your cookies are watching you… spooky, googly-eyed Halloween cookies

I’ve been posting so many eye-treats over at my other blog, so many that I declared an “eye trend” this Halloween, that I figured I better get on posting something here, too. That baking aisle at Michaels is such a dangerous thing. That’s where I got these candy eyes, and I’ve been making quite a bit of use of them.

These are super-simple to make. Just some good ol’ fashioned flooded icing background.

how to make cookies watch you

you will need*
cookie dough
royal icing

cookie cutters (circle, square, whatever)
food coloring
decorating bags
size 3 decorating tips
rubber bands
candy eyes
light corn syrup

*Find cookie cutters, decorating bags, couplers, decorating tips, and candy eyes in the craft store. For food coloring, I prefer Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Electric Purple, Electric Green and Orange used here). For more information on finding supplies, click HERE.

step one: bake your cookies
Roll out chilled cookie dough, cut out your cookies and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely.

step two: prepare your icing
Prepare royal icing, divide and tint your preferred colors. I made purple, orange and lime green. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and size “3” decorating tips. Fill with your half of each of your colors and close tightly with rubber bands. Cover reserved icing.

step three: flood the backgrounds
Pipe an outline on a cookie and let set about 15 minutes. Thin the reserved icing of the same color with water, a few drops at a time, until the consistency of thick glue. (Take a spoonful and drizzle it over the bowl. The icing should disappear into itself in 10 seconds. When in doubt, err on the side of slightly too thick.) Fill an empty decorating bag with the thinned icing, snip 1/8 to 1/4 inch off the tip, and loosely pipe the icing to fill the cookie. Use a toothpick to encourage the icing as needed. Let set very well. A few hours at least, but overnight preferred.

step four: add your eyes
Use a toothpick to dab a dot of light corn syrup on the back of a candy eye and attach to the cookie as desired. Let dry.

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  1. Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} says

    You know me…all about the eyes this year! Adorable and I love that my kiddos can join in on the fun!

  2. Tina says

    Funny, I never realized that Micheals had the decorator type stuff. I will need to take some time out and look.
    These do look like a lot of fun-I am sure kiddos in the kitchen could really get into these. Such a cute end result. Thanks for sharing.

  3. SweetSugarBelle says

    Ya beat me to one! I knew it would happen some day! I would have made it MUCH harder though! As always, Love them!

  4. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    I adore the fact that simple is sometimes the BEST way to go. Sophia was looking at these with me and said, "Mom, those are the best we have seen – when are we making these!" Good times ahead for us!

  5. LilaLoa says

    What a FANTASTIC, simple idea!! I LOVE IT!! (And I just know my 4 year old is going to love making them!!) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Please Do Not Feed The Animals. says

    I LOVE these! So much fun. No idea where we might get those eyes here in Scotland but if I ever come across them, I'm making these. It will be good motivation to get over my fear of trying to do iced cookies. Thanks.

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