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Grinch Cookies with Cake Mix

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

The holidays are quickly approaching and I know that many of my readers LOVE the Grinch. He’s got an attitude that makes the holidays extra fun, and today I get to add to that with these cute Grinch cookies created from a cake mix cookie dough, food coloring, sweet icing, and decorative hearts. 

Two Grinch cookies with cake mix on a Christmas-themed plate.

Creating easy Christmas cookies for your guests to enjoy can be time-consuming, especially during the holiday season when there’s already much to do! What you really want is a holiday-themed treat that adds to the holiday spirit but doesn’t add to the stress, right?!

Platter of Grinch cookies with cake mix, Christmas holly in the background.

That’s where these Grinch Cake Mix Cookies come in – they’re made with the convenience of white cake mix, reducing the ingredients you need for this Grinch cookie recipe. This fun cookie is perfect to take to the next cookie exchange party, gift to friends and family over the holidays, or serve as delicious treats throughout the whole Christmas season!

If you and your family love the Grinch, then you’ll definitely want to also try these Grinch Marshmallow Pops

Christmas-themed plate with Grinch cookies.

Grinch Cookies with Cake Mix Ingredients & Substitutions:

Grinch cookies with cake mix ingredients on a marble countertop.

White cake mix – You can use vanilla cake mix or even yellow cake mix for this Grinch cookies recipe instead of the box of white cake mix.

Large eggs – Allow the eggs to reach room temperature before mixing with the other ingredients. 

Vegetable oil – Canola oil or another neutral-tasting oil can be used. 

Powdered sugar – Sift this to prevent lumps in the frosting. 

Milk – Full-fat will provide the best flavor, but you can use reduced-fat milk instead. 

Vanilla – Use quality vanilla extract. 

Green and yellow food coloring – These two colors of food coloring are combined to create that perfect green Grinch color! Gel food coloring will always yield a better color and consistency. 

Red heart sprinkles – To complete the Grinch look, grab red heart sprinkles for these cookies! 

How to Make Grinch Cookies with Cake Mix

  • Preheat the oven.
  • Start mixing the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil together. 
  • Mix the yellow and green food coloring together to get the right green color. 
  • Place the cookie dough on the baking sheet in scoops.
  • Bake and then allow to cool. 
  • Make the frosting by combining the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and by adding 2 drops each of green and yellow food coloring. Stir well.
  • Check the consistency of the frosting and spread the icing on the cookies. 
  • Place a heart in the center of the cookies.


Serve these Grinch Christmas cookies on a platter with other delicious cookies during Christmas time! Enjoy these tasty cookies with a glass of creamy milk or hot chocolate. 

How to Store Grinch Cookies with Cake Mix

These crinkle Grinch cookies should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge to prevent the powdered sugar frosting from melting. These cake mix Grinch cookies will last for 3-5 days, but they will become softer the longer they are stored. 

Recipe FAQ’s:

Can I freeze these easy Grinch cookies?

Yes, you can! Store these green cookies in an airtight container in the freezer for 3-6 months. Thaw your Grinch heart cookies in the fridge overnight and serve immediately.

What can I do with a box of cake mix?

There is so much you can do with a box of cake mix. Combine cake mix with simple ingredients to make easy cake mix cookies such as these adorable Grinch cookies, cake batter dip, cupcakes, brownies, sheet cakes….the list goes on! 

What can I substitute for oil in the cake mix cookies?

If you don’t have oil on hand, then you can use softened butter for the cookies. Make sure to use the correct measurements when using butter instead of oil to prevent the cookies from spreading too much while baking from excess fat. 

Is this Grinch cake mix cookie recipe gluten-free?

Always check the label of the dry ingredients packaged in cake mix boxes. To ensure safety for those with gluten sensitivities, only use certified gluten-free box cake mix.

Other Christmas Treats

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious cookie recipe for Grinch cookies! If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment letting me know how you liked it. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I love hearing from you!

Grinch Cookies with Cake Mix Recipe:

Christmas-themed plate with Grinch cookies.

Grinch Cake Mix Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These Grinch Cookies with Cake Mix are made using a white cake mix, powdered sugar, and vanilla as the main ingredients. Get ready to bite into sweet cookies because these are a GREAT holiday treat. Grinch Cookies for the win!


  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Green food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Red heart sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil to a large bowl and stir well.
  4. Add equal amounts of green and yellow food coloring to get your desired “Grinch” color. I used 4 drops of each.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, drop scoops of dough onto a baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 9 minutes. Remove from the oven, and set the baking sheet on a wire cooling rack for one minute.
  7. Remove cookies from the baking sheet, onto the wire cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely.
  8. Mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl. 
  9. Add 2 drops each of green and yellow food coloring. Stir well.
  10. Check the consistency. It should be just perfect - not too runny, and not too thick.
  11. Spread icing on the cookies.
  12. Place a heart in the center of the cookies.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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