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Masked Monster Cookies – Easy for Kids

Masked Monster Cookies takes a bite out of the resistance kids have to wearing masks.  The dough is kid-friendly and the cookie is super fun to make.   The cookie tastes like the free sugar cookies my kids used to get from the supermarket bakery.  That’s right grocery stores/supermarkets used to give kids a free cookie every time a parent shopped in the store with the kids.  

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List of extras and where to buy them.  (affiliated)

  1. Monster Cookie Cutters with Feet. Link
  2. Monster Eyeballs Link
  3. Food Coloring Link

Make the Masked Monster Cookies Dough.

Important To Read:

This sugar cookie is Kid Friendly.  Kids love to play with the cookie dough, and this dough stands up to the squishing, kneading, and tossing that kids subject it to.  When the dough is first mixed up it will look WAY to dry.  Don’t panic but just split it into 2 piles and bring the crumbles together into a disc.  Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2-3 hours.  The chill process lets the flour hydrate. 

Once the dough is chilled hand it off to the kids and let them squish it, and squish it, and squish it, until it is a nice soft piece of supple dough.  Add a little water (1-2 tbsp total) per disc. if the dough is still dry and crumbles after squishing. 

How to Make the Masked Monster Cookies Dough. 

Don’t use an electric mixer for this dough.  Your kid’s hands or a spoon are all you will need to mix it up. 

  1. Mix the dry ingredients and set aside. 
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the shortening and butter until smooth.  
  3. add the eggs, vanilla, and flavorings.  (butter and lemon or almond) Stir vigorously with a spoon to mix in. 
  4. Add the flour mixture to the bowl and stir or let your kids mix it with their hands.  It will look dry and crumbly. 
  5. Split the dough in half and form each half into a disc.  Wrap the disc and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 

Roll and cut out the Masked Monster Cookies.

  1. Once the dough has chilled, split it into pieces and knead or squish the pieces until the dough is soft and easy to roll without cracking.  If the dough is still dry, add additional water to each disc. 
  2. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.  Here is an SIS (simple is smart) tip.  Roll the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap.  This keeps it from sticking and lets you flip it over easily.  Lightly flour as needed.
  3. Cup the monster shapes and put the cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned, and the cookie is set in the center. 
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Decorate the Masked Monster Cookies

Once the Masked Monster Cookies have cooled for at least 1-2 hours you can decorate them.  

Make the Frosting:

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients for the frosting. The frosting should be thick enough to pipe onto the cookie without running or flattening the ribbon of frosting.
  2. split the frosting into a total of 5 bowls. 4 for the colors and the 5th you won’t color but use it for the white masks.  Add 1-2 drops of food coloring to each of the 4 bowls and stir to mix in.

Make a Parchment Decorating Cone:

  1. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a square. 
  2. Cut the square into two triangles.
  3. Form each triangle into a cone.  (see video)
  4. Make a total of ten cones.  Two for each color and two for the white masks. 

Decorate your Masked Monster Cookies:

  1. Fill half of the cones with the thick frosting.  
  2. Pipe the outline for the mask with the white frosting and then outline each cookie with the thick colored frosting. 
  3. Thin each bowl of the frosting that is left until it is thin enough to “flood” the interior of the outlined areas. 
  4. Once the cookies are all decorated, let them sit undisturbed to dry for at least 12 hours before adding the feet. 

For another great kid-friendly recipe try my Unicorn Treats. 

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Masked Monster Cookies

Masked Monster Cookies are a hit with young and old alike. This recipe is easy enough that even young kids can make them with a little help from an adult.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
chilling time 2-3 hours, decorating time varies.: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 19 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: monster shaped cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 217kcal

Equipment

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  • Monster Cookie Cutters

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • cups confectioners sugar(180g)
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening(184g) use butter flavored or add 1 tsp. butter flavoring if you use unflavored.
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon or almond extract
  • cups all-purpose flour (300g)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered or confectioners sugar (360g)
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla or lemon extract. white vanilla is best if you can find it as it doesn't darken the frosting.
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • food coloring in desired colors

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  • preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C)
  • Mix together the dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
  • Mix together the shortening and confectioners sugar with a spoon. Don't use a mixer. Your kids hands will also work well.
  • Add the egg plus 1 egg white, vanilla, lemon, or almond extract and stir to mix in.
  • Add the flour and mix in. The dough will appear dry this is normal. Split the dough in half and shape it into a flattened disc.
  • Chill for 2-3 hours. This lets the flour hydrate.
  • When you take the dough out of the fridge it will look dry still. If you try to roll it out now it will just crumble apart. You have to split each disc into 2 or 3 pieces and knead each piece by squishing it in your hands. The kids love this part. If the dough is still dry and crumbly after kneading add a tablespoon of water to each disc and kneading to mix in. The dough should be easy to roll between two pieces of plastic wrap without sticking or crumbling apart.
  • Roll the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or on a lightly floured surface. Add a light coating of flour to the dough before rolling if you don't use the plastic wrap. This keeps the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
  • Roll the dough to a little less than ¼ of an inch thick,
  • Cut out into the monster shapes with monster cookie cutters (click here for a link) this set comes with the feet for the cookies.
  • Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 9 minutes or until the edges are barely browned.
  • Remove cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting. 1-2 hours.

Frosting and Decorating

  • Mix together all of the ingredients for the frosting. The frosting should be thick enough to pipe onto the cookie without running or flattening the ribbon of frosting.
  • split the frosting into a total of 5 bowls. 4 for the colors and the 5th you won't color but use it for the white masks.
  • Add 1-2 drops of food coloring to each of the 4 bowls and stir to mix in.
  • Make a total of 10 parchment decorating cones. See the video for how. Put 1/2 of each color of frosting into a cone. Put 1/2 of the white frosting into a cone also. Cut the tip off the white frosting cone and use it to outline the shape of the mask. Use the colored frosting to outline the cookie.
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  • Once the masks and cookies are all outlined. The frosting on the first cookie will be dry enough for you to start filling the blank areas.
  • Thin the frosting that is left in each bowl and use this to fill in the frosting on the cookies. The color of this frosting matches what is on the cookies. The frosting should be thin enough to run on the cookie and fill in the area that was outlined.
    If you didn't have enough frosting to outline all of the cookies make a new batch. It is very difficult to match the colors exactly when you use two separate mixtures of frosting.
  • Let the cookies dry at least 12 hours before adding the legs.
  • Add the eyeballs (click here) to the frosting before it set up.

Video

Notes

These cookies are super cute if you just add the masks and eyeballs.  This works better for younger kids.  An adult can outline the mask and the kid can fill it in and add the eyes.  Kids love having different sizes of eyes to use.  Attach they eye's with some of the frosting. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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