Looking for a quick and clever way to encourage your little ghouls to get creative in the kitchen? I’ve got you! These spooky Halloween Monster Cookies are a snack, craft and activity all rolled into one! The entire process is super simple too — which isn’t always the case with littles ones in the kitchen, am I right?
The kids and I made these for the first time last year and they had an absolute blast. They were so proud and so tickled by the silly monster faces they made. It was so cute. They talked about them for weeks and have already started to ask me when we can make them this year. I suppose that’s how a holiday tradition is born!
What’s so cool about these cookies and this entire activity is that there are no rules. The kids can pick and choose their own decor and easily help with the entire baking process. The super-simple sugar cookie recipe only requires 3 ingredients! Should you choose to add color to the homemade icing recipe, it serves as another fun task for the kids to do. My kids could’ve come up with 100 different color varieties had I given them enough bowls of icing to color!
You’ll find recipes for the cookies and icing below, plus links for all of the sprinkles we used above! Happy baking!
– Preheat oven to 350º F.
– In large stand mixer, cream together butter, flour, powdered sugar and water until a soft dough forms. Use a medium cookie scoop to drop rounds of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
– Press wooden craft sticks into the center of each cookie, then use a spoon to gently flatten the dough rounds. (They won’t expand much at all while baking, so you don’t have to worry about spreading.)
– Bake for 12-17 minutes, or until the cookies set and turn golden around the edges. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
– 2 sticks butter, softened
– 1 (2-pound) bag powdered sugar
– 1/4 cup milk (any kind)
– 1 tablespoon vanilla
– 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
– gel food coloring
– In a stand mixer, beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Separate frosting into different bowls (however many you prefer) and tint with gel food coloring. Spread on top of cooled shortbread cookies and have fun decorating!