Cookie Monster Cookies


These adorable Cookie Monster cookies feature a simple, buttery cookie decorated with rich, sweet frosting to look like everyone's favorite messy eater.

Closeup shot of cookie monster cookies on table

I've always been a big fan of frosted cookies, and I can't think of anything more fitting than decorating a cookie to look like the biggest cookie fiend any of us know. These are so bright and colorful, plus they're easy and delicious. It doesn't get better than that!

Closeup shot of hand holding Cookie Monster cookie

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • It's sweet and rich.
  • Cookies make a great addition to any meal or party and a great snack.
  • They're decorated to look just like the Cookie Monster.


This recipe only takes a few simple ingredients to make. You probably have most of them in your kitchen right now, and the ones you don't have are readily available at your local grocery store.

I'm showcasing the ingredients that make these cookies so good, but you can find the complete ingredient list along with the amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.


  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar

Frosting and Decorations

  • Shortening
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Blue food coloring gel
  • Black frosting
  • Candy eyes
Overhead shot of Cookie Monster cookie ingredients in individual containers on table


This is an incredibly easy recipe to make, and you'll be in and out of the kitchen quickly. Below, you'll find an overview of how to make these Cookie Monster cookies. For the complete instructions, see the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Cream the butter and powdered sugar together. Then add the flour and mix until the dough comes together.

Overhead shot of two sticks of butter laying on top of powdered sugar
Overhead shot of flour on top of creamed butter and sugar in bowl
Overhead shot of cookie dough in bowl

2: Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Hand holding cookie dough ball

3: Flatten the dough slightly with the bottom of a glass.

Closeup shot of cookie dough balls being flattend with a glass

4: Bake until slightly golden brown.

Closeup shot of hand holding cookie

5: Beat shortening until creamy. Then, add powdered sugar and milk in batches until incorporated. Then, add vanilla and beat again. Add blue food coloring.

MIlk being poured into bowl of powdered sugar.

6: Add black frosting to form the mouth.

Closeup shot of cookie with black frosting on the botom.

7: Pipe blue frosting on the cookie with a star tip.

Closeup shot of hand holding cookie decorated with blue and black frosting.

8: Add googly eyes.

Ovehread shot of Cookie Monster cookies on table

Top Tip

Remove the cookies AS SOON as they begin to turn golden. Any darker than that, and they're overdone.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use butter in place of shortening for the frosting.
  • Buy prepared frosting and color it blue if you like.
  • Sugar cookies make a great base for this recipe.

If you love decorated cookies like these, then check out these raspberry Jello sugar cookies.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Piping bag with a star tip
Closeup shot of hand holding Cookie Monster cookie


Counter: Store these cookies for up to 2 days in an air-tight container at room temperature.

Refrigerator: These cookies will keep for up to a week in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Make Ahead: While you can make these cookies the day before, as with any frosted cookie, they're better when served the same day.


  • Be sure your butter is fully softened so it creams easily and completely.
  • Remove the cookies as soon as they begin to turn golden. Don't overbake them.
  • Always let your cookies cool completely before frosting them.
Closeup shot of hand holding Cookie Monster cookie with bite taken out


Why don't I have to refrigerate these cookies?

They'll last for a couple of days at room temperature because the small amount of milk used in the frosting is stabilized by the large amount of powdered sugar in which it's mixed.

How do you make frosting stars?

Simply place the tip of the piping bag close to the cookie and squeeze while pulling up and releasing pressure. You'll end up with a little star.

How long will frosted cookies last?

They'll last for up to a week in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Closeup shot of Cookie Monster cookies on table

More Cookie Recipes

Yield: 24 cookies

Cookie Monster Cookies

Cookie Monster Cookies

These Cookie Monster cookies are easy to make and loaded with flavor. AND they look like everyone's favorite cookie-lover!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes


  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • Frosting/Decoration Ingredients:
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Blue food coloring gel
  • Black frosting
  • 48 candy eyes


  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar together for about 2 minutes or until creamy.
  3. Add flour and beat again.  Dough will be powder-like, however, it will take shape after beating for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  6. Form 1-inch balls of dough and place them on your prepared baking sheet.
  7. Using a flat-bottom glass lightly spray with cooking spray, flatten dough balls until they are about ¼-inch thick.
  8. Bake cookies for 15-18 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  9. To prepare frosting, beat shortening in a large bowl until creamy.
  10. Add powdered sugar and milk in three separate batches, beating after each.
  11. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.
  12. Add food coloring gel until desired coloring is reached.  This will depend on the type of food coloring gel you are using.
  13. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag with a star-shaped tip on it.
  14. Using black frosting, pipe a mouth on each cookie.  I then used a toothpick to fill in the mouth.
  15. Using blue frosting, create the rest of Cookie Monster’s head, leaving a small part at the top unfrosted for the eyes.
  16. Put a small amount of frosting on the back of the eyes to secure two of them onto each cookie.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 293Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 23mgSodium 78mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 0gSugar 30gProtein 1g

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