Grinch Cookies

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How many times have you seen these cookies on Pinterest?! I have so many times and I finally got around to making them myself. I’m so glad I did because I’m adding them to my annual cookie list! They are so delicious and easy to make, not to mention super adorable. I mean…. who doesn’t like the story behind “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?” In the book and movie they say his heart was 2 sizes too small. But after he realizes Christmas doesn’t come from a store, it grew 3 sizes! All the feels πŸ™‚

There are many ways to make these, including the little heart detail. So here I will just give you what I did and hope that you get inspired to make these for all the “grinches” in your life. Or, just to add some festivity to your holiday cookie exchange. Here we go…

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

1 box vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Green food coloring
1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)
2 tablespoons corn starch (for rolling)
Heart sprinkles (I used red heart sprinkles that I found at Target)
Light corn syrup (about 1 teaspoon)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, butter, eggs, vegetable oil and food coloring (I used 6 drops of McCormick food coloring and could have used more). The batter will be thick. In another bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and corn starch.

Roll dough into 1 to 1.5 inch thick balls and roll in powdered sugar mixture. REALLY roll in there! You have plenty of the mixture so roll away πŸ™‚ Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are out of the oven, take a toothpick and corn syrup and use that to adhere the heart sprinkles to the cookies. Once cooled, cover and store at room temperature. Enjoy!

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Merry Christmas!

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Heart Cake

Tis the season for heart shaped cake! I love this chocolate cake recipe and to make a heart shape is so easy! All you need is 1 square pan and 1 round pan and you can do it. You can even just use a boxed cake mix to keep it super easy. But the recipe I use below is delicious! And, you don’t need to use a mixer. Just your own strength and a whisk. So, let’s go bake a cake for our loved ones…

What you will need:

1 8 inch square pan, greased
1 8 inch round pan, greased

For the cake:

2 cups all-purspose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the buttercream frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
3 cups +/- powdered sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, oil and vanilla. StirΒ the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25-27 minutes. Note:Β My square cake was done before the round so always check before the timer goes off.

Allow to cool 15 minutes on a wire rack before inverting to finish cooling completely.

To make the frosting, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla and 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add in milk and another cup of powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Keep adding powdered sugar until you reach a nice, spreadable consistency.

You will also need a big plate that the cake will fit on. Cut the round cake in half and arrange on plate in a heart shape:

Frost, decorate, slice and enjoy!