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(Simple) Frosted Grinch-Themed Christmas Brownies

Brownies are one of my favorite holiday foods because they are so easy to make and they are always a hit with my family and friends. I love to make a big batch of brownies and then cut them into small squares so that everyone can have their own little treat. They’re the perfect dessert for any holiday gathering (or to eat at home in front of the television).

Green frosted Grinch themed brownies

Around here, the holidays aren’t complete without at least one movie night featuring The Grinch That Stole Christmas. It is a classic, isn’t it? Please don’t make me choose between Elf and The Grinch. I just can’t do it!

These brownies are super festive and make the perfect treat to enjoy while watching The Grinch. They are rich, chocolatey, and have a sweet green topping that is festive enough to warm your heart on the coldest snowy nights. If there is anything better than a chocolate brownie, it’s a green frosted chocolate Grinch Christmas brownie! Wow, that is literally a mouthful.

Green frosted Grinch-themed Christmas brownie

A few tips for making the perfect brownies:

  • Be sure to use a good quality brownie mix. I’ve experimented with a lot of different brands and my favorite is still Ghirardelli.
  • Line your pan with parchment paper before you pour in the brownie batter. This will make it a lot easier to remove the brownies from the pan once they are baked. I prefer doing this over greasing the pan.
  • Don’t overbake your brownies. You want them to be nice and fudgy, not dry and crumbly. I know it’s easy to get caught up in a movie and completely forget. So, set a timer!
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely before you add the green frosting. If you try to frost them while they are still warm, the frosting will melt and run all over the place. I know, it’s really tempting to jump right in! But trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Frosted green Grinch themed Christmas brownie

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 Package of Ghirardelli brownie mix (or any kind you like, but keep in mind the oil and water amounts may differ)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Plain white frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Red heart sprinkles
Green frosted grinch themed brownie

Green frosted grinch themed Christmas brownies

Green Frosted Grinch-Themed Christmas Brownies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 9


  • 1 package brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container white frosting
  • green food coloring
  • red heart sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together brownie mix, egg, oil and water.
    Brownie ingredients in bowl
  • Pour brownie mixture into a baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
    Brownie batter in pan
  • Let brownies cool to room temperature.
    Brownies cooling in pan
  • Heat frosting in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish for 30 seconds to soften it up.
    Frosting with food coloring drops
  • Mix in about 10 drops of green food coloring until well combined and at your desired shade.
    Bowl of green frosting
  • Spread green frosting over the top of cooled brownies and allow to set for a few minutes.
    Frosting being poured onto brownies
  • Cut into 9 squares and add red heart sprinkle to each brownie.
    Grinch-themed brownies on sheet pan with green frosting
Keyword Brownie, Christmas, Holiday

That’s all there is to making these simple festive brownies. Around Halloween, I like to change this recipe up and add spooky googly eyes (think.. monster brownies!). It’s a lot of fun to play with different colors and sprinkles depending on the holiday.

Let me know if you try these brownies or any different variations you have made. Happy baking!



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