Grinch Cookies – Sugar Spun Run

Grinch cookies are so enjoyable and festive with their vibrant inexperienced colour, festive taste, and colourful M&M sweet items! My recipe comes collectively in minutes with NO chilling required. Recipe features a how-to video!

Stack of grinch cookies dyed a pale green color and decorated with red and green m&m candies.

Grinch Cookies (From Scratch!)

Right here’s a novel addition to your Christmas cookie tray: Grinch cookies! I truly developed this recipe a number of years in the past and might’t consider I haven’t shared it right here sooner. These cookies are extremely smooth and chewy, enjoyable, and youngsters love them!

Grinch cookies are the right accompaniment to a Grinch film evening (with loads of sizzling chocolate and marshmallows, too). Festive and cute, they’re dyed Grinch-green and embellished with colourful pink and inexperienced M&M candies.

We’ll infuse a touch of peppermint extract within the dough too–simply sufficient so as to add a wintery taste, however not a lot that it’s overwhelming.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • The dough is constructed from scratch: no cake combine or pudding combine right here!
  • Delicate mint taste: be certain to make use of peppermint extract, not mint.
  • No chilling required: the cookies nonetheless come out smooth and chewy although!
  • Dough may be made prematurely or frozen: directions for this are beneath.
  • Prepared in half-hour: we love a quick and flavorful cookie round right here!

What You Want

Most of those substances are fairly simple, however let’s go over a number of of the vital ones earlier than we get began.

  • Softened butter. I like utilizing unsalted butter to have higher management of the salt within the recipe, however you can use salted butter and cut back the salt to ½ teaspoon. Your butter needs to be softened, however don’t let it get so heat that it’s melty or seems oily on the skin, or your dough will unfold an excessive amount of!
  • Peppermint extract. Be certain that to make use of peppermint extract and never mint extract! Mint tends to style a bit like toothpaste, whereas the peppermint has a extra festive style. Only a teaspoon is loads to present this recipe a refined mint taste.
  • Cornstarch. This retains our Grinch cookies thick and prevents them from spreading. It additionally helps us keep away from a chilling step on this recipe!
  • Meals coloring. After all that is non-obligatory, however it’s useful for a real Grinch-y really feel. I like to recommend utilizing gel meals coloring; it’s stronger, and also you received’t have to make use of close to as a lot as you’d with liquid meals coloring. I used “leaf inexperienced” coloring for these cookies.
  • M&M candies. I exploit the festive pink and inexperienced bag, however you can actually use no matter colours you want right here. I save about ¼ cup of those for urgent into the tops of the cookies after they arrive out of the oven.

SAM’S TIP: Some folks like so as to add pink sweet/sprinkle hearts to their Grinch cookies to imitate the Grinch’s “two-sizes too small” coronary heart. Be at liberty so as to add these in together with or as an alternative of the M&Ms!

That is simply an outline of the substances I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

How you can Make Grinch Cookies

  1. Cream the butter and sugar collectively till mild and fluffy, then stir within the eggs and extracts till mixed.
  2. Whisk collectively the dry substances in a separate bowl, then regularly stir them into the moist substances.
  3. Add meals coloring, if utilizing, and stir it in effectively till it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Add M&Ms then fold them into the batter. Regardless of what it would appear like from my photograph above, I truly advocate folding within the M&Ms with a spatula reasonably than utilizing a mixer (my mixer was simply resting there after mixing the dough, I switched to a spatula for the add-ins).
  5. Drop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, giving the cookies a little bit of respiratory room so that they prepare dinner evenly and don’t unfold into one another.
  6. Bake! The cookies generally seem barely underdone when completed baking. Allow them to cool fully on the baking sheet, the place they’ll end cooking as they cool (and don’t transfer them early, they’ll be fragile and susceptible to breaking!). This method retains the cookies smooth and chewy for days.

SAM’S TIP: In case your dough bought too heat and your cookies begin to unfold an excessive amount of, simply place your cookie dough within the fridge for 10-20 minutes.

Regularly Requested Questions

Can I freeze the dough?

Completely. To do that, merely comply with the directions for drop cookies in my methods to freeze cookie dough publish. I like doing this after I’m baking for the vacations–it saves a lot time!

Do I’ve to make use of peppermint extract?

You don’t should! You might substitute one other taste (almond can be good right here too), or you may simply use extra vanilla extract as an alternative. I don’t personally advocate mint extract, which has a spearmint taste that I don’t really feel belongs in cookies (I don’t even prefer it in toothpaste or gum, although, so when you do you might really feel otherwise!).

Can I make the dough prematurely?

Sure! This dough may be made 3-4 days prematurely. Simply preserve it lined so it doesn’t dry out or take up any odors out of your fridge.

Keep tuned for much more NEW Christmas cookie recipes–I’ve bought fairly a number of to share with you this month 🥰

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Grinch Cookies

Grinch cookies are so enjoyable and festive with their vibrant inexperienced colour, refined mint taste, and colourful M&M sweet items! My recipe comes collectively in minutes with NO chilling required.Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cookie, Cookies, Dessert, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Complete Time: 28 minutes

Servings: 34 cookies

Energy: 163kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line a number of baking sheets with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • In a big mixing bowl, use an electrical mixer (or stand mixer) to cream butter and sugar collectively till mild and fluffy.

    1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, 1 ⅔ cups (334 g) granulated sugar

  • Add eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract and stir till completely mixed.

    2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

  • In a separate, medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk collectively flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt

  • Regularly stir dry substances into moist till fully mixed.

  • Add meals coloring (if utilizing) and stir till absolutely mixed.

    Inexperienced meals coloring

  • Use a spatula to fold in M&Ms till evenly distributed by batter.

    1 cup (376 g) pink and inexperienced M&Ms

  • Scoop by 1 ½ Tablespoon-sized scoop and drop onto baking sheet, spacing cookies no less than 2” (5cm) aside.

  • Bake in heart rack of 350F (175C) preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Take away from oven and permit to chill fully on baking sheet earlier than having fun with.



Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 5 days.


Serving: 1cookie | Energy: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fats: 7g | Saturated Fats: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fats: 2g | Trans Fats: 0.2g | Ldl cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary data relies on third-party calculations and needs to be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.

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