These Heart-Shaped Grinch Cookies were inspired by the most recent adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Made with a basic sugar cookie dough and colored red and green to create the cutest cookies of the season!
Your own heart will grow “three sizes bigger” when you spend time making these Grinch cookies with your whole family! Snuggle up with everyone by the glow of your Christmas tree to watch your favorite rendition of this holiday classic!
This Grinch Cookie recipe uses easy ingredients for a roll out cookie dough that kids will have a blast helping to roll out! In no time at all you’ll be enjoying a grinch cookie since they take just 8 to 10 minutes to bake!
Munch on these cookies while watching the Grinch or pack up leftovers alongside Crockpot Hot Chocolate while coloring Christmas Coloring Pages or driving around admiring the neighborhood’s Christmas lights!
Grinch Cookies Ingredients
Start by taking out the salted butter and eggs from the refrigerator. Next up, gather the dry ingredients such as sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and baking powder from your pantry.
Grab red and green food coloring but if you prefer a more vibrant color I recommend trying gel food coloring!
You will also need two sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters to make this recipe.
How To Make Grinch Sugar Cookies
Beat together the butter, both sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl or stand mixer until light and fluffy. After you’ve added in the egg, slowly add in the flour and baking powder in batches until totally combined.
Place ⅓ of the dough in another bowl to be added with a few red drops of food coloring. This leaves ⅔ of the dough to then be combined with a few green drops.
RECIPE TIP: Use food-grade gel color for a stronger color in the dough.
If you prefer a pink heart for the center just add in a little less red food coloring!
Shape each color of dough into a ball and chill for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Once chilled, take the green dough out and roll it out to ¼ thickness on a lightly floured surface.
Cut dough using the large heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the access around them to place off to the side. Take the smaller heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut the centers out of each of the larger hearts.
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and place the large heart outline cookies on them.
Once you preheat your oven to 375 degrees, take the red dough out from being chilled. Roll dough out to the same thickness as the green dough and cut with the small red heart shaped cutter.
Press the edges gently together once you place the small red hearts inside the green hearts so they bake together. Bake the grinch cookies for 8-10 minutes, removing them once the edges turn golden.
Let the cookies cool completely at room temperature on a wire rack or on the counter. Removing them from the hot cookie sheet will ensure they don’t continue to bake and get too crispy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes you can, the powdered sugar will work the same to keep the cookies from sticking to surfaces.
Absolutely, put cookies between parchment or wax paper in a sealed plastic bag and they’ll last 6 months in the freezer! Make sure to squeeze out any excess air and thaw them at room temperature.
They should be good for up to 1 week in an airtight container. If they start to harden, toss a few marshmallows into the bag with them to keep them soft.
Share this recipe and more with friends and family and there’s no way anyone will think your heart is two sizes too small. Make some of these other delicious recipes too!
More Christmas Recipes To Try!
- Christmas Tree Cupcakes – The perfect treat to enjoy on the day you set up your Christmas Tree!
- Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies – Decorating sugar cookies is a family favorite yearly tradition!
- Easy Christmas Funfetti Bread – Uses pantry staple ingredients to make a festive bread!
- Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cakes – Chocolate Peppermint lovers will rejoice as they take a bite!
- Christmas Punch – Drink this up at home or any holiday party, with or without alcohol!
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Grinch Sugar Cookies
- In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and then slowly add the flour and baking powder to the dough in batches and continue mixing the dough until all of the ingredients are well combined.
- Divide the dough into two separate bowls, ⅓ dough in one bowl, and ⅔ dough into the other bowl. To the larger amount of dough, add a few drops of green food coloring and stir until it is a bright green. Add in a few red drops of color into the smaller amount of dough in the other bowl and mix. (You can use fewer drops for a more pink looking heart).
- Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the green dough once it has been chilled. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to be about ¼-inch in thickness. Cut the dough using a large heart-shaped cutter and place the cutouts on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Once done, use the small heart-shaped cutter and cut out the center of each green cookie, and set the cutout aside.
- Before rolling out the red dough, preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Remove the red dough from being chilled, and roll out in the same thickness as the green dough. Use the same smaller heart-shaped cutter, and cut the dough into hearts. Place them into the empty sections of the larger cookies and gently press the edges together so they will bake together.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, removing just as the cookies begin to turn golden on the edges. Let the cookies cool before serving.
- This recipe makes about 12 to 18 cookies, depending on the size of the cutters you use. I used larger cutters, so I only made 8 large cookies and about 8 smaller cookies.
- These cookies should be good for up to 1 week in an airtight container. If they start to harden, toss a few marshmallows into the bag with them to keep them soft.
- To freeze, put cookies between parchment or wax paper in a sealed plastic bag and they’ll last 6 months in the freezer! Make sure to squeeze out any excess air and thaw them at room temperature.