I came up with this recipe to take to the baby shower for a very dear friend of mine. I always looked forward to my friends having babies so I could make them lovely little goodies like this. I have been missing here dearly of late, and thought it would be fun to revisit this recipe.
If you are super keen you can make the little cookies yourself, but I bought some. I adore Mrs Field’s cookies, so I bought a selection of hers. I found it a little hard to find blue sprinkles. Dollar Fives have a ‘monster’ five pack that includes a bag of blue sugar crystals and a bag of mixed blue and green sprinkles. I used both of those.
Makes approx. 30
|100||grams||Fair trade dark chocolate (I use Green and Blacks 70% cocoa)|
|1/4||cup||self raising flour|
|2||tablespoons||Fair trade cocoa powder (I use Green and Blacks)|
|blue food dye|
|30||mini choc-chip cookies|
To make the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 160oC and line mini cupcake pans with blue paper cases.
Combine the butter, chocolate and milk in a saucepan over low heat. Heat, stirring until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate and butter are melted. Add the sugar, combine and set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, sift the flours and cocoa and combine. Add the egg and stir to combine. Pour into prepared tins and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
To decorate: melt the dark chocolate and water together in a small pan, stirring to combine. Partially dip the Cool Mints in the chocolate to make the Cookie Monster eyeballs. Set aside to set.
To make icing, beat the butter and gradually add icing sugar until it is pale and very fluffy. Add enough blue food dye to resemble the colour of the Cookie Monster.
Slice the tops of the cupcakes. Spread the tops with icing. Slice each top one third of the way down the top.
At the outside edge of the larger piece, arrange two of the Cool Mints ensuring the eyes face different directions.
Sprinkle both pieces with blue sprinkles.
Use a little of the icing to fix the smaller of the pieces back to the top of the cupcake. Afix the cookie with a little more icing, so it overhangs what is now the bottom lip of Cookie Monster, affix the larger piece with a little more icing, pressing down to secure.
You should now have your first Cookie Monster, complete with all remaining cupcakes. It’s quite time consuming, but definitely worth it.