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Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

These simple cream cheese Grinch cookies are packed with flavor and decorated with green food coloring, powdered sugar, and sprinkles.

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

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Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

These simple cream cheese cookies are packed with flavor and decorated with green food coloring, powdered sugar, and sprinkles.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking up a batch of cream cheese grinch cookies.

The recipe says they’re for kids, but really who doesn’t love them? They have the perfect amount of sweetness and spice to get you in the Christmas spirit.

To top it all off, they are so easy to make! All you need is a couple of bowls and an oven- these cookies won’t last long.

I hope you try this fun Christmas tradition with your loved ones this year too!

We know that the holiday season is a busy time of year. Between work, family, and friends, it can be difficult to find time for baking.

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

That’s why we’ve created these Grinch Cookies! They are easy to make and fun to decorate with your favorite colors!

You won’t have any trouble getting in the holiday spirit this year when you’re making these delicious cookies.

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These Grinch cookies go perfectly with our Kid’s Grinch Float

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Who is The Grinch

Mr. Grinch has been seen outside your house. He’s big, green, and he smells like bad eggs.

He’s leaving cookies on the doorsteps of unsuspecting people with a note that says “I’m sorry I couldn’t take these away.”

You might be wondering what kind of cookies are these? They’re not Christmas Cookies; they’re Grinch Cookies!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been baking up batches of these Grinch Cookies. You know that green thing that shows up every year on your doorstep?

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

And it’s not just because he’s so cute (although there is something about those beady little eyes…) It’s because they are SO delicious!

The holidays are definitely my favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the Christmas music, and all of the delicious food!

This recipe is perfect for this time of year because it’s festive and sweet. 

Makes 36 Cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies Ingredients

  • Butter, softened
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar, plus more for topping
  • Flour
  • Green food coloring
  • Red icing (I used red Pillsbury Funfetti icing)
  • Red heart sprinkles
  • For exact amounts, please see the recipe card below.

Vanilla Extract

In every kitchen pantry, there should be a canister of pure vanilla extract.

From cake to cupcake, no dining experience is complete without this versatile ingredient.

Turn your dessert from sweet and satisfying to eye-catching with a touch of vanilla flavoring.

How to Make Grinch Cookies

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined.

butter and cream cheese

Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.

 Grinch Cookies

Next, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

Mix in the flour and beat until combined.

Place around 1 teaspoon of gel food coloring in the batter and beat until well mixed. Add more food coloring, if needed, until the desired shade of green is reached.

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping scoops of dough.

Roll the dough between your hands and place it on the lined baking sheet.

Slightly press down each cookie.

green cookies

Bake the cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, until the bottom is lightly browned.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes or until firm, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

When the cookies are cool, lightly dust each cookie with powdered sugar.

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Place a small drop of red icing on the bottom of each cookie, then press a heart sprinkle into the icing to hold it in place.

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

Enjoy!

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

These Grinch Cookies are the perfect treat to have on hand during the holidays.

And if you don’t want to share, that’s fine too! We won’t tell anyone.

Just be sure to save some for Santa Claus when he comes down your chimney…he loves this kind of cookie too!

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies
Yield: 36

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies

These simple cream cheese Grinch cookies are packed with flavor and decorated with green food coloring, powdered sugar, and sprinkles.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, plus more for topping
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • Green food coloring
  • Red icing (I used red Pillsbury Funfetti icing)
  • Red heart sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. Next, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  5. Mix in the flour and beat until combined.
  6. Place around 1 teaspoon of gel food coloring in the batter and beat until well mixed. Add more food coloring, if needed, until the desired shade of green is reached.
  7. Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping scoops of dough.
  8. Roll the dough between your hands and place it on the lined baking sheet.
  9. Slightly press down each cookie.
  10. Bake the cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, until the bottom is lightly browned.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes or until firm, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. When the cookies are cool, lightly dust each cookie with powdered sugar.
  13. Place a small drop of red icing on the bottom of each cookie, then press a heart sprinkle into the icing to hold it in place.
  14. Enjoy!

Notes

These Grinch Cookies are the perfect treat to have on hand during the holidays.

And if you don’t want to share, that’s fine too! We won’t tell anyone.

Just be sure to save some for Santa Claus when he comes down your chimney…he loves this kind of cookie too!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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