Why Cookie Monster’s New Book May Hold the Secret To Happiness

The lovable monster shares crumbs of wisdom about love, friendship, peace and, of course, the art of eating cookies.

Inspiration can often come from the unlikeliest of sources: a game, a child, a song, a stranger …or from a big, blue Muppet with an insatiable craving for cookies of all kinds. (Psst! Here are the cookies you need in your collection.)

Sesame Street’s most famous sweet tooth, Cookie Monster, has just released a book, The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Monster’s Guide to Life, loaded with deep thoughts on joy, inner peace, friendship and crumbs of wisdom that all center around his favorite subject matter. He even shares a few of his absolute favorite cookie recipes—and coming from such an authority, you can bet they’re completely “om nomnomnomnom”-worthy. If you thought cookies couldn’t possibly make you any happier, think again—this book proves enlightenment just may realized when pulled from the oven at 350 degrees.

Here’s a peek at some of the fresh-baked wisdom the furry guy imparts in his new guide to life:

He touches on the meaning of life:

“No matter what question is, answer is cookie. (Sometimes answer is love. But always also cookie.”

And tips on living your fullest life:

“Fill life with people you love. Fill tummy with cookie you love.”

Cookie provides motivation to be a better person:

“Be the monster your cookie deserves.”

And the art of asking for forgiveness:

“Love means never having to say me sorry…for eating last cookie. But still, me sorry.”

Plus, how to make the most of our time on Earth:

“Life short. Cookie at breakfast!”

He may seem like an unlikely source for diet tips, and yet he makes a pretty good point:

“Balanced diet is important. For example, me eat chocolate chippy cookie. Then me eat green leafy salad. (Then me eat oatmeal raisin cookie.)”

He even reveals a brilliant tip for making the perfect cookie:

“My secret ingredient for cookie is love. And a tiny but of sea salt on top.”

And finally, what makes a friend for life:

“Sometimes me think, ‘what is friend?’ And me think, friend someone you give up last cookie for.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. For more monster motivation, pick up a copy of the gluttonous guru’s new book, and int he meantime, bake up any of these irresistible recipes that are undeniably Cookie Monster approved.

35 Cookie Recipes You Need in Your Collection
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Rachel Seis
As senior editor for Taste of Home magazine, Rachel has her hand in everything you see from cover to cover, from writing and editing articles to taste-testing recipes to ensuring every issue is packed with fun and fabulous content. She'll roll up her sleeves to try any new recipe in the kitchen—from spicy Thai dishes (her favorite!) to classic Southern comfort food (OK...also her favorite). When she's not busy thinking of her next meal, Rachel can be found practicing yoga, going for a run, exploring National Parks and traveling to new-to-her cities across the country.