October means Halloween, so what better time to make Monster Eye Cookies?
This recipe is courtesy of lillune.com and I can certify: THIS IS A KID PLEASER! Plus, it’s super-simple. Here’s the secret: Use cake mix for the dough. That makes short work of preparation leaving more time for the important stuff, like – (say it with me) – “Googly Eyes!!!” YAY! (Cue cheerleaders and University of Wisconsin marching band).
To begin, beat together butter, cream cheese, vanilla and an egg until fluffy. To this, add one box of yellow cake mix. That’s it. The basic dough is now complete.
Now, you’re probably thinking: “Hmm…I don’t think yellow cookies are fun.” And, you are SO RIGHT!, Using gel food colors is where the fun starts.
For this batch, I split the dough into two portions, because I wanted to get two different colors.
Then, I turbo-charged the colors by using “neon” (Yes, they come in neon. Crazy, right?). And, as everybody knows, neon colors DEFINITELY make cookies TASTE BETTER (not really, but . . .). To each portion of dough, add food color and mix until the color looks right.
The dough is rolled into balls, about 1-2 inches each in size. Then, roll the balls in powdered sugar for a sugar coating. This is one of the most “funnest” things for young sous chefs. Then, place on a cookie sheet.
After baking for 10-12 minutes, the cookie balls are removed from the oven and then – right away – add the Googly Eyes. I’m gonna have to correct myself. THIS is the funnest part. Kids love it!! And everything is edible, including the candy eyes. NOTE: It’s important for the Googly eyes to be added i-mee-jet-lee (immediately) after the cookies come out of the oven when they’re still warm and soft. Just be sure to put a kitchen towel on the edge of the cookie sheet to protect that young skin from the hot pan.
As you can see, my assistant was super-into this step. Bonus: There is no way to do this wrong – use one eye, lots of eyes, right-side-up, right-side-down, all look fantastic!
Pro Tip: Buy two different sized eyes. Even more fun!
At the end, we also got a little creative and made a couple of “half and half” balls with a little dough from each color. These also turned out great, opening up a whole ‘nother world of COOKIE CRAZINESS!
Monster Eye Cookies are fun for everyone. Enjoy!
Monster Eye Cookies
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- ½ c butter softened
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 egg
- Food coloring
- Powdered sugar
- Candy Googly Eyeballs
- Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
- Add the cake mix and stir until smooth.
- Add food coloring until the dough is the color you want. (I split the dough into two separate bowls and used neon green and pink to make two different colors)
- Chill dough for 30 minutes before rolling.
- Roll the dough into balls, dip each ball in powdered sugar to coat and then place on a baking sheet. Keep balls separated a few inches to allow room to spread.
- Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
- Push candy eyeballs into the cookies immediately upon removing from the oven.
Remember these Monster Eye Cookies for future holidays!