These fun grinch sugar cookie truffles are made with crumbled sugar cookies, coated in light green candy, and decorated with a three-sizes-too-small heart.

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Top down view of multiple Grinch sugar cookie truffles resting on a plaid cloth, each one topped with a small red heart.

About Grinch Sugar Cookie Truffles

Get ready for a holiday movie marathon with these festive Grinch sugar cookie truffles. It’s the perfect sweet finger food to have on hand for the holidays!

Why are truffles called “truffles”?

Chocolate truffles as we know them (round chocolate candy with some sort of coating) originated in France in 1895. And at the time, the creators of this confection seemed to feel that this new treat resembled a truffle, which is a type of mushroom. Truffle mushrooms are dark brown, round, and have a textured surface – which does, in fact, look a lot like a candy truffle coated in sprinkles.

What’s in Grinch sugar cookie truffles?

If you want a whole batch of these Grinch truffles with their three-sizes-too-small hearts, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Sugar cookies – The star of the show! The cookies are crumbled and used to form the base of these truffles. You can use storebought or homemade sugar cookies.
  • Cream cheese – Used for flavor and to help bind the ingredients together to create the smooth texture that truffles are known for.
  • Christmas sprinkles – Technically optional, but adds some festive color and texture to the insides of the truffles.
  • Light green candy melts – For creating the delicate Grinch-themed chocolate coating.
  • Heart sprinkles – For a red-and-green theme and a cute reference to the books.

What type of candy melts should you use?

Candy melts (also called melting wafters) are pretty common – you can find them in the baking supply area, and they’re small, flat disks, typically sold by the bag – but I do think there are significant differences in quality depending on the brand of candy melts you buy.

Wilton is by far the most common brand of candy melt, and they are sold in a variety of colors. This makes them a popular pick, since you can buy the exact color you need and can get right to crafting your festive treats. Wilton makes things simple and easy.

This recipe recommends using Wilton candy melts (or other brands that come in different colors) because it makes things simpler.

However, I’ve not been impressed with the quality of Wilton candy melts and typically look for alternatives. If given the choice, I would highly recommend picking up Ghirardelli brand candy melts and using oil-based food coloring to get the look that you want. You could also use their bar chocolate or chocolate chips. These are my favorite candy melts to work with due to the superior quality and taste.

Top down view of multiple Grinch sugar cookie truffles on a red plaid towel, pictured with a bowl of heart sprinkles and a glass of milk.

Can you use different cookies?

Totally! Most types of cookies should work with this recipe, with a few guidelines:

  • Use firm or chewy cookies, not bakery-soft ones.
  • Use plain cookies without sprinkles or frosting.
  • Once the cookies are crumbled, you’ll need “roughly” three to four cups total of crumbles. The ratio isn’t an exact science, and since the truffles will be held together by the candy coating, you can use however much (or little) as you’d like to get the consistency you want. More crumbles make a firmer truffle and less crumbles results in a softer truffle.

How to store sugar cookie truffles

Truffles should be stored in a sealable container until ready to eat. For best results, storing them in the refrigerator will help them last longer and keep their shape.

If you used different decorative coatings (such as sprinkles, candy, etc) I’d recommend storing one layer per container OR using wax paper to separate layers with different coatings.

How long do truffles last?

When stored in a sealed container on the counter, these truffles should last for up to two weeks. As mentioned above, storing them in the refrigerator will keep them fresh longer.

Can you freeze truffles?

Yes, you totally can!

When stored in a sealed container or freezer bag, these truffles should remain good for up to six months.

Notes & tips for these Grinch truffles

  • I have also made this recipe with Golden Oreos and the truffles were delicious!
  • For an easier way to coat the truffles, pick up a spiral dipping tool.
  • To prepare and mix the truffle ingredients, it’s highly recommended you use a food processor.
Close up side view of a pile of Grinch sugar cookie truffles, with the topmost truffles pictured with a bite taken out, showing off the sugar cookie filling.

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How to make Grinch sugar cookie truffles

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Using a food processor, pulse the sugar cookies until they’re nice and crumbly.

Step 2 – Toss the cream cheese into the food processor, then mix until combined.

Step 3 – Turn off the mixer and use a spatula to fold in the Christmas sprinkles.

Step 4 – Transfer the truffle mixture to a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, then chill it until it’s easy to handle and form into shapes.

Step 5 – Before you begin, make sure you have lots of wet cloths or paper towels nearby, because this next part can be messy. Also have another baking sheet or plate handy that you can place the rolled truffles on. When ready, bring the truffle mixture out and place it on your workspace. Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, scrape out about one tablespoon worth of truffle mixture (or whatever size you’d like your truffles to be) and place it in your hands. Roll it into a ball, then place the finished ball on the nearby baking sheet. Wipe your hands and then repeat this step until all of the truffle mixture has been rolled into truffles.

Step 6 – Place the rolled truffles back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Step 7 – Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl until nice and smooth.

Step 8 – Using a spiral dipping tool (or just a fork) dip the truffles into the candy mixture, coating them, then place them back on the baking sheet. Decorate each truffle with a small heart sprinkle while the candy is still wet.

Step 9 – Let coating set for at least 30 minutes, then enjoy!

Recipe Details

Top down view of multiple Grinch sugar cookie truffles resting on a plaid cloth, each one topped with a small red heart.
5 from 1 vote

Grinch Sugar Cookie Truffles

45 mins prep + 2 hrs Chilling Time
178 kcal
Yields: 24 truffles
These fun grinch sugar cookie truffles are made with crumbled sugar cookies, coated in light green candy, and decorated with a three-sizes-too-small heart.

Ingredients 

  • 16 plain sugar cookies, firm or chewy, not soft, about 2 1/2 inch diameter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles, optional
  • 1 pound light green candy melts

Instructions

  • Using a food processor, add sugar cookies. Pulse until cookies become a fine crumble.
    16 plain sugar cookies
  • Add cream cheese to food processor and pulse until combined.
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Turn off food processor and use a spatula to gently fold in the sprinkles.
    1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles
  • Transfer truffle mixture to a bowl, then wrap bowl with a piece of plastic wrap. Transfer bowl to refrigerator and chill until mixture is easy to scoop and can hold a shape, anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
  • When ready to work, prepare your work area by having a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper nearby for rolled truffles. Have plenty of wet cloths or paper towels handy for cleanup. Bring truffle mixture out from freezer, then use a spoon (or cookie scoop or ice cream scoop) to scrape out about 1 tablespoon of dough. Roll mixture between your hands to form a ball, then place finished ball on nearby baking sheet. Repeat this step until all mixture has been used.
  • Transfer rolled truffles to freezer and allow to chill for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to decorate, add candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until candy is smooth. Also place candy heart sprinkles in a small bowl.
    1 pound light green candy melts
  • Remove truffles from freezer. Drop 1 truffle in melted candy and use a fork (or spiral dipping tool) to gently toss and coat. Lift truffle out of candy and gently shake to remove excess candy, then return truffle to parchment paper-covered baking sheet. While candy is still wet, place one heart sprinkle on top of truffle. Repeat this setup until all truffles are coated.
    heart sprinkles
  • Let truffles set for 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1truffle | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy