make a larger batch of cookies.
These cookies need to be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days on the counter.
These holiday cookies can be frozen. Just place in a freezer container and freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator.
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Grinch Crinkle Cookies
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup butter softened
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Green Food Coloring
- White Sugar or powdered sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 375° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix together.2 ½ cups all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
- In a separate large mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer. (you can also use the bowl of a stand mixer)⅓ cup butter, 1 ½ cups white sugar
- Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and eggs one at a time, blending after adding.2 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon peppermint extract, 2 large eggs
- Then add in the dry ingredients gradually ½ cup at a time, blending after each addition until just barely incorporated. (careful not to overmix)
- Add a few drops of food coloring and knead the dough to incorporate the color fully.Green Food Coloring
- Place white sugar on a small plate or in a shallow bowl.White Sugar or powdered sugar for rolling
- With a cookie scoop, scoop approximately tablespoon size scoops, roll into a ball and then roll in the white sugar (or powdered sugar) to coat thoroughly.
- Place on lined baking sheet and press gently to flatten slightly.
- Press a heart-shaped candy sprinkle into the center of each dough ball.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until the bottoms are very slightly golden brown.
- Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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These came out great! I made exactly as written EXCEPT I added the food coloring to the butter/sugar mixture to make it easier to incorporate and I had no issues. I will definitely make these again!
I made these cookies right now and I could not incorporate the food colouring the cookies are a swirled green