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grinch cake mix cookies with red heart sprinkles sitting on white plate with milk jars in the background and Christmas ornaments scattered about.
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5 from 13 votes

Grinch Cookies

Easy Grinch Cookies are guaranteed to steal the hearts of all your friends and family this Christmas season! This easy Christmas cookie recipe is quick to make and is incredibly festive and fun – just perfect for cookie plates and dessert tables this holiday season!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix cookies, grinch cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 93kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 15.25 ounces white cake mix 432 g box
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract or mint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • green gel food coloring
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar 32 g
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • red heart-shaped sprinkle or cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Use a hand-held mixer or stand mixer to mix together the cake mix, butter, and eggs until well combined.
    15.25 ounces white cake mix, 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 large eggs
  • Add in the peppermint (or mint) and vanilla extracts and enough green food coloring to achieve your desired color. Mix on low speed just until combined. The batter will be thick and sticky.
    2 teaspoons peppermint extract, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, green gel food coloring
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cornstarch.
    ¼ cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Scoop the dough with a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop and roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar mixture to coat. (The cookie dough itself is sticky so keep that in mind.) Place about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are set and the top of the cookies appear dry.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately place a heart-shaped sprinkle on each cookie, gently pressing it down so it sticks to the cookie.
    red heart-shaped sprinkle or cinnamon
  • Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


Storage Information: Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. 
To freeze: Let cookies cool completely and transfer to an airtight, freezer safe ziploc bag for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature or in the fridge overnight.
For the Hearts:
Raid your leftover Valentine's Day sprinkles and you're likely going to find some hearts. If not, here are a couple online options:
  • Heart Sprinkles  - These are my favorites and I think your best option. Really good quality and it'll get your ready for Valentine's Day with an assortment of sprinkles. (Just make these cookies pink for Valentine's Day!)
  • Cinnamon Hearts - will add a nice punch of flavor to the cookies.
  • Jumbo Heart Sprinkles - These are bigger than the ones I used which make a nice big impact.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg