This Halloween you can be a cookie monster…or you can eat and make a cookie monster…or maybe even both?!! These are so much fun to make, you could set up a cookie monster station at a party, or make ahead and serve. If you make them ahead, they’ll hold together a little better if the assembled monsters get to spend 1 night in the fridge in a sealed container, to help everything mesh together).
This is going to be one of the loosest recipes I write in terms of ingredients because it’s so flexible. You can really use whatever you have a be creative. Mini marshmallows look the most lifelike for teeth (if lifelike is a goal – in terms of candy teeth), though pieces of banana could work well too!
The basics are to use a large cookie (now it’s time for our shameless plug of Shockingly Healthy cookies, which are really delicious but made with healthier sweeteners like apple sauce, banana and coconut sugar, which is naturally low glycemic, or even use our brownies – first ingredient is cooked chickpeas, though you’d never know. Perfect Halloween trick!)…cut it in half, use an icing on both halves of the cookie, and put your “teeth” in the middle of that sandwich. You can also use brownies…or other desserts. For our SH cookies, which are about 3.5” in diameter, we used about 12 mini marshmallows per monster. If you use an SH brownie, make sure it’s cold, and cut in half lengthwise, rather than across (so through the middle).
Cookie Monster Ingredients:
- Cookies (1 cookie per monster if large cookies)
- Mini marshmallows
- Icing (recipe below)
- Chocolate chips
- Fruit (we liked strawberries and goldenberries for eyes)
- Almond slivers (great for fangs, and for pointy interesting teeth)
Healthy Icing recipe (or use your favourite icing recipe…or maybe even peanut butter):
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (important to use coconut oil so that the icing will get more hard)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons pomegranate juice
- Red food colouring (option if you want those gums even more red)
How to icing your cookie monsters:
- Soak your cashews in hot (boiled) water for 1 hour, covered.
- After the cashews are soaked, strain them and blend other ingredients until you get a nice smooth consistency.
- Check the taste – you can add a little more maple syrup for a sweeter icing
- Transfer to sealed container and refrigerate an hour or more before using.
Have fun assembling your monsters! If you make some, we’d love to see – tag us on instagram @ShockinglyHealthy
What ingredients would you use in your own cookie monster?