Grinch Dessert Recipes: 40 Whimsical Treats for the Holidays 

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Looking for some festive and fun Grinch dessert recipes for the holiday season? Well, look no further than these 40 delightful and easy dessert recipes!

Whether you’re planning a holiday party or just want to add a touch of whimsy to your family celebrations, these Grinch dessert recipes are sure to inspire.

From Grinch-inspired cupcakes to green hot cocoa, these Grinch dessert recipes cater to fans of the classic Dr. Seuss character. There’s something for every taste and occasion, ranging from simple and easy-to-make Grinch dessert recipes to more elaborate creations that’ll impress your guests.

The best part? These Grinch dessert recipes not only taste delicious but also look visually stunning. They’re perfect for adding a festive flair to your holiday gatherings. Plus, we’ve included Grinch dessert recipes to suit different dietary needs, like gluten-free and vegan options, so everyone can enjoy the holiday treats.

A collage of grinch dessert recipes.

Now, when it comes to making these Grinch-themed desserts, there are a few key ingredients you’ll want to have on hand for your Grinch dessert recipes:

  1. Green Food Coloring: Essential for achieving that signature Grinch green hue in your Grinch dessert recipes. Opt for gel food coloring for the best results.
  2. Whipped Cream: A versatile topping that works well with many Grinch dessert recipes. You can even tint it green for an extra festive touch in your Grinch dessert recipes.
  3. White Chocolate Chips: Perfect for creating Grinch bark, cookies, and more in your Grinch dessert recipes. Add green food coloring to white chocolate for a vibrant green shade.
  4. Red Candy Hearts: These add a playful element to your Grinch dessert recipes, symbolizing the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes. Use them as toppings or mix them into a Grinch-themed trail mix in your Grinch dessert recipes.
  5. Other Common Baking Ingredients: Sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and milk are staples in many Grinch dessert recipes, so be sure to have these on hand too. Always check the specific Grinch dessert recipes for any additional requirements.

When it comes to presenting your Grinch-themed delights, let your creativity shine. Consider setting up a dessert table with a green tablecloth, red accents, and holiday decorations to create a whimsical atmosphere for your Grinch-inspired desserts. Arrange your Grinch desserts on various stands and platters, labeling them with fun names to match the theme.

For an extra touch of elegance, think about serving your Grinch dessert recipes in individual portions. Grinch cake pops or layered parfaits can be a fun and stylish option for your Grinch dessert recipes.

So, add a little extra holiday cheer to your dessert table this year with these delicious Grinch dessert recipes. Your guests are sure to be impressed, and you’ll have a blast creating these whimsical and tasty Grinch dessert recipes! 🎄

40 Grinch Dessert Recipes

  1. GRINCH NO CHURN ICE CREAM 
Grinch ice cream, mint chocolate with hearts in waffle cone.

                                                 Photo: cookingwithcarlee

Grinch no churn ice cream is easy to make and beyond fun to serve. It is a perfect treat for Christmas, a Dr. Seuss party, or just because.

Combine the delicious flavors of white chocolate and mint in a super creamy ice cream and you know the results will be tasty. 

Get the full recipe from Cooking With Carlee

  1. GRINCH COOKIES 
grinch sugar cookies with red hearts

                        Photo: scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom

Fun and festive, these Grinch Cookies are a perfect holiday cookie recipe. With a festive green color and adorable red heart, the cookies couldn’t be any cuter!

Made with a basic sugar cookie recipe, the cookies are crispy on the outside with a chewy center. They are perfect for holiday parties, teacher gifts, cookie platters,

Get the full recipe from Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom

  1. ADORABLE GRINCH OREO BALLS FOR CHRISTMAS 
Grinch oreo balls truffles green with red heart

                                       Photo: arkansasgirls

Grinch Oreo balls are a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is perfect for any occasion. 

To make Christmas Oreo truffles, you will need just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand. 

Get the full recipe from Arkansas Girls

  1. GRINCH FUDGE 
green grinch fudge with red hearts

                              Photo: thebestideasforkids

If you are looking for a new and festive holiday treat to make this year, try making this Grinch Fudge! 

This is such a fun twist on traditional fudge and kids will love helping to make this recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this Grinch fudge!

Get the full recipe from The Best Ideas For Kids

  1. EASY AND FUN GRINCH BROWNIES RECIPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
brownies with green icing and red hearts on white plate

                              Photo: twokidsandacoupon

Bake up this fun Grinch brownie recipe for your next holiday movie night. Here is how to make them! 

No matter what Christmas movies you love, the cooler weather of the holiday season is a perfect time to snuggle up under blankets with some favorite sweet treats for a family movie night. 

Get the full recipe from Two Kids And A Coupon

  1. GRINCH COOKIES 
green sugar cookies with tiny red hearts

                              Photo: stephaniessweets

These Christmas Grinch cookies are green sugar cookies loaded with chopped Andes mints. They are rolled in green sugar and topped with a jumbo heart sprinkle.

These Grinch Christmas cookies are sure to make even the Grinch’s small heart grow three sizes! 

Get the full recipe from Stephanie’s Sweets

  1. GRINCH COCOA CUPS 
grinch cocoa cups with marshmallows and candy canes red hearts on green cups

                                   Photo: frostingandglue

These Grinch Cocoa Cups are the perfect combination! Your family will love using these as they will enjoy green hot chocolate to enjoy all season long. 

These Grinch Cocoa Cups are not hard to make but do take some time to get right. You might find your first batch doesn’t work quite how you were thinking. 

Get the full recipe from Frosting And Glue

  1. EASY GRINCH COOKIES RECIPE WITH M&MS – CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT TREAT 
green sugar cookies with chocolate bits and mixins on wood board

                          Photo: movienightsathome

This Easy Grinch Cookies Recipe with M&Ms is easy to make and super cute! The Grinch and Elf are two classics that the whole family can sit around and watch!

These adorable green cake mix cookies will make your heart grow 3 sizes bigger during a Christmas movie night or party!

Get the full recipe from Movie Nights A Home

  1. GRINCH PRETZEL BARK 
grinch pretzel bark

                             Photo: homemadehooplah

For the ultimate holiday treat, this Grinch pretzel bark is simple, classic, and festive – everything you need for a no-fuss candy this Christmas season!

In preparation for Grinchmas, you’ll need the perfect Grinch-themed treat, and this Grinch pretzel bark is simple, classic, and festive!

Get the full recipe from Homemade Hooplah

  1. GRINCH CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES  
grinch christmas tree cookies

                             Photo: passmeaspoon

These festive Grinch-themed Christmas Tree cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread! Enjoy these tasty treats for your next party!

Each cookie is lovingly shaped into a cheerful Christmas tree, complete with a vibrant green frosting that pays homage to the Grinch’s iconic hue. 

Get the full recipe from Pass Me A Spoon

  1. GRINCH SNOWBALL COOKIES 
grinch snowball cookies

                             Photo: thesoccermomblog

These Grinch Cookies are so festive even the grumpiest of grinches will have to smile! They’re one of our most popular Christmas recipes of all time!

These Grinch Snowball Cookies are a colorful twist on the classic snowball cookie recipe. 

Get the full recipe from The Soccer Mom Blog

  1. GRINCH CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS RECIPE +FREE GRINCH GIFT TAGS 
grinch chocolate covered pretzels and gift tags

                             Photo: acountrygirlslife

This last-minute Grinch treat idea is so quick and easy to make with just three ingredients! 

This Grinch Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe is a perfect make-ahead recipe and can easily be made a little bit before Grinch movie night!

Get the full recipe from A Country Girls Life

  1. GRINCH MARSHMALLOW POPS 
grinch marshmallow pops

                                               Photo: lovinglivinglancaster

Celebrate the holiday season and let your heart grow 2 sizes in one day with these adorable Grinch Marshmallow Pops!

This is my family’s favorite time of year. All the decorations are up at the stores, and Christmas music is playing on the radio. 

Get the full recipe from Loving Living Lancaster

  1. GRINCH KETO JELLO SHOTS 
Grinch Keto Jello shots on white plate

                             Photo: trinakrug

This fun and festive recipe will put a smile on your face and warm your tummy! These Grinch Keto Jello Shots are the perfect party treat!

There are so many ways to make the holidays fun and unique desserts is just one of them! These Grinch keto jello are so yummy and are always a hit at holiday parties! 

Get the full recipe from Trina Krug

  1. GRINCH OREO BALLS 
Grinch Oreo Balls

                             Photo: frugalmomeh

Forget about the Grinch stealing Christmas, these Grinch Oreo balls will steal the hearts of your family and friends this holiday season!

Perfectly combining red velvet Christmas Oreos into a rich cream cheese mixture, these delightful treats are ideal for anyone who loves a sweet indulgence. 

Get the full recipe from Frugal Mom Eh 

  1. GRINCH BROWNIES 
Grinch Brownies

                             Photo: cookingwithcurls

Rich, fudgy brownies topped with a layer of minty fudge and holiday sprinkles are the perfect Christmas dessert. 

These Grinch Brownies are ideal for sharing at a holiday party or movie night! This recipe is a combination of two of my favorite holiday desserts.

Get the full recipe from Cooking With Curls

  1. HOW TO MAKE A GRINCH CUPCAKE CAKE 
Grinch Cupcake Cake

                                           Photo: cookingwithcarlee

Make a fun Grinch face cake out of cupcakes! It is perfect for a party and everyone can just grab a cupcake when they are ready.

This fun Grinch cupcake cake is perfect for a Dr. Seuss themed classroom party, birthday party or even a fun twist on Christmas dessert. 

Get the full recipe from Cooking With Carlee

  1. GRINCH PRETZEL BITES 
grinch pretzel bites on white plate with tiny red hearts

                              Photo: crayonsandcravings

Grinch Pretzel Bites are caramel-filled pretzels dipped in green candy melts and topped with the classic red heart.

Serve your Grinch pretzels filled with caramels up for a movie night at home, or take a playdate, or pack in your child’s lunch.

Get the full recipe from Crayons And Cravings

  1. GRINCH COOKIES RECIPE 
grinch green sugar cookies with red M&Ms

                              Photo: sweetandsavorymeals

Grinch Cookies will make your heart grow three sizes bigger this Christmas! The red M&Ms on top make them extra festive!

These bright green treats have gooey middles and a delicate, crisp crust covered with powdered sugar. 

Get the full recipe from Sweet And Savory Meals

  1. GRINCH MUNCH 
Grinch munch mix popcorn mini red hearts nuts

                                              Photo: thenymelrosefamily 

These Grinch munches use minimal ingredients and they come together within minutes.

They are easy to throw together so that you’re not spending all day in the kitchen. Instead, you get to spend more time with the cuties in your life.

Get the full recipe from The Ny Melrose Family

  1. QUICK & EASY HOLIDAY PARTY “GRINCH” CREAM CHEESE COOKIE DIP 
grinch cream cheese cookie dip with crackers

                                            Photo: makingfrugalfun

If you need a quick and holiday-themed snack idea to accompany your Grinch movie night, look no further! 

This adorable Grinch-themed cream cheese cookie dip will get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Serve with a side of hot cocoa 

Get the full recipe from Making Frugal Fun

  1. GRINCH KABOBS   
grinch kabobs, strawberries with green grapes and marshmallows

                              Photo: recipesfromapantry

These colorful Grinch Kabobs are an easy-to-make Christmas dessert or appetizer, using 3 ingredients that the whole family will love. 

Best of all, the kids can make these unsupervised. Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarian diets.

Get the full recipe from Recipes From Pantry

  1. QUICK & EASY GRINCH TREATS 
grinch treats

                                   Photo: designdazzle

Would you like to make the perfect treat to eat while watching a favorite Christmas movie The Grinch?! 

Making these Grinch Treats is not only quick and easy but totally adorable! Not only will kids like to make these and eat them, but so will adults!

Get the full recipe from Design Dazzle

  1. GRINCH CUPCAKES 
grinch cupcakes on white plate with santa hats and yellow eyes

                              Photo: easydessertrecipes

We all know that the Grinch stole Christmas, but these Grinch cupcakes will steal your heart! 

They’re not only adorable but taste divine. You’ve got to serve these festive Grinch-style sweets this holiday season!

Get the full recipe from Easy Dessert Recipes

  1. GRINCH SUGAR COOKIES 
green sugar cookies with tiny red hearts

                              Photo: dessertfortwo

This super easy recipe for Grinch Sugar Cookies doesn’t require any chill time in the fridge, and comes together in just minutes! 

Easy drop sugar cookies made with melted butter, green food coloring, and a single red sprinkle to represent the Grinch’s heart.

Get the full recipe from Dessert For Two

  1. GRINCH OREO POPS 
grinch themed oreo pops

                     Photo: passmeaspoon

These Grinch-themed Oreo pops are a fun and delicious treat that is easy to make! The whole family will love these tasty treats!

These adorable treats are a delightful fusion of everyone’s favorite Christmas villain and the classic Oreo cookie.

Get the full recipe from Pass Me A Spoon

  1. THE BEST CHRISTMAS GRINCH CAKE POPS RECIPE 
grinch cake pops

                            Photo: ourhomemadeeasy

Get your holiday spirit on with easy and adorable Grinch Cake Pops. Perfect for parties or as sweet gifts.

If you’re a mom with a full schedule, but you still want to create something special for your loved ones, these Grinch Cake Pops are here to spread the holiday cheer. 

Get the full recipe from Our Homemade Easy

  1. GRINCH BOMB CUPS 
Grinch bomb cups

                            Photo: coachchefkim

Are you looking for trendy and cute Christmas drinks? Beat the cold with these Grinch Bomb Cups that everyone would surely love! 

These are green candy metals shaped into cups with cocoa and marshmallows are perfect for the holidays.

Get the full recipe from Coach Chef Kim

  1. GRINCH HEART RICE KRISPIES TREATS 
Grinch rice krispies treats

                            Photo: hezzi-dsbooksandcooks

During the holidays add some color to your Rice Krispies Treats and make these fun (and easy!) Grinch Heart Rice Krispies Treats!

They only have a few ingredients, take minutes to make, and are a favorite of kids and adults. It’s fun to add in some spices or other flavors to make them new and fresh.

Get the full recipe from Hezzi-ds Books And Cooks

  1. CHRISTMAS PRETZEL BITES (GRINCH STYLE!) 
Grinch pretzel bites

                            Photo: onmykidsplate

These adorable Christmas pretzels are packed with gooey caramel, crunchy pretzels, and deliciously sweet chocolate are the perfect combination. 

These sweet treats are perfect for holiday parties and cookie trays, and remind me of the Grinch! 

Get the full recipe from On My Kids Plate

  1. GRINCH COOKIES 
grinch sugar cookies witih powdered sugar

                            Photo: amandascookin

Grinch cookies come together quickly in only 30 minutes total and are a super fun addition to Christmas cookie swaps and parties.

These easy Grinch cookies are made with cake mix and a whole lot of love – who would have thought? A pinch of green and candy heart sprinkles brings vibrancy and life to these festive Christmas cookies.

Get the full recipe from Amandas Cookin

  1. DIY GRINCH ORNAMENTS {+FREE GRINCH FACE SVG FILE!}
grinch tree ornament

                            Photo: acountrygirlslife

This Grinchy tutorial will show you how to make a Grinch ornament step by step with plenty of photos. 

Our finishing touches make this DIY Christmas ornament look professionally made!  It gives this ornament a 3D, textured look!

Get the full recipe from A Country Girls Life

  1. GRINCH DIP PARTY RECIPE | EASY CHRISTMAS GRINCH COOKIE DIP

                                                    Photo: movienightsathome

This fluffy Grinch Dip with a sugar cookie base is perfect for a holiday party or Christmas movie night! The best part? It’s easy to make and doesn’t require any weird ingredients!

This delicious dessert is one of our favorites to make over holiday break because it’s so pretty and tastes like Dunkaroo dips (remember those?!

Get the full recipe from Movie Nights At Home

  1. GRINCH SUGAR COOKIE TRUFFLES 
sugar cookie truffles grinch theme on red and black check napkin

                                Photo: homemadehooplah

Get ready for your next holiday movie marathon with these festive Grinch sugar cookie truffles! It’s the perfect sweet finger food to have on hand for the holidays!

These fun Grinch sugar cookie truffles are made with crumbled sugar cookies, coated in light green candy, and decorated with a three-sizes-too-small heart.

Get the full recipe from Homemade Hooplah

  1. GRINCH CUPCAKES 
grinch cupcakes

                             Photo: thesoccermomblog

Looking for an easy homemade Grinch-inspired cupcake? Check out these Grinch cupcakes that you can make in a flash! Perfect for movie night or a Christmas party!

This festive holiday dessert is perfect for Grinch movie nights, holiday parties, or any time you want a little Grinch treat. It’s sure to make anyone smile!

Get the full recipe from The Soccer Mom Blog

  1. GRINCH SNOWBALL COOKIES 
grinch snowball cookies

                             Photo: cookingwithcurls

Well these Grinch Snowball Cookies are buttery, delicious, and packed full of chopped pistachios and cranberries for a holiday treat that everyone will love…even Mr. Grinch!!

Traditional snowball cookies are a round shortbread cookie, filled with chopped pecans, and rolled in powdered sugar. 

Get the full recipe from Cooking With Curls

  1. GRINCH COOKIES 
frinch cake mix cookies on white plate with red bow and evergreen

                           Photo: crayonsandcravings

Grinch Cake Mix Cookies! These cookies made with vanilla cake mix give a fluffy cake-like texture to your delicious chewy cookies.

Snuggle up on the couch with your favorite version of The Grinch on your TV and get some of these cookies fresh out of the oven. 

Get the full recipe from Crayons And Cravings

  1. GRINCH CHRISTMAS JELLO SHOTS 
grinch jello shots

                           Photo: recipesfromapantry

These make a great festive treat for any Christmas party, Grinch movie night, or a simple Christmas dessert. 

Fun and festive Christmas Grinch Jello Shots are perfect for holiday parties, Christmas movie nights, and as a tasty Christmas dessert.

Get the full recipe from Recipes From Pantry

  1. EASY TO MAKE GRINCH HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS 
grinch hot chocolate bombs

                           Photo: designdazzle

Easy-to-make Grinch hot chocolate bombs are yummy and make such great gifts during the holiday season. 

Hot chocolate or hot cocoa bombs are these cute balls (typically chocolate spheres shaped) filled with hot chocolate mix.

Get the full recipe from Design Dazzle

  1. CHRISTMAS THUMBPRINT COOKIES (GRINCH INSPIRED!) 
grinch inspired thumbprint cookies

                           Photo: onmykidsplate

Buttery sweet Grinch cookies are a twist on Christmas thumbprint cookies that will make your Christmas love grow three times bigger! 

This festive holiday cookie recipe is topped with a soft green vanilla center and red candy hearts to make Grinch Christmas cookies that are perfect for any cookie tray 

Get the full recipe from On My kids plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make Grinch cupcakes?

You will need green food coloring, red heart-shaped candies, and frosting to make Grinch cupcakes. Start by baking your favorite cupcakes and let them cool. Then, add green food coloring to your frosting and mix well. 

Frost your cupcakes with the green frosting and place a red heart-shaped candy on top to represent the Grinch’s heart. You can also add a small amount of black frosting to make the Grinch’s eyes and mouth.

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What are some unique twists on traditional Christmas desserts?

There are many unique twists on traditional Christmas desserts that you can try. For example, instead of a traditional fruitcake, you can make a fruitcake trifle by layering cake, fruit, and whipped cream. 

You can also make a spiced apple tart instead of a traditional apple pie by adding spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to the filling. Another unique twist is to make a pumpkin cheesecake instead of a traditional pumpkin pie by adding cream cheese to the filling.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and that it has inspired you to get creative in the kitchen. We hope you found inspiration for your next holiday party or family gathering.

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.

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