Need a Holiday Party Treat? Try These Easy, Fun Grinch Cookies.

Grinch holiday cookies with powered sugar and red heartsIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means food, fun, and festivities. It also might mean you’re short on time. If you’ve been tasked with providing a holiday treat for a school, church, or work gathering, you might be looking for something easy, yet festive, that you can whip together. These cute Grinch-inspired cookies take the load off because they’re easy to put together using a boxed cake mix. This recipe makes about 30 cookies.

Grinch Holiday Cookies


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 8 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. mint extract
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring (the gel type is preferable)
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. corn starch
  • Red heart-shaped cinnamon candies


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a mixer, blend cake mix, butter, and eggs until well combined.
  • Add the mint extract, vanilla extract, and green food coloring until the desired color is reached. Mix on low until extract and food coloring are combined. The dough should have a thick, sticky consistency.
  • Whisk together confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  • Scoop dough balls that are roughly 1 ½ Tbsp. Roll in the confectioners’ sugar mixture to coat. Place dough balls 1” apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookie edges are set and tops appear dry.
  • Immediately press one heart-shaped cinnamon candy into each cookie. Cool cookies on a baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely.
  • Once cookies are completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container for up to four days.

Find all your holiday baking needs at Charlie Johns.

At Charlie Johns, we have all the ingredients you need to make the holidays sweeter, whether you’re making these delicious Grinch cookies, traditional Christmas cookies, fudge, or candies. Stop by and see how we can help you make the season merry and bright!

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