Andes Mint Grinch Cookies Recipe (2024)

Andes Mint Grinch Cookies are the perfect amount of mint and chocolate. Perfect for a Christmas Cookie Exchange or to make with your kids while you watch a holiday movie.

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These Andes Mint Grinch Cookies are perfect for Christmas!

It’s a tradition in our family to make these cookies and eat them while we watch “The Grinch” (and drink homemade hot chocolate with them as well!).

It has been so fun to have so many of you tell us over the years how these cookies have become a tradition for your family as well (be sure to check out the comments below!).

These may just seem like cookies, but they are used to make memories and happy times with your family and friends.

Here are a few notes before we get started! This chewy cookie can be stored in an airtight container and enjoyed for days. The bright green color can be easily achieved with green coloring! And you don’t have to save these chewy chocolate cookies just for Christmas time – these are great all year long.

These are some of our favorite cookies to make for Christmas cookie exchanges and for St. Patrick’s Day! The minty cookies mixed with dark chocolate chips (or milk if you would like) are simply the best. This is a great recipe, and you’ll be reaching for this recipe card all the time! If you want to add a little something extra, you can put Andes mint chips or an Andes mint on top of each cookie. You can also make these adorable Grinch cookies ahead of time.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Related Recipe: Looking for a fun Christmas cookie? Our Santa Sugar Cookies are so easy to make and no fancy cookie cutter needed!

Ingredients in Andes Mint Grinch Cookies:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter (at room temperature)
  • sugar
  • egg
  • milk
  • mint extract
  • green food coloring
  • 1 box Andes mints (with 28 pieces- you can also buy a bag of Andes Mint pieces)
  • chocolate chips (if desired – completely optional)

If you love Andes Mints, be sure to check out our Andes Mint Cookies!

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Directions for Andes Mint Grinch Cookies:

  • Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside. Unwrap the Andes Mints and chop into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, milk, and mint extract.
  • Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and add the green food coloring. Mix until even colored.
  • Fold in the chopped Andes mints. (I also added some chocolate chips… just because I LOVE chocolate!)
  • Put in the refrigerator until the dough is chilled – about 30 minutes).
  • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. To make them more rounded when they come out, flatten the balls as you place them onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool.

Why chill the cookie dough?

The longer you chill the dough, the more flavor will develop (it really helps that mint flavor to come alive!).

The flour will also absorb more of the moisture so the thicker and chewier the final texture will be.

Chilling your dough also helps these cookies not to spread as much while you bake them, so you get a thicker, chewier cookie.

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Andes Mint Grinch Cookies Recipe (4)

Serves: 36 people

Andes Mint Grinch Cookies Recipe

These cookies are the perfect Christmas Cookie! The bright green and minty flavor are a wonderful combination. Serve with hot chocolate while you watch a Christmas movie.

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Chill time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 50 minutes mins



  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (or peppermint extract – whatever you have available)
  • 15-20 drops green food coloring
  • 1 box Andes mints (about 28 pieces; chopped or broken into small pieces)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  • Preheat oven 375 degrees. Unwrap all the Andes Mints and chop up into small pieces. Set aside.

  • In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.

  • In another mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, milk, and mint extract.

  • Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and add the green food coloring. Mix until dough is evenly colored.

  • Fold in the chopped Andes mints (and chocolate chips if using).

  • Put dough in the refrigerator until the dough is cool (about 30-40 minutes)

  • Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls.

  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool.


Why chill the dough?

The longer you chill the dough, the more flavor will develop (it really helps that mint flavor to come alive!).

The flour will also absorb more of the moisture so the thicker and chewier the final texture will be.

Chilling your dough also helps these cookies not to spread as much while you bake them, so you get a thicker, chewier cookie.


Calories: 115 kcal · Carbohydrates: 16 g · Protein: 1 g · Fat: 5 g · Saturated Fat: 3 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 18 mg · Sodium: 116 mg · Potassium: 15 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 8 g · Vitamin A: 166 IU · Calcium: 8 mg · Iron: 1 mg

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  1. Sarah says:

    This is just the recipe that I was looking for for a special addition for the holidays! Yay!!!

  2. Karie @ The HoB says:

    YUM! These look delish! I love baking with the Andes Mint Pieces, but the green food color just makes it that much better, my boys will love these!!

  3. Brittany Wolters says:

    Cannot wait to make these for my Bible study Christmas party on Sunday! They look absolutely delicious and the green food coloring--GENIUS! Merry Christmas to my tummy!!! YUM YUM!

  4. Cookin For the Seven Dwarfs says:

    Oh my goodness! I'm going to need to make these! :)

  5. Beansieleigh says:

    Definitely on my To-Do List! Thanks for sharing the recipe! ~tina

  6. Emily Thompson says:

    Hi, I am going to use this recipe for a cookie exchange...can you tell me how many cookies the recipe yields? Thanks!

  7. bakebikeboard says:

    I love Andes Mints!! The only time I ever really have them is that rare occasion we go to Olive Garden and I always ask the waitress to bring extra ;0) This will give me a good excuse to go out and buy a whole bag.

  8. Ashley says:

    I love the Grinch! I'm doing a grinch-themed Christmas party, too. Perfect!

  9. Six Sisters says:

    About 4 dozen! Thanks for your question!!!

  10. Not Your Ordinary Agent says:

    These are adorable and so festive!! We saw the Grinch today in our Christmas parade!! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  11. Kimberly Green says:

    I have been looking for this! All of the other cookies I found use a pre-made mix. Thank you!

  12. Julsb509 says:

    I made these yesterday for a neighborhood Christmas party and they were a hit, and my boyfriend requested they be added to the holiday dessert rotation. My grocery store doesn't carry Andes for some odd reason, so I used Hershey's dark chocolate mint truffle kisses and they worked wonderfully. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  13. Ladybird Ln says:

    You gals just made my day these look so great, I showed you off tonight!


  14. Erin says:

    Oh yum, yum, yum!

  15. Amy Ford says:

    Im afraid I don't have any mint extract..Im still gonna attempt to make these tonight. Wish me luck Thanks you for posting the recipe. Yum

  16. Candice Monique Armey says:

    Made these for a Christmas party and they came out beautiful. Going to make again and give as gifts! Thanks for the recipe.

  17. coffe4meplz says:

    When it says mint extract, would peppermint extract work as a substitute? I've been told this is a no no when making brownies or chocolate cookies and to only use peppermint ex. So which one does this recipe call for?

  18. Kelley Russell-DuVarney says:

    Thanks for the fantastic recipe. Made two adjustments: only used 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar and added 1 egg white-terrifically chewy, perfect cookie!

  19. Alaina says:

    These were delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Missy says:

    Do you think I could use a bag of sugar cookie mix as the base and add the mint extract to it? I am a lazy cookie maker. ;)

  21. Lexi says:

    Sounds YUMMY! I love mint and chocolate and I love Andes mints! Is there by any chance a low-fat recipe or one with less sugar or a healthy alternative (not splenda or anything with aspartame in it) by any chance? If not I may just make the cookies as you have the recipe! But I am trying to stick to healthier eating so I thought I would ask. I am unable to watch The Grinch on TV but it is on my list of DVDs to buy when I have a DVD player to watch it on! ;) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  22. Tabitha says:

    Did you use mint extract or peppermint extract? I have read that the two taste different so I am wondering which one I should use.

  23. Cyd says:

    We haven't made these cookies using a cookie mix, so we are not sure how well that would work.

  24. Yvette says:

    whats the Andes Mints, is it fresh mint???

  25. Cyd says:

    Andes mints come in a 4.67 ounce box with about 28 mints in the box. You can find them on the candy aisle at the store or during the Holidays they are found by the holiday candy. They are chocolate with a thin green layer in the middle. They have been around for years and years. Hope this helps. :)

  26. Jay P. says:

    Just finished making these for the first time. Couldn't readily find a bag of Andies mints, except for their holiday peppermint bark. So I used an 8oz bag of mint M&M's. Thwy turned out adorable -- extra minty, and the M&M's were various hues of green. So they're the perfect substitute for the Andies!

  27. Gerri Patterson says:

    I am going to make these for a cookie swap and have a few questions before I begin. Thanks to other comments they answered some of my questions. The recipe calls for a bag of Andes, I could not find a bag to see what the ounces were to compare with the 4.67 oz. could you help me out.

  28. Holly says:

    My daughter and I just made these cookies and they came out awesome! They taste great and look so festive! We actually got 5 dozen out of the recipe.

  29. Kelly says:

    Betty Crocker has a recipe using the sugar cookie mix - mint chocolate chip cookies. I made them - very good. But I'm glad to have the homemade version - Thanks Six Sisters!!

  30. Cyd says:

    We used the 8.5 ounce bag of Andes Mints. That is about 48 pieces.

  31. krh5083 says:

    This look wonderful. Mint/chocolate may be my favorite combination of all time. I wonder how it would work out if I incorporated some elements of this recipe into a sugar cookie (the mints, extract, and food coloring) so that I could make cutouts. I've been looking online and they have Grinch cookie cutters. Would love to try it. Has anyone else done something like this?

  32. Emma says:

    You should probably put peppermint extract in theRecipe then because it just calls for mint.

  33. Kristen says:

    Just an FYI. I bought the ingredients to make these yesterday. I originally picked up the box of Andes mints from the candy aisle, but then when I got to the baking section a few aisles down, I found a bag of mint andes baking pieces. It was a 10 ounce bag and was cheaper than the 4.67 ounce box I had found in the candy aisle. I'm assuming they taste exactly the same, and they're cheaper, plus they're already chopped so you can skip that step.

  34. Jessica says:

    I made these as a new addition to my annual bake of cookies. My kids LOVED these. I can't thank you enough for posting this and sharing with the world. They seem to be a hit at work as well. You rock!!

  35. Katie Suarez says:

    These Look Delicious! Do they freeze well?

  36. Chass says:

    Made these and it made 5 and a half dozen

  37. Nicole says:

    Once these are done should they be a chewy type cookie or a little crispy around the edges?

  38. Sarah says:

    I had to add water and next time I will add milk for the dough was a little dry. Otherwise awesome recipe!

  39. Cyd says:

    A little of both! :)

  40. Cyd says:

    They freeze great!

  41. Emma says:

    I had the same problem, the dough was very dry!Not sure if it needs another egg or something else?

  42. Wendy says:

    They look and sound great, but it was curious as to why they rate only a 2/5 rating based on 102 reviews.

  43. Tausha Wierlo says:

    SAME problem - so dry it won't even stay in a ball. Added another egg - crossing fingers it still turns out.

  44. Felicity Keith says:

    This is awesome.. you gals did a fabulous work. Nice recipe.Felicity

  45. Jen says:

    Dough was really dry and crumbly! I ended up just throwing it out because I couldn't save it even though I added water. =(

  46. Angie says:

    I had the same problem. I added an extra egg even. I wondered if I read the recipe wrong but I double checked and I didn't. Wonder what happened?

  47. Laura Weber says:

    These cookies have it all! Sugar cookie texture, mint and chocolate flavor, festive holiday color. So happy I found this recipe. My one suggestion is to watch the timing very closely. For me 9 mi utes got a perfect color, still chewy in the center. By 10 minutes the outsides got brown. Not terrible looking, but not as perfectly grinchy.

  48. Danielle says:

    I wanted to make these but wanted to know mint or peppermint extract?

  49. Laura Jean says:

    This recipe was amazing!!!! They don’t last long cuz my family loves them! This is the second year we made them and they are now a Christmas staple for us!

  50. Sameera Daas says:

    My son and daughter loved these cookies so much! My son did a review of your cookies on his YouTube channel, Leo’s Adventures. Hope you enjoy!!

  51. Momma Cyd says:

    That is the cutest video. Leo and Livvy. Thanks Leo for making our cookies!

  52. Momma Cyd says:

    We have used both. So whatever you have on hand. Andes mints are a green mint - Creme de Menthe

  53. Fran D says:

    I have been using this receipe for about 7 years. Grinchmas started with my first grandson. A picture with grinch, these cookies and the cartoon. It has been going on every year and now includes my two other grandsons, with my son in law being the grinch this year and now we watch the movies. Your receipe has been a part of it every year. I mix the dough, split it in thirds and each child adds in the food color, chips and mints to their liking and no child shares their cookies with their brothers. Lol. Thank you for helping us make this memory.

  54. Momma Cyd says:

    This is such a cute idea with your grandsons. I love that you all it Grinchmas and that they each get their own chunk of cookie dough all to themselves!!

  55. Sara M says:

    We’ve been making this recipe since my oldest was 2yrs old, she’s now 10 and always requests grinch cookies for Santa. We love this recipe!

  56. Jodie says:

    Can I drop them by Tablespoon instead? If so, what would the cooking time be? Are the teaspoon sized drops big enough? Thank you 😊

  57. Momma Cyd says:

    You can make the cookies bigger, you'll have to watch them closely for the cooking time.

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