Grinch Cookies

These Cake Mix Grinch Cookies are so easy and festive they’ll be sure to put you in the holiday mood!

Cake Mix Grinch Cookies

Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.
The Grinch hated Christmas — the whole Christmas season.
Oh, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason.

Cake Mix Grinch Cookies

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Cake Mix Grinch Cookies and Popcorn

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before:
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store–
Maybe Christmas–perhaps–means a little bit more.”

Cake Mix Grinch Cookies

And what happened then–well, in Whoville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.
And then the true meaning of Christmas came through,
And the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches–plus two.

Grinch Popcorn

And now that his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light.
With a smile in his soul, he descended Mount Crumpet,
Cheerily blowing Who! Who! on his trumpet.

Welcome, Christmas, while we stand
Heart to heart,… and hand in hand.

Cake Mix Grinch Cookies

Grinch Cookies

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Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

These Cake Mix Grinch Cookies are so easy and festive they'll be sure to put you in the holiday mood!


1 box french vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
green food coloring, 1 drop
Confectioners (powdered) sugar for dusting
Sprinkles or candies, large heart-shaped


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream together cake mix, food coloring, oil, and eggs.
  3. Chill the dough for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Drop by Tablespoon into confectioners sugar and roll into balls.
  5. Place on baking sheet and press 1 large heart candy/sprinkle.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes until just set.
  7. Let cool 2 minutes on pan before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.


  • My son's class had a Grinch party at school and we whipped up these cookies in no time. For a Grinchy treat that comes together even more quickly you can pop a bag of popcorn and drizzle it with green chocolate candy melts. Sprinkle it with with heart candy sprinkles and let cool completely before enjoying.

Original recipe and images © In Katrina's Kitchen 

Grinch Cookies

Merry Christmas, friends! ♥

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26 Responses to “Grinch Cookies”

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    Leslie — December 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    These are so cute. I love the Grinch & I try to watch it at least 3 times during the holidays. I found your recipe on Pinterest, where I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    These turned out SO cute!!

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    Stephanie — December 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Where did you find the cute red and green square bowls? Thanks.

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    Dalila G. — December 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How cute are these Grinch cookies?! *^_^*
    Need to rush out and buy me a couple of cake mixes so I can start baking!
    I have to agree with Stephanie…..where did you find those little bowls??

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    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — December 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    You’re the cutest – I love this post! Awesome cookies :) Merry Christmas!!

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    Sue {munchkin munchies} — December 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these cookies and this post, Katrina! Such a fantastic idea!

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    Sheila — December 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I love these!! Completely adorable!!

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    Shellybee — December 24, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Super cute cookie idea. My kids and I made these tonight and they were delish!

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    Dina — December 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    these are so cute! great idea.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm


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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    These are seriously so adorable :) such a cute idea!

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    Fructe uscate — February 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It looks delicious..and the color is absolutely perfect!

    • Katrina Bahl — February 21st, 2014 @ 11:17 am

      Thank you! I hope you try them!

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    Lea Brown — November 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    How many cookies does this make? I can’t see the amount anywhere.


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    Michelle Miller — November 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I can’t wait to try these for this years cookie exchange. @Lea Brown, it says that it makes 3 dozen on the right side.

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    Dana @ uniquely nested — November 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Where did you find the heart candy/sprinkle? These are adorable!

    • Katrina Bahl — November 22nd, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      I got mine at JoAnne’s. You can find them at Michaels or online through Amazon as well.

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    Melanie — November 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    @Dana – Party City has some

    Or you can go on Amazon and search “jumbo heart sprinkles” and there’s several results you can comb through

    I am going to make these for a baking contest at work. These are so cute, thanks for the recipe!

    • Katrina Bahl — November 22nd, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      Good luck on the contest at work!

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    Erin — November 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

    These are great! Any tips on how your cookies stayed so fluffy? When mine cooled, they are very flat! Thanks for the recipe.. Love it!

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    KATHY — November 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Look so cute. Can’t wait to make these. Where did you get the cute Grinch serving platters?

    • Katrina Bahl — November 22nd, 2014 @ 9:11 am

      I got those little bowls at a local craft show. Sorry I don’t have any other info on them!

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    Jennifer — November 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    This is an adorable idea! The Grinch is my favorite holiday movie, so I’m going to have to make these soon. Thanks!

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    Amanda — November 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

    If I don’t want to use a cakemix, is there any cookie recipe that you would think would taste the same?

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    darlene — November 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hi, if you make the french vanilla cake from scratch, do you still have to add the other ingredients or just the food coloring? Thanks

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    ,MARITA — November 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Making these today with my daughter for our Thanksgiving tomorrow!! Having a big family gathering and she is going to give the cookies out after we eat. We love the Grinch so she is so excited!!!! THANKS FOR THE GREAT RECIPE!!!!!!!

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