Frankenstein Cookie

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Let’s make a Frankenstein Cookie for Halloween! This simple dessert starts with an easy sugar cookie recipe and is topped with a buttercream frosting. Making the Frankenstein face is a simple process of adding chocolate sprinkles, some extra buttercream, writing gel, and edible eyeballs!

Halloween is the perfect time to bring out all the fun desserts. Make a spread and include some Halloween Dirt Cups, Witch Hat Peanut Butter Cookies, Oreo Cookie Eyeballs, and the best Gourmet Caramel Apples!

A square of Frankenstein cake.

Frankenstein Sugar Cookie

Sugar cookie dough makes the BEST cookie cake. In fact, this one is adapted from my Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars, but is decorated for Halloween. While Frankenstein normally has a long rectangular face, mine is square which makes him cute.

Speaking of cute, Tiffany (my daughter-in-law) told me that this Frankenstein looks like my son, Josh (her hubby), from back in the day. I used to buzz his hair every two weeks, but he let it grow out when he left the nest. Boy do I miss that cute little buzz cut! 😀

I’ve also explained that we aren’t a SCARY family. No horror shows have ever been consumed in our home. Which is why our two boys have to say no to their girls who actually…get this – LOVE horror shows! EEP!

Let’s stick to our cute little Frankenstein, shall we?

Overhead view of sliced cookie cake.

Ingredients Used

For the cookie:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Sugars – both brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • A pinch EACH of baking soda, cream of tartar, and kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Half and Half (or whole milk)
  • Powdered Sugar

For decorating:

  • Chocolate Sprinkles – for the hair and eyebrows.
  • Edible Eyeballs – Add them to little rounds of extra frosting.
  • Writing Gel – Easy to use to draw the lips

How to make a Frankenstein Cookie

Make the cookie.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a square pan (8×8 pan linked below) with parchment paper.
  2. In a standing mixer (or use a hand mixer), combine the butter and sugars. Mix until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix again.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients – the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix and pour into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  4. Press the cookie dough into the prepared pan, using your fingers to spread evenly to all sides of the pan.
  5. Bake the cookie for approximately 22 minutes, or until light golden brown on top. It’s ok to slightly under-bake this cookie. Gooey is good!
  6. Let the cookie sit in the pan for 10-15 minutes, and then gently remove the cookie to a cooling rack (using the parchment paper as handles). Let cool completely.

Make the frosting.

  1. Use a hand mixer to whip the butter until fluffy, about a minute or so. Then add the vanilla, half and half, and powdered sugar. Mix again until very well combined.
  2. Add some green food coloring until you get your desired shade. Add a few drops and then add more as needed.

Decorate Frankenstein.

  1. Start by spreading the frosting on top of the cooled cookie, spreading it evenly to all sides.
  2. Use some chocolate sprinkles for the hair. You may need to use a piece of parchment paper to block part of the cookie so you don’t get sprinkles everywhere!
  3. Add some extra rounds of frosting for the eyes and the nose.
  4. Place the edible eyeballs on top of the rounds of frosting.
  5. Add more chocolate sprinkles for the eyebrows.
  6. Then use some tubed black frosting to draw the face on Frankenstein.
  7. There is your CUTE Frankenstein (aka Josh)!
My hand holding a slice of cake.

Storing and Freezing

  • Storing – You can store this cookie on your countertop for 3-4 days. If your home is warm/humid inside, it might be best to store the cookie in your refrigerator. Just take it out for 30 minutes before eating, (if you can wait)!
  • Freezing – You can freeze the sugar cookie (without frosting/decorating) for a couple of months, wrapped up tightly. Just remove from freezer and let it unthaw before proceeding with frosting and decorating.
Side shot of a piece of cake.

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xoxo ~Sue

A square of Frankenstein cake.

Frankenstein Cookie

Sue Ringsdorf
Let's make a Frankenstein Cookie for Halloween! This simple dessert starts with an easy sugar cookie recipe and is topped with a buttercream frosting. Making the Frankenstein face is a simple process of adding chocolate sprinkles, some extra buttercream, writing gel, and edible eyeballs!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 445 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the cookie:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter – softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg – at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter – at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half – or whole milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar – or to right consistency
  • chocolate sprinkles, edible eyeballs, black edible frosting – for decorating

Instructions
 

For the cookie:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add parchment paper to an 8×8 pan.
  • In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix again.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Pour the dry into the wet, and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix.
  • Press the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Spread it evenly to the edges of the pan.
  • Bake the cookie for 22-24 minutes, or until the top just starts to get golden brown. It's ok to slightly under-bake this cookie cake. Remove to a cooling rack.

For the frosting:

  • Use a hand mixer to whip the butter for about a minute or so. Then add the vanilla, half and half, and powdered sugar. Mix very well.
  • Add some green food coloring until you get your desired shade. Mix well.

Decorate Frankenstein:

  • To decorate, start by spreading the green frosting evenly to all sides of the cookie.
  • Use the chocolate sprinkles to make the hair. You might need to use a piece of parchment paper to block off the part of cookie that you don't want sprinkles on!
  • Add some extra rounds of frosting for the eyes and nose. (see photos) Add edible eyeballs for the eyes.
  • Use more chocolate sprinkles to make the eyebrows
  • Draw the lips on the face with some black tubed frosting/gel.

Notes

  • Making sugar cookie bars is quicker and easier than making cookies. They require no chill time in the refrigerator and are quicker to make because you bake only one pan
  • You can freeze the sugar cookie bars BEFORE frosting them. Or you can freeze the dough and let thaw before pressing into pan to bake. Don’t freeze the frosting.
  • Leftover sugar cookie bars stay fresh on the counter for 3-4 days. However, if your house if very humid/warm, refrigerate them.

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 3gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 96mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 740IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Frankenstein Cake, Halloween treats
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2 Comments

  1. So much fun! Tastes great and yet simple!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I agree 100%!

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