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Written by Joe Raposo
Date 1971
Publisher Green Fox Music / Jonico Music
First Episode 0372

"C is for Cookie" is Cookie Monster's signature song.

Versions of the song


The original version of the song featured Cookie Monster standing behind a giant letter C, with a black background that eventually lightened to reveal a chorus including Grover, Fenwick, Herry Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Billy.

In a Season 21 insert (1990), Candice Bergen paid a visit to the Fix-It Shop to have her radio repaired. To test it out, she lip-synced to the song, complete with some visual aids. A brief instrumental from the song also appears as the sketch's ending music button. (First: Episode 2710)

In Season 25 (1994), a new operatic version was taped, featuring opera singer Marilyn Horne as Cleopatra and a chorus of Anything Muppets in an Egyptian setting, with a pyramid made entirely out of cookies in the background. At the end of the song once Cleopatra is carried away out of sight, Cookie Monster appears in Egyptian clothing and pulls a cookie off the pyramid, causing it to collapse with a huge crash. This version includes a brief introductory verse (titled "All the Sky Has Turned Gray"), written by Luis Santeiro and Dave Conner.[1] (First: Episode 3189)

In Season 30 (1998), another new version was filmed, once again sung by Cookie Monster (re-using the original soundtrack), but this time standing in front of the giant C on a light blue background with fancy light effects. The chorus of monsters included Grover, Herry Monster, Elmo, Zoe, Telly, Rosita, and several AM Monsters (including Kermit the Forg and Max). (First: Episode 3804)

A "mash-up" of the different performances is included on the DVD, C is for Cookie Monster. Similarly, a clip montage in Stars and Street Forever features clips from the original, Marilyn Horne's version, and the segment with Candice Bergen mixed together.

Other appearances


Cookie Monster's ancestor shares a cookie with Santa Claus in Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas.

Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration


Clips from the original version of this song appeared in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, the Great Performances documentary The World of Jim Henson and Stars and Street Forever.

A brief clip from the opera version also appeared in Stars and Street Forever and the full clip appeared in Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration and The Street We Live On.

Cookie Monster sang a verse of the song in Elmopalooza as part of a medley of Sesame Street songs.

The origin of the song is touched upon in the 2016 special Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas. In a 19th century version of Sesame Street (as shown in a bedtime story for Elmo), Santa Claus tells Cookie Monster's great-grandmonster that he's been writing a song, "C is for...," and needs a hook. He and Cookie think for a bit and Cookie remarks, "Well, c is for cookie and that good enough for me." Santa passes on that idea, however. The tune is briefly quoted in the score as Santa Claus later gobbles down some cookies in Cookie Monster-fashion.

Cookie Monster and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sang a verse of the song in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Sesame Street segments

The song has also been used and referenced in various episodes and inserts on Sesame Street.

  • In Episode 0599, Biff exits Hooper's Store with his order singing, "C is for Coffee, that's good enough for me."
  • A group of Grouches perform a variation of the song in Episode 1562 as Oscar the Grouch's campaign song, "O is for Oscar."
  • Episode 3018 features Lillian singing the song, only changed to name foods beginning with the letter P.
  • Baby Bear has periodically been heard singing a version of the song, "P is for Porridge," to himself in a number of episodes.
  • In Episode 3518, Bob and Ruthie are seen singing the song as Bob plays it on the piano in Finders Keepers.
  • In Episode 3564, the song is featured as "C is for Cuckoo," the cuckoo bird national anthem.
  • In Episode 3804, Big Bird got the song stuck in his head after watching the newer clip of the song, and constantly tried to find ways to get the song out of his head so he could do other things (such as tell the viewers what the number of the day is).
  • In Episode 4074, Telly received letters from his Letter of the Month club; whenever he pressed a button on his letter C, it played a brief audio recording of Cookie Monster singing "C is for Cookie."
  • Cues from the song have been used as background music in Episodes 4184 and 4197, and as a music button at the end of Adam Sandler and Cookie Monster's explanation of the word "crunchy".
  • In Episode 4279, Gordon pulls a cactus from Big Bird's nest. He and Big Bird sing a short little song - "C is for Cactus."
  • In Episode 4306, while looking for a song for the letter G, Super Grover (knowing only that he needs a letter song) suggests "C is for Cookie," singing a small portion of it.
  • In a season 44 sketch demonstrating the letter H, Cookie corrals a trio of horses that hum the song.


  • In the end of "Elmo's Deep Sea Adventure", Oscar looks through his underwater findings and sees a bag of damp macaroons and says, "I guess the sea is for cookies! Good enough for me!"
  • In a Play with Me Sesame insert, Cookie sings the song with Grover as part of his "Move and Groove" segment.


Slate for the original "C is for Cookie," which was taped on a green screen.

  • Joe Raposo's original lyric sheet listed a fourth item compared to the shape of the letter C, a banana ("if it's all bent"). This would be said between the "donut" and "moon" lines.[2]
  • The original version was filmed on November 24, 1971 and was directed by Jim Henson.[3] The Marilyn Horne version was directed by Lisa Simon.[4] The season 30 version was taped on September 14, 1998, and was directed by Ted May.[5]
  • The 1998 remake was originally released on as it aired. When the site began upgrading videos in 2012, the video was changed to a different version, where Frank Oz's original vocal track remains, but a rerecorded music track is overlaid onto the existing audio. This new music track can also be heard in some parts of the "C is for Cookie Mash Up" in C is for Cookie Monster and the Sesame English episode, "Rock On."


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Original version
Live version
Cast version
Disco version
Opera version


Original version
Opera version




Mentions in Pop Culture

  • In one segment of "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2000 MTV Al-TV 2K special, Al read an extremely long title for a fictional upcoming album by Fiona Apple, the title was full of pop culture references—part of the title included "...C is for Cookie and That's Good Enough For Me..."
  • During a spring 2001 edition of WWF's Monday Night Raw, in a promotional segment for what would have been the relaunch of WCW, Shane McMahon was saying what his new "W-C-W" abbreviation would stand for, and said, "C... is for cookie. And that's good enough for me!"
  • On one episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert began the show by saying, "Sorry, Cookie Monster, C is for Colbert. This is the Eponymous Report!"
  • In another episode, Stephen Colbert interviews Frank Oz. In his introduction acknowledging his guest's roles as both Yoda and Cookie Monster, Colbert says, "I'll ask him if 'for Cookie C is.' "

See also


  1. ASCAP Work ID #312065977
  2. Original lyric sheet shown in Below the Frame, January 20, 2017
  3. Sesame Street Unpaved
  4. Ken Diego at Forever Young: A Celebration of 50 Years of Sesame Street, DGA Panel, April 2019
  5. Documents provided by trusted source
  6. Sesame English "Rock On" credits