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Cake Mix Grinch Cookies

Celebrate the season with a festive recipe for Cake Mix Grinch Cookies that are soft, chewy and studded with red M&M's!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 28 cookies


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 (16.25-oz.) box white cake mix
  • 3/4 cup red M&Ms, plus more for topping


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil and your desired amount of green food coloring. 
  • Stir in the cake mix until combined then fold in the M&Ms.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and using an ice cream scoop (or two spoons) portion out about 2 tablespoons of the dough into mounds on the baking sheets, spacing the mounds at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies until they are just set in the center, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press the remaining 1/4 cup M&Ms into the tops of the cookies. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • It’s important to whisk the food coloring in with the eggs and vegetable oil prior to adding the cake mix so that your cookies are uniform green in color and not streaked. 
  • I prefer gel-based food coloring, as a little bit goes a long way. 
  • Any brand of cake mix will work for this recipe, as long as it’s either 15.25 or 16.25 ounces. I prefer the ones with pudding in the mix because the resulting cookies are extra moist. 
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