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!
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.
Halloween Sugar Cookies
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.
Guess who else seems to love this frosting?
After we sampled a few sugar cookies and tucked ourselves into bed, my dog helped herself to over 50 of these cookies.
Yes. You read that right. FIFTY COOKIES.
Since the recipe makes about 60 cookies, I figured I could freeze some of these to save for Halloween or slip into my kids’ lunch boxes all week long.Nope. The next morning there were less than a dozen cookies on the tray
I’m so glad I didn’t spend hours piping royal icing onto them! On the bright side, except for a few sprinkles on the floor, she cleaned up after herself.
She didn’t get sick at all, remarkably. And these Halloween cookies were so easy I didn’t mind making another batch to replace the ones she sneaked!
Sugar Cookies Recipe
To make my monster treats, I started with a simple sugar cookie recipe. 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.
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!
If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you would know by now I have a love affair with buttercream frosting. And these babies were covered in it!
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.
Easy Halloween Cookies
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:
Easy, festive and always delicious!
What funky form will your Halloween cookies take this year?
More Halloween Recipes
- Spider Rice Krispie Treats
- 3 Ingredient peanut butter cookies – decorated for Halloween!
- Halloween Muddy Buddies
- 7 Layer Dip – with web!
- Red Velvet Cake Balls – with spooky eyeballs
Sugar cookies decorated like monsters for Halloween. Easy buttercream frosting!
For the Cookies:
- 2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 4 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
- candy corn
- candy eyes
- If you want some of your cookies on sticks, slide lollipop stick under each cut out cookie and press gently.
- Place cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft. Cool completely.
- 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!
- Divide frosting into bowls to color. Add food coloring (I use Americolor gel) to tint to desired colors.
- 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.
- 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.
- To make a bouquet, fill bucket with styrofoam. Arrange cookie pops in styrofoam and add rafia to cover styrofoam. ENJOY.
- For Frankenstein, frost each square cookie green. Using black frosting, pipe hair and mouth. Add candy eyes.
- 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.
- Store cookies in air tight container. ENJOY.
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.