Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie, and there are so many to choose from. My personal favorite happens to be National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I find it amazingly relatable because I grew up in a very Griswald-ish family. But, for me, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas also rates pretty high on my list. After all, he's pretty relatable too. It isn't so much Christmas that he hates; it's the people. (This is so me!) And then there's also the nostalgia factor. After all, who among us hasn't teared up year after year when the Grinch's too-small heart grows. So this is why these cookies have become my go-to Christmas Cookie. These Green Velvet Grinch Cookies are delicious, and super cute. I get tons of requests for these cookies every year.
A few tips:
As usual, this recipe starts with softened butter. Lately I've been using Country Crock's new unsalted Buttery Sticks. They have been a lifesaver since I usually don't have the foresight to set out my butter ahead of time to soften. I often end up microwaving my butter to speed up the process, and then the butter and sugar don't cream like they should. These new Butter Sticks are made from Sunflower Oil, and they're ready to use straight out of the fridge. LOVE IT!
For the food coloring, I highly recommend using gel food coloring, and my favorite brand is Americolor. You can buy them on Amazon, and I promise you will never want to use any other food coloring again. The colors are always bright, vibrant, and true, and easy to blend. You don't have to use as many drops as regular food coloring to achieve your desired color, which means no yucky taste. I've used them in cookies, frostings, royal icing, and fondant with great success. They come in many different size sets. As you can see, I have the Student Kit. In this recipe I actually used a touch of teal to keep the color from becoming "muddy" because I was using melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder. Don't you just love last minute substitutions when you're out of an ingredient?
These cookies definitely bake up better if you chill the dough for a bit first. After rolling the dough balls in powdered sugar, be sure to flatten them a bit to help them spread (as seen below). Otherwise they are very puffy cookies. Only bake for about 9-11 minutes, since they will continue to cook on the pan after you pull them out of the oven. Immediately after pulling them from the oven, being careful not to burn yourself (been there, done that), press the heart-shaped sprinkles gently into the cookie. The heat will help them stick. In case you're wondering, I also got these cute red hearts off of Amazon. Gotta love Prime Shipping.
Now for one final word of warning-DO NOT take these cookies to any Cookie Exchanges or Family Gatherings. If you do, I will not be held accountable for all the people who bug you every Christmas from now until the end of time to whip up another batch again. And I promise, they will beg and plead every time that they see you. Maybe you should just keep them all for yourself. Hmm, maybe you should ask yourself "What would the Grinch do?"