Kid-made Grinch Cake Mix Cookies

The kids and I are so excited for our upcoming Grinch party (complete with Grinch science experiments and a viewing of the live action movie) so we’ve been preparing Grinch-themed treats, like these Kid-made Grinch Cake Mix Cookies, all week long!

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

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The Grinch theme song has been on constant rotation of our house this season – it’s my go-to response when the girls (and it’s always the girls) are being crabby in the morning. It’s been a great mood breaker

So naturally, when I asked the kids what theme they wanted to go with for our annual Christmas party, they all enthusiastically replied with “the Grinch!”

While I could try to go the Pinterest-perfect route and craft all of the treats and decor myself, for me it’s important to involve the kids in our party prep, including making all of the yummy treats we plan to enjoy at our party.

Not only does it save me time, it also creates such pride in the kids when they see their hard work all laid out at the party.

If you’re planning a Grinch party of your own, you can prepare these cookies in advance or decorate them as a party activity. Either way, they are soft, delicious cookies with three levels of sweet “green” flavor.

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

How to Make Grinch Cake Mix Cookies

First, gather your ingredients:

  • 1 box vanilla or white cake mix
  • 1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • Green food dye
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon eggnog or cream
  • 1/4 cup green candy melts or chocolate chips
  • Heart sprinkles

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

Preheat oven to 350F

Prepare a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Mix the cake mix, cream cheese, butter and egg together until completely combined.

Add the green food dye a few drops at a time, mixing thoroughly and adjusting to reach your desired color.

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

Using a small cookie scoop, portion out 1 1/2 Tablespoon sized mounds and attach a heart sprinkle in the middle of each.

Bake 10-13 minutes until spread, cracked and no longer glossy.

Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack before frosting.

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

In a clean bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, butter and eggnog or cream.

You want a spreadable frosting texture, so add just enough eggnog or cream to achieve that texture.

For our frosting, we melted our candy melts, drizzled it in, let it cool and set, then we stirred the whole bowl up to break up those little bits of candy. Chocolate chips would definitely be easier but we loved the taste and those little bits of candy worked into our frosting.

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting onto your cooled cookies and garnish with hear sprinkles.
Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

My kids loved helping make these Grinch Cake Mix Cookies – they were super easy and quick to make and Miss G is going to really enjoy getting them in the special Grinch-themed lunch box I have planned for her.

Totally delicious kid-made Grinch cake mix cookies!

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