Make Your Own Monster Eyeballs

monster eyes

Halloween season is upon us, which means it’s time to stock up on monster eyeballs!  (Yes, this is totally necessary for all of your monster needs this season!) It is so fast and fun to mass produce these little candies made from royal icing.

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You will just need 2 colors of royal icing.  For the recipe and other tips, see this post on the basics of sugar cookies and royal icing.

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In order for the eyes to end up flat, we are going to do the “wet on wet” technique. This means that as soon as you put a dot of white (or a couple), you put a dot of black right on top, before it dries at all.  The key is to have the right consistency of icing.  I used about a 7 second icing for these. For clarification on that, see post mentioned above.  If you wait for the white to dry, you will have more 3D looking eyes.

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You can make different style eyes by taking a toothpick and dragging the icing out a little, then put the black dot on.  All of your eyes will need to dry a full 24 hours before they pop right off your parchment paper.  Then you can just stash them in a zip-loc bag until you need them.

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And when will you need these, you say?  For your monster cookies, silly!

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I have a little Frankenstein cookie cutter and made some simple monsters. It is extra easy when your eyes are already made. After I frosted the green, I just dropped two eyes in the wet frosting. If you want to wait until it dries, you can adhere your dry eyes with a dot of fresh icing.

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But even without that cutter, you can just cut rectangles our of your dough with a knife and make a similar monster.  I just couldn’t decide if I wanted a nice or mean monster.  I think I prefer the friendly uni-brow, smiley one, but you can decide how you like your Halloween monsters!

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I have room mom stuff on the brain, so I’m thinking of REALLY simple cookies to make with kids. Even a simple square can be a monster by placing eyes and a mouth on them.  You can come to class with the base layer frosted, then let the kids put the eyes and mouth on.  Then they can eat up!

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I also did some random blob-ish monsters that were so fun to make!  Just do some blobs of icing, and place some eyes on.  Then my kids had the idea that they wanted the monsters to be saying something.  So, they had fun with some edible ink pens (Americolor brand).

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Your eyeballs will come in handy when doing tons of Halloween/monster treats. Decorate a brownie, or cupcake with these little eyes and your kids will have a blast.

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Until next time, happy monster making to you all!

About the Author: Ashleigh is the creative mom of three and blogger from Bee in Our Bonnet. Ashleigh spent a few years blogging on Somewhat Simple as our Baking Contributor.

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in September 2011


  1. 1

    Cute and fun! SO jealous you can take homemade items into school. We’re in an area where everything has to be store-bought with an ingredient label on it.

  2. 2

    Love them all! Great decorating ideas…thanks for sharing.

  3. 3

    These are fantastic!

  4. 4

    I must give these a try! They will be perfect for our bento school lunches. I have not been able to find the store bought ones nearby. This will save me a ton! Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5

    So fun! Thanks for sharing that great technique!

  6. 6

    Love this idea! Decorating cookies with a classroom would be such a fun activity. Unfortunately my son’s school doesn’t celebrate Halloween, the class party just before Halloween is a “fall” party – no monsters allowed. Don’t even get me started about the “winter” party just before Christmas vacation. Still this looks like a fun thing to do with the kids & their friends. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 7
    Kendall Schenck says:

    Soooo Cute!!!

  8. 8

    Love them, specially the square monsters.

  9. 9

    I love this! Put eyes on anything and it makes it spooky :)

  10. 10
    brittany glenn says:

    what is the frosting made of? Is it royal icing too? I just want to know how you got the icing to settle like that but not be too liquid to run off everywhere.

  11. 11

    These are SO fun! My kids would adore the monster cookies.

    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
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    Jorge Flores Espinoza (JFlesp) says:

    I love this idea.
    I make this cookies in Peru with mi parents, my brother and my sister

  13. 13

    These monster eyse are just terribly fantastic! You are brilliant, Ashleigh! So much fun, and so many possibilitites.

  14. 14

    Hi there-

    How do you get that rich dark black color icing? When I use just black I can only get it a gray color and I have tried mixing so many different colors in with it to darken it but can only get to a dark gray color…not black?

  15. 15

    What a fun tutorial! And such cute monster cookies!! Can’t wait for Halloween!

  16. 16

    I definitely have to make some of these this year for our cookies! This will be so much fun with my son!

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