It’s easy to feel like the grinch during the holidays. Between shopping for and wrapping gifts, decorating the home, attending holiday parties, services, and events, and trying to live up to our Christmas expectations (we really need to stop that!), it’s easy to let stress steal our Christmas joy.

Baking brings me joy. I love getting into the kitchen and coming out with a delicious treat for my family to enjoy. These grinchy cookies are green, covered in green sugar, and absolutely delicious. They won’t make your holiday ham for you or find that perfect last-minute gift, BUT, they just might make you smile. And who knows, your heart might just grow a size or two. =) Merry Christmas!

grinch cookies


1 white cake mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

green food coloring

green sugar

red M&M candies (or red hots, skittles,etc.)

To Prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs until well blended. Add in desired amount of food coloring. (The cookies tend to lighten up as they bake.)
  3. Roll balls of dough in green sugar, coating all sides.
  4. Place cookies onto baking sheet. Place a red candy on top of each cookie, and bake for approximately 7-8 minutes. (I always underbake a bit, and allow the cookies to finish baking on the sheet on a wire rack.)
  5. Serve and enjoy! This recipe yields about 18 cookies.

green grinch christmas cookies

Here are a few fun BONUS Grinch activities! Have fun and Merry Christmas!!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

Read How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version)

Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action version)

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Learning Activity Ideas:

  • Talk about adjectives and/or synonyms and come up with a list of words that could be used to describe the grinch.

Grinch Writing Activities: 

Grinch Snacks: 

Grinch Popcorn from Two Sisters Crafting


Grinch Drinks from Cupcake Diaries




Grinch Printables:

Coloring Sheets, Grinch Bingo, Word Search, Pin the Heart on the Grinch and MORE! 


Just for Fun: 

Wear green!

Make Grinch Goo (aka – Oobleck!) Make up a batch and color it green! Enjoy sensory fun!


Have fun and Merry Christmas!