I’ve been making an effort to getting into the Christmas spirit at least once a day. It’s honestly been a little challenging when there’s sooo many Grinches out there or when people make a Grinch out of me even! So continuing the festive spirit, I made what I call Grinch cookies! Sugar cookies with spirals of red, green, cream white and rolled in festive sprinkles.
Warning! These cookies take just a tad more labor and time than most sugar cookie recipes. Since it requires dying dough and carefully assembling them together. I didn’t think I was going to go through as much wax paper and saran wrap as I did.
But for a successful result, I recommend using parchment paper or special baking cookie sheets, so that your cookies don’t stick to the bottom of a sheet pan and don’t burn easily.
I was especially irritated when I arrived at Michaels Craft Store and they had just about every food dye color under the sun except for green! You would think this time of year a craft store that sells all your baking accessory needs would be overstocked in green food dye. I at least walked away with some cool cookie sprinkles and table decor. My toddler had a ball running up and down the garland aisle knocking down random cranberries and pine cones off the shelves.
Sigh Terrible twos.
Oh right! Cookies! Sugar cookies normally take anywhere between 2-4 hours to chill after you made the dough. This is critical so you can cut the pieces easily with cookie cutters or another tool. I go for the most amount of time, 4 hours.
Also, its good to take out some butter an hour or two before you start making the dough. So that it’s easier to mix.
I used food-safe disposable gloves when I mixed in the dye into the dough. I know food dye is pretty easy to get off your skin but I didn’t feel like scrubbing my hands. So I would recommend gloves, especially if you have long nails.
I wouldn’t consider this a kid-friendly recipe where your little ones could help. Maybe with rolling the dough log in sprinkles. But boy! My little one sure did enjoy eating them!
Prep time: 40 minutes Chill time: 4 hours Cook time: 10 minutes
8 oz room temperature butter (1 stick)
1 cup of sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon red food dye
½ teaspoon green food dye
Sprinkles to taste
- In a large mixing bowl combine, butter and sugar and mix until fluffy
- Add vanilla, egg and salt
- Slowly add in flour
- Start forming three dough balls, equally the same size
- Using gloves, make a little imprint in the middle of the dough to add dye. Pour in and mix in well. Do the same with another ball of dough with a different color
- Lay saran wrap on a large cutting board and place one of the balls of dough down, cover with a piece of wax paper, and with a rolling pin roll out the dough into a rectangle shape. Not removing either piece of cover, place aside.
- Start with another piece of saran wrap and start the process again, separately, roll out each piece of dough
- Taking one of rolled out pieces, removing the top piece of wax paper, grab the next dough and carefully remove the saran portion and align the pieces together and lay on top.
- Using the last dough sheet, repeat process
- Still using the bottom saran wrap portion begin by rolling the dough into a log.
- Using a baking sheet or large plate pour desirable amount of sprinkles and roll dough into it
- Cover with Saran wrap and chill in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours.
- Preheat oven 375°
- Remove from fridge and cut into desired pieces and lay on parchment paper-covered baking sheet
- Bake for 10 minutes and let cool for a minimum of 5 minutes before serving