Cookie Monster cupcakes

How cute are these cupcakes?! Using Cookie Monster as inspiration, this cupcake recipe is easy to whip together and is great for weekend baking with the kids or as a fun party food at their next birthday party.


Cookie Monster cupcakes

Whip together these cupcake treats that feature one of our favourite childhood characters.
Course Dessert


Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 125 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk roughly 185ml

Cookie Monster Decorating

  • 200 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups icing mixture
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • blue food colouring
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 packet white marshmallows
  • 1 tube black writing icing
  • 12 chocolate chip cookies 1/2 per Monster with a few for breakage


Baking the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Place muffin papers in one 12-hole muffin tray or cupcake papers in two 12-hole cupcake trays. In an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes until pale in colour and creamy. Add sugar one third at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute between each addition. Add the vanilla essence and beat until combined.
  • Sift flour and baking powder and add half to butter mixture with half the milk, mix until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
  • Fill cupcake papers ¾ full (an icecream scoop is perfect for this). Bake muffin size cupcakes for 20-25 minutes and small cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

Creating Cookie Monster

  • Using an electric mixer, whip the butter until it is pale. This will take at least 5 minutes on high. Gradually add in the icing mixture and vanilla until well combined.
  • With the mixer running, add in food colouring until you get to the Cookie Monster colour. This may be a lot if you are using liquid food colouring or a little if using gel food colouring. Add in the milk and mix until the frosting puffs up.
  • Fill a piping bag with a fluted nozzle and pipe on icing. With the writing icing, place black spots on the marshmallows for pupils. Place on each cupcake.
  • Cut cookies in half and place in “mouth”.
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Cookie Monster cupcakes



  • You can use your favourite cupcake recipe for these.  Just go with what your kids love best!
  • There is quite a bit of food colouring in these cupcakes for the blue icing. If this concerns you, you can use a natural food colouring.
  • If you don’t  have time to use a piping bag for the icing you can swirl a very thick coating on the cupcake and use the flat blade of a knife to create the Cookie Monsters fur.
  • It is really important that you whip the butter in this recipe until it is very pale and almost white,  as the icing will take on a green hue from the yellow in the butter. If your icing takes on a green light, you can add some lilac to cancel out the colour.
  • If you can’t get black writing icing, you can stick on brown mini M&M’s for the pupils.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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