His heart grew 3 sizes that day, and yours will too when you enjoy these Grinch Cookies a soft sugar cookie that is crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. We love the old Grinch Cartoon as well as the live version with Jim Carrey because it makes you all toasty inside.

Grinch Cookies
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Grab a cup of hot cocoa with the kids and a plate of these Grinch Christmas Cookies and you can be a Who in Whoville enjoying this classic story.

I think we can all relate to poor Mr. Grinch at some time or another. As a mom, I can relate wanting to hide away in my cave away from all the hustle and bustle. As a shopper the crowds seem to be out of control spending money without realizing the true meaning of Christmas.

Grinch Sugar Cookies

Don’t let your heart shrink and allow the chaos steal Christmas, but remember what’s truly important. Making memories with those you love. Singing Christmas Carols, delivering treats to neighbors, and making cookies with the family, especially those little ones. That is where traditions begin.

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Fats: Both butter and Vegetable Oil are used in this recipe. This helps give a delightful texture of crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside

Sugars: A combination of white sugar and powdered sugar give a great balance of sweetness and keep the cookie soft

Flour: All purpose flour is used the trick is in how to measure the flour. A Kitchen scale is ideal but if you do not have a scale then make sure to stir and lift the flour before gently scooping into measuring cup. To not tap or shake the measuring cup to settle the flour. That will result in adding too much flour and cookies will be dry.

Additional Ingredients: Egg, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Almond Extract. All pretty standard ingredients in the home and pantry.

Specialty Ingredients: Heart Sprinkles, Green Food Coloring

How to make Grinch Cookie Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 F Degrees

In a large mixing bowl or Stand Mixer cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and continue to cream ingredients together scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Drizzle vegetable oil, and vanilla extract into mixture and add powdered sugar. Mixture will be light and fluffy.

Bosch Mixer with Butter and Sugar

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture little by little until fully combined. Making sure to properly measure flour and sugars will help create a perfect soft and chewy cookie. You can read more about how to measure flour below.

Add green gel color until the desired green color is achieved.

Using a medium cookie scoop size #24 roll each cookie dough in sugar before placing on parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can also use a Silicone baking mat if you prefer. Place 1 heart sprinkle on each cookie and press lightly into place.

Grinch Cookies on cookie sheet

Bake at 350F Degrees for 7-9 minutes. Every oven bakes a little different. Watch for slightly golden edges but do not over bake.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Cookies are delicious severed warm or cold.

Substitution Ideas

I like to make this recipe from scratch using my soft sugar cookie recipe because it’s such a great recipe, but you can also use a cake mix as well. Follow the direction in Golden Oreos recipe for how to mix cake mix into cookies. And then add food coloring and heart sprinkles. You can also try to rolled in powdered sugar to make crinkled grinch cookies.

Christmas Cookies are among my favorites and Dr. Seuss How the the Grinch Stole Christmas has always been a favorite story with his heart 3 sizes too small and the adorable Cindy Lou Who. I hope we all have a little bit of Cindy Lou in each of us to spread some kindness not only during the holidays but all year long.

How to Store Cookies

Cookies can be stored in a sealed container or Zip-loc bag for up to a week. They do not need to be refrigerated. Cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Where to find Heart Sprinkles

Heart Sprinkles can be found on Amazon or where Wilton Sprinkles are sold.

Pro Tips

When making cookies I find it best to use ingredients that are room temperature. This includes butter and eggs. Room temperature butter will cream with sugar and become light and fluffy where cold butter only tends to mash.

More Grinch Recipes that are fun to make

I’m participating in Christmas Cookies week where I’ve been sharing fantastic Christmas Cookie Recipes along with fellow bloggers. Make sure to see all my NEW Cookie Recipes I’ve shared this week along with their fun and creative recipes too.

Friday Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Grinch Cookies

Your heart will grow 3 sizes when you bite into these fun and delicious Grinch Sugar Cookies. A soft and chewy sugar cookie that is crispy on the outside.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 202kcal


  • 1/2 Cup Butter Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cup Flour
  • Green Food Coloring


  • Candy Heart Sprinkles Approximately 24


  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • Cream Butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes
  • Add Vegetable Oil and powdered sugar and creaming the butter mixture together. This will take a minute or two to come together.
  • Mix in Cream of Tartar and Baking Soda as well as Vanilla Extract and add the egg. Mix all ingredients to combine.
  • Gradually add flour to mixture and mix well.  Add flour 1 cup at a time.
  • Using a Medium cookie scoop, scoop dough and roll in sugar in medium bowl. Then carefully place of baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Press 1 candy heart into each cookie before baking
  • Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes. Cookies are done when edges barely turn golden. Do not over bake
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to cooling rack.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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