I thought I’d post about the Monster Cookies I made for Owen’s Party. I started doing “take-away” cookies for the party guests when he was 3 years old, those were Fireman Hats, 4th birthday were Putting Green Cookies, 5th birthday were Astronauts and this year they were Monster Cookies for his 6th “Monster Bash” party.
I always use the sugar cookie recipe below from Sandra Lee. They are easy to make and are not super sweet. One tip . . . when I roll out the cookie dough I use a mixture of flour & powdered sugar on the counter – adds just a bit of sweet to them. For the icing, I always use disposable bags (Joanne’s or Hobby Lobby w/40% off coupon) and normally use a #2 tip to outline the shape, a #4 to fill it in and a #1 for any detail.
17.5 oz. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix (comes in a bag)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 teas. vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
(variation: may add 1/4 c. cocoa & 3/4 c. flour)
Combine cookie mix w/cream cheese until crumbly. Mix in the eggs & vanilla until well combined. Add flour to make a firm dough. Refrigerate for 15 min. Lightly flour/powder sugar board and roll out dough to 1/4 in. Bake cookies for 8 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
1 cup powdered sugar/1 Tablespoon meringue powder/water for consistency. Start with 3 teaspoons of water & 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Note: if you want a true “white” icing you’ll need to use clear vanilla & add white icing color. Also if you use liquid food coloring it will thin out your icing consistency: start with 2 teas water, then 1 teas vanilla, then add food coloring and more water if necessary (1/2 teaspoon at a time).