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July 2nd, 2014 by Cobwebs

Cookie Monster

Artist Christine McConnell posted a series of cookie monsters to drool over (and, as someone on the original Reddit thread put it, “to make the rest of us feel inadequate”).

I have to agree with that latter sentiment; her caption under the photo above was, “I decided to try making homemade waffle cones; Then this sorta happened…” How does something like this just “sorta happen?”

The photo series has some amazing stuff, including a 3D sugar-cookie facehugger, a Danzig birthday cake, and a cake for a Voodoo-themed party with a snake on top: The snake’s forked tongue is a double-wicked birthday candle that she made herself. Why yes, I am feeling inadequate, thanks.

One of her creations is 3D tarantula cookies: Shortbread glued together with caramel, covered in chocolate, then dusted with toasted-coconut “hair.” I think the legs would be a little tricky and prone to breakage, but the bodies are comprised of fairly simple forms: A roughly egg-shaped abdomen, crimped oval thorax, and two small teardrops of dough pressed together for the head/fangs. Those might be manageable even by Muggles, and if the legs are too brittle to work with they could be replaced with something like pipe cleaners; the main part of the cookie would still be edible.

The fanged flowers in the photo above are probably do-able too, albeit a bit of work. The “heads” are strawberries with the stems carefully cut out in a V shape, then painted with chocolate and given little icing fangs. The tentacles are most likely modeling chocolate. The rest seems to be primarily cake-crumb “dirt” and icing details. It’d probably take most of an afternoon to put together, but it’d be a heck of a centerpiece (and also fun to bring to a company pot luck). Individual flowers would be fantastic decorations for cupcakes, too.

As commenter gluon said in the thread: “Finally, a diet that works. I’m too scared to eat any of this.”

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5 Responses

  1. Pixel Pixie Says:

    My boyfriend showed me this. I thanked him for planning the menu for my Halloween party.

  2. cookie Says:

    Geez, thanks for giving me somthing to obsess on…baking on a stifling hot summer day mmmm. That being said, I agree with you on the delicacy of those spider legs BUT instead of pipe cleaners ( nasty surprise for the unwary cookie lover ) how about pretzel sticks? the dough ought to easily mold around them and the sticks themselves would act like a heat sink so there would also be less chance of burning them while baking.This will bother the hell out of me untill I try it myself.

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  4. xJane Says:

    I’m going to sob in the corner with my store-bought cookies.

  5. Kathy White Says:

    I saw her stuff on Facebook or Pinterest and thought; OK, this is wow. Then I saw the pictures of the woman who designed and made the stuff and photographed it. She is gorgeous on top of being talented. And full of energy. And ideas. Sometimes life is soooooooo unfair.

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