Nobody will dare call you a “mean one” when you give them one of these fun Grinch Cookies. They’re guaranteed to love them more than who hash or roast beast.

Prep time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Servings: Makes 3-4 dozen cookies


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring gel
  • Powdered sugar, for garnishing
  • Red Sparkle Gel Icing


In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add egg, milk, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt and 1 cup flour and continue beating on medium speed. Add remaining 1 cup flour and food coloring and beat until soft dough forms. Divide dough into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Roll out chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thick. Cut heart shapes using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake cookies until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned, about 7-8 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle tops of cookies with desired amount of powdered sugar. Using red gel icing, draw small hearts in center of cookies.


ORANGE & FIELD TIP: A fun little heart-shaped candy would be a cute substitute for the icing in the middle of the cookie.