Cookie Monster cupcakes
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Cookie Monster cupcakes

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Serves 1 - 12 Cakes

Make these cute cupcakes to bring a smile to any child's (or adult's) face!

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  • 12 Cupcakes (I used the Lemon and Poppyseed recipe on this website and substituted vanilla for the lemon and poppyseeds)
  • Frosting
  • The frosting I made using a vegetable shortening (in Aus its called So Lite, I think in the US Crisco is similar) and icing sugar mixture. You could use butter cream but the frosting is pure white and colours beautifully. You would need to double the buttercream you usually use for 12 cupcakes
  • Blue colouring - use a good one for the best colour
  • Coconut - dyed blue to match the frosting
  • 12 Choc chip cookies
  • Melted white and dark chocolate to make the eyes.


    1. I used an icecream scoop full of frosting to get the right shape and then dipped in it coconut. Press the coconut on and tidy up the shape.
    2. When the frosting has firmed a little cut a slice out near the bottom and push a cookie in (you may have to trim the cookie little depending on the size of your cookies). Or make his mouth further up and put cookie pieces around it.
    3. The eyes I made by using melted white to make a circle and then dark chocolate in the middle. Don't make them all exactly the same - it adds a bit of character to the finished cakes!
    4. Simple - very messy and lots of fun!

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Comments (27)

vcollier8's picture

I took these to work one night for my 21st birthday, they went down a treat! 25 grown firemen loved them too, one for all ages!

rachel4500's picture

These are amazing, a definite crowd pleaser. I made some with the dyed coconut and some with piped buttercream. I found the piped buttercream went down better than coconut as not everyone is a fan of coconut. For the eyes I used white chocolate buttons and some black writing icing. I would make these again!

mish79's picture

These are definitely worth the effort

spinach's picture

Worth the effort!

catherinedoherty's picture

Made these at the weekend and they w
ere a big hit..fantasic!

jemima-puddleduck's picture

my child was very scared of them !! he wouldnt dare eat any !!!
they tasted quite nice tho....not bad.

letsmakecupcakes's picture

Just to clarify for anyone still confused - the cupcakes are at the bottom, and the cookie monsters head is where you would usually do a buttercream swirl.

In the UK, vegetable shortening is available - it's called Trex or White Flora. It's not usually used in frosting over here as people are used to buttercream and the texture is a bit odd, but it's great for piping with. For a happy medium, you can use half Trex and half butter, or another ratio that you like, and then thin with a bit of milk/thicken with more icing sugar as needed.

I'm planning to make these soon but unfortunately I'm
allergic to coconut, so I'm going to pipe the fur on using buttercream and a grass nozzle.

dawnstraver's picture

Fantastic and fun well done these worked out great

tatumc's picture

If you use marshmallows as the eyes they work better you just have to cut them in half then use black iceing for eyes they work really good and easy

gingerchick2's picture

These are fab! I made them for an 80's themed party and they went down a storm. I watched the clip on You Tube which does help, but they are very easy to make. Although, my hands looked like a smurf for a while afterwards.
Just made a vanilla cupcake base, as the topping is sweet. Did cheat slightly as bought Betty Crocker vanilla buttercream/frosting. Easy to work with. Now, I have a request to make them for a friend's daughter's 9th birthday. So yes they are popular with all ages.

feesmith's picture

Glad they worked out for you.

Sometimes you just need all the artificial stuff - just doesn't look right when you go natural!

DrNat's picture

I made these for a Halloween party, and they were brilliant! They are easy but time-consuming, so mine didn't look quite as tidy as Fiona's but still obvious what they were meant to be. For all those confused people, I think you're making it more complicated than it is. Just make some cupcakes (whatever kind you like), make some buttercream (or the shortening stuff), colour it blue, and chuck it on top in a round-ish shape. Then just get creative with the mouth and eyes! One tip: I first tried to use natural food colouring, but it didn't work at all, only made the buttercream pale blue, so had to throw it away, go and buy some un-natural colouring, and start again, then it worked perfectly. Everyone was very impressed!

feesmith's picture

The cupcakes are the base, you put the frosting on the top, just like icing any other cupcake. You can't see them in the photo because it was taken from above but I can assure you all that blue frosting is sitting on top of a cupcake.

Sugar and Spice, I'm realy sorry but I have no idea what vegetable shortening is available in the UK. The one I use is white and is soft at room temp. If it is a problem finding one I'd just make up a buttercream - life's too short to stress! For a buttercream recipe the standard is usually 125g butter, beat until as light as possible, gradually add 250g icing sugar mixture then beat in 2T milk. I would double this because you do use quite a lot.

ms_susie_b's picture

I promise I am going to use this recipe next time any of my daughters school needs cake donations! Absolutely fantastic!!!

kerryrf's picture

Thanks for the added explenation Fionas its much clearer now!Would anyone know what the vegetable shortening is in the uk?

cerdeno's picture

Sorry Fiona, but I cannot understand either... if I use already-made buttercream icing, how much do I have to use? Od I have to add the water also? Or only the blue colouring?

amahoney1's picture

look greaat but dont understand where the cakes go lol

feesmith's picture

(had to enter this in 2 parts!)
For the coconut, put a couple of cups of coconut in a plastic bag, add colouring to 1T milk, pour onto the coconut and then rub vigorously until you get a colour similar to the frosting. Rubbing the coconut really helps the colouring sink in and stops it looking patchy. It takes a bit of effort to get a good colour but its worth the end result.

Use an icecream scoop to put a nice dome of frosting on the top of the cupcake then cover with the coconut, press it lightly all over to make sure the it sticks (be generous with the coconut). Then follow the steps above.

I hope this makes it a bit clearer. If you still have any more queries just ask, I'd love to help if I can. xx

feesmith's picture

I'm sorry this wasn't terribly clear, I was making it up as I went along so it was a bit hard to try and write it down step by step.

Firstly, the cupcakes are the base (these are cookie monster cupcakes after all). I mentioned the recipe I always use, but just use your own favourite recipe if you prefer.

The frosting is made with 200g vegetable shortening, 2/3 cup water, 1.5kg icing sugar mixture. Place all ingredients in a mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add blue colouring until you get the desired colour. You won't need all of it but the leftovers freeze beautifully. If you prefer to use buttercream double the standard recipe for 12 cupcakes. As I said the frosting does give you a better colour.


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