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How to Make Candy Eyeballs

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These edible candy eyeballs made from royal icing are an easy way to add monster faces on cupcakes, cookies, and frosted treats.

Looking for more ways to decorate those delicious baked goods? Be sure to check out a few of our favorite tutorials – Cupcake Frosting Tips, Fancy Fillings and Frostings, and Marshmallow Fondant Recipe + Tips.

a cupcake topped with stringy green frosting and candy monster eyeballs

A Fun Halloween Dessert Decoration

Halloween season is upon us, which means it’s time to stock up on candy eyeballs!  Yes, this is totally necessary for all of your monster needs this season! Today I am going to show you how fast and fun it is to mass produce these little candy eyeballs made from royal icing.

These eyeballs are easy to make so now you can decorate all of your delicious treats to look like a fun little monster.  Now your Halloween treats will be both delicious and fun to eat!  Before we get started, if you need a little refresher on using royal icing, be sure to read these icing tips.

a collage of the process showing how to make candy eyeballs

How To Make Monster Candy Eyeballs

Prep – Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on hard surface.  You’ll also want to pour your royal icing into writer bottles it’s easier to use.  I used black and white royal icing for this tutorial but it’s fun to mix up the colors during Halloween.

Wet On Wet – In order for the eyes to lay flat when we’re done, we’ll need to use the “wet on wet” technique.  This means you’ll first put a dot or two of white icing onto the parchment paper until you get the desired size of the eyeball.  Before it dries, add the drop of black icing on top of the white.

Style Them – If you want to alter the shape of the eyeballs to make them even more spooky, use a toothpick to drag the icing to get the desired shape and look.

Let Them Dry – These candy monster eyeballs will need to dry for a full 24 hours before they’ll ready to use.

Storage – If you’re not ready to use them right away, place them in a Ziploc bag to store them until you’re ready to decorate your delicious desserts.

3 sugar cookies with a different monster decorated on each one

Ideas For Using Your Candy Eyeballs

Blob Monsters – I made some random blob-ish monsters that were so easy!  Just do some blobs of icing, and place some eyes on. For all you room moms out there, 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!

two cookies decorated to look like frankenstein

Frankenstein – These Frankenstein cookies are extra easy when your eyes are already made. Cut rectangles our of your dough with a knife, then frost the face and hair. After I frosted the green face, 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.

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!

ice cream sandwich monsters made with blue and green frosting and candy eyes

Recipes That Use Candy Eyeballs

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!  Leave us a comment below and let us know how they turned out or tag a picture of your spooky treats and tag us on social media.

3 sugar cookies with a different monster decorated on each one
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How To Make Edible Candy Eyeballs with Royal Icing

These edible candy eyeballs made from royal icing are an easy way to add whimsical faces on cupcakes, cookies, and frosted treats.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, candy, cookies, cupcakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Dry time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Servings 100 eyes
Calories 5 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 colors of royal icing
  • parchment paper
  • toothpick

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. You can make different style eyes by taking a toothpick and dragging the icing out a little, then put the black dot on.
  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

I used black and white Royal Icing for this tutorial, but Halloween is a great time to get creative. Make red eyes, or green eyes. Orange looks cool too!
For an awesome Royal Icing Recipe and other tips, see this post on the basics of royal icing.

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Edible Candy Eyeballs with Royal Icing
Amount Per Serving (1 eye)
Calories 5
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a collage of different desserts decorated using homemade candy eyeballs

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashleigh is the creative mom of three and cookie EXPERT 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

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