Halloween Monster Cookies

Spooky Halloween Monster Cookies from mybakingaddiction.com

Halloween just got a little cuter with these neon-hued, super silly decorated monster cookies.

I don’t do scary – nope, not this girl. I can’t even watch the Walking Dead for longer than 5 minutes without nightmares for days. And I’m pretty proud to say that I’ve made my way through a ton of haunted houses without ever opening my eyes. In high school, I had a pretty solid game plan of strategically positioning myself in line and latching onto the person in front of me. Worked like a charm.

When the lovely folks at Challenge Butter asked me to create a Halloween inspired treat, I knew I wanted to make sweet, buttery sugar cookies. However, since I possess zero royal icing skills, I knew I’d be slathering and decorating them with my favorite buttercream recipe.

If you’ve followed MBA for any length of time, you are aware that I can’t even do a teeny bit creepy for Halloween, so I pretty much cute-ify everything instead. While other blogs are creating spooktacular bloody cakes and witch finger cookies, this girl is busy making adorable spider cupcakes (yes, I just used the words adorable and spider in the same sentence) and Candy Corn Oreo milkshakes.

My latest Halloween recipe attempt is super cute, not ghoulish decorated Monster Cookies. As you can see, they turned out a little more like slightly spooky muppets. I mean, I colored them with neon gel dye for crying out loud. And I know you see a slightly less grouchy version of Oscar the Grouch, dontcha? That mummy with the bloodshot eyes – he’s about as scary as I get.

Halloween Monster Cookies Picture on MyBakingAddiction.comBut I have to admit, I had a ton of fun coming up with each individual monster. And I really adore how bright and festive these guys are. Can’t you just imagine them served up on pretty Halloween plates for a costume party dessert tablescape?

I’m super happy with the buttercream recipe too. Exceptionally textured, perfectly sweet and buttery, and it set up just right for slathering all over these crisp sugar cookies.

If you’ve never tried Challenge Butter – you most definitely should. It’s made with 100% real cream and nothing else – nothing artificial here! The cream comes from cows not treated with the Growth Hormone rbST. While the jury is still out on that whole situation, I prefer to err on the side of caution, especially where Elle is concerned. So I’ll reach for that label every single time.

I can feel good about making recipes with Challenge Butter, and now that Elle’s eating solids here and there, treating her to a tiny taste of mama’s favorite buttercream is a sweet memory for both of us. The quality of Challenge Butter can’t be beat, and it’s the perfect butter for baking and frosting making.

Make these Halloween Monster Cookies for an after school treat, a party tray, or just because. The kids will love adding eyes, teeth, and mustaches to your creations, and maybe even drawing on eyebrows too. It can be a fun afternoon activity when it gets a bit too chilly outside for hide and seek! (Which is also about as scary as my childhood past times got too.)

Halloween Monster Cookies

Yield: about 36 cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes + chill time

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Cookies
1 1/2 cups unsalted Challenge Butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

For the Buttercream
4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted Challenge Butter, room temperature
6 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract (this helps maintain the bright white color)
4-5 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Directions:

For the Cookies
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until combined. Shape dough into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

2. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 400° F. and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out 1 disk on a lightly floured (or use confectioners' sugar) piece of parchment to a 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut out circular shapes. Place cut outs onto prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Buttercream
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in confectioners’ sugar, and continue beating until well blended.

2. Add in vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Mix on low speed until moistened.

3. Add an additional 1 to 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy; about 5 more minutes.

4. If desired, use gel dye to color the frosting a variety of neon colors. Spread frosting onto cooled cookies and affix candy embellishments to create silly monster faces.

Notes:

Cookies slightly adapted from allrecipes.com. Buttercream from My Baking Addiction.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are my own, and based upon my experiences with Challenge Butter products.

42 Responses to “Halloween Monster Cookies”

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen — October 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    These are great! I don’t do scary either. I can’t even watch the commercials for scary shows or movies. Eeekk!! Love these adorable monster cookies!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 5:00 am

      Thanks so much, Liz! :)

  2. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — October 21, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Oh my gosh, these are sooo cute! And I’m with you – I’m not into scary either!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much, Brianne! I appreciate you stopping by!
      -Jamie

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

    These are too adorable for words!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thanks, Liz! :)

  4. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — October 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I am the complete opposite, I love scary everything! The scarier the better. These cookies are absolutely adorable! Perfect for the kids on Halloween. Pinning!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much, Jen! :)

  5. Cookin Canuck — October 21, 2014 at 10:32 am

    These are so flippin’ cute, Jamie! It would be fun to have my kids come up with their own versions.

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks so much – I totally agree, I love the idea of cookie decorating “bar” for kids!

      -Jamie

  6. Tiffany — October 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    These are soo cute! My favorite is the green, one-eyed monster!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      I love that one too, Tiffany! :)

  7. Lindsey | Cafe Johnsonia — October 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hands down the CUTEST Halloween cookies I’ve ever seen! Good job. :)

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Lindsey! I appreciate you stopping by.
      -Jamie

  8. Diane {Created by Diane} — October 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Oh my, these are so adorable! So creative and fun. I just love all their funny faces. I don’t do scary either :)

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Diane!

  9. Ginger — October 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Does this buttercream get that thin “crust” on it? Or does it stay wet to the touch?

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Ginger-
      Yes, this is a crusting buttercream. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  10. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy — October 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Could these BE any cuter? What a fun activity for Halloween! I’ll definitely be making these next week :)

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! I hope you have a blast decorating them!
      -Jamie

  11. Linda — October 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Soooo cute!!! Love these cookies!!! Is the mummy just pipped icing with a flat tip?

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Linda-
      Yes, I used a flat Wilton tip – I hope this helps!
      -Jamie

  12. Maria — October 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    SO fun! I want to make these with Caleb!

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks, Maria! I’m sure they would be a blast to make with Caleb – I can’t wait until Elle is old enough to frost cookies!

  13. Chels R. — October 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    These are simply adorable.

    • Jamie — October 21st, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  14. shelly (cookies and cups) — October 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Buttercream frosted cookies are so much better than royal icing! These are adorable!

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      I totally agree, Shelly. Buttercream makes everything better! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  15. Deborah — October 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I like the cute Halloween WAY better than the gory Halloween. Loving these!!

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks to much for stopping by, Deborah! :)

  16. Danica — October 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    These are awesome! Great to send to school with the kids for a Halloween treat! Did you buy the eyeballs like that or tweak the white ones? I have seen the plain eyeballs, but not the ones with the colours.

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Danica-
      I got the white eyeballs with the colors and red veins from Target. They are actually gummy eyeballs as gross as that sounds ;)
      -Jamie

  17. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen — October 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    These are so great!! You have some serious buttercream skills. I love all the vibrant colors in the frosting too. Cute Halloween is right up my alley (I had the same “grab onto the person in front of you” strategy when I went through the Eastern State Penitentiary’s Haunted House a couple of years ago – nearly peed myself in fear).

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah! :)

  18. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — October 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Cookies with frosting are pretty much the best kind of cookies in the world. These Monster cookies are adorable!!!

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      I totally agree, Aimee! Thanks so much for visiting!
      -Jamie

  19. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Oh my gosh these are the cutest monsters I’ve ever seen. Challenge butter is our favorite!

    • Jamie — October 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much, Dorothy! We love Challenge Butter too!
      -Jamie

  20. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — October 23, 2014 at 12:36 am

    These cookies are just the cutest!

    • Jamie — October 23rd, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thanks so much, Julianne!

  21. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — October 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    These cookies are so adorable! I love that you didn’t go too scary since I am the same way when it comes to Halloween treats. My husband on the other hand wishes I would do the opposite but since he doesn’t know how to bake, cutesy scary is what he usually gets :) Love the pretty colors of the buttercream – it looks incredible!

    • Jamie — October 27th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Kelly-
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      -Jamie

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