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masked monster cookies
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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
chilling time 2-3 hours, decorating time varies.3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 19 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: monster shaped cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 217kcal


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  • Monster Cookie Cutters


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


  • 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


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.
    masked monster cookies
  • 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.



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. 


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