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Grinch Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

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Whether you are off to watch the new Grinch Movie, curling up on your couch with the old one, or reading the book, these Grinch Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies make the perfect extra sweet treat. These are some of my favorite Grinchmas Ideas for the holidays. You’re going to want to add these to your list of yummy cookie recipes

You and your family will certain get a kick out of these Grinch crinkle cookies this Holiday season. Personally, I love the fact that they are made with boxed cake mix, because it means they are easy!

Grinch cake mix crinkle cookies recipe

This easy recipe really reminds me of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Remember, in the story, when the Grinch’s heart grows to three times it’s size?

The red chunk of dough sitting in the big bit of green really represents the heart on the Grinch!

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.

Plus, I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

White Cake Mix: Personally, I don’t really see much difference in any of the boxes. I buy Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, and Store Brand. They are all pretty even.

Red Gel Food Coloring: I am a Wilton baker and always have been.  However, I am not opposed to using AmeriColor.

Green Leaf Gel Food Coloring:  The Green that comes in the Wilton set above is really not the right green.  You need a brighter green. So, I like this one from, you guessed it, AmeriColor. 🙂

White Sanding Sugar:  Wilton has a beautiful sparkling sugar that I like to keep on hand. After the dough forms, you roll it into this sugar. It bakes so pretty!

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Grinch Cookies Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

Grinch crinkle cookies made from a boxed cake mix

Must Have Resources:

When making Grinch Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Stand Mixer:  I know that Kitchen Aid is the most popular, but I have the Kenmore Stand Mixer and am still in love with it.

Mixing Bowls:  The linked glass bowl set from Pyrex is the best investment I ever made into my kitchen.  These glass bowls with lids are perfect for mixing and storing.

Medium Scoop:  A million years ago, when Pampered Chef parties were all the rage, I hosted a TON of them.  I will never regret it and wish that all newly married couples would do it. I got so many cool gadgets and amazing recipes.  But, my best gadgets were my scoops.  We use these things for nearly everything!

Small Scoop: Just a smaller version of the above. 🙂

Cookie Sheets:  I am beginning to sound like a broken record or a brand snob, but I really love these Wilton Cookie Sheets.  I have had them for nearly 20 years and they are still going strong. That is a big seller for me.

Parchment Paper: This stuff is a game changer for a baker.  Here’s a tip for those that hate it slipping all around: put a small dab of butter on your cookie sheet.  Then, place your parchment paper down. The parchment will stick a bit to the butter, causing it to stay still while you put your circle shape dough down.

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Best Cake Mix Recipes:

Once you make this Grinch Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies Recipe, you are going to be so impressed that you are going to scouring the internet for more boxed cake mix hacks.

Don’t fret! I have picked out the best boxed cake mix recipes for you to try. ?

Since this Blueberry Cake Mix Cobbler uses canned blueberries, you can enjoy it any time of the year!  It is even better with some vanilla ice creme on top.

This Cake Mix Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe from Simple Nourished Living just simply rocks!

Need more? Try one of these five ways to make cake mix better.

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More Grinch Recipes:

Your kids are going to love this Glorious Green Grinch Freakshake over at Rainy Day Mum!

A Cultivated Nest has a fun Christmas breakfast idea: Grinch Donuts!

I think these Grinch Cupcakes at Simplistically Living are so adorable!

Grinch Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

Grinch Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

These Grinch Crinkle Cookies are perfect for the holiday season!


  • 1 box of White cake mix
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • Red and leaf green gel food coloring
  • 1 container of white sanding sugar


    Preheat oven at 350º F.

    Using a standing mixer, combine cake mix, vegetable oil, and 2 eggs until combined.

    Divide the batter into two separate bowls. You want to put about two-thirds of the dough into one bowl and the remaining one-third into another.

    Mix red food coloring into the bowl with the smallest amount of dough.

    Mix green food coloring into the bowl with the largest amount of dough.

    Take about 2 tbsp of red color of dough and 1 tbsp of the green dough and form into small sized balls.

    Gently combine the two colors into one ball. Do not mix the colors!

    Pour the sanding sugar into a bowl

    Roll cookie dough into the sanding sugar

    Place cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

    Lightly push each cookie dough ball down so that it becomes a thick but flat disk.

    Bake for 7 to 8 minutes.

    Allow cookies to completely cool before Enjoying!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Monday 11th of February 2019

Okay, these are too stinkin' cute! I'm going to make some...doesn't matter that it is no longer Christmas...cookies are great any time of year! :-) Have a great day!


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Thank you for bringing these to FF!


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Love these cookies. So cute. Found you at Best of the Weekend.


Sunday 9th of December 2018

Lovely colors and so festive. Great step-by-step instructions.Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday group.


Saturday 8th of December 2018

Cookies look so colorful and tempting!! going to a hit among the kids!!

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