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grinch cookies

Grinch Cookies

Grinch Cookies will make your heart grow three sizes bigger this Christmas! These bright green treats have gooey middles and a delicate, crisp crust covered with powdered sugar.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Grinch Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 141 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Green gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup red M&M’s candies


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl mix powdered sugar and cornstarch.
  4. In a large bowl, using a hand electric mixer or stand mixer, beat in the butter, cake mix, oil, and eggs.
  5. Stir in 3-5 drops of green gel food coloring to get the perfect Grinch green color.
  6. Using a small ice cream scoop to scoop dough balls and after that roll each ball into the powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture and place it onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Place the cookie balls 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they puff up and are slightly golden on the sides.
  9. Remove from the oven and immediately lightly press 3-4 M&M’s onto the top of the cookies.
  10. Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.

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Nutrition Facts
Grinch Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.