8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cup dry cake mix can use white, yellow, or any flavor that's pale once baked
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp green food coloring
1/2 cup heart-shaped sprinkles

Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), whip together cream cheese, butter, dry cake mix, powdered sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Turn off mixer and use a spatula to mix in green food coloring. I used about 1 teaspoon, but feel free to use whatever amount gives you the color you'd like.
Layout a piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface, then scoop the cheese ball mixture in the center. Pull up the sides of the plastic wrap to cover the cheese mixture, confining it to the middle. Once completely wrapped in plastic, use your hands to smooth the cheese into a ball shape. If needed, use a second piece of plastic wrap to secure the ends.
Place wrapped cheese ball in the refrigerator until firm, at least 2 to 3 hours.
When ready to serve, spread out heart-shaped sprinkles on a flat surface. Roll the cheese ball in sprinkles, using your fingers to press and stick the sprinkles to the surface.
Serve grinch cheese ball immediately with shortbread or sugar cookies for dipping.
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