Gather your little ghouls together and throw a Monster Bash with this fun Make-Your-Own Monster Cookie Bar. It’s a quick and clever way to encourage your kids to get creative in the kitchen. With a super-simple recipe for 3-ingredient Cookie Pops, this simple treat is a sweet way to get spooky!
Every year, right around the first of October, my kids get a hankering for a party. With school well underway and our autumn routine finally dialed in (plus fun holidays on the horizon!), this time of year certainly feels like a great time to celebrate. As much as I love a party, however, I dread the idea of putting one together. It always feels so time-consuming and overwhelming. What food should we serve? What activity should we do? What games should we play? And how, for the love of all that is motherhood, will I ever find the time to prep everything in the middle of work and carpooling and soccer camps?
The answer: this.
Prepping a Make-Your-Own Monster Cookie Bar is the ultimate all-in-one party answer. A snack, a craft, and an activity, this fun idea invites your kiddos to unleash their inner imagination, enjoy a yummy nosh, and spend some memorable fall minutes with favorite friends. All without causing mommy to go catatonic. With a three-ingredient recipe for cookie pops, you can make 24 ready-to-decorate pops in no time at all. Whip up a snappy batch of delicious buttercream (it tastes better than store-bought frosting, and when you make it at home, you can make a huge batch all at once). A quick stop to the cake decor section of your local craft store makes it easy to gather all needed decor toppings. And that’s it. Boom. Monster Party ready to go.
What You Need
Here’s a quick list of everything you’ll need to pull this party off. Do yourself a favor and grab just these items. Your tots will have a blast with these basics, and you’ll be able to throw a budget-friendly shindig without pulling your hair out from complex pre-party coordination.
- Invites: Send an electronic invite, or give guests a heads up via text.
- Cookie Pops: Recipe below
- Colored Frosting: Recipe below
- Decor Toppings: Edible eyes, a variety of large sprinkles, and black gel icing
- Extras: Paper plates, plastic knives, and paper aprons (if you please)
Ready to get this Monster Soiree rockin’? These two recipes are all you need! While the cookies bake, prep the frosting and you’ll be ready for guests in less time than it takes to say “Me Love Cookies!”
3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookie Pops
Makes: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- Special Equipment: wooden craft sticks
- Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large stand mixer, cream together butter, flour, powdered sugar, and water until a soft dough forms. Use a medium cookie scoop to drop rounds of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press wooden cookie sticks into the center of each cookie, then use a spoon to gently press the dough rounds down, until about 3/4″ thick. (The cookie dough doesn’t spread much while baking, so the shape you press the dough into will remain the shape of the final cookies.)
- Bake for 12-17 minutes, or until the cookies set and turn golden around the edges. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
Best Ever Buttercream
Makes: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 (2-pound) bag powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Special Equipment: gel food coloring (orange, green, and purple)
- In a stand mixer, beat all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Separate frosting into three bowls and tint with gel food coloring. Spread on top of cooled shortbread cookie pops and decorate as desired.