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Kids in the Kitchen: Cookie Monster Cupcakes

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Written by Tara Mitchell of This Sweet Life and Embark on the Journey.

A few weeks ago, my daughter had a friend over. They got bored and asked if they could make some cupcakes. Since they’re 11 and 12, I told them they could make some while I took a nap.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I woke up.

They spent some time searching for “cute cupcake” ideas before they started baking. And, boy did they find a cute cupcake to create! It’s a good thing I got up before they finished baking, or I’d have missed out on getting any pictures.

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

They started with a simple boxed cake mix and canned icing. You could make them from scratch if you’d like, but we used what we had on hand. They made the cupcakes according the to directions on the box.

While the cupcakes were baking, the girls tinted a can of icing blue using liquid food color.

Because they couldn’t wait for the cupcakes to cool so they could decorate them, they turned on a small fan to help them cool a little faster.

Cooling Off

Once they were cooled off and ready to be iced, the girls got to work. They scooped the icing into a zipper bag and cut the corner. Hannah piped the blue icing on each of the cupcakes.


Once the cupcakes were iced, Emma set to work decorating them. Using what we had on hand, she decided to use candy melts for the eyes and mini chocolate chips for the pupils. She used a tiny bit of icing to stick the chocolate chips to the candy.

Cookie Monster Eyes

The biggest dilemma was how to make the mouth. They really talked through that one for a while before coming up with a solution. Emma decided to use Oreos. She separated them and scraped off the creme filling. Then, she broke each piece (top and bottom) in half. She placed half a cookie on each cupcake, and voila!


The Cookie Monster Cupcakes were a huge hit with their dance team that evening. Everyone tells me that the tasted great. I wouldn’t know. I never got one! Maybe next time.

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Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – Homeschool Preschool and Teaching with Children's Books.

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