These Halloween eyeball cookies are the easiest treats you can create as a fun project with the kids this Halloween season. The shortbread cookie dough is simple, easy, very similar to play dough with no chilling time required in between. This means you can make the dough, bake and enjoy the cookies in just 20 minutes
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and powdered sugarPro tip - you do not need a stand mixer for this recipe. Just a bowl and whisk would work great too.
Add the vanilla or rose extract. Followed by flour and cornstarch. Bring it all into a smooth disc. Pro tip - If the dough is too dry add a teaspoon or two of water.
For the chocolate pupils - Take a small golf size ball of vanilla dough and combine it with the cocoa powder and butterPro tip - Combine well until you have a smooth soft dough that can be rolled into a ball. If necessary add a teaspoon of flour or cocoa powder.
Shape the eyes
Divide the white shortbread cookies into 16 equal portions to make 8 pairs of eyes. Roll into a ball then press down to make a flat disc as shown in the video.
Place them on a cookie tray – leave some space between the cookies as they will puff slightly when baking.
Divide the chocolate dough into 16 small balls and flatten them as well. Place a pupil on each eye slightly off-centered. Pro tip - I like to place them off-center (but kids usually will add them in the middle – and that’s ok too. Afterall it's for Halloween).
Bake and paint
Bake in the oven for 10 t0 12 minutes until the sides are beginning to light color around the edges. Cool on a cooling rack until completely cold.
When cooled take red food color diluted with a little water. Use a fine tip brush and paint the veins just like you would tree roots.Pro tip- if you use water-based color there is no need to dilute the color.
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