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Grinch Cookies

Grinch Cookies are a great Christmas treat paired with a reading of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  These Grinch-colored mint sugar cookies with semisweet and white chocolate chips are simple (made with sugar cookie mix!) and surprisingly delicious. 

Source:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/bettycrockerrecipes/4595758178/ (scroll down for recipe)

I changed the recipe a little since I could not find crème de menthe chips.  Here’s my version:

1 package (1 lb 1.5 oz)Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (original recipe calls for mint, but I only have peppermint)

6-8 drops green food coloring (I used 7 in the pics below)

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (original recipe calls for chunks, which I also did not have)

1 cup white chocolate chips (I could not find crème de menthe chips anywhere – this is why I used the higher end of the range of peppermint extract)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 convection).  Stir cookie mix, butter, and egg together.  Then add peppermint extract and food coloring.  Add more peppermint extract to taste and more green food coloring to get the color you want.


Add the chocolate and white chocolate chips and mix well.  Place dough balls on cookie sheet.  It will help if you flatten them a little, as this dough doesn’t fall much while baking.  I did not flatten the dough before I put it in the oven and reached in the oven with a spatula and pressed them down a little while they baked.


Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set.  I take them out of the oven when I see the first hint of browning of the dough.  Let cool on baking rack for a few minutes before serving.



The Story:  I saw this on Pinterest a few years ago and took it to my godson and his brothers for a Christmas treat while we read How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  It quickly became a much anticipated Christmas tradition.  Oh, and of course the reading of the Grinch book is by no means limited to Christmastime.

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