These Valentine Sugar Cookie Monsters are so sweet they can hardly be scary! I’ve been mildly obsessed with sugar cookie sandwiches since I made these cute lil’ monsters a few years ago for the No Kid Hungry blogger bake sale. They were a huge hit with the kid crowd, but I have to say, most of my blogger friends at the sale thought they were great, too! I’m fairly sure it’s the googly eyes that make them so appealing. And, buttercream frosting.
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I love to make a bunch of these adorable Valentine Sugar Cookie monsters, package ’em up and give them too all my best galentines! Here’s how I do it…
Valentine Sugar Cookie Monsters
Confession: I hardly ever use the same sugar cookie recipe more than once. Not because I haven’t found a great recipe, because I have, I just forget to write it down. I know! You’d think I was a novice in the kitchen. Every time I need a great cookie recipe, I head to Pinterest. This week’s Pin It & Spin It is this sugar cookie pin from my Cookies Pinterest board.
The verdict with this particular pin/recipe: Thom thought the cookies were not sweet enough and “too doughy.” I cooked them for the recommended 7-9 minutes but I think I agree with him. They could have used a bit more sugar before baking, too. Thom said they were better the next day when he ate a plain sugar cookie.
I thought they were perfect for these Valentine Sugar Cookie Monsters. The addition of the buttercream frosting made up for the lack of sweetness in the cookie. The sugar cookie texture was sturdy enough to hold the buttercream. Don’t you hate how some cookies crumble?
Make Some Cute Lil’ Monsters
- Sugar Cookies
- Buttercream Frosting
- Valentine sprinkles
- More Valentine sprinkles
- Edible Googly Eyes
- Jumbo Edible Googly Eyes
- Piping bags
- Cake tips
- Food coloring gels*
- ½ unsalted butter, softened
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 2-3 tbs milk, or more as needed
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract (please use the real stuff!)
- tiniest of splashes of Almond Extract
- Beat the butter in an electric mixer until creamy.
- Set the mixer speed to low and add powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time, mixing well and scraping bowl.
- Add a tablespoon of milk to start and add more as needed to make a smooth frosting.
- Add vanilla and almond extract. Mix well
- This recipe may be doubled.
I used half a batch of sugar cookies and and a half batch of my normal buttercream frosting (the recipe above is already halved for you).
- Match cookies according to size
- Color batches of frosting, using whichever colors you like best
- Flip bottom cookie, flat side up
- Pipe or frost a double layer all around the cookie
- Top with second cookie
- Roll half of the cookie (or do the whole cookie, if you want!) in the sprinkles
- Pipe, or dot on frosting eyes
- Place heart sprinkles or googly eyes onto piped eyes
~I used two kinds of sprinkles because the jar with the hearts and assorted nonpareils can be a bit hard on the teeth. Plus, the little sugar sprinkles are cuter.
~Roll the cookies in half or go all the way around. Thom doesn’t like those hard little sugars so I made some without, too.
~Frosting around the parameter conserves frosting and cuts down on the sweetness!
~As you pipe around the front, make the frosting higher. Place the top cookie and then push down the back of the cookie to make the lil’ monster “look up.”
~Piping bags aren’t totally necessary but they do make it easy. You can use a butter knife to frost.
~I use food color gels instead of liquid food coloring for two reasons: 1. It cuts down on the liquid you’re adding to the frosting so that it’s not runny & 2. there are SO MANY fun colors with gels.
Gifting Valentine Sugar Cookie Monsters
Packing these up is so much fun. They look adorable bagged up individually and tied with pretty ribbon or washi tape. I wanted to give multiple cookies to my Galentine (Hi, mom!) so I found this adorable heart shaped clamshell at Michaels and filled it with green gift filler.
I love these sweet little Valentine Sugar Cookie Monsters and I’m sure you will too! I’d love to know if you try them and I’d love to see what you’re pinning and making. Be sure to join my Pin It & Spin It Challenge! Of course, you can always join in the conversation over on the Desperately Seeking: Inspiration for Creative Living Facebook page, too! See you there.