When monsters bite, what do you do? You bite back! Harness your inner monster because we’re about to show you how to turn the tables on these pesky, purple, people eaters with a tutorial that will have your sweet tooth shook. You may have heard of piñata cookies. You may have heard of window cookies. Combine both of them, and you have a windowed piñata cookie that reveals the candy collection piled inside. These sweet, little, edible monsters are next level amazing. You’ll be able to see exactly what these monsters have been eating through their clear window tummy. Give these monsters a shake and watch the sprinkles toss about inside.
It doesn’t even have to be Halloween to throw a monster party and these cookies would make a monstrously awesome party treat for your guests. We filled our monsters with bones and skulls sprinkles and a bit of red sanding sugar, but for PG-rated cookies, you could use bug-shaped sprinkles or even regular sprinkles would look great.
These cookies were created, photographed and , written about by @ally.bakes. Slide on over to her Instagram and give her a follow to see what other sweets she’s been decorating for the spookiest of seasons.
Before getting started you’ll need to bake a batch of monster cookies and prepare your royal icing. Check out this post to get our recipes for both dough and icing and you’ll be a monster maker in no time.
Monster Pinata Cookie Materials
- Baked Sugar Cookies
- Isomalt Crystals
- Prepared Royal Icing
- Gel Food Coloring
- Purple, Yellow, Green, Black
- Bones & Skull Sprinkles from Wilton
- Red Sanding Sugar
- Black edible marker
- Small round icing tip
- Piping bags
To create this pinata cookie, you’ll need more baked cookies than normal. It takes three layers of sugar cookies to create this look. The bottom layer, the middle layer, and the top layer. The top and middle layers will need to have an oval shape cut out in the stomach area.
Using a stainless-steel pot, mix together 1 cup of the Isomalt crystals and ¼ cup of water. Boil until you see bubbles and the mix starting to get a syrup consistency. Place the bottom of the pot in ice-cold water so that it stops the cooking process. Let the mix sit for a bit and let the air bubbles rise to the top.
When your cookies have cooled completely, put a thin layer of white royal icing on the top half of the head. This will be part of the eyes. Also, using the black edible marker, draw in a solid smile shape for the mouth. Place your cookie on wax paper and pour the Isomalt mix into the stomach of the monster. Let dry.
Next, mix royal icing to a flood consistency. Mix in some purple gel food coloring. Pipe around the eyes and mouth. While you’re at it, mix some black royal icing and put in the eyes. Make sure to leave some white around the eyes.
After the black icing dries in the eye, add a small dot of white royal icing to the top of each eye.
Next, add the teeth. Use a toothpick or scribe to make the top of each tooth pointy!
Mix a little bit of yellow royal icing. Add in the eyebrows. You can have the inner lines lower near the eyes and the outer part of the eyebrows a little higher – this will make your monster look a little angrier! Or, if you want a nice monster, you can keep the eyebrows straight.
Now, we’ll fill in the cute little horns with some green royal icing. Add some to the hands and feet for more detail.
Now, it’s time for stacking! Take one of the open belly cookies, put a good amount of royal icing on the backside and place it on top of the bottom sugar cookie (the one with no holes). Let the icing dry.
Next, fill in the stomach with the skulls & bone sprinkles along with the red sanding sugar. Don’t fill it up all the way since we want the insides to move when we are finished.
Take your dried monster and place a good amount of royal icing on the back and place it on top of the first two cookies and sprinkles. Let dry completely. There you have it! You can see what our cute little monster had for dinner.