I am not a Pinterest mom, but everyone once in a while I get the urge to make something fun and festive. The only requirement is that it also be easy! These Monster Cookies are the perfect mix of fun and easy for Halloween!
Easy Halloween Fun
It is perhaps my worst kept secret that Halloween is my least favorite holiday. It’s kind of hard to believe given that our house is decked out for the holiday, I co-host a Halloween Block Party for 100 people, and I’ve already purchased and stashed our Halloween candy.
Just don’t ask me to watch a scary movie or go anywhere near a haunted house, and we’re good.
Do you love Halloween?
However, my kids and husband both love Halloween, and I love any chance to celebrate, bake something, and make things special for them.
Monster Cookie Inspiration
I came across these super cute candy eyeballs at Target and wanted to try my hand at a cookie I had seen on Pinterest and jazz them up a little bit for the holiday.
I added the eyeballs before baking. There are a few things I would do differently next time.
First of all, I would definitely use food coloring to deepen the color of the cookies. The colors were a bit more muted than I had hoped. In fact, if I were to do this again, I might do it with ONLY food coloring as lime flavored cookies aren’t really my thing. (Although I’ve already eaten three since I baked them.)
Secondly, I would add the eyeballs immediately after baking as a few completely melted in the process, although most survived.
Finally, grape jello has almost no color to it until it gets wet so the purple was a total bust. Lessons learned!
Monster Cookies Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 12 ounces jello mix (4 packages)
- food coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. I
- Mix together butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar in a separate bowl. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
- Decide how many colors you are going to make and divide your dough into that number of sections. I chose two.
- Sprinkle two tablespoons of jello mix into each piece of dough and then knead the dough until combined.
- If you want a deeper color, add a few drops of food coloring.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in Jello powder (like making a snickerdoodle!)
- Place the dough on a cookie sheet about two inches apart. Flatten cookies with your hand.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove cookies from the pan and cool
These cookies kind of made me want to host a Halloween party. I don’t even know who I am anymore! Don’t the little green ones remind you of Mike Wazowski? Easiest themed cookie EVER!