After I learned more about Cake Mix Cookies, I made a few alterations to In Katrina’s Kitchen’s recipe to suite my family’s holly, jolly, merry sweet teeth. Below is my version of Mint Grinch Cookies, inspired by In Katrina’s Kitchen’s Grinch Cookies Recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!
Lily LOVES to bake Mint Grinch Cookies in her Holly, Jolly Holiday Apron!
- 1 box of Pillsbury Classic Yellow Cake
- 1/3 Vegetable Oil
- 2 Eggs
- Green food coloring
- Mint Extract
- Confectioners sugar for crackle effect
- Sugar for crackle effect
- Heart Shape Sprinkles
Lily & Frog Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare the cookie batter as directed in my Cookies from Cake Mix instructions… Mixing together the cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs.
- Once cookie batter to mixed together, add 2-3 drops of green food coloring (mixing as you go) until you have the correct Grinch Green. If you use a ‘yellow’ cake mix you will get a vivid-slightly lime-Grinch Green, if you use ‘white’ cake mix you will achieve a true-green color
- Add 2-3 drops of mint for taste… I LOVE a mint cookie, the Grinch Green made me think of mint right away, this is why I added the mint. You are more than welcome to omit the mint though.
- Create a Crackle Cookie Assembly Line and grab an Assembly Line Baking Assistant…
- Station 1: Cookie Batter
- Station 2: Bowl of Sugar
- Station 3: Bowl of Confectioners Sugar
- Station 4: Cookie Sheet
- Station 5: Heart Sprinkles
- Roll the green cookie batter into balls (If you used mint, the batter will be SUPER sticky – this is your warning, lol), roll them into the sugar, then confectioner’s sugar, place them onto the cookie sheet (So easy a toddler could do it, lol)…
- Press heart shaped sprinkles into place on the green cookies.
- Bake cookies for 7 minutes (as directed in Cookies from a Cake Mix).
- Cover all your cookie sheets in parchment paper before laying out cookies… Your clean up time will be a fraction of what it used to be and the cookies will slip right off!
- Do not bake them too far in advance, 1-2 days is just enough. If you bake them more than 2 days in advance the oils from the cookie start eating up the confectioners sugar and they get mushy looking.
- Purchase your Heart Sprinkles in February! Searching for Heart Sprinkles in the grocery store or crafting store in December is NOT fun. I happened to stumble upon left over multi colored Valentine’s Day Heart Sprinkles and I was stuck separating mini heart sprinkles!
- I prefer a Crackle Cookie-Look over a dusting of confectioner’s sugar on a cookie… using the process of rolling in sugar, followed by confectioner’s sugar is the best technique I have attempted thus far to create a festive Crackle Cookie-Look for my Mint Grinch Cookies.
Please let me know if you try these cookies out for yourself… I would LOVE to hear about them. If you make alterations/changes let me know and I’ll try them out… Who doesn’t love a Cookie Taste Testing Kinda-Day?!?