Grinch Cookies
Food and Drink

Reprinted with permission from “Advent: Recipes and Crafts for the Countdown to Christmas” by Kerstin Niehoff and Laura Fleiter, © 2021 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc; Photo: © 2021 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. - Photography: Kerstin Niehoff

Grinch Cookies

"Don’t let the grumpy sounding name fool you. Grinch Cookies are a festive holiday treat. Delicious and Cindy Lou Who approved."

Makes: 15


½ cup butter, softened

4½ ounces raw sugar

1 egg

½ teaspoon ground vanilla

5 ounces plain (all-purpose) flour

2 teaspoons matcha powder

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

½ teaspoon sea salt

5½ ounces milk chocolate

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes, with a hand whisk or a hand mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat for another 3 minutes. Sift the flour, matcha powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into the mixture and gently fold in with a spatula. Coarsely chop the chocolate and fold it into the cookie dough.

Place small heaps of the dough (about 2 tablespoons each) onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave them as mounds; don’t flatten them. Bake for 7–10 minutes until the edges start to brown.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes, as the cookies will still be very soft just after baking. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Stored in a cookie tin or a jar in a cool, dry place, the cookies will keep for 2–3 months.