Once you see these adorable Grinch Sugar Cookies, I bet you’ll want them to be a part of your holiday gatherings. Even the most dedicated fan of Christmas can appreciate the feelings of the Grinch at times – at least a little. Sharing a big plate of smiling Grinch cookies is a lot of fun, especially when you see how much the kids love them!
The recipe is a pretty basic sugar cookie, but so soft and fluffy that they seem to melt in your mouth. Add the frosting and the flavor is just off the charts. At first, you may think that these Grinch Sugar Cookies are too cute to eat. But just try one. After that, I wish you luck staying out of them!
Yes, I will admit that the decorating may be a bit tricky. Some people have amazing skills with decorating cookies. And some people – not so much. But even if you don’t have those mad Martha Stewart skills, I hope you’ll still give it your best shot. After all, sometimes those “nailed it” results are even more fun than those perfect Pinterest images.
If you make these Grinch Sugar Cookies, I’d love it if you shared pictures of your results!
Cute Christmas Grinch Sugar Cookies
Let’s make some Grinch sugar cookies for Christmas! They are perfect to make when you watch the new movie or when the classic comes on TV.
Put on your favorite Grinch sweaters and start baking! Here’s one of my favorites:
One of the fun things about getting ready for Christmas is making fun treats with the kids. I mentioned earlier that these cookies can be a little trickier than some, but since the base cookie is so simple, it’s still a great project for your kids to help out.
Depending on their ages, they can help with rolling and cutting the cookie dough. And if they are a bit older, they can help with piping the green icing too. There are some kids who can pipe his face better than I can, so it’s fun to let them have a go.
You know your kids best, so if you think they can make some great Grinch faces, have at it! The messy ones can be the most fun to serve after all! And at the very least, they are fun to share the pictures of on Facebook and Instagram. And they still taste great!
It’s a great time to put on the classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas while you’re baking or decorating. And these are great for getting in the mood to watch the new Grinch movie too! The Grinch is one of my family’s favorites!
Ingredients you need to make Grinch Christmas Cookies
Before you get started, make sure you have these ingredients for the cookies and the icing.
- Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Soda
- Cream of Tarter
You will need a circle shaped cookie cutter.
- Egg Whites
- Cream of Tarter
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- Food Coloring in green, golden yellow and black
Decorating Tips and Tricks:
After you make your icing, be sure to divide it into three bowls, one for each color. Then you’ll take about 1/4 cup of each icing color and put it into a piping bag with a number 2 tip.
After you do that, take the rest of your green icing and water it down. Then you’ll pour it into a squeeze bottle.
Using the green icing, pipe a line around the edging of the circle. Then fill in the circle with the thinned green icing in the squeeze bottle and allow to dry over night.
Piping the Grinch’s Face
Using the black icing, pipe out the details of the Grinch’s face. Let’s talk about how to make this easy:
- For the Grinch’s eyes, notice that they are essentially almond shaped with eye lashes. Start with the pointed oval and then add the eyelashes. An easy way to do the pointed oval is to think of piping an open and a closed parenthesis that meet each other.
- Then make candy cane shaped eye brows with a bit of a squiggle.
- For the Grinch’s nose, start with piping a small letter “C.” Then strike through it with a straight line, and add a small curve above it.
- For his smile, pipe a semi-circle. Then make a small line in the center followed by a slightly curved short line under the center of the smile.
- Then pipe a curved line for the corners of his mouth. It’s kind of like a really skinny letter “S” without the rounding. Add another squiggle, and you’ve got the outline.
- Using your yellow piping bag, fill in the ovals for his eyes.
- Then with your black piping bag, make a horseshoe shape or half-circle for his pupils.
Et voila! You have a Grinch Christmas cookie! Be sure to let the cookies dry for an hour before serving.
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If you’re looking for some other fun Christmas traditions, learn all about Krampus the Christmas Bad Boy. He and The Grinch would be great friends.
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Grinch Sugar Cookies
Ingredients for Grinch Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 3 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
- Circle Cookie Cutter
Ingredients for Icing
- 4 Egg Whites
- 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
- Green, Golden Yellow, and Black Gel Food Coloring
- 3 Disposable Piping Bags Fitted With a Number 2 Tip
- 1 Squeeze Bottle
Instructions for Grinch Sugar Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla, and egg, and mix until combined and creamy.
- Using a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed.
- Using your hands, continue to mix until fully combined.
- Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out 12 circles and place onto a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Repeat steps until completely out of dough.
- Let cookies cool completely.
Instructions for Royal Icing
- Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form.
- Split icing into 3 bowls, putting approximately 3 tablespoons of white icing each in the second and third bowls.
- Add 1-2 drops of Green into the first of the three bowls.
- Add a few drops of golden yellow into the second bowl.
- Add a few drops of black gel coloring into the third bowl.
- Mix until the colors are blended and the shades you want.
- Scoop about 1/4 Cup of icing into each of the three bags. You should have 3 piping bags, one for Golden Yellow, Black, and Green.
- Add 2-4 tsp of water into the remaining green icing in the bowl and mix until combined.
- Pour the icing into a squeeze bottle.
- Using the green icing, pipe a line around the edge of the circle on each cookie.
- Fill in the circle with the thinned green icing and allow to dry overnight.
- Using the black icing, pipe out the details of the Grinch's face.
- Using the golden yellow piping bag, fill in the spot for the eyes.
- Using the black icing, pipe the pupils of the eyes.
- Allow cookies to dry for an hour before enjoying!
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