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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.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
15 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 389kcal



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


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


  • 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!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg