Gooey Monster Cookies and Monster Suckers

We are HUGE Disney fans here at the Merkley house. Not only do we go to Disneyland every year, but we own almost every movie and love all things Disney. I may the biggest Disney fan of all in the family and still find myself in tears at the end of every movie… not because they’re sad, but because they are seriously SO awesome! The way they make up these incredible stories that come full circle are just down right amazing! Monsters University is no different. I actually took Lily and Gavin to see it opening weekend. They LOVED it and were so excited to find out that we were getting the DVD a bit early to review (OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE IS OCTOBER 29TH). We’ve been watching it all week and it gets more funny each time we do. The hubby and I actually sat down and watched it together after the kiddos went to bed last night. I can’t remember the last time my hubby laughed so hard in a movie.

With Monsters U on the brain, I knew I wanted to make a yummy and creepy treat to celebrate the new release of the movie. I couldn’t help but think of the Gooey Monster Eye Cookies I made a month or so ago. They remind me so much of Mike Wazowski. I decided to do a more colorful version with lots of eye balls!

Gooey Monster Cookies Recipe on { } ADORABLE!!

These cookies remind me of all the fun Monsters found in the movie! Aren’t they fun?! The kids each picked out a color (Gav was green AND blue, Evie was Orange and Lily was Pink).

My kiddos absolutely died over these sweet treats, and were adamant about trying each color. I convinced them they could only try two (one the day we made them and one the next day). They didn’t like that idea but went with it. :)

Here is how you can make them too:

Gooey Monster Cookies and Monster Suckers


  • 1 White Cake Mix Box
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. Cream Cheese Bar softened
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Food Coloring
  • Candy Eyeballs


  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Divide batter into bowls for the amount of colors you want.
  3. Add food coloring to each individual bowl and mix until all combined.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet and pat down a bit.
  7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes
  8. Add candy eyeballs while cookies are still warm. ENJOY!
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Make the dough as directed and divide into 4 bowls.

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Add food coloring to each bowl and mix well. I used neon orange, neon green, neon blue and neon pink.

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Roll your dough into balls and then into a bowl of powdered sugar. Flatten a bit with your fingers.

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Get these Candy Eyeballs ready so as soon as the cookies come out of the oven….

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you can add the eyeballs (however man you like!)

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Yummy Gooey Monster Cookies

Man, they were so fun to make as well as super delicious!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stop there.

I decided to make Monster Suckers too (I’m sorry – I just couldn’t help myself!)

Monster Suckers Recipe

We’ve been making suckers for years, and when my sister was in town last week we busted out a batch.

They are so easy to do if you have the molds and supplies, and were so fun to make with a monster theme.

Here is what you’ll need to make them:


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. flavoring (you can use any flavoring but we found apple)
  • 1/4 tsp. food coloring
  • Candy Eyeballs


  • Sucker Sticks
  • Lollipop Molds (can be purchased HERE)


  1. Put molds and sticks together. Place on cookie sheet and spray. Put in freezer until candy is ready.
  2. Put all ingredients except flavoring and color in a pan. Cook to hard crack stage (300 degrees).
  3. Add flavoring and coloring. Add Candy eyeballs. Stir about two minutes.
  4. Pour into molds. Let set for 10-15 minutes. Remove molds and ENJOY!

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Pouring the candy into the molds can get messy, but it is easily cleaned!

So glad we had some Monster Fun in the kitchen putting together these awesome treats!!

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You will definitely have a blast making them too!


Be sure to check out Monsters University when it comes out Oct. 29th. To pre-order the movie online go HERE.

For more information be sure to check out Monsters U on Facebook HERE, on Twitter HERE, and on Pinterest HERE.

For all Lil’ Luna Recipes go HERE.


This is a sponsored post brought to you by Disney and Blueprint Social. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. 1

    I am definitely the biggest Disney fan in our house too. I totally get crying at the end of a Disney movie. (And multiple times every Disneyland trip.) I just picked up some of the eyeballs, so I’m going to have to make the cookies with my kiddos. Thanks so much! Love your site!
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  2. 2

    I made the Green version after reading your post last time. I never thought about changing the colors….these are so cute! Everyone loved the Green eyed monster cookies…very tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  3. 3

    I love these cookies and suckers!!! They are so adorable!!! How fun to make as a treat while watching Monsters Inc. Pinning!!!

  4. 5

    These are my favorite cookies ever, I think. SO cute. We were at Disneyland the week the movie opened in theaters and it was all monsters, everywhere. Jordan was so excited for that movie by the time we saw it!
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    • 6

      You are way too sweet, Dorothy!! SO glad you like them. It was probably so fun to be at Disneyland when the movie was released… I know how Disney goes all out for those kinds of things. You will definitely have to get Jordan the movie and make the cookies while you watch it!! XO

  5. 7

    Hi! I LOVE the way these cookies look! They are super cute! I do have one question though. Where did you buy the eyes? They look like sugar eyes, but I haven’t had any luck locating them.


    • 8

      SO glad you like the cookies, Jessica. I’ve seen the eyeballs at Kroger/Fry’s. They are also at Target in the Halloween section right now and usually in their baking section year round. They are also at Walmart in the Wilton section as well as at Michael’s and Joann’s in the baking section all year long. Hope that helps! :D

      • 9

        Yeah! I need to find these eyeballs. My DD has informed me she warnts a Mike “owski” birthday.

        • 10

          They would be perfect for a Monsters Party!! Look at Walmart in the Wilton section or they are at Michael’s and Joann’s in the baking section as well all year-long. :)

  6. 11

    Made these last weekend to send to my USAFA cadet in a care package. I’m not sold on the taste but they are so totally cute! My (at home guinea pig) DS thought they were tasty. We’ll see how well they travel…

  7. 17

    Those lollipop molds are THE best! Totally my favorite. Love they eyeballs too.
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  8. 21

    I followed the recipe exactly but my cookies came out still so gooey that it was like eating raw dough. I put them in for another 10 min. Still gooey. My 2 yr old wouldn’t eat it.

    I’m in Florida. Is this recipe made in an elevation?


    • 22

      Hi Aimee. These were not made in an elevation (I’m in Houston). Did you refrigerate them for at least half hour? They are still gooey after you take them out of the fridge but then I roll them into balls and place them in the powdered sugar. My oven is a little hot and usually only need to cook for 8-10 minutes and they are a little soft and gooey but not dough-y when we make them. Not sure what happened, but I would make sure they are refrigerated for at least half hour and then cooked for at least 10 minutes. Hope that helps. :)

  9. 23

    these look adorable! my 4 year-old is begging to make them. I have all the ingredients, except for the cream cheese. do you know if omitting that will ruin the recipe, or could I try it without it?!


  10. 24

    I really had high hopes for these, however no one in out house like the taste at all. I will make again, for the cuteness alone, but will stick with a basic sugar cookie recipe. Like the commenter in FL, ours were so gooey. I cooked them for a good 18 mins and they still are yucky :( really sad

    • 25

      I totally agree. I bake pretty often, and this is not a great cookie recipe. The dough, even after refrigeration, isn’t great to work with, and it’s a tough balance to take the cookies out in time to be soft enough to place the eyes, because they were still raw on the inside. I ended up taking them out, putting the eyes on, and then finishing them off for another few minutes in the oven. I will make these next time with sugar cookies. The eyeballs were a huge hit, though!

  11. 26
    Heather Mathews :

    Hello!! I found the eyeballs but only in 1 size….do you know if you bought 2 different packages to get 2 different sizes? Super cute cookies!! Going to make them for the kids’ Halloween Party!! Adorable and thanks for sharing!!

    • 27

      Hi Heather. I bought 2 different packages… one had the smaller eyes and the other had the larger eyes. Hope that helps. :)

  12. 28

    Omigosh, these are TOO cute! Pinning to make this week. My kids will love them!
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  13. 30

    Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)

    Claire x
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  14. 31

    Where do you get the eyeballs? Order them? A chain store? This is adorable, but I have never seen enough eyeballs outside of a kit that I could make these

    • 32

      Hi Cindy! I’ve seen the eyeballs alone at Walmart in the Wilton section as well as at Target in the Baking section. I have also seen the Eyes at Michael’s, Joann’s and Hobby Lobby near the Wilton/Baking sections. Hope that helps. :)

  15. 33

    Oh my goodness, how CUTE!!!! I love this idea, so fun and so creative!!! (And yummy looking, too!)
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    • 34

      Thank you so much, Maria!! Let me know if you make them yourself… they are so easy and delicious and look so cute! :D

  16. 35

    Did you use the neon gel food coloring or the standard liquid in neon colors?

    • 36

      I used the neon gel food coloring for the pink and orange, and then used bright/neon food coloring from Hobby Lobby for the turquoise and green just because that is what I had on hand. I think most neon colors work well, and after the powdered sugar goes on it’s just slightly less brighter than the dough color, so you should know what color it ends up by looking at the dough. Hope that makes sense. ;)

  17. 37

    Just made these for my kids classes and they are very excited about them! They are tasty and so simple! Thanks!

    • 38

      So glad hey were a hit, Erin!! Hope you had fun making them too. :) Happy Halloween!

    • 39

      Hi I’m probably a dummy because it seems like everyone else got this, but do you make up the cake mix first then add that to your other ingredients, or do you just use the dry powder from the cake mix and add your ingredients??

      Thanks a bunch (trying to make these tonight, so any quick replies would be most welcome!!)

      • 40

        Just the dry cake mix with the ingredients she has listed :)

        • 41

          Thank you Ladies! They turned out fabulous – I am at 7500 feet and added 1 TSP flour (I usually add flour to get rise), could’ve added maybe 1.5. I put them in the fridge for 30 mins and they came out solid (not gooey), about the consistency of my regular chocolate chip cookie dough. 9.5 mins in the oven and they’re perfect!!

          Thanks for getting back to me so quickly Erin, and for getting back to me Luna! Great recipe, the kids at preschool were already fawning over them when I dropped them off!

      • 42

        Sorry, Audrey – just now seeing this… just the dry cake mix. :)

  18. 43

    These are EPIC!!!! Thank you so much. Did the tri color platter and got kudos from all ages. Followed directions to the t and they were perfect. THANK YOU!!!

    Making with M&Ms for birthday tonight, thinking Toffee bits for November, and Peppermint for December. I feel a tradition in the making!!! THANK YOU!!!

    • 44

      YAY!! I’m so happy to hear they were a hit!! I have a few more versions coming up too in the next few weeks. They’re such a yummy and easy cookie recipe. :)

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    I just wanted to let you know, that I tried making your cookies for Halloween time and they are DELICIOUS! I couldn’t find candy eye balls though, so I substituted with white frosting and mini hershey kisses. :)

    Thanks for inspiring me. :)

    • 46

      Great idea, Hannah! So glad I could inspire, and that they were delicious. Thanks also for taking the time to comment back and let me know how they were. Have a great week! XO

  20. 47

    Wow, cookies look scary and delicious at the same time! Thanks for an awesome recipe.
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  21. 48

    Very cute, planning on making for my boys 1st birthday.. Cookie Monster theme… I think they will fit in :)
    Wanting to confirm the quantity of cream cheese… (We don’t really go by oz in Oz (Australia!! Ha ha).. Is it 18 oz (532g) or 1 x 8 oz (236)??

  22. 49

    These are adorable! I will be making these this weekend. Too cute!

  23. 51

    These are adorable! About how big do these cookies turn out? Thanks!

  24. 53

    I was wondering, how many cookies does the recipe yield?

  25. 55

    Just wondering what size cake mix you use? We have all different sizes here and obviously it would have quite an impact on the outcome. Thanks, can’t wait to try them ;)

  26. 56

    So where would I find the candy eyeballs?

  27. 58

    Oh my gosh I love these cookies!
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  28. 60

    Do you know if putting the eyes on before baking them would work? I’d like to try this with my niece but I couldn’t let her mess around near hot cookie sheets.

  29. 62

    MONSTER COOKIES! I just made these today to try out the recipe and I was not disappointed! I didn’t have the neon colors so I ended up making some darker more halloween-esque monsters, but they were perfect! I say “were” because everyone in my house already ate them. You can take a look here:

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of your recipes!
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  30. 64

    I love this idea! Where do you find the candied eye balls?

  31. 66
    Brenda Boston :

    Candy eyeballs. Where do you buy them? Are they some type of mint painted with black
    for the pupil? Never seen them? Thanks, BB

  32. 68

    I am just now seeing these for the first time. . LOVE these!!! Pinned! and these might have to happen for my kids’ Halloween party. . love!!
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  33. 69

    Hi! Making these for my daughter’s kindergarten class Halloween party. How many cookies does one recipe yield? Thank you, I know it’s been a year since you posted this! Such a cute idea!

  34. 70

    The cookies are ADORABLE!! I can’t wait to make them!!

  35. 72

    Love love loved this recipe!! SOOOO delicious, so fun, so so easy. Even made it without a mixer! A bit of an arm workout, but quite the success! Check out my tumblr for pictures! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  36. 73

    Hi there,
    I love this idea and want to make them for my son’s party (monster theme).
    I just want to know what is the weight of a Cake Mix Box? I live in South Africa and I am worried that the weights are different (we get different sizes here).
    Thanks for your help.

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