From Monster Meditations to virtual playdates, Sesame Street has had parents’ backs as work, play and teach are all happening at home. So, we decided to pay tribute to the show—and come up with an afternoon craft/baking project kids and adults alike can enjoy—with these Cookie Monster-inspired cupcakes. After all, you need a treat to chomp on during the big blue guy’s weekly Snack Chats, right?

Start with basic buttercream and baked, cooled cupcakes in any flavor your kids like, then set up little cups (or even fill leftover cupcake liners) with the other ingredients, so they’re all within (little) arms’ reach. Just make sure to have extras on hand, because with a project like this, a few marshmallow eyes and cookie mouths are bound to be eaten. It’s all part of the creative process, you know?

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Ingredients:

  • 6-8 drops blue food coloring
  • 16 ounces vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 18 baked cupcakes, cooled
  • 18 marshmallows
  • Black gel frosting
  • 9 chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos) 

Directions:

  1. Add blue food coloring to buttercream frosting a few drops at a time, stirring between each addition, until it’s a bold blue. Cover the cupcakes with an even layer of frosting.
  2. Use a fork to make small strokes in the frosting, giving it an almost cross-hatched, fur-like texture.
  3. Use your fingers to flatten a mini marshmallow, creating each eye. (This makes them just the right size for the monster’s face and prevents them from flipping over when you pick up the cupcakes later.) Gently press two near the top of each frosted cupcake. Use black gel frosting to dot pupils onto the eyes.
  4. Twist a chocolate sandwich cookie in half. (You’ll use one half for each cupcake, which is why you only need 12.) Take that one circle and carefully break it in half, creating two semi-circles. That forms the monster’s mouth! Gently place it just under the marshmallow eyes. 

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