Fun Things to Bake with Kids - Halloween Monster Cookies
I think these monsters may seem a little more mentally disturbed than scary. Oh well, they are delicious either way. This cookie recipe was first published several months ago, in my article Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies. If you don't care for peanut butter, feel free to opt for another kind of cookie of your choice. You can even buy a ready-made cookie dough and skip the whole mixing process. The most fun part is the decorating anyway. As you can see, it doesn't require much artistic skills or meticulousness to decorate these Halloween monster cookies. That's why I believe these should be fun things to bake with kids, even very young ones. You can be in charge of dough mixing and oven handling while letting the kids be the cookie artists of the day. To be honest, I haven't had much interaction with children, let alone baking with them. So I have no first-hand experience on how delightful or daunting it is to try to teach little children how to bake. According to a previous coworker of mine, however, it is one of the most joyful things for her to do with her two children on Halloween.
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Halloween Monster Cookies - Ingredients
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp rice flour
- 1 cup peanut butter (I use reduced-fat creamy Skippy)
- 1/2 cup brown or white sugar
- About 60 pieces of crispy chow mein noodles (about 1 - 2 inches long)
- 20 - 24 chocolate morsels (I use Nestle semi-sweet morsels)
How to Make Halloween Monster Cookies
- Preheat an oven to 350° F.
- In a large bowl, beat together egg, peanut butter and sugar with a whisk or fork until combined.
- Add rice flour and continue to mix until well blended.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Form about two tablespoons of your cookie batter into a round shape, put it on the baking sheet, then flatten it just a little bit.
- Put two chocolate morsels on the upper part of each cookie in order to make the eyes. Press them into the cookies slightly.
- To make the crazy hair, you'll need about 4 - 5 pieces of crispy noodles. Insert the tips of the noodles into the edges of each cookie, right above the eyes. (I like to use crooked pieces of noodles and arrange them in a disorderly way because that makes my monsters look crazier!)
- Use a round piping tip or hard plastic straw to cut out a small piece from the lower part of each cookie. Now it seems like your delicious monsters are either gaping or screaming!
- Once you're done decorating all your Halloween monster cookies, pop them in the oven and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until they turn golden brown around the edges.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
- Enjoy your monster cookies; bite their faces off!
Alternative Decorating Ideas for These Easy Halloween Cookies
Red Vanilla Icing
Red Jelly Beans
Halved Roasted Peanuts
Dried Appricots Cut into Lip-Like Shapes
Cookie Salon - Giving the Monsters' Hair Some Color
I like to leave the crispy noodles just the way they are, but if you think that would be too boring, here's an idea. Once your cookies are completely cool, dip your monsters' hair in chocolate glaze or any colored glaze, then allow them to dry on waxed paper. Your kids would likely enjoy adding this final touch to their monster cookies!