I can’t believe how simple it was to make this easy Grinch cookie recipe. In just a few minutes, I had cookies baked and ready for icing–and just a few minutes later and we were chomping down!
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Back to these grumpy-adorable Grinch cookies. I don’t even draw well, but somehow, I made these–freehand! I guess it’s because it’s such a simple drawing, but I did make myself a little proud.
And, the way I made the Grinch face?! That was totally clever, right?! Oh, wait, I haven’t told you what I did. So, let’s get to that.
How to Make This Grinch Christmas Cookies Recipe:
Making these Christmas cookies is super easy. I preheat my oven to 350 degrees and mix my ingredients together in a large bowl.
I ran out of eggs (oops) and so I made this without oil and eggs. Well, I used coconut oil so I guess that’s oil. But no eggs–look, ma, no hands!
Instead, I used aquafaba (bean juice). I’ve always wanted to try baking with it, and this worked out great–you won’t find this idea in grandma’s recipe box!
I used about a 1/2 cup of juice from black beans and the color in them did not affect the color of the cookie dough or resulting cookies at all. I’m excited to try this now in all sorts of cookies, like crinkle cookies (you know, the ones where you drop by tablespoon into confectioners sugar and roll into balls before baking), those dough ball truffles (the ones you make a ball of dough and then drop them in chocolate), all of ’em.
Once the cookie dough is made, I roll it out on a sheet of parchment paper and get ready to cut. Yeah, you read that right, no chilling the dough, no waiting, just whip it up, cut ’em out and put ’em on a baking sheet into the oven.
To make the cookie cutter, I just squeezed a pumpkin cookie cutter a bit and made it into a Grinch head. Once you’ve cut the heads out, use a little of the leftover cookie dough to make some sprigs of hair and then it’s 8-10 minutes in the oven.
I let those cool and make some icing with gel food coloring and pipe that cool decoration on. I thought about adding a red heart that was two sizes too small, but it’s a face…sooo…heart seems out of place a little.
But whatever, you do you–if a heart is what you want, do it.
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Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: Hawaiian Pulled Pork and Rice
Vegetable Side: Orange Coconut Salad
Starch Side: Sweet Potato Oven Steak Fries
Refreshing Drink: Green Appletini
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- 1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
- 1 cup aquafaba, about 1/2 cup or 2 eggs (I ran out of eggs so I used bean juice)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tspn vanilla extract, clear
- 2 tspn baking powder
- 3 cups flour
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup aquafaba (or 2 egg whites)
- 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
- Neon green food coloring
- Yellow food coloring
- Black gel decorating icing
- Preheat your oven to 350-degrees.
- Cream sugar and oil together.
- Add aquafaba (or eggs) and extract, mixing thoroughly. Set aside.
- Mix flour and baking powder together in a second bowl.
- Add flour to the sugar bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Dough will be crumbly, but turn it out anyway--it's fine.
- Roll out the dough to a consistent 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thickness.
- To make the Grinch faces, I squeezed a pumpkin cookie cutter a little. Then, when it was narrow, I pulled the bottom down a little to make it look a little longer. I even pinched the stem a little to make a tighter "hair" on his head.
- Cut your cookies out of the dough, and, with some leftover cookie dough, make an additional sprig of hair to add to the Grinch's head.
- Move the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature while you whip-up the icing.
- Combine all the icing ingredients in a small bowl and mix until creamy.
- Place 5-8 tablespoons of icing into another bowl.
- With the bigger amount of icing, add 4-6 drops of neon green food coloring and 3-5 drops of green food coloring. Stir until consistent throughout.
- With the smaller portion of icing, add 8-10 drops of yellow food coloring. Stir until consistent. Set yellow icing aside, covered.
- Place green icing into a decorating bag with your smallest round tip.
- Pipe the outer edge of the cookie and immediately fill this in to cover the face of the grinch cookie.
- Set each cookie aside and allow to dry for 2-3 hours.
- Using the yellow icing, pipe the outline of an eye shape (flat on top and canted inward for an evil look) on each side of the face in the more narrow area.
- Allow they yellow icing to dry.
- With the black gel icing, add bushy eyebrows, eyeballs and eyelash to each of the grinch faces.
- Also with the black gel icing, give each Grinch a nose and wicked, wonky smile.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 21mg Sodium: 68mg Carbohydrates: 65g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 48g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g