“The Grinch” Dairy Free Grinch Cookies & More!

the grinch doll sitting holding a plate of grinch cookies next to how the grinch stole christmas book with a homemade ornament

A Classic Book & Grinch Cookies & a Homemade Ornament!

After reading Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” we decided to make a homemade Grinch ornament & bake some delicious Grinch Cookies! It is a holiday tradition of ours that we are so happy to share with you, so let’s get started…

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Summary of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss is a classic holiday book about a furry green made up Dr. Seuss character that is super grumpy and really hating Christmas and all the cheer that comes along with it. Everyone in “Whoville” is so happy and eager to celebrate; except him. Throughout the book the Grinch devises a plan to steal Christmas and happiness so everyone can be miserable like him. He does in fact go through with this plan successfully, but even without all the presents, decorations and treats, everyone is still very happily celebrating on Christmas morning.

Therefore, the true meaning of Christmas is revealed and the Grinch is more than surprised to see this. All ends happily and its definitely a must read (even if you’re like me and NOT a fan of Dr. Seuss’ other books, lol). The book was turned into a cartoon movie in 1966 & in 2018 they made an amazing animated version that is just the sweetest & highly recommended!

Baking with Kids?

You might be wondering… “What age should I allow my child to bake with me?” or “How is this not just going to be a big mess if I let them help?” There are many ways to answer these two common questions…

a bowl and all the ingredients used to make the grinch cookies

Because I’m a Special Educator, you might find it surprising, but maybe its actually because of my background in education and years and years of experience with kids; that I can say this…only YOU know your child. I’ve seen very young children master some pretty impressive feats & some much older children not quite grasp something just yet. So I personally don’t believe in labeling activities with ages.

a child scooping cookie dough out of a bowl onto a cookie sheet.

I believe its all about knowing your child, being willing to try and gauge from there, & most importantly common sense. I believe if you have reasonable expectations, give them support and guidance when needed, & see the activity as a moment to connect with your child, then you don’t need me telling you if they are ready or not, you will know. Besides, each and every child is different, I have two that couldn’t be more different if they tried, lol. Remember, you are the expert on your child!

As for the second question, Yes, baking with kids can definitely be messy! But, I hear you. I’ve been asked the mess question many times. I wrote a detailed answer, along with strategies for successful messy sensory play, that I believe can apply to baking as well. It can be found by reading, “What about the Sensory Mess?”

Dairy Free Grinch Cookies?

green cookie dough with chocolate chips everywhere in the bowl

Baking Grinch Cookies has become an annual holiday tradition in our home. Every year we look forward to baking the cookies & watching the movie together. Sometimes we read the book before baking the cookies, sometimes we read it while they bake (excellent choice for littles who can’t wait), & sometimes we read it before bed as a nice ending of the day & a reminder of our special time.

close up of grinch cookie dough on cookie sheet.

We tend to keep the activities as simple as possible around here. We’re not interested in complicated or costly. We are also all about fostering independence. When my daughter was younger she would help by holding the measuring cup/spoon over the bowl (so that when it spilled which it always did it was no biggie). She would help mix the ingredients and place the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet. Kids can decide how they’d like to help within the options available to them. For example, I haven’t always given my daughter the option of cracking the egg. Or I might let her crack it but in a separate bowl so if things go awry its okay.

close up of grinch cookies

This time she helped read the directions of the recipe and found all the right measurements we needed which was perfect because she’s working on learning fractions! She loves the mixing & scooping of the cookies so she did that too. She (& I) were particularly excited about using a cookie dough scooper for the first time. I don’t know what took me so long, I think I thought it wasn’t necessary (which it isn’t), but it is a game changer! It helps a lot, especially when kids are the ones scooping. Each scooped cookie is the same size…so they all cook in the same timeframe. No more 1/2 burnt & 1/2 undercooked cookies!

Keeping it real…

grinch cookies on a red plate that is on a green tray with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" book next to them.

I’m not gonna lie, its like any new task with kids, baking with kids is challenging at first. They are excited, you might be anxious, there are a lot of rules to follow. But just remember, the first time is always the hardest, its only going to get easier. Think of all the memories you will be making with your child for years to come & all of these real life skills you are teaching them each time. It is so very worth it, I promise!

I would suggest baking Grinch Cookies if you’re looking for a festive & sweet activity to connect with your child.

Close up of grinch illustration found in the book and the drawing I made of the grinch face on the clear globe ornament

A DIY Grinch Ornament too?

child holding clear globe ornament placing pieces of green mesh tube inside.

This year we also decided to make a simple DIY Grinch Ornament for my husband too. He’s a big fan of the Grinch. First we opened the book to a great close up of the Grinch’s face. Then I used a black fine tip permanent marker to do my best at copying his face onto the clear plastic ball ornament found in the Dollar Tree. My daughter could have done it but opted not to. I am by no means an artist. I consider myself crafty but I’m not able to draw very well. If you can look at an image & try your best to replicate what you see; that’s what I did here. #GrowthMindset What I’m trying to say is…If I can do it, You can definitely do it too!

close up of same grinch illustration with completed DIY grinch ornament.

Next I used a red fine tip permanent marker to color the inside of his eyes to replicate how they look in the book. Then I gave my daughter some green mesh tubing (also found in the Dollar Tree). It’s typically used to make wreaths and such I think. She cut small pieces and pushed them into the clear plastic globe ornament. When it was full the Grinch was green & ready to be gifted. That simple!

Materials We Used

  1. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss (from the library or you can buy one here)
  2. Sugar cookie mix
  3. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  4. Green food coloring
  5. An egg
  6. Mint extract
  7. Bowl
  8. Wooden spoon
  9. Toll House Simply Delicious (or other dairy free) Chocolate Chips
  10. Cookie dough scooper
  11. Parchment paper
  12. Clear plastic globe ornament
  13. Green mesh tubing
  14. Scissors
  15. Fine tip permanent markers in black & red
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How to Make Dairy Free Grinch Cookies?

  1. Pour the entire pouch of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix into a bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of melted Earth Balance,
  3. Green food coloring,
  4. 1 egg,
  5. & 1 teaspoon of mint extract.
  6. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Pour 1 @ 1/2 cups of Toll House simply delicious semi-sweet chocolate chips into the bowl.
  8. Mix again, blending the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
  9. Use a cookie scoop to scoop, press on the side of the bowl, and drop onto the cookie tray lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes.
    Note: they are also delicious the next day (if they last that long lol), especially if heated for a few seconds in the microwave.
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How to Make a Homemade Grinch Ornament?

  1. Open the package of green mesh tubing.
  2. Cut a long piece of it into small pieces.
  3. Open the book to a close up of the Grinch.
  4. Use a fine tip black permanent marker to copy the Grinch face onto a plastic globe ornament.
  5. Color his eyes in with a fine tip red permanent marker.
  6. Open the ornament.
  7. Fill it up with the cut pieces of green mesh tubing until full.
  8. Close the ornament.
  9. Hang it on the tree or gift it!
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