Grinch Snowball Cookies

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Grinch Snowball Cookies are a fun twist on traditional snowball cookies. Made with green food coloring and topped with a red heart sprinkle, these green cookies will have your heart growing three sizes this holiday season.

green grinch snowball cookies on white serving tray

When it comes to the holidays, nothing seems more appropriate than a good grinch green recipe.

Over the years, we’ve come with dozens of fun ideas that are perfect for serving up at holiday parties or even for a cookie exchange.

These adorable grinch cookies are easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients you likely already have on hand!

And if you’re looking for more grinch desserts, I suggest our Grinch Cookies followed by our Grinch Punch. And if that isn’t enough, check out our full list of Grinch Recipes.

green grinch snowball cookies on a white serving tray

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make – If you are looking for classic snowball cookies with a holiday twist that is easy to make, these are easy Christmas cookies.
  • Looks adorable – Any Grinch lovers or Dr. Seuss fans will adore these Christmas snowball cookies.
  • Perfect for any sort of holiday party or gift-giving– Aside from serving at Christmas parties, these make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, family and friends!
grinch snowball cookies on green background

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of food coloring should I use?
I personally like to use gel food coloring. I find gel color has a better, more vibrant color and evenly distributes in the cookie batter. It takes a lot more liquid food coloring to achieve the same color and sometimes it can leave a strong food coloring taste and make cookie dough sticky.

Can I use a cookie cutter to shape dough?
While you certainly can shape the dough, it could change the consistency of the cookies and make them less like a round shortbread cookie and more of classic cookies.

How do I prevent the powdered sugar from melting into the cookies after they’ve cooled?
To prevent the powdered sugar from melting into the cookies, make sure they are completely cool before rolling them in powdered sugar for the final time. You can also give them a second dusting of powdered sugar just before serving to maintain that classic snowball cookie appearance.

Can I freeze Grinch Snowball Cookies for later use?
Yes, you can freeze Grinch Snowball Cookies for later enjoyment. After baking and cooling, store the cookies in an airtight container or freezer bags, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow the cookies to thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator, and then give them a fresh dusting of powdered sugar before serving.

grinch snowball cookies stacked on serving tray

Storage Instructions:

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature away from any heat source. Store for up to 3-4 days after making them.

What You Will Need to Make Grinch Snowball Cookies:

Equipment Needed:

white table with grinch snowball cookie ingredients in bowls

How to Make Grinch Snowball Cookies:

Add butter, sugar, and flour (dry ingredients) in a large mixing bowl, and stir until completely blended. Then add vanilla and stir again.

cookie dough ingredients in large clear bowl

Next, add green food coloring gel and stir until all of the dough is green.

green food coloring in cookie dough to make green cookie dough

Scoop dough with a cookie scoop (about 1 inch balls) and place a red candy heart into the center of the dough.

cookie scoop putting cookie dough on baking sheet

Place scooped dough on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

green cookie dough balls on baking sheet

Remove cookies from the oven and place on a wire cooking rack to cool for 5 minutes.

Roll each cookie in powdered sugar and place back on the cooling rack to serve. You can also attach an additional red candy heart on top of the cookie (can use a powdered sugar and water paste to make it stick like “glue”).

rolling green cookies into powdered sugar

Serve and enjoy!

Grinch Snowball Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Brittanie Pyper
Grinch Snowball Cookies are a fun twist on traditional snowball cookies. Made with green food coloring and topped with a red heart sprinkle, these green cookies will have your heart growing three sizes this holiday season.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Neon Green Gel Food Color
  • Red Candy Hearts

Instructions
 

  • Add butter, sugar, and flour in a large mixing bowl, and stir until completely blended. Then add vanilla and stir again.
  • Next, add green food coloring gel and stir until all of the dough is green.
  • Scoop dough with a cookie scoop (about 1 inch balls) and place a red candy heart into the center of the dough.
  • Place scooped dough on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and place on a wire cooking rack to cool for 5 minutes. While cookies are still tacky and warm, place a red heart sprinkle in the center of the dough (top middle of the cookies).
  • Roll each cookie in powdered sugar and place back on the cooling rack to serve. You can also attach an additional red candy heart on top of the cookie (can use a powdered sugar and water paste to make it stick like "glue").
  • Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION

Serving: 1 | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 49mg | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Keyword grinch, grinch cookies, grinch recipes
Course Grinch Ideas
Cuisine American
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