How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies? The ‘Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts’, which I made a couple of weeks ago, gave me an idea for a Halloween Monster Cookie. I remembered pinning a cookie resembling a pumpkin with candy corn teeth, which Pillsbury had created.
I was pretty sure that there were some pumpkin cookie cutters in the pantry and after a search, I found some. Yes, Wilton has a set of Halloween pumpkin cookie cutters and we just happen to have a set! (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from this link at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting this website.)
Many years ago, I tried a recipe for Old Fashioned Butter Cookies from Land O’ Lakes. The recipe creates a rich buttery dough that needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours, then, rolled out, cut, and decorated. This has been one of my ‘go to‘ recipes for cookies. A neighbor tried one of those first cookies and in surprise commented that it tasted like one from the bakery.
Anyway, here is that simple recipe:
Old Fashioned Butter Cookies
- 1 cup Land O’ Lakes butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 Tblsp. orange juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
In a 3-quart mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, and egg. Beat on medium sped until light and fluffy.
Reduce speed to low. Stir in flour,baking powder, orange juice, and vanilla until smooth and well combined. (1 to 2 minutes)
Chill 2 – 3 hours or until firm enough to be rolled.
Tip – Divide the dough in half. Place 1/2 of dough on a piece of wax paper. Fold one end of the wax paper over the dough and flatten into a disk. Fold the two side edges in and remaining end over the two folded side edges, encasing the dough in wax paper. Refrigerate the disk for 2 – 3 hours. The dough is much easier to roll out this way.
Preheat oven: 400°.
*Roll out dough, 1/2 at a time, on well-floured surface to 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters. (I used the 3″ cookie cutter. The cookies spread out to make a 3-1/2″ cookie after baking.)
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake near center of 400° oven for 6 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on edges. Cool on wire rack. Decorate with icing below.
* Tip – When you retrieve the disk of cookie dough from the fridge, open the wax paper, sprinkle a little flour on the top of the dough, and sandwich with another sheet of wax paper. Roll out a little and flip the whole thing over, remove the wax paper on top, and sprinkle some flour over that side. Use your hand to distribute it over the disk. Continue rolling out and adding flour to keep it from sticking to the paper. It keeps clean up to a minimum and you can easily slip it back into the fridge to firm up before cutting.
To Decorate Monster Cookies
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tblsp. milk
- 2 Tblsp. light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. orange extract
- food coloring
At this point, it should be the right consistency for spreading and drizzling perfectly smooth icing. I used both gel food coloring and regular food coloring. They both worked equally well for color.
I started out with the black icing to make mouths on each of the cookies. As you can see in the picture, paint brushes, which you can find in the bakery section, can be used to smooth out and fill in the icing.
Then, the green stem was added.
By the time I finished those the first cookies were relatively dry. The orange color was added all round the mouth and under the stem. By the time I finished the orange icing on all of the cookies, the white around the eyes was added without any issue of the white sinking or bleeding into the orange.
These little Candy Eyeballs by Wilton were placed on top of white icing layered on the orange icing to act as glue and exaggerate the eyes. How cute are these? The white icing was also applied on top of the mouth to ‘glue’ the candy corn pieces in place. (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sales purchased through this link, at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting this website!)
You can see in the pictures, I deliberately chose one with a larger black dot in the center and one with a smaller dot in the center to make each cookie look a little goofier.
Orange flavoring was added to the icing to echo the orange flavor in the cookies, however, you could easily change the flavoring to suit your taste.
Depending on how big your cookies are and how much area you are covering, you might need more or less icing. You can half the recipe easily if you think you will need less.
How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies? It’s really pretty simple with this easy to make recipe for cookies and icing!