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The grinch is an inspiring story. I think that’s why I love it so much. My four year old is obsessed with the cartoon and can almost quote it. The magic of transformation is what really makes this story special. He grew a giving heart.
As we roll into the holiday season, I have become dedicated to showing my daughter that this season isn’t about getting things; it’s about giving. For the last two years, we round up things around the house, and I ask her to look into her toy box and pull out things she wants to give to children that have very little. To my surprise, she is increasing giving some of her favorite toys.
The story of the Grinch has shown her that sometimes, little girls and boys don’t get presents but they can find joy in other things, love, family and spending time together.
So, when I asked her yesterday if she wanted to make grinch cookies, her eyes lit up and she responded, “right now?!?” One thing parents know is most kids have very little patience, mine included. I told her we didn’t have all the supplies and let’s take a quick trip to Dollar General. I often stop into Dollar General, it’s fast, quick and affordable and has nearly everything I need. Everything in this recipe, save the drops of food coloring I already had in my pantry came from Dollar General.
After checking out we headed home and the next day I walked in from work and my wife shrugged her shoulders and said, she asked me to get everything ready for you. I chuckled and she came bounding down the hallway and said, “let’s make grinnnnnnch cookies!!” Precious moments like that make me want more little ones.
We made the batter and then chilled it for an hour. We chilled it because we can use toothpicks to create some scenes from the movie. The iconic grinch mountain and whoville at the bottom was captured I holiday sprinkles from Dollar General.
We made a double batch and wrapped them up for her friends at school tomorrow. We put pretty ribbon on them and she said she couldn’t wait to give them away. I’m just happy she is learning the power of giving, one cookie at a time.
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2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
30 drops of liquid green food coloring
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl and then add the eggs and vanilla. Once thoroughly combined, add the baking powder, salt and food coloring. Next add the flour into the mixture, one cup at a time, thoroughly combining as you add. Chill the dough for 1-3 hours. (I have a 4 year old and she could only take an hour and it was fine). Roll out the batter, try to handle it as little as possible, because it will warm to your touch. Cute out desired shapes, we used a heart cookie cutter. If you want to draw hearts or the Grinch scene, use a toothpick to do that. Add sprinkles and decorated before the cookies enter the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F and let the cookies back for about 7-10 minutes. Enjoy.