For Christmas this year I wanted to do a Grinch evening filled with Grinch themed treats, pj’s and obviously The Grinch. The recipes might not have worked out exactly as I’d hope but everything still tasted great and I really enjoy the evening with my niece and nephew.
Grinch Themed Cookies
Original recipe here.
- 230g unsalted butter softene
- 350g sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-5 drops bright green food coloring (or in my case the whole bloody thing!)
- 400g all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C for fan assisted ovens
- Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix until well combined with an electric mixer. Mixture should be light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well inbetween each addition.
- Stir in your vinilla extract and food colouring until well combined. Despite the recipe and directions on the food colouring themselves saying you should only require a handful of drops I had to use the whole tub and still the cookies did not come out green! I’m not sure why this was the case. I thought it may be as it was gel food colouring instead of liquid but the same happened with the Grinch cake and I’d specifically gone out a bought liquid food colouring for that after the cookie failure.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients into your butter mixture. Whisk untill well combined.
- To get the crackled effect on the cookies roll them into little balls and then coat the outside with sugar before placing on baking tray. – There is a whole scienfic reasoning behind why this leaves the cookie crackled.. but I’m not scientist.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until you can push the sides of the cookies very lightly with your finger, the edges should stays firm and not fall inwards.
- Allow cookies to cool completely.
Grinch Heart Instructions
- Using icing and a heart cutter simply cut out you desired size and transfer to the cookie.
The Grinch Cookies worked slightly better at maintaining their green colouring; on the inside at least. But despite the food colouring failure the cookies were delicious and the ingredients made over 30 cookies; more than enough to food my whole family who very shortly decended to collect their shares.
Original recipe here.
- 2 Boxes of cake mix (and whatever the ingredients the box calls for)
- Heart cookie cutter
- Red and green food color
- Loaf pan
- Buttercream icing
- Red heart sprinkles
- Mix the cake mix as instructed on box.
- Add a few drops (or in my case – the whole bottle) until you get your desired red colour.
- Bake cake as directed by cake mix box.
- Once your red cake is baked allow to cool completely.
- Cut the cake into even slices; ideally the thickness of your heart cookie cutter.
- Cut out as many hearts as it takes to place them back to back from one end of the loaf pan to the other.
- Mix the second cake box mix and add green food colouring.
- Put this green batter around the heart cutouts and then bake according to box instructions.
- Bake again as directed by cake mix box.
- Allow cake to cool completely.
Grinch Cake Icing & Decoration Instructions
- Add green food colouring to buttercream icing, mixing well before covering your cake in it.
- Finish off with red heart sprinkles.
Similarly to the cookies the colouring failed to maintain once baked, I don’t know why this is, maybe the quality of the food colouring I used? Also the hearts failed to remain shapely when baking. Leading to a slightly pinky blotch in the centre of the cake.
Grinch Marshmellow Pops
Original recipe here.
Now the original recipe called for Green Candy Melts; these are not something commonly sold in the UK so I had to get them from Amazon.
I attempted to use these two different ways but could not get the correct consistency. The packaging itself says you don’t necessarily require any other ingredients to make marshmellow pops. I tried to melt them into the right consistency both alone and with butter. Both failed to give me a liquid in which I could successful dip the marshmellows in.
Instead I bought some white chocolate and melted that to coat the marshmellows. Which was delicious, just not particularly Grinch-y as I’d intended.
Despite all of the recipes being a fail in one way or another regarding apperance, they did all still taste delicious and were very well recieved. Plus getting together to watch The Grinch, in our Grinch pj’s and making those memories was more important to me than the look of the food.
Although saying that, if someone does know why the food colouring failed me so badly, please let me know in the comments. I’m curious as to how I did it wrong?
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