Deb's Grinch Cookies

Deb's Grinch CookiesIngredients:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1/3 to ½ cup of oil*
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • Green gel food coloring
  • 1-2 cup of powdered sugar
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles or heart-shaped Red Hots**


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix together the oil, cake mix, eggs, and food coloring. Place bowl in the fridge to firm up a little, about 20 minutes. Put powdered sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a ball of dough and place in powdered sugar. Roll around. You may need to roll dough by hand to get ball shape and size you prefer.
  4. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart. I like to line my cookie sheet with mats or parchment paper.  Add one red heart sprinkle to each cookie.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes, they should puff up, but will deflate some as they cool. Remember this started as a cake batter, so there should be no need to go more than 12 minutes to obtain the correct consistency. You do not want brown and/or crunchy cookies.
  6. Remove from pan onto cooling racks. Makes approx. 25 cookies.


*Some folks prefer the denser cookie and use more oil.

**If you are unable to find heart sprinkles (check Wilton supply stores) or heart-shaped Red Hot candies, you can always pipe a little heart with red icing, once cookies are cool.

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