We’re having an extra post this week, on Thursday, to celebrate two events: Halloween and grandson Casey’s 3rd birthday. Yes, the little cutie was born on the spookiest day of the year! My daughter-in-law, Karyn, hadn’t wanted him to be born on Halloween but I think it’s a great day to have a party every year. The theme possibilities are ENDLESS!
Karyn emailed me a picture of a monster cookie idea before I was out of bed yesterday morning. I opened one eye, read the email, and decided I could do that. I optimistically said I could also make the cookies from scratch, decorate them the same evening, and deliver them to Casey the next morning on Halloween. That wasn’t happening, I decided later. The cookies would have to be pre-made from the bakery.
Dashing through the bakery section at a grocery store on my way to work, I saw M & M cookies and thought they would be a great idea for my monsters. They would come to a working grandma’s rescue. I wanted to be in bed by midnight. I also picked up more canned frosting and some larger marshmallows.
I already had smaller marshmallows, white and chocolate chips, and two kinds of frosting in the fridge left over from another project. I had a bag of peanut M & Ms for some googly pupils, and I was ready to decorate.
I used white cream cheese frosting for the open mouths. I decided purple would be a good color for them and mixed some red and blue gel colors into the frosting in a bowl until I had the shade I wanted. Then I took a cup of white chips and melted them in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring thoroughly each time. I mixed the chips with the purple frosting and scooped it into a zippered baggie and set it aside.
Next I wanted a green for the top, to set the marshmallows on to make eyes. I used a white frosting, added green and a little red to discolor the green until I was happy with the color. Again I scooped the frosting into a zippered bag and set it aside.
I put some plain white frosting into a bag for sticking the M & Ms to the marshmallows, and I was ready to decorate.
I matched up the cookies, putting them in similar sized pairs.
Cutting a small hole in the corner of the purple frosting bag, I piped a squiggly mound of frosting on one side of a cookie I’d set upside down. Then I set a second cookie on top and stood back. Perfect! I finished all 10 sets and was ready to give my monsters teeth.
I carefully stuck white chips into the frosting to resemble white teeth on top and bottom. I wanted a toothy grin on my monsters! I used white chips for half of the cookies, then used chocolate chips for the other half’s teeth.
Next I cut the tip off the bag of green frosting and piped two mounds on top of the cookie. I cut a large marshmallow in half and stood them up in the green frosting blobs, with the flat sides facing forward. Then I decided I should have attached the eyes first. Drat.
I carefully pulled the marshmallows back off the cookie. I cut the tip off the bag of white frosting and piped a glob onto the center of one marshmallow, and the right side of the other. We wanted crazy eyes, not normally centered ones! I stuck a peanut M & M into each frosting blob then returned them to the top of the cookie. Excellent!
I made 11 more pairs of eyes. I varied the crazy eyes’ colors and spacings so there was a variety of googly eyes. I used all large marshmallows; you could vary large ones with small ones for an even crazier monster.
I even gave some of the monsters a nose, using the flat bottoms of chocolate chips as nostrils. These monsters were adorable and completely edible! I couldn’t wait for Casey to see them!
Packing them safely into plastic containers with lids, my monsters were ready for transporting. I called my son JDawg and told him to come get the cookie monsters. He laughed and thought they were adorable.
It was a pretty easy treat and super-fast if you buy ready-made cookies. Ideally I’d rather bake my own but working grandmas can’t always find the time mid-week to bake or make frosting. Karyn got the idea from the Pillsbury site, and I used Pillsbury canned frosting as a courtesy.
Sets of cookies for amount of monsters desired (I bought 20 and made 10 monsters)
White frosting (I used a container of cream cheese and a container of white for 10 monsters)
Chocolate frosting for hair clumps (optional)
White and chocolate chips
M & Ms (plain or peanut)
Zippered sandwich bags
In a bowl add frosting and gel colors to get desired color for eye anchor globs. Scrape into zippered bag. If you place the opened bag into a coffee cup, it is easier to put the frosting in without accidents.
In a second bowl mix frosting and gel colors to get desired color for the mouth. Melt 1 cup of white chips in 20 second increments, stirring between each one. When smooth, stir into frosting, then scrape into a large zippered bag.
Save some white frosting and scrape into zippered bag to anchor candy to marshmallows.
Turn cookie upside down. Cut off tip of frosting bag and pipe mound of frosting on one side; set second cookie down on it at a slant. Do the same for all cookie pairs.
Cut marshmallows in half. Use the white frosting by cutting a tip off the bag and piping globs onto the flat ends of the marshmallows. Stick M & Ms into the globs, making them looking in all different directions.
With the third frosting bag, cut off a tip and pipe a small pile of frosting where you want to place each eye on the front edge of the cookies. Place marshmallow in frosting, pressing down to stick.
Decorate mouths with white or chocolate chips in goofy grins and grimaces, or a mixture of both colors.
Add noses with globs of green frosting between the eyes on the top edge of the cookie if desired. Poke chocolate chips into the noses, leaving the bottom exposed to be nostrils.
Use other colors of frosting, such as chocolate, to make clumps of hair if desired.
If using cream cheese frosting, store in the refrigerator until served. Otherwise, store in container on the cupboard.
Adapted from the Pillsbury website.