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Irresistible Lime Grinch Cookies for Your Holiday Baking

Updated: Dec 2, 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by adding a touch of whimsy to your traditional cookie lineup? Much like the grinch himself, these easy to make Lime Grinch Cookies are crunchy, soft, zesty and sweet all at once! If you're looking for a festive and flavourful treat that will steal the show at your next holiday gathering, look no further than this Lime Grinch Cookie recipe. These vibrant green cookies are not only visually stunning but also pack a zesty punch that will delight your taste buds.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Grinch Christmas cookies
Grinch Christmas cookies

With the current sugar shortage, I thought, why not try cake mix! Also representing the busy people out there, I thought its a brilliant idea because it includes everything you need, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar! This bag would literally save you so much time and dishes! And we all know that no-one is trying to be healthy at this time of the year with their Christmas baking. And low and behold, it worked!

Let's face it, a cookie named after the Grinch had to be zesty along with sweet. I went out on a whim to create these unusual cookies with unlikely ingredients and it was so worth it! They are a tasty and refreshing change from the typical cinnamon, ginger, all spice and vanilla cookies you usually get at this festive time of the year. My husband refused to let me share them and pouted when I did (and I only shared three!) I have them hiding in the pantry right now, he literally agreed with me that I needed to hide them or he would not stop eating them! My oldest son whose eight said they were his favourite cookie ever!

Make your kids squeal with excitement at the thought of Grinch cookies or share these with your friends and family by placing 3 neat little green cookies in a clear bag tied with a red bow. What a delight! Let's get started!

Grinch Christmas cookies
Grinch Christmas cookies

Lime Grinch Cookie Recipe

Prep time

15 minutes

Bake time

45 minutes

Total time

1 hour


11 - 12 cookies

Cookie Ingredients

1 box (404g) of white cake mix - remove 2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons of course semolina flour (recommended but could be optional - read note below)

1 tablespoon sugar

½ cup butter (softened)

1 large egg at room temperature

1 egg yolk at room temperature

Juice of 3 limes

Zest of 3 limes

1/4 teaspoon Green gel food colouring

Coating ingredients

4 tablespoons powdered sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

12 red skittles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Mix together the icing sugar and cornstarch for the coating and set aside.

  3. Whisk together the cake mix, sugar and semolina powder until combines.

  4. Add butter and eggs and using a hand mixer, whisk together for 1 minute.

  5. Next pour in the lime juice, lemon zest and food colouring and mix on medium for a further minute.

  6. Create small balls using a small ice cream scoop or use two tablespoons to create a rough ball.

  7. Gently coat the balls with the icing sugar mixture and place on the baking sheet.

  8. Bake for 17 minutes until cracks form the top and the bottom is slightly golden brown. If they are too brown they will taste bitter so be sure to keep an eye!

  9. Remove from the oven, press 1 skittle on the side of each cookie while they are very hot and on the cookie tray. Allow them to cool on the tray for 5 minutes. If the cookies are too brown on the bottom, remove them from the tray immediately to prevent further browning.

  10. Repeat for the rest of the cookies and enjoy!

Note: This ingredient is used for crunch and it's a great texture, You can find this any Indian grocery store. If you don't have it, you can leave it out and not remove 2 tablespoons of the cake mix.


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