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What could be better than a cookie monster made from cookies?!  I call these double cookie cookie monster cookies because this is a cookie sandwich. I don't think there's much better than that!  Nom nom nom!!!!

This cookie was brought to you by the letter C and the number 2! :)

This cookie is pretty easy and actually adapted from an incredibly delicious "secret" recipe I found on the internet.  Since the cookie does not get very brown I thought it would take food dye very well to make the perfect cookie monster blue.

The dough for the following recipe will make about 36 cookies or 18 monsters (depending on how big you roll the cookie balls).  However to get enough eyes, you will either need to buy a bigger bag of all white M&Ms or buy many packages of coconut M&Ms.  My 1.5 oz package had about 10-11 white M&Ms which was just enough to make 5 monsters.

The basic cookie recipe is this:
Cream Cheese Cookies

1 cup butter
1 sm pkg of Cream Cheese (3oz)
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2.5 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and cream cheese . Slowly add sugar beat until fluffy
Beat in egg yolk, add flour and vanilla. Mix Well. Chill dough
For at least 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 mins.


If you do what I did (I removed about half of the dough to make the other kind of cookie) whee more cookies!  Use this frosting, it is AWESOME:
Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons of butter
1 grated lemon rind

Cream butter and add sugar slowly add lemon juice and rind.
Spread on warm cookies

My personal note is that this makes about double the frosting you need, so I'd either cut this in 4 or make more cookies to go with the frosting.

Step 1: Ingredients

Step 1 gather your ingredients
1 cup butter
1 sm pkg of Cream Cheese (3oz)
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2.5 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
Blue food safe dye gel
white M&Ms (I used coconut)
Food safe Markers
Chocolate Frosting or chocolate melting chocolate (depends on what you have handy, the melting chocolate will make a more solid sandwich, the frosting a more moist one.  Frosting is easier, but unfortunately I did not have chocolate frosting on hand.
Cookie Crisp (not pictured as I forgot to put it in the ingredient photo, but this is a key ingredient)

Step 2: Cream Butter and Cream Cheese

This step is pretty easy, just like the title...Cream the butter and cream cheese together.  I've also noted that here you are using 3 oz cream cheese, I like to use my fingernail to draw a line on the 3 oz mark so when I go to cut, I can see where 3 oz is.  1 cup butter is two sticks of butter.  Save the butter papers for greasing your cookie sheets.  Mix the butter and cream cheese  together until they look, well creamy.

Step 3: Slowly Add Sugar Beat Until Fluffy

Add the 1 Cup of sugar in slowly as the beater is mixing.  Beat until they look fluffy. 

Step 4: Separate Egg and Add Just the Yolk

To separate an egg, using a clean bowl, crack the egg and then pour the egg yolk back and forth between the two halves of the egg shell until all of the white is left in the bowl.  Save this for scrambled eggs or making macarons.  You won't need the egg white for the rest of this recipe.  Dump the egg yolk into the mixer and run the mixer until it is incorporated.

Step 5: Add Flour and Vanilla

Add 2.5 cups of flour, slowly so you don't get a giant puff cloud of flour.  Mix.  Add 1 tsp vanilla.  Mix well.

Optional step:

After mixing I removed 1/2 of the dough so that I could make the original lemon cookie recipe.  You can skip this step if all you want is cookie monsters.

Step 6: Achieve the Perfect Cookie Monster Blue

Since the idea for the cookie monster was a new one to me, I had to add the blue dye in increments.  Remember, you can always add more dye, but you cannot take dye away.  I added a toothpick sized amount of dye 3 times.  After each addition I scraped the bowl and mixed well again, because some of the dye can tend to get stuck to the bowl.  If you were making an entire batch, you could either add 2 toothpick sized amounts of dye at a time, or go whole hog, but I think it's easier to incorporate dye a little bit at a time.  Remember that these cookies do not brown a lot, but since there may be a bit of browning, the finished cookie may not stay as true blue.

Step 7: Chill Out

OK so the dough now gets to chill in the fridge for an hour.  While that's happening you can do things like grease your cookie sheets, clean up the mess you made on the counter and make some cookie googly eyes.  Remember, Cookie Monster's eyes are not dead set in the middle, they're very googly, so put the pupils slightly off center.  Do this with either white M&Ms or coconut (saving the green and brown for snacking during the hour wait) and draw with a Food Safe Marker.  If you get done early, start writing an instructable about your cookies :)

Step 8: Preheat Oven, Prepare Cookie Dough and Bake!

Preheat the oven to 325.  While that's happening, shape into 1 inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 mins.  If you want your cookie monsters slightly larger than I made them, you can slightly flatten the cookie dough balls, if not, they will spread in the oven to the size shown in the finished cookie.

Step 9: Remove From Oven and Let Cool

Gently nudge the cookies around the pan with the spatula prior to transferring to a cooling rack.  This keeps them from getting deformed when you transfer them, as they may or may not have stuck to the pan.  After about a minute, you can easily move them to the cookie rack. Let cool completely.

Once cooled, sort the cookies into evenly sized pairs.

Step 10: Prepare the Frosting or Chocolate

If you are using frosting, scoop it into a ziplock bag and cut off one corner.

If you are using chocolate, in a microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate for 20 second intervals, stirring in between.  It should take less than 2 minutes to get melted chocolate.  Remember the chocolate is still hot, so while it still has tiny chunks of chocolate left, you can start transferring it to the bag and it will finish melting there.  Scoop into a ziplock bag and cut off one corner.

Now be prepared to work quickly before the chocolate hardens.

Step 11: Assemble the Cookie Monsters

Pipe two lines of chocolate on the bottom cookie.
Place one or 3 cookie crisps in the chocolate.
Place the top cookie on the cookie sandwich, it will be at a slight angle due to the cookie(s) in his mouth.
Pipe two small blobs of chocolate.
Place the eyes, making sure they look googly enough.

Voila!  Double Cookie Cookie Monster Cookies!

Enjoy with lots of milk!
<p>Can hardly stand how cute this is.</p>
Thank you!
<p>LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!</p>
<p>I love the name!</p>
These cookies are adorable! Thanks for sharing :)
this makes me so happy!
Sooo cute oh my gosh have to make these!!!
OMG THIS IS aWsOmE!!!! :) So totally making these when I get the chance.
try and say the name 5 times really fast it's hard to do BTW i love your ible!
I made these two days ago, and they were all gone within 24 hours! These cookies are delicious :)<br><br>I followed the recipe to the letter, so I'm not sure what I did wrong, by my cookies came out much flatter than they look in the picture, I wish I knew why. Because of this they needed loads of space on they baking tray, so I'd advise only putting maybe 5 on at a time and spacing them out a lot. Also they did brown a bit on the edges in my fan oven at 325 F/160 C, so I turned it down to 150 C and they cooked in the same time and looked a lot better.<br><br>I assumed shop-bought frosting would be grim, and I didn't want it to go hard like melted chocolate, so I made up a simple chocolate buttercream and filled them with that, which was equally if not more tasty.<br><br>UK bakers tip: Seeing as we don't have white m&amp;ms or white Smarties in the UK, I substituted those for white chocolate buttons to make the eyes. For the pupils of the eyes, as I couldn't find food-safe markers easily, and icing seemed overly elaborate, I used a small paintbrush to dab black food colouring on to the buttons. Worked just as well but had to apply two coats to get them looking right. Not as artistically perfect though.<br><br>Thank you for the instructable!
Fantastic! Post a pic if you have one! The only thing I can think of for the cookies flattening more is that maybe they warmed up too much while being rolled into balls? I try to roll them quickly and stay hands off afterwards. The original recipe without dye that has lemon icing is fantastic, the icing melts all over the cookies. I made a half batch of each while making this instructable.<br>Glad you made them!
Here's some pics, including a close-up :)<br><br>Hmm, maybe that was it. They seemed fine when balled up, but rather sticky, perhaps needed a tad more flour. Was the dough you made very sticky when you rolled your cookies out? <br><br>Lemon icing sounds fantastic, I can imagine that would work really well.
Great work! Mine were not at all sticky, so it could be the flour, but I also measure everything pretty consistently, so I am not sure if it is that or the dough wasn't chilled enough, as it was pretty hard when I removed it from the fridge.
Thanks for that, I will make sure I measure it all out more carefully next time (British girl here wasn't used to using cup measures), and I'll keep the dough in the fridge for longer :)
These are awesome!! But I'm a little sick that the small cookies are actually breakfast cereal. Gawd!!
No! Please don't freak out. <br>My mom always thought they were cookies too, and never let me have them, ever!<br><br>One day though, I went away to college. I was in the dining hall, and there was a long row of cereal dispensers, and one caught my eye: Cookie Crisps! I would finally taste the forbidden fruit! Sorta.<br>I filled up my bowl and poured milk into it, bringing it back to my table.<br>I closed my eyes and took a bite, expecting sinful sugary goodness.<br>I was deeply disappointed.<br>They are just like any other puffed corn cereal, comparable to Kix or Cap'n Crunch.<br>I would be surprised if there is even any cocoa in them.<br>I actually called my mom to tell her that she had been wrong all my life.<br>Then I went back to my dorm to sob over my depraved life.*<br><br>So rest assured, they aren't actually feeding kids cookies for breakfast. It's just a visual kick.<br><br>*Ok, that part didn't happen.
Oh, that is funny! And good to know. I wonder what forbidden cereals my daughter tried after she left home. The most sugary thing we had was Cheerios.
I love love love these cookies! Hope you win! :)
OMG These are Adorable! You do Cookie Monster Justice! Awesome! Had to share them on my CraftBliss Facebook page and link back to you. Thanks for sharing! ~Dee
Is there any other candy that might work instead of coconut M&amp;M's? I have to be wary of allergies to coconut if I want to make these.
Oddly enough, coconut M&amp;Ms contain exactly no coconut. I won't say they're allergy safe, but...
Alternatively, you could do a dab of white frosting with a much smaller dab of black for the pupils for the eyes. Might even be more realistic.
They sell plain white m&amp;ms, I've seen then at michaels. The other option, which is seasonal is to find holiday m&amp;ms, ie valentines ones have white, red and pink. Or you could use any white candy you can find, eg gum balls or smarties, since even plain m&amp;ms seem to have the risk of being packaged with peanuts.
That is SOOOOOO cute!!!
@RollerScrapper; Sweet! I've sent your Instructable to my cooking relatives AND tweeted it. Cheers! :) Site
Wow thanks! My views doubled overnight, it must have been your tweet! :)
Me want cooooooooookies!
You could probably make them into Oscar the grouch cookies by changing the color green and having gummy worms come out of his mouth.
That's an awesome idea!
Winner! This is awesome!
Thanks for the nice comments! I had lots of fun coming up with these!
This monster cookie is sooo cute.
AGGHH!! These are quite possibly the cutest thing I've EVER seen. Me want cookies! I can't wait to try them out form my daughter's birthday!
I think this makes you Cookie Monster's hero.
This is the cutest cookie! What an adorable idea! Nom nom nom...

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