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Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies Recipe

This Cream Cheese Grinch Cookies Recipe is full of delicious flavor and holiday color. Cream cheese and powdered sugar create a delicious counterpoint in cookies colored green for the holidays and dressed up with a dab of red icing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 Cookies
Author Rob


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, plus more for topping
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • Green food coloring
  • Red icing (I used red Pillsbury Funfetti icing)
  • Red heart sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
  • Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add the flour and beat until combined.
  • Place around 1 teaspoon of gel food coloring in the batter and beat until well mixed. Add more food coloring, if needed, until the desired shade of green is reached.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping scoops of dough. Roll the dough between your hands and place it on the lined baking sheet. Slightly press down each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, until the bottom is lightly browned.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes or until firm, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  •  When the cookies are cool, lightly dust each cookie with powdered sugar. Place a small drop of red icing on the bottom of each cookie, then press a heart sprinkle into the icing to hold it in place.