Green Grinch Brownies with a red heart in the middle, on a green plate with The Grinch book in the background

Grinch Brownies

Makes 2 - 8"x 8"pans or 1- 9"x 13" pan
Author Wendy Sondov



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa I use Whole Foods fair trade 360 brand
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract OPTIONAL
  • ½ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips I use Whole Foods fair trade 360 brand
  • ½ cup mini white chocolate chips I use Whole Foods fair trade 360 brand


  • 8 ounces 2 baking bars white chocolate, broken into chunks
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract OPTIONAL
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Red and green food coloring gel I used Americolor Electric Green and Red Red
  • 2-4 tablespoons green sprinkles; nonpareils jimmies, and balls


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line two 8” x 8” pans with foil, allowing for a little overhang (for easy lifting later) and spray lightly with non-stick spray.


  1.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the shortening, sugar, eggs, and peppermint extract (OPTIONAL). Beat until light in color and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  3. Gradually add in the flour mixture, until combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide the batter in half and spread one half of the brownie batter evenly into each of the prepared pans.


  1. Break the white chocolate bars into chunks, then place the white chocolate and shortening into a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave 1 minute at 50% power. Stir. If not completely melted, return to microwave for 10 second intervals at 50% power, stirring between heating, until completely melted and combined. White chocolate burns easily. Though tempting, don’t try to shorten melting time by using full power. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs until foamy (about 3 minutes).
  3. Mix in sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract (OPTIONAL), and melted chocolate.
  4. Add flour and salt and stir until incorporated. The batter will be thick.
  5. Remove 2 tablespoons of dough and mix with 2 drops of red coloring in a small bowl, until uniformly colored.
  6. To the remaining dough, add 4-5 drops of green food color and mix until the colors are uniform.
  7. Use an offset spatula or spoon to spread the green batter to evenly cover the brownie layer completely.
  8. Add three red dough hearts. To form the hearts, roll 2 teaspoons of red dough into a ball. Place the ball on top of the green blondie layer and use your fingertips to gently press the ball into a flat disc, then form a point at the bottom of the disc. Use a skewer or tooth pick to indent the circle at the top to create the top mounds of a heart shape.
  9. Add sprinkles and press them gently into the dough surface with finger tips.
  10. Lay a sheet of foil across the top of each pan (not touching batter). The foil keeps the colored dough from browning and keeps the colors vibrant. Bake for 15 minutes covered in a glass baking pan or 25 minutes in a metal baking pan. Then remove the foil and complete baking for another 12 minutes or until the top is set. The top may appear a bit moist, but will firm as the brownies cool.

  11. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan (about 30 minutes).
  12. Store Grinch Brownies at room temperature in an airtight container or freezer weight ziplock bag for up to 2 weeks.

Packing Tips

Wrap individual brownies in plastic wrap. Place stacks of wrapped brownies in freezer weight ziplock bags. For long distance shipping, I recommend shipping Grinch Brownies uncut for longer freshness. Wrap the entire 8”x8” square of brownies (removed from pan using the foil overhang) first in foil and then in plastic wrap. Then insert the wrapped brownies into a freezer weight gallon ziplock bag or vacuum seal. Include a few plastic knives for cutting.