Grinch Heart Holiday Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe

holiday iced sugar cookie recipe

My holiday cookie game has been a little sad this year guys. I just can’t quite seem to get the motivation to do as much as I do most years. My daughter is able to come home for one day for Christmas, though, and I am doing everything I can to make her day home a fun one. I am so thankful that we get a day with her here over the holidays.

I wanted to do a new fun cookie recipe idea. ( Even though every time I think I have a fun new recipe thought up I find about 40 versions of it on Pinterest!) You just can’t go wrong with classic sugar cookies so I decided to make a frosted sugar cookie. How the Grinch Stole Christmas has always been a special book for our family. I am a huge fan of Dr. Suess and I love the messages of his books. So, I decided to give a Grinch-themed sugar cookie recipe a shot.

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holiday iced sugar cookie recipe

Holiday Grinch Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe

I’ll keep the story short and sweet because I know you guys are excited about this recipe. If you aren’t you should be! It takes the perfect bakery cookie recipe for soft but sturdy sugar cookies and adds rich sugary buttercream icing. Let’s face it, staying healthy during the holidays is just stressful so holiday cookies have to have a little bit of sugar!

Grinch Heart Holiday Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe

Grinch Heart Holiday Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe


    For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 C turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 C corn starch
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 C heavy cream


  1. In bowl of stand mixer combine shortening, butter, and sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and almond extract while mixing on low setting.
  3. Add baking powder and corn starch to butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Add sifted flour to mixture and blend until thoroughly combined.
  5. Lightly dust work surface with powdered sugar. Roll out cookies to 1/2 inch in size. Cut shapes from cookies and transfer to baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to rack. Cool completely before icing.
  7. While cookies are cooling combine butter and extracts for icing. sift in powdered sugar one cup at a time alternating with heavy cream until desired consistency is achieved.
  8. To add color use gel food coloring and add until desired color is reached.

Adventures in Icing

We tried a few different ideas when it came to adding the colored sugar heart. In the end, it’s actually a lot harder to get the sugar to go where you want it to go.

In the future when we make these cookies I will be making a template for the heart shape addition to the cookie. I think it should be easy to get a heart-shaped hole punch and punch a template out of cardstock to dust your sugar over and create a nice, uniform heart.

When it comes to coloring I have found that gel coloring is really the way to go. It gives more of an even color and by varying the amount used you can achieve a wide range of color shades and tones. I prefer using Wilton icing coloring but other brands are available too.

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7 thoughts on “Grinch Heart Holiday Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. These cookies are so pretty, love them and the idea of grinch cookies haha. Could I use gluten free flour and all butter instead of shortening?

  2. I will share this holiday recipe of the drink Ponche de Creme . I hope you like it.
    12 Eggs
    6 tins Condensed milk
    2 tins Evaporated milk
    1 Green lime
    1 bottle ANGOSTURA® White Oak Rum
    ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
    Nutmeg, grated
    Beat eggs with peel of lime in a large bowl until very light
    Remove lime peel; add milk, stirring constantly
    Add rum, then generous dashes of ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and stir briskly
    Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg
    Store in bottles and refrigerate. Serve over crushed ice

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