Merry Grinchmas Cookies Recipe
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Merry Grinchmas Cookies Recipe

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Baking cookies around the holidays is a big deal in our house. Some are a must every year and we also come up with new recipes. This one is simple, delicious and fun to make with the kids!—Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 48 heart-shaped gumdrops

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 112 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla, food coloring and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until firm enough to shape.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls; roll in confectioners' sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until tops are cracked and edges are set, 12-15 minutes. Immediately press a gumdrop into each cookie. Cool cookies 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen

Test Kitchen Tips
  • These also make adorable Valentine's Day treats: Just tint the cookie dough pink instead of green.
  • Heart-shaped gummies are typically available at candy stores. If you have a hard time finding them, try cutting shapes from Fruit Roll-Ups or fruit leather with a small heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • If the cookies won't crackle, make sure your oven is fully preheated. That initial blast of heat creates a crust that cracks as the cookies rise.
  • Originally published as Merry Grinchmas Cookies in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2016

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    heidiclark1 User ID: 2771648 258380
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

    "I have not tried this recipe yet, but my Walmart store just stocked Valentines candy... just in time for Christmas! It's December 20."

    Mary User ID: 8984903 258071
    Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016


    kathidahl User ID: 1718596 257877
    Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

    "Where ever does one get small heart shaped gumdrops?"

    pillotopp User ID: 4028173 257833
    Reviewed Dec. 8, 2016

    "Havcent made yet but just wanted to say these are SO CUTE! What a cute idea for the heart and grinchmas :)"

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