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Grinch Mint Cookies

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Thinking of holiday baking? Try these Grinch Mint Cookies! Mint and chocolate are perfect for any upcoming Christmas treats. They are absolutely amazing!

Grinch Mint Cookies

Christmas Cookie Idea- Grinch Mint Cookies!

If it's time for cookie exchanges and Christmas cookies, you're probably looking for recipe ideas. These Grinch Mint Cookies have all of those seasonal favorites- chocolate, mint, and a soft but chewy cookie! Every year starting when the weather cools off I find myself looking through Pinterest and searching for new Christmas cookie recipies and ideas. Of course, I try to come up with some fun ones myself!

The Grinch is a classic family movie, and these green cookies we came up with look just like the green grinch! Of course, you can always find those small red cinnamon hearts and add one to each cookie if you want to give your Grinch a heart. We skipped the red hearts on our cookies and just added some chocolate drizzle.

How to Make:

If you're not a baker- don't worry! This cookie recipe starts with a roll of sugar cookie dough straight from the grocery section at the store. The final results doesn't look like it- since these cookies are decorated with a chocolate drizzle and have a bright green color added. The nice thing about using a premade cookie dough is that it's a quick recipe to make, and does not require a lot of ingredients you may end up running to the store for at the last minute. Plus, they look completely homemade! There's something special about homemade cookies. See these kitchen hacks for successful baking!

Start with the right tools. If you are working with older pans or measuring cups that are worn out and you're guessing at how much of each ingredient you need, chances are the cookies will come out differently each time. You will need:

A medium bowl

Cookie scooper, 1-1.5″ size

Good quality baking sheet

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

If you have parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, line your cookie tray with it. The silicone mat will help you remove the cookies in one piece without messing them up, and it will also allow the heat to cook the cookies more evenly.

grinch cookie set

To make the Grinch Mint Cookies I used all of the items pictured above (from the Good Cook Brand) except the cookie cutters. We will be using those when Grandma comes to visit to make cookies for Santa! I've been really impressed with these Sweet Creations products. They are very good quality and very affordable. My favorite thing that I got was the cookie scooper. I've seen them before but never thought it was something that I needed. Now I'm thinking how did I ever live without it!! I love it…seriously! It make the cookies all the same size and shape.

Mixing and Assembling Your Grinch Mint Cookies:

Mix your cookie dough starting with the roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. You will need a sturdy spatula to cream the dough and mix in your next ingredients.

grinch cookie dough

Here's the dough. I added about 10 drops of green food coloring to the dough for the coloring. This recipe was originally made without using Mint Chips or Andes Mints, but it adds so much flavor to these cookies. If you are not using any Mint Chips or Andes, you will need to add some peppermint extract to the dough and mix, to get a peppermint flavoring in the actual dough. Add about 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract and mix with a hand mixer. Otherwise, follow recipe directions and just add your mint chips to the recipe.

For more delicious mint flavor, rough chop about 1/2 cup of Andes Mints on a cutting board. These will be pressed into the top of your cookies and add more mint flavoring!

Bake and Decorate Your Cookies:

Scoop onto your baking sheet as shown below. You will need to use a medium cookie scooper to make 2″ cookies. Place them far enough apart so they can spread on the cookie tray without touching. I space them about another 2-3″ apart, give or take.

After you have your cookies scooped and ready, press your Andes Mints into the dough lightly to the top of each cookie.

grinch cookies scoop

This is the fabulous cookie scooper….did I mention that I love this little gadget? Bake according to package directions, about 10-12 minutes.  I also use a silicone pan liner frequently, which is not pictured here. Those really extend the life of my cookie sheets, it seems! If you are using the silicone pan liner, be sure to cook your cookies on the longer end of baking time, between 11-12 minutes. Cookies may look soft set in the middle when done. They will continue to set as they cool.

After your cookies are done, cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. You can use your silicone liner under the wire rack, or grab a sheet of parchment paper.  This will catch the extra chocolate drippings as you decorate your cookies.

Grinch Cookie Helper

Melt about 1/2 cup of Chocolate candy melts in the microwave to drizzle over cookies. You can also use baking chocolate or chocolate chips, melted together with shortening.  The ratio is 1 cup of chocolate chips to 1 Tablespoon of shortening. I use this easy kitchen hack frequently if I don't have candy coating on hand.

Grinch Mint Cookies

These are so cute! They are perfect for a Christmas cookie idea if you are not a fan of the traditional sugar cookies with decorated icing. Thse have the soft and chewy texture of a regular cookie, with plenty of seasonal mint flavor. Don't forget to add a candy heart to a few if these are going to a cookie exchange or a Christmas cookie gift tray!

Yield: 24

Grinch Mint Cookies

Grinch Mint Cookies

This is a fun and SUPER quick Christmas Cookie Idea!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1 Roll Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough- or your favorite recipe of dough
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Chocolate Candy Coating
  • 1/2 cup Mint Chips
  • Optional, about 1/2 cup crushed Andes Candies


  1. Add cookie dough to large bowl, or mix up cookie dough according to recipe directions.
  2. Add food coloring and mint chips and mix. This may be difficult if dough is cold, so a mixer may be helpful.
  3. On a cutting board, rough chop your Andes Mints and set aside.
  4. Scoop with a medium cookie scoop onto a silicone lined baking sheet. Take a small amount of crushed Andes Mints and press lightly onto the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake according to package directions, 10-12 minutes.
  6. After cookies are cooked, remove immediately to wire rack to let finish cooling. Cool 5 minutes.
  7. Add parchment under wire rack or a silicone baking sheet, to catch chocolate.
  8. Melt candy coating according to directions in a microwave safe bowl, about 20 seconds.
  9. Drizzle evenly over cooled green cookies. I prefer to dip a fork into the chocolate and quickly scatter across the cookies, back and forth. It creates thin lines. You can also use a piping bag to drizzle the chocolate over cookies.
  10. Let cool and set. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 136Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 2mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 1g

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