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


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 (I used Duncan Hines 16.5 oz)
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. **Please see NOTES**
  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.


  • If your cookies are spreading too thin, you can put them back into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes after  step 4.
  • Some people have reported reducing the oil to 1/3 Cup. I have since tested the recipe 2 more times (once with 1/2 Cup oil, once with 1/3 Cup oil). Results were preferable using 1/2 Cup, but still fine with 1/3 Cup if that's what you would like to do.
  • 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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- Katrina

95 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.


    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

      Mine usually come out at about 3 dozen.

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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!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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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!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

      I put the text on myself.

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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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    Josh — November 27, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I made these with my daughter last week. We couldn’t find the heart sprinkles anywhere locally, so I improvised and used 3 red hots on each cookie to mock the shape of the heart. Once the cookies were baked, my daughter pointed out how the red hots grew into a bigger ‘heart’ shape, much like the Grinch’s heart grew from the beginning of the movie to the end!

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    Krizia — November 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    OMG, my 3year old niece is going to love this, she’s a grinch fan, everytime she comes over the first thing she says is “lets watch the green christmas movie”and i’m like what movie? and she says “the sir had a very small heart and he was green like the hulk and he didn’t like christmas and then his heart grew and he now loves Christmas just like me” hahaha, thank you so much, i will be making this very soon, kisses from Venezuela :)

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

      Aww so cute! Thanks for letting me know.

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    Alana — November 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    These cookies looking amazing and I am so keen to make them!!
    I was just wondering what size pack of cake mix you use (in grams)? Boxed cake mix sizes can be a little different in Australia =)

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

      I used 16.5 oz. Thank you for writing.

  26. #
    Katrina — December 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    These are awesome. Love them!

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    Patti — December 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    These are adorable! I decided to make them on a whim in December so obviously didn’t have any heart sprinkles on hand, nor did any of the local stores I checked. So instead I got some red chocolate melting disks and melted them in a squirt bottle. I then piped out some chocolate hearts freehand onto wax paper. I didn’t put them in the cookies before cooking but made a small indent with my finger and added the chocolate heart when the cookie was almost cool.

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    Monica — December 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Where did you find the hearts? I can only seem to find small white/pink ones. I want the bigger red hearts! I am planning on making these for my daughter’s birthday party at school. Her bday is Dec 20th, but with other Dec bdays and the class Christmas party on the 19th (the last day before Christmas break) her party got moved back to the 17th this year. I think I need to enlist the help of friends. We live in a smaller community. I’m sure I would have better luck in the city!

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    Monica — December 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Patti – I might have to try that! Thanks!!

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    Emily — December 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Where did you find those perfect heart shapes?! I want to make these but I’m not sure what to use for the hearts.

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

      You can find them at most craft/baking stores or online.

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    Katie — December 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Mine were flat too – although I kind of squished the balls down before they baked – maybe that was it?

    Also, I found that I had to watch them *really* close – leave them in 30 seconds too long and all the green baked right out, especially on darker cookie sheets. I made two batches, so had lots of experimental opportunities!

    (Oh, and I used cinnamon hearts because I live in the middle of nowhere, and that was all that was available for hearts this time of year, aside from ordering them online and I didn’t want to pay 3x in shipping what I was paying for the actual product…) Oops, there goes my Grinch side! :)

    Seriously, though – delicious!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

      “There goes my grinch side” lol that made me laugh :) Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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    Jill Asbury — December 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    My husband and 9 year old son LOVED these! Although they did come out really flat too! I am going to try this again in hopes to solve the problem. In the pictures they look so plump and fluffy! The only thing I can think of, is the dough should maybe chill a little longer? Either that, or I shouldn’t have doubled the batch… I also couldn’t find “French Vanilla” cake mix, so I just used a basic yellow/vanilla one. Any suggestions, anyone?

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    Alison — December 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I made these today, and they turned out very cute! I just piped red hearts on with some decorators gel. Mine got really flat too though, not sure why? I also added a teaspoon of peppermint flavoring just to give them a little more jazz. Pretty tasty!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

      Great idea! Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    Shelly — December 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I made these last night, flatted also, but not completely. I chilled in metal bowl from mixer, about 15 min. Great idea and will try again :)

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    Michelle — December 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Mine turned out very flat once cool. I am going to try to make them like the lemon crinkle recipe but use vanilla cake mix and add green. These I have made before and they do not turn out flat.

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    amber — December 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    PLEASE! What is your secret to the fluffy cookie? Mine turned out flat and it looks like others have as well. Maybe you can share the brand of cake mix you used? Thanks!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    sara — December 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    These looked so fun and what a great dessert for a holiday party. Gotta say, i followed the recipe exactly and they tasted terrible and looked nothing like this, any suggestions if i try this again?

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

      Sorry that you didn’t enjoy them!

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    Chrissy — December 11, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I couldn’t find hearts so I bought candy cane shaped sprinkles…I’m hoping 2 put together will make a proper heart. I’ll let everyone know how they turn out tomorrow

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

      Super idea!

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    Sharon — December 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for a great recipe! I made these for my husband to take to his class a couple days ago (a university class!). I used a plain white cake mix with pudding in the mix and then panicked as I’ve never made cake mix cookies before. Would the pudding cause a problem? I Googled it and several recipes said that 2-3 TBS of water was necessary for cake mix cookies. So I compromised and worked in 1 TBS after the dough had already chilled for 20 minutes. Put the mix back in the fridge for another half hour and the cookies baked up fine. They were a little too sweet for my personal tastes at first, but I found the flavor mellowed after a couple of days. Just so cute!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

      Hmm I did 3 test batches this week but didn’t use a pudding mix.

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    Kristina — December 11, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Found these on pinterest and Im making them tonight for my sons bake sale at the school winter party tomorrow. I already had the same heart sprinkles from Valentines so that worked out perfect. I found the French Vanilla cake mix at Kroger (Betty Crocker.. super moist mix) Double the recipe and followed to a T. They look amazing, just like the picture! Thanks so much for sharing, I know the kids are gonna love them!

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    tiffany — December 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t mean 1/3 cup oil? I followed yoire recipe and they spread too much and too thin.

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    Cara — December 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Tiffany–after reading the comments I think you’re on to something. I was just about to start the recipe and I will try 1/3 instead of 1/2 cup of oil and let you know how they turned out! :)

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    Andrea — December 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Mine were so sticky it was almost impossible to roll into a ball. I had to add a ton of powdered sugar to the mix just to be able to roll them. Not sure what I did wrong? They did end up really flat too like others commented.

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    Michelle T — December 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Can you freeze this dough? They look great btw! ♡

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    Jess — December 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    i followed the recipe exactly and when I took it out of the fridge, it had oil on the bottom… I drained that out and ended up having to add a lot of flour to soak it up and that made the taste off… I think if I try these again I would only use 1/3 cup oil

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    shannon gemmill — December 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    So, I used Duncan hines 16.5oz box French vanilla mix and altered it by using only 1/3 cup oil. I used 6 liquid drops of food coloring whereas author used gel food coloring which is much more concentrated hence only 1 drop.My large heart sprinkles were from party city. I followed the remainder of the recipe. Very soft light fluffy cookies. Delicious!

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    Alana — December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

    They seemed like such a cute, easy idea… the batter is so thick and sticky that it just broke my electric mixer. And they dont turn out at all like the picture. Not worth the headache!

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    Melodie — December 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    even at 12 minutes these cookies go flat…. great idea but would opt for another recipe for the cookie it’s self

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    Jerrika — December 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    My cookies were also flat and I had to leave them in for almost double the time as they were still far too “wet”. These still turned out great regardless of their shape and they tasted wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

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    Janet Cook — December 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Cookie dough is chilling now. I’m making these Grinch cookies for cookie exchange at work. I made the Grinch kabobs too and they turned out so adorable. Thank you for the recipe!

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    Susan — December 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

    These are SO cute. I found the hearts at Williams Sonoma (they are a little pricey but the only place I could find them locally right away). One question … my cookies turned out flatter than yours pictured. They looked puffier right after coming out of the oven but then deflated somewhat. What the??? They still look cute, just not AS cute. Any idea what the problem might have been?

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    Fran Mason — December 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    We are trying these this year for Christmas!! Unfortunately we can’t keep the cookies raised, they keep falling flat and don’t look as fluffy as yours. Any suggestions?

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

      Please see the updated notes. I tested 3 batches this week to figure out the mixed reviews. I found chilling the dough balls after rolling them in powdered sugar helps. Thank you for your comments!

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    Cory — December 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    These look so cute! I can’t wait to try them. To those with the flat cookie problem: I haven’t made these yet, but as a general rule, if you chill cookie dough for at LEAST 2 hours (overnight is better), it maintains its shape better when baking. This applies to the vast majority of cookie recipes. Hope that helps! I will post again once I try these babies out. My daughter has been obsessed with the Grinch this year!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

      Thanks for your comments. I hope your daughter loves them! Feel free to tag @KatrinasKitchen on Instagram if you snap a pic.

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    Michelle — December 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I made them with butter Crisco instead of Veg. oil. and they turned out much better .

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

      Thanks for letting us know!

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    Jayme — December 20, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I have them baking in the oven right now. I followed the recipe as stated above and mine are fluffy. I also had no problem with having them oily. I don’t know if it was because I hand mixed them first and then used the hand mixer or because I just lucked out.. I’m thinking maybe I might use a lemon or lime cake mix next time as they cookies look like they should be lemon/lime.

    I found the the red sprinkle hearts at Michael’s….the bottle comes with red/pink hearts mixed.

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

      Thanks for letting us know! And yes that’s the same pack of sprinkles I found.

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    Chelsea — December 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    So I just finished baking these amazingly adorable and not to mention delicious cookies! They came out just like the picture!! I used 1/3 cup of oil and chilled my dough overnight. I also left them in the oven for 9 minutes. I only let them cool for a minute on the pan and then removed them immediately. I found leaving them too long on the pan flattened them. These are so cute and are sure to be a hit at my Christmas cookie exchange tonight. Oh and I ordered the heart sprinkles from Amazon (prime). I wish I could post my picture of them!! :) Merry Christmas Who-ville!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 20th, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

      I would love to see! Feel free to post on Facebook or Instagram and tag me. Thanks!

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    Jill — December 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    i was windering if red m&ms might work in pkace of the heart candies?? I know im grabbing at straws here but i guess they’d still look cute lol

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    Tawny — December 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I put one drop of food coloring, and they aren’t very green. A pale yellowish green. Mine were flat as well. Measured out 1 T exactly. Bake them for 8 minutes exactly. The lil hearts save the cookie! :)
    Next time maybe one more drop.

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    Kim — December 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    These are super cute and I love the Grinch so of course I had to try them. I would alter the recipe to make them taste better. My kids love Pilsbury Fufetti cookies and you use 1 stick of butter and one egg. Or check a box of Funfetti cake mix and see the directions on converting it into cookies. I would think the same directions would work on any flavor of cake mix. Thanks for the cute idea!

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    Juniee — December 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Found the key to the Grinch Cookies ! After reading the posts about the cookies coming out flat I experimented and they came out wonderful !! I went between the oil amounts and added a bit more than 1/3 cup and not a half cup, then I added a 1/2 teaspoon of baking power to the cookie mix to pump up the “puff”. Perfect !!! and adorable cookies !!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe !!! A keeper for sure !!

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    Kitty — December 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I love these! I made them for Christmas this year and they’re delicious! Very easy to do and really, really cute. The popcorn treat looks great, too. Thanks for these! :)

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    Delia J. — January 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Where did you get that adorable Grinch cookie serving tray?…….I’ve got to have one!!!

  63. #
    Meeghan — November 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Cute! I am going to use this in a roundup. If it is not okay to use a picture (and link back to you), let me know… :-)

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    Anita — November 3, 2015 at 12:48 am

    So cute. Love the little red heart nose!

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    Donna Bkume — November 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    fanulous making these and I think I might add pistachio flavored instant pudding for flavor!

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    Cassie — November 8, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I realize you tested several batches about oil and cookies not setting up, etc.
    I tried these tonight, but cut the recipe in half because I’m just testing the recipe myself because I wanted to make them for my nieces and nephews for Christmas. I realized later though that I cut everything in half EXCEPT the cake. They turned out perfect though!!!

    Thanks for the recipe, these will be a huge hit!

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    Tracie Kalata — November 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    If you don’t want to pay to buy the heart candies, simply make some Royal icing using (egg whites and powdered sugar) and dye it red. Pipe the hearts on a sheet tray and let them dry. Then use them in place of the stire bought candy hearts. You can flavor Royal icing, too.

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    lindsey — November 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Can this dough be frozen ahead of time?

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