When I was recently approached to make a fun non-cake/cupcake dessert for a little boy’s fourth birthday party, I went from having no clue what to make to having way too many ideas. Given the birthday boy’s love for the movie Monster’s Inc., I immediately thought about making something bite-sized and monster themed. I figured that a bunch of little kids would go crazy for anything involving sprinkles and frosting, especially sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies.
I love making cookie sandwiches with either frosting or ice cream. It’s only one extra step, but creates a dessert that is a step above a regular old cookie. You have to admit, these monster sandwiches are pretty stinkin’ cute and really require minimal effort. Any cookie/frosting combination would work for these, so you could definitely play around with flavors and have some fun. The birthday boy was completely smitten with his monster sandwich, especially when he realized he got to eat two cookies instead of just one!
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 6 to 8 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 cup milk (any kind works)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- To make the cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the melted butter, sugars and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add eggs one at a time. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Separate into 24 balls and bake on cookie sheets for 9 minutes. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- To make the frosting, combine butter powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Start with 6 cups of confectioner's sugar and if frosting is too thin, add 1-2 cups more. Beat frosting for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
- To assemble cookies, spread frosting onto the backside of one cookie and press another cookie on top. Roll the edge of the sandwich in sprinkles. Pipe two dollops of frosting on top of the sandwich and place an M&M on each one to make eyes. Enjoy!