Similar to episodes 4327 and 4427 (both compilations of preexisting material), the special uses the standard Sesame Street opening and closing credits. The only variation is the episode number, which is #4552 (as other re-run episodes are considered part of the season's total episode count between #4527 and #4551). The special also features a number of art-related inserts following the main special to round out the hour. A ten-minute edit of the special was later used as the street story for Episode 4935.
The special won six awards from the 2016 Kidscreen Awards, including "Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie," "Best Writing" and "Best Directing." A Spanish dub of the special, with a custom title sequence, premiered on Azteca 7 on March 15, 2021.
|STORY||A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the cookie art starts to make Cookie Monster hungry for cookies. Chris explains that he needs to control himself and use only his eyes to look at the paintings. Prairie Dawn welcomes them to the museum and gives them a tour ("Me Love Cookie Art"). As they walk through the museum, Cookie Monster stops and sees the famous Muncha Lisa by Leonardo da Crunchy and learns how it was created. They also learn about The Cookie Eaters by Vincent Van Dough and The Cream by Edvard Munch.
Suddenly, the paintings begin to disappear, and the museum guards think Cookie Monster has stolen them. Elmo knows Cookie Monster didn't steal the paintings so he becomes a detective and looks for clues to find out who really took the art. He finds crumbs, butter, and chocolate chips, and they realize that the thief must be a cookie. But the guards do not believe them and throw them out of the museum ("Cookie Art"). As Chris, Elmo, and Cookie Monster are walking home, Abby appears. They tell her what happened and she comes up with a plan – she'll use magic to turn them into a painting and then deliver them to the museum.
Abby hangs them on a wall and hides. The cookie thief appears and takes the painting. Cookie Monster, Elmo and Chris call Abby for help and she changes them back. Along with the guards, they chase the thief to find the stolen art. The cookie thief admits to stealing the paintings; he just loves cookie art. Cookie Monster explains that he understands how the cookie feels but that he can't take the cookie art because then no one else would be able to enjoy it. Cookie Monster then comes up with an idea– the cookie can make his own art ("Make Your Own Art")! With paint and paper, the cookie makes a self-portrait and the guards hang it up on the museum wall, the perfect spot.
|Muppets / Celebrity||Abby turns Terry Crews into different kinds of artists as The Count counts them.|
(First: Episode 4520)
|Film||Anyone can be an artist.|
(First: Episode 4520)
|Song||OK Go sings about the "Three Primary Colors."|
(First: Episode 4281)
|Cartoon||A boy wanders through a letter N museum.|
(First: Episode 4407)
|Muppets / Animation||Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures: Museum Guards|
|Outro||Cookie Monster, Rosita and a girl dance fast and slow.|
This short was added during the May 2017 repeat of the special.
- Chris Knowings as Chris
- Rachel Dratch as Museum Guard
- Ryan Dillon as Elmo
- David Rudman as Cookie Monster
- Leslie Carrara-Rudolph as Abby Cadabby
- Fran Brill as Prairie Dawn
- Eric Jacobson as Grover and Penguin Guard
- Joey Mazzarino as Leonardo da Crunchy and The Cream
- Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Muncha Lisa and Penguin Guard
- Matt Vogel as Little Cookie and Penguin Guard
- Martin P. Robinson as Edvard Munch
- Tyler Bunch as Vincent van Dough
- Peter Linz
Artworks featured in the special, Sesame Workshop's social media feeds, and the activity book All Aboard!
- The Great Cookie Thief, the Sesame Street storybook
- "The 2016 Kidscreen Awards winners are…". February 10, 2016, Kidscreen.com.