Grinch Cookies Recipe-Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Do you ever feel “Grinchy?” Sometimes I get that way. It seems as if I’ve been sucking on a lemon for a few days and I get a sharp bitter attitude. I don’t know why it happens, but now I have a plan on how to shake it off. I make a batch of Grinch Cookies with cream cheese frosting. It makes the grouchy grouch go away and I become my normal self again. So the next time you feel like you’re a mean one, or you feel like a heel that’s about as cuddly as a cactus make these cookies so no one will say you’re as charming as an eel. They’ll just talk about how big your heart is!
Simple Grinch Cookies:
- 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix
- 1 egg
- 1 – 8-ounce container Cool-Whip
- 2-3 drops green food color
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling the cookie dough
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or a Silpat
- 1-8 ounces package cream cheese room temperature
- 1 stick 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 pound 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cookie Instructions:Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place the lemon cake mix, egg, cool-whip and the green food color in a bowl and mix with a fork or spoon until well blended. Be careful not to over mix.
- Freeze the cookies for about 2-3 minutes before you roll them in the powdered sugar.
- Roll them in the powdered sugar and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Bake in a 350° oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a medium sized bowl.
- Add powdered sugar a little at a time and mix.
- Continue until all sugar is mixed and you don't see any lumps.
- Add 1-3 teaspoons of milk or heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency.
- Add red food gel a few drops at a time until you get the shade of red you want.
- Begin by pouring a box of lemon cake mix into a medium sized bowl.
- Add one egg and mix.
- Add eight ounces of Cool-Whip.
- Next add a few drops of green food gel color. You can use the food color from the grocery store but I prefer the soft gels paste. It is thicker than the grocery store liquid food gel and it won’t mess with the consistency of your dough.
- Mix until blended.
- Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and place it on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.
- Place them about 3″ apart.
- Place the try in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
- Once the dough is nice and cold it’s much easier to roll them in the powdered sugar so remove them from the freezer and give them a good roll.
- Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
- When you remove them from the oven, immediately make a heart shape in each cookie. You can use a fondant tool or the back of a teaspoon. Gently press while the cookies are warm and let them cool to room temperature before you add the cream cheese frosting.
- Make the cream cheese frosting and tint it red. I used Americolor Tulip Red and then added a little Americolor Super Red to get the correct shade. You can use regular food color from the grocery store, but the soft gel food colors like AmeriColor and Wilton don’t thin the frosting consistency like the grocery store food coloring does.
- When you make your frosting you may need to add a little milk or heavy cream to thin it down. Add one teaspoon at a time until you get the consistency you desire.
- Place some frosting in a piping bag with a coupler fitted with a #2 decorating tip. Secure the top with a bag tie or rubber band so the frosting doesn’t ooze out of the top.
- Now for the fun part. Pipe the red cream cheese frosting in the heart indentions you made in the cookies. Enjoy!
Grinch Cookies Video:
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The best part about these cookies is the lemon flavor. People just think they are cute green cookies, but you and I know better. It’s a little twist on holiday cookies and it will help take the Grinchy mood away. If you want some cake to go with your cookies, here is my Grinch Cake.