How to make adorable Cookie Monster and Elmo Cookies!

Cookie Monster and Elmo Cookies

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie monster, elmo, frosting, sugar cookie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 121 kcal
Author: Kristen Formaro
Cookie Monster and Elmo cookies are so adorable we can't contain ourselves! Perfect for a Sesame Street, Elmo or Cookie Monster birthday party too!


  • 16 ounce Package refrigerator sugar cookie dough or homemade sugar cookies
  • 16 ounce tub vanilla frosting or homemade white frosting
  • Red and blue gel food coloring NOT liquid food coloring - see notes
  • 48 Jumbo candy eyes


  1. First you need to make your sugar cookies and let them cool. While the cookies are cooling you'll tint your frostings. Separate the white frosting into two bowls.
  2. Use a toothpick or a butter knife to lift a small amount (less than an 1/8 teaspoon) of gel food coloring out and add it to one of the bowls of frosting. This is all experimentation. Mix it all together and add more if needed to reach the desired color. Repeat for the second color.  
  3. To decorate your Cookie Monster and Elmo cookies and make the frosting look like that fun muppet hair we all know and love, first spread some colored frosting on the sugar cookie.
  4. Next simply touch the frosting with the butter knife and pull upward. Keep doing this over and over until you are happy with the results.
  5. It's not much more complicated than that! All that's left to do is add two jumbo candy eyes. To look like Cookie Monster, make sure you position the eyes so they look jumbled or cross-eyed. For Elmo, add a butterscotch disc for the nose.

Recipe Notes

Please don’t use liquid food coloring. This will make your frosting too thin and you will not get the vibrant color you need. You WILL throw it away and be disappointed. Only use gel food coloring.

You will likely have extra frosting left over.

Nutrition Facts
Cookie Monster and Elmo Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Sugars 12g
Vitamin A 0.1%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.