Gooey Monster Cookies

Fun, bright and festive cake mix cookies are all dressed up to look like monsters. Gooey monster cookies are great all year long!!

Gooey monster cookies remind me of all the fun monsters in Monster’s University. They are colorful and SO fun! If you need more monsters try Monster Bark, Monster Rice Krispies Treats, and Monster Cupcakes.

Gooey monster cookies in all shades stacked together.

Monster Cookies

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, especially their movies!

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!

Orange, green, blue, and pink cookie dough in separate bowls.

Making Monster Cookies

BATTER. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in cake mix.

COLOR. Divide batter into bowls for the amount of colors you want. Add food coloring to each individual bowl and mix until all combined. Chill for 30 minutes.

BAKE. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet and pat down a bit. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Note: Do not bake the eyes. They will turn to goo and/or burn in the oven. 

DECORATE & ENJOY! Add candy eyeballs while cookies are still warm. ENJOY!

Tip: When a batch of cookies are baking put the dough back in the fridge to chill.  Bake the cookies in small batches as you need to add the eyes after you pull the cookies out of the oven. Unless you have helpers it can be tricky to get all the eyes on each cookie before they cool off. 

Powdered sugar covered cookie dough balls

Tips + Variations

Although these cookies are supposed to be “Gooey Monster Cookies” you don’t want them so gooey that they are raw. Here are a few tips to help you troubleshoot cookies that are too gooey:

  • Did you use the correct size cake mix.
  • Do not mix up the cake mix according to the directions on the box. For these cookies you only need the cake mix powder and then you mix it with the ingredients listed in our recipe.
  • Not chilling the dough long enough. You can even put it in the freezer for a bit.
  • Different ovens may require a different bake time.  Add a few extra minutes if necessary.
  • If the dough still feels too sticky for your liking add a tablespoon of two of flour to firm it up.
Gooey monster cookies on a sheet pan.

Storing Tips

You can make the dough ahead of time and STORE it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to bake them. Do not add the powdered sugar until right before baking.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and STORE in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Form the dough into balls and put them on a baking sheet. FREEZE them until solid then transfer them to a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before baking.

STORE baked cookies in the fridge for 3-5 days or FREEZE for up to 3 months.

Gooey monster cookies dotted with eyeballs

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Gooey Monster Cookie Recipe

4.74 from 30 votes
Fun, bright and festive cake mix cookies are all dressed up to look like monsters. Gooey monster cookies are great all year long!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 69 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ c butter softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  • food coloring I used NEON food coloring to make them more vibrant
  • candy eyeballs

Instructions
 

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

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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.

ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these with two of my friends’ toddlers that I was watching for her. They had so much fun and ask for them all the time. With October just around the corner I’ll have to plan to make them again.

    1. I imagine they would be! You could even freeze the cookies before shipping so they may potentially stay fresh longer? I haven’t tried shipping them before, so you’ll have to let us know how they turn out if you do. I’m sure this would be such a fun surprise for her to receive in the mail!

    1. You’re welcome!! What a fun goody for trick or treaters. You can find them at Walmart, Target or possibly even just your local grocery store in the baking section. If not there, probably in the cake decorating section. Amazon would have them too!

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