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Easy Grinch Cookies


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Let’s get real, I love cookies. I love Christmas. And I LOVE the Grinch (it’s one of my favorite Christmas movies!). I brought all three of these together in this easy Grinch Cookies recipe.

The best part about these Grinch Christmas cookies? You don’t have to wait until Christmas to make them.

Sure, this is a great holiday cookie recipe. But they’re good anytime you want to have a Grinch movie night or just a fun snack.

cookies in the shape of the Grinch, frosted with green, black and yellow frosting to look like the Grinch on a red linen on a wood table

In all seriousness, this recipe for Grinch Iced Christmas cookies makes a generous batch of cookies, so there’s plenty to share. If you want to keep them all for yourself, that’s fine.

Fun Uses for Grinch Cookies

There are more than enough–and they’re easy enough–to make for a class party or a cookie exchange party. You can make them for all your holiday parties!

These cookies are also an easy way to turn an ordinary family night into something memorable. Gather together to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and serve up the cookies with some hot chocolate afterwards.

Or, have a Dr. Seuss night and serve the cookies to make story time extra special.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the fun Jack Skellington cookies that inspired me to make these adorable grinch cookies.

cookies in the shape of the Grinch, frosted with green, black and yellow frosting to look like the Grinch on a red linen on a wood table

What You Need

Now, I’m going to just lay out all my cards here right this second: I ran out of eggs.

Yep. Totally out of eggs and I needed to make these cookies–and I really didn’t want to pop out to the store YET AGAIN.

So, I decided to improvise and grabbed a can of garbanzo beans and a can of black beans–and strained them for their juice. Did you know you could use bean juice (aquafaba) as an egg replacement?

I did, because, frankly, I’ve run out of eggs before. But when I told my friend about it, she thought I’d grown two heads. So, I thought I’d mention it to you guys–this is real. It doesn’t change the way the cookies taste. And it works!

I was afraid of scaring people away with some weird ingredient called “aquafaba” in the recipe so in the recipe card I’ve referred simply to the egg version. If you want to try the vegan version, you can see those directions in the step-by-step instructions below.

As with all of my recipes, you should be able to find everything you need for these cookies at your local grocery store.

glass bowls of ingredients for Grinch cookies next to a hand mixer on a white table

Cookies
1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
1/2 cup aquafaba or 2 eggs (I ran out of eggs so I used bean juice)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour

While the cookies were something I’d made with aquafaba in the past, I had never made royal icing with it. But, again, it turned out magically perfect. So, here’s what you’re going to need to make this vegan cookie icing:

Icing
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup aquafaba (or 2 egg whites)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Neon green food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Black gel decorating icing

And that’s it! Seriously.

For the cookies, this is a great recipe for making decorated sugar cookies for any time of year. Use any cookie cutter to theme them for another occasion.

You can also add food coloring to the cookie dough to create colored cookies (so you can make these as green cookies if you prefer!).

cookies in the shape of the Grinch, frosted with green, black and yellow frosting to look like the Grinch on a red linen on a wood table

How to Make Grinch Christmas Cookies

Step 1

First, just preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Then cream your sugar and oil with your hand mixer or in your stand mixer in a large bowl, then add aquafaba (or eggs–again, I was just out of them, and this recipe does work with eggs) and your vanilla extract, mixing thoroughly. Set aside.

Step 2

Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a second bowl. Combine with the sugar/butter mixture in 1/3 increments.

The cookie dough will be kind of crumbly, but turn it out onto parchment paper (parchment paper is important, so don’t skip this) and work with it as-is. You don’t need to dust the parchment paper with flour, the dough won’t stick to it.

crumbly cookie dough in a glass bowl on a white table

Step 3

Roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick, but do not work with the cookies any thinner than that as they’ll break too easily.

dough on a white background being rolled flat with a rolling pin

Step 4

In order to make your Grinch face shapes, take a  pumpkin cookie cutter and squeeze the sides inward and pull bottom down a bit to make the Grinch’s long face.

a hand holding a cookie cutter above rolled out dough and a rolling pin

With this new cookie cutter shape, cut out your cookies.

a hand pressing a cookie cutter into rolled out cookie dough

With the cookie dough you have leftover, form some thin bits to be sprigs of hair for the Grinch’s head.

a hand holding a small piece of cookie dough above cookie dough on parchment paper cut out to look like the Grinch

Step 5

Do not move the cookies individually, but move the whole parchment paper sheet to the baking sheet.

Bake the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes. They will not brown, but you don’t want them to. If they brown, they will not be soft in the middle. So, just pull them out at 10 minutes.

Leave the cookies on the parchment paper and transfer them to a rack, allowing the cookies to cool completely before you frost them.

Step 6

In order to make the icing, combine all of the icing ingredients in a small bowl and beat on low speed until smooth.

Set aside abut 6 tablespoons of icing in a secondary bowl.

icing being mixed in a glass mixing bowl on a white background

Step 7

With the larger portion of icing, add 5-ish drops of neon green food coloring and 4-ish drops of green food coloring then stir it until the color is the green you want.

Step 8

With the smaller portion of icing, add 9-ish drop of yellow food coloring and stir it until the color is the yellow you want. Put this yellow icing in an airtight container and set aside.

Step 9

Place the green icing in a decorating bag with your smallest round tip.

Pipe an edge line all the way around the outer edge of each cookie and immediately fill it in, covering the Grinch’s whole face.

piping green icing on a Grinch shaped cookie

Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.

Step 10

With the yellow icing, pipe an outline of the eye shape (with a flat top angled downward) on each side of the face.

a cookie shaped like the Grinch with green frosting and yellow frosting on that to look like eyes

Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.

Step 11

With your black gel icing, add some bushy eyebrows, a couple of eyeballs and a top, messy eyelash to each Grinch face.

a cookie shaped like the Grinch with green frosting and yellow frosting with black frosting being piped on to look like eyes

Then add a nose and long smile to each face.

a cookie shaped like the Grinch with green frosting and yellow frosting with black gel on that to look like eyes and a mouth

Step 12

Enjoy!

Grinch Christmas Cookies Recipe

Ready to make these delicious cookies? Just print off the recipe card below.

Easy Grinch Cookies

Let’s get real, I love cookies. I love Christmas. And I LOVE the Grinch. I brought all three of these together in this easy Grinch Cookies recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 18
Calories 389 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cookies

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour

Icing

  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Neon green food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Black gel decorating icing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Set aside.
  • Cream sugar and oil with your mixer, then add eggs and your vanilla extract, mixing thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a second bowl. Combine with the sugar/butter mixture in 1/3 increments.
  • The cookie dough will be kind of crumbly, but turn it out onto parchment paper (parchment paper is important, so don’t skip this) and work with it as-is. You don’t need to dust the parchment paper with flour, the dough won’t stick to it.
  • Roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick, but do not work with the cookies any thinner than that as they’ll break too easily.
  • In order to make your Grinch face shapes, take a pumpkin cookie cutter and squeeze the sides inward and pull bottom down a bit to make the Grinch’s long face.
  • With this new cookie cutter shape, cut out your cookies and, with the cookie dough you have leftover, form some thin bits to be sprigs of hair for the Grinch’s head.
  • Do not move the cookies individually, but move the whole parchment paper sheet to the cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes. They will not brown, but you don’t want them to. If they brown, they will not be soft in the middle. So, just pull them out at 10 minutes.
  • Leave the cookies on the parchment paper and transfer them to a rack, allowing the cookies to cool completely before you frost them.
  • In order to make the icing, combine all of the icing ingredients in a small bowl and beat on low speed until smooth.
  • Set aside abut 6 tablespoons of icing in a secondary bowl.
  • With the larger portion of icing, add 5-ish drops of neon green food coloring and 4-ish drops of green food coloring then stir it until the color is the green you want.
  • With the smaller portion of icing, add 9-ish drop of yellow food coloring and stir it until the color is the yellow you want. Put this yellow icing in an airtight container and set aside.
  • Place the green icing in a decorating bag with your smallest round tip.
  • Pipe an edge line all the way around the outer edge of each cookie and immediately fill it in, covering the Grinch’s whole face.
  • Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.
  • With the yellow icing, pipe an outline of the eye shape (with a flat top angled downward) on each side of the face.
  • Allow this layer of icing to dry for 2-3 hours.
  • With your black gel icing, add some bushy eyebrows, a couple of eyeballs and a top, messy eyelash to each Grinch face.
  • Then add a nose and long smile to each face.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 14mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 26IUCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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Other Great Grinch Recipes

If you love this Grinch Cookie Recipe, but you’re not quite ready to turn the oven on, just pin this to your favorite Christmas cookie decorating ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

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