I’m always looking for fun Halloween things for my kids as we don’t Trick and Treat and this year I have come up with these spooky eye cookies. They have a little card underneath that the kids can wiggle with their fingers to move the eyes around, and my kids absolutely loved them!
What you will need:
- Cookie Dough
- Royal Icing
- Wilton Gel Food Colour (Black, Green and Orange)
- Sprinkles (if using)
- Edible Black Paint (if using)
- Icing Bags (I just use zip lock bags and clips)
- Small circle cutter (I used a piping nozzle)
- Black Pen
- White Card
- Small Paintbrush (if using edible paint)
You can use cutters for these cookies but as I didn’t have any appropriate cutters heres how I did it.
- Sketch your cookies on a piece of paper and trace that onto some baking paper and cut it out to use as a stencil. Place your stencil onto your cookie dough and cut around it with a sharp knife. Cut out duplicates as one layer will be used for the top of the cookie and one for the bottom. Take the cookie that you will use for the top layer and using a small circle cutter, (I used a piping nozzle) cut out some eyes. Take the cookie that you will use for the bottom layer and slice it into three horizontal parts, a top piece, the piece where the eyes are and the bottom piece. You want to bake the top and bottom pieces but the middle piece can be added back to the dough. Chill your cookies in the fridge for at least ten minutes while your oven heats up and then bake as in the recipe.
2. While your cookies are cooling make up your royal icing in two bowls, one a thicker toothpaste consistency for outlines and details, the other a thinner shampoo consistency for flooding the areas. Separate and colour the icing so you have a thick and thin icing in each colour.
For the Skull, outline the cookie with the thick white icing, including around the eyes, to create a barrier and then flood the area with the thin white icing. If you have any air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick and add the sprinkles if using. Set the skull aside to dry.
For the Cat, outline the cookie with the thick black icing, including around the eyes, to create a barrier and then flood the area with the thin black icing. If you have any air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick and set the cat aside to dry. Once dry, add a little thick icing for a nose and to detail the ears, you can also use this icing for the cats mouth and whiskers if you are not using paint.
For the Pumpkin, imagine its in three parts and outline the two outside segments with the thick orange icing. Flood these with the orange thin icing and remove any air bubbles with a toothpick. Outline a flood the middle segment and add sprinkles if using. Allow to dry a little and then use the green thick and thin icing to ice the stalk. Set aside to dry. You can use the black thick icing or edible paint for the pumpkins smile.
For the Witch, start with outlining and flooding the hat with the black icing, removing any air bubbles, and leave to dry a little before adding a line of thick black icing across the brim of the hat. Next line and flood the face in green icing, and allow to dry a little before adding a nose with the thick green icing. Use the thick orange icing to do the witches hair and set aside to dry before using the thick black icing or edible paint for the smile.
3. When all the cookies are dry attach the top and bottom slices under the cookies with a squeeze of icing. Cut up some strips of white card to fit the cavity where the eyes are and draw on some black pupils with a pen and let your kids have some fun!