Grinch Evening | Grinch Themed Treats

The Grinch Themed Christmas Evening

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 Evening | Grinch Themed Treats

Grinch Themed Cookies

Original recipe here.

Grinch Cookies


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C for fan assisted ovens
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix until well combined with an electric mixer. Mixture should be light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well inbetween each addition.
  4. 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. 
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients into your butter mixture. Whisk untill well combined.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Grinch Cake

Original recipe here.

Grinch Themed Cake


  • 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


    1. Mix the cake mix as instructed on box. 
    2. Add a few drops (or in my case – the whole bottle) until you get your desired red colour.
    3. Bake cake as directed by cake mix box.
    4. Once your red cake is baked allow to cool completely.
    5. Cut the cake into even slices; ideally the thickness of your heart cookie cutter.
    6. Cut out as many hearts as it takes to place them back to back from one end of the loaf pan to the other. 
    7. Mix the second cake box mix and add green food colouring.
    8. Put this green batter around the heart cutouts and then bake according to box instructions.
    9. Bake again as directed by cake mix box.
    10. 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.

    Grinch Themed Cake

    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.

    Grinch Marshmellow Pops

    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.

    Grinch Evening | Grinch Themed Treats

    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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    1. December 21, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Omg so cuteee!!! You went all out with the baking I love the cake and the small hearts on it. I would have loved to be a part of that party haha that’s my favorite Xmas movie!!!

      • Sarah
        December 22, 2018 / 2:18 am

        Lol, yeah, I got a bit carried away with the different recipes 🙄 was pretty fun though 😊 I think it might be my favourite film too, it just never fails to make me laugh.

    2. December 19, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      This is SUCH a fun idea, Sarah!! I love it. I’ve never thought of doing a themed movie night before! What a bummer about the food coloring, though your snacks still look fantastic and delicious! I have no idea why they didn’t work out properly, and also that’s strange about the candy melts. (I wonder why they aren’t commonly sold in the UK?) Still, it looks like you three had a wonderful time and it was very creative of you!

      • Sarah
        December 22, 2018 / 2:21 am

        😊 Thank you! It was a shame about the colouring, I just don’t get why it didn’t work which annoys me more, I just want to understand lol! I’ve never even heard of the candy melts prior to looking into the recipes so as far as I’m aware nothing like that is sold over here. Which is strange.. although considering I couldn’t get them to work maybe that’s why 😉

        • December 24, 2018 / 4:16 pm

          I have no idea why it didn’t work either! Though in my experience, food coloring has never turned out vividly either. It’s strange because I’ve seen recipes that turn out bright and bold but it’s always been muted in mine too. Haha I could see that being why they aren’t around much there! Candy melts are used here a lot for making homemade shaped candy, like melting it and pouring it into fun-shaped molds with popsicle sticks or something. Candy lollies haha.

          • Sarah
            December 28, 2018 / 1:04 am

            Me too! I was so hopeful as the original recipes showed the end results looking amazing!
            I just couldn’t get the candy melts to work! Maybe it’s because it called for vegetable shortening which isn’t something sold over here either (at least as far as I’m aware).

            • December 28, 2018 / 5:22 pm

              That’s so odd!! Well, what matters most is that the kids loved it! And we all love it too lol. Such a fun idea.

    3. December 18, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      Aww what a fun idea!! You are always so creative, Sarah! I wish I could help you with the baking issues but I have no idea! I was so excited to see the heart in the middle of the cake lol I wonder why it didn’t keep its shape. 😭 I’m glad everything still turned out tasty & in my opinion, it all looks super cute! Love the PJ’s so much!

      • Sarah
        December 20, 2018 / 2:09 am

        Aww thank you Hunida, I try lol. I like making memories for the kids in my family as I know how important they are when you are older and looking back.
        Don’t worry, so far no else seems to have any idea why it happened, still annoying me though lol.
        Despite the slight failures in appearance it was still lovely. And honestly I was the only person bothered by it not working, no one else cared in the slightest 😊

        • December 21, 2018 / 4:24 am

          They will always remember their fun times with Auntie Sarah 🙂 & maybe when they’re older, they’ll want to recreate these memories with you!! I still remember times with my favorite Auntie!!

          & who would be bothered about looks (except the creator, it only makes sense!) when it tastes delicious!!

          • Sarah
            December 22, 2018 / 2:15 am

            Hopefully! That’d mean a lot to me 😊 And I agree, it’s just because I saw the process and had a pre set idea of how it should end up looking 🙄

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