Monster Cookies for Halloween

    monster cookies with eyeballs for halloween

    If you’ve had monster cookies before, then you’re probably thinking of the traditional peanut butter oatmeal cookies with M&M candies. While those cookies are certainly delicious, we think this gooey, spooky version is going to be an even bigger hit with the kids this Halloween.

    As tasty as M&Ms are, they lack a certain “scariness” to them. Swapping out the candy M&M’s for candy eyeballs instantly makes them true monster cookies with crazy look eyes.

    Not only that, but the food coloring makes these cookies all sorts of colors like purple and green, which is not only suitable for Halloween but also makes these cookies reminiscent of the Disney movie Monsters Inc.

    The little ones love the bright colors of the cookies and the fun candy eyeballs. The gooey texture of these monster cookies, which can be attributed to the use of cake mix rather than traditional cookie dough, also makes this an absolutely irresistible treat.

    Feel free to dye your cookies any colors that you like. With a pack of food coloring, it’s fairly easy to get creative and try all sorts of colors, be it turquoise like the favorite Monsters Inc. movie character, or just bright Halloween colors like orange and purple.

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    Cook time: 10 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time: 30 minutes



    1. To the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, add the butter, vanilla, and cream cheese. Beat to combine and cream together. Add in the egg and again beat to mix everything together.
    2. Pour in the cake mix, then beat to incorporate into the wet ingredients.
    3. Divide the batter among smaller bowls, with the number of bowls equaling the number of colors you want to dye the cookies.
    4. Add the food coloring to each bowl and stir to combine. Chill these bowls of cookie batter in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
    6. Roll the batter into balls, then roll the balls into a shallow bowl of powdered sugar. Transfer the balls to your prepared baking sheet.
    7. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, then remove from the oven. While the cookies are still warm, gently press in the candy eyeballs.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.