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Monster Sugar Cookies

Monster Sugar Cookies are a little bit spooky and a whole lot adorable. Make these easy Halloween Cookies to add some colorful fun to your Halloween parties!

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Monster Sugar Cookies: soft sugar cookies frosted for halloween!

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Looking for some Halloween cookie ideas? These sugar cookies were so fun to make!

With a little vanilla buttercream frosting and a few key decorations, it was easy to turn plain cookie shapes into silly looking monsters, just in time for Halloween.

Why should Christmas and Valentine’s Day get all the decorated sugar cookies? My kids and I loved coming up with creative ways to turn our cookies into edible monsters.

The nice thing is, these look best when they’re perfectly imperfect! So, if you’re not an expert in how to decorate sugar cookies, monster cookies are a great place to start.

Sure, I could have gone all crazy detailed, made some royal icing and painstakingly decorated each one to look like a spooky creature of the night. But, frankly, I like the taste of fluffy buttercream more.

I used my favorite cream cheese sugar cookie recipe and got to work!

4 sugar cookies decorated like Halloween monsters.

Ingredient Notes

To make my monster treats, I started with a simple sugar cookie recipe.

SECRET ADDITION: This one also has a little lemon zest and a touch of nutmeg for more flavor, along with lots of vanilla.

While I used vanilla bean paste, you could substitute vanilla extract without sacrificing flavor.

Then, I rolled the dough nice and thick so the cookies would have a pillowy texture similar to Lofthouse cookies, and cut them into squares and circles.

Cookies on a Stick

I love the way decorated sugar cookies look when they’re propped up on sticks like lollipops! You can arrange them into all kinds of fun “bouquets.”

To serve these on a stick, insert a lollipop stick into each cookie cut out before baking. You want the stick to go in about 3/4 of an inch or so. Then place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 10 minutes.

The cookies will be SOFT when you take them out!

Monster shaped sugar cookies on lollipop sticks in a halloween bucket.

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream

In case you’re new to the delicious world of buttercream, allow me to introduce you. As far as frostings go, this is one of the easiest and most versatile!

You can spread it onto layer cake, swirl it over cupcakes and use it as a base for Buttercream Truffles. Okay, and if I have a tupperware of leftover buttercream in the fridge, chances are good I’ll sneak a spoonful here and there. There are worse vices, right?

Thick fluffy vanilla buttercream is also marvelous on sugar cookies!

How to make buttercream:

First, beat softened butter in a stand mixer (or with electric beaters) until fluffy.

Add powdered sugar, vanilla, corn syrup and milk, then keep beating for another 5 minutes until the frosting is thick and fluffy.

How to Decorate Sugar Cookies

You can go as detailed or as simple as you want with this Halloween cookies. To make them like we did with a variety of monsters and creatures, divide the frosting into four bowls.

Add food coloring to three of the bowls. We did one in green, one in purple and one in black, then left the last bowl white.

For mummy cookies: Frost each round cookie white. Press in candy eyes. Put remaining frosting into a pastry bag and pipe onto cookie using tip #5.

For spider cookies: Frost round cookie white. Press a mini oreo cookie into the center. Using your black frosting, pipe spider legs legs onto cookie. Dot the eyeballs on the bottom with black frosting!

For Frankenstein’s monster: Frost square cookies green. Using black frosting, pipe hair and mouth. Add candy eyes.

For One Eyed Purple People Eater: Color each circle cookie purple. Place one candy eye in center and a candy corn on top for the horn.

Monster Sugar Cookies: soft sugar cookies frosted for halloween!

Keep it Easy

Have fun mixing and matching different kinds of monsters! This recipe makes 60 cookies, so you’ll have a LOT to play with.

Of course, if you want an easier treat, you can keep it simple:

Spread buttercream frosting on each cookie, then decorate with a combination of orange, black and yellow sprinkles. They taste like Halloween lofthouse cookies.

Easy, festive and always delicious!

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Yield: 60

Monster Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Sugar cookies decorated like monsters for Halloween. Easy buttercream frosting!

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 8 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp light corn syrup

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 9 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Decorations:

  • mini oreo cookies
  • black, green, purple food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • candy corn
  • candy eyes

Instructions

  1. For the cookies, beat butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla paste and milk, beat until blended. Add in remaining ingredients. Dough may be sticky. Place on a well floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thick (the key to getting them like a lofthouse cookies is to roll them thicker). Cut into circle and square shapes using a 3inch cookie cutter.
  2. If you want some of your cookies on sticks, slide lollipop stick under each cut out cookie and press gently.
  3. Place cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft. Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add in corn syrup, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat an additional 5 minutes until thick and fluffy!
  5. Divide frosting into bowls to color. Add food coloring (I use Americolor gel) to tint to desired colors.
  6. For the Mummy, frost each round cookie white. Press in candy eyes. Put remaining frosting into a pastry bag and pipe onto cookie using tip #5.
  7. For the Spider, frost each round cookie white. Press a mini oreo cookie into the center. Using your black frosting, pipe legs onto cookie. Dot the eyeballs on the bottom with black frosting and press onto Oreo cookies.
  8. To make a bouquet, fill bucket with styrofoam. Arrange cookie pops in styrofoam and add rafia to cover styrofoam. ENJOY.
  9. For Frankenstein, frost each square cookie green. Using black frosting, pipe hair and mouth. Add candy eyes.
  10. For the One Eyed Purple People Eater, color each circle cookie purple. Place one candy eye in center and a candy corn on top for the horn.
  11. Store cookies in air tight container. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on October 4, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi Aimee, these cookies are adorable in the bright orange bucket! Oh and we have a chocolate lab (Chocolate Moose) and I know just what you mean! We love him so much, but he is a bit ADHD and a counter cruiser! Moose also would have eaten them all and then gone and gotten his head stuck in a box of cereal, if he could.

    Have a good day, Nancy

  2. Oh my gosh- 50 cookies?!?! I couldn’t help laughing, but that’s kind of scary! She MUST have had some stomach pain 🙂

    And these are absolutely adorable. I’m obsessed with the Cyclops!

    Sues

  3. My son would LOVE these cookies–they are soooo adorable! I can’t believe your dog ate 50 cookies without getting sick, though. She lucked out (or you did). =)

  4. These are so cute!! I am just lacking the Halloween inspiration this year 🙁 Can NOT believe your dog at 50 cookies, and didn’t get sick – crazy!

  5. I cannot believe she ate all those and did not get sick! Sounds like something my dog would do. These are so adorable, and I have to try this cookie recipe. 🙂

  6. Cute photos indeed! These are absolutely adorable, but I like that they aren’t overcomplicated either. Such a perfect Halloween treat!

  7. Those turned out so adorable!! The one eyed monster is cracking me up:-) Your dog is just as bad as ours…I can’t believe she ate all of them. At least she packed on the pounds and not you. I guess that’s the silver lining in the story.

  8. These are so so so cute, Aimee! I LOVE the spider one and the purple eater 🙂 And that’s insane about your dog–how did she not get sick?! Is she made of magic?

  9. Oh nooooo!! I can’t believe your dog polished off all those cookies…that’s some marathon eating right there!

  10. omigosh these are ADORABLE! So fun and festive… I love that pumpkin one with the candy corn on top lol! THANK GOODNESS your doggie didn’t get sick!! that is incredible. my sisters dog once ate (and UNWRAPPED) 14 chocolate cupcakes and she was fine. UNWRAPPED them. So bizarre!

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