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Lurking Eyeball Cookies – 13 Days of Halloween Cookie Decorating

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It’s day four of the 13 Days of Halloween cookie decorating tutorials! These Halloween eyeball cookies are the perfect balance of gross-but-delicious (is that a thing?) treats to serve your party guests.

I’d love to see these eyeball cookies at a haunted forest Halloween party theme. Arrange the cookies on a black plate or contact paper surrounded by greenery to set the scene. Don’t forget to turn off the lights and add just a small amount of ambient lighting.

how to decorate eyeball cookies

These decorated cookies are also the perfect bite-size Halloween treat. Your guests will appreciate being able to squeeze in one more sugary dessert without feeling like they are going overboard on the sweets.

I often see questions on painting buttercream with vanilla extract as opposed to vodka so I will be going over how to do this in this post as well.

Included is a step-by-step photo series tutorial as well as a video tutorial so you can feel confident decorating these creepy treats.

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Part 1: Gathering the Supplies for the Halloween Eyeball Cookies

To make these decorated buttercream eyeball cookies for your Halloween party, you will want to gather:

Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags

  1. Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to the recipe. You will be able to make about 48 sugar cookies with the cookie cutter & recipes linked above.
  2. Make your buttercream icing and pull out about a half cup of frosting. Place that half cup into a small bowl and mix in the black gel color. Remember, the black will deepen as it sets so no need to add the whole container of black gel dye!
  3. Set up your icing bags as follows:
    • Place the black frosting into an icing bag with a coupler. Place about a cup of the white (undyed) frosting into an icing bag with a coupler. If you don’t know how to do this, just hop over to my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page for a detailed explanation.
  4. Prepare your watercolor paints by pouring a 1/2 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract into 3 small dishes. Use a toothpick or pointed knife to add in a small amount of gel food dye in each dish. I used green, teal, and brown. You could add an additional red watercolor as well if you want red eyes or even red bloodshot eyes.

preparing gel food watercolor paints with vanilla extract

Part 3: The Tutorial for How to Decorate Painted Buttercream Eyeball Cookies

buttercream eyeball sugar cookies

Check out the video here to see how to make these decorated buttercream sugar cookies. Then, check out the breakdown step-by-step photo series tutorial below.

  1. Attach the tip #5 to the white icing bag and pipe out the white of the eyeball.
  2. Smooth the frosting with the angled flat spatula. For tips on how to do this, check out my post on two ways to smooth buttercream frosting like a pro.
  3. Paint the iris onto the cookie. It’s easiest to do all of the same color for each eyeball cookie before going to the next color. This way, you don’t need to rinse the paintbrush as often. To rinse, just rinse under hot water and wipe off the excess water with a clean towel.
  4. Allow the watercolors to dry completely before using the black frosting to pipe out the pupil. You can go right into piping the pupil if you don’t mind the black bleeding into the iris. This can add a cool effect so it’s up to you and/or your level of patience. Remove/rinse/dry the tip #5 from the white icing and attach it to the black icing bag. Use the black frosting to pipe out the pupil. You can adjust the size of the pupil by squeezing out more or less frosting.
  5. Remove the tip #5 from the black frosting and replace it with the tip #2. Outline the edge of the iris.
  6. Remove/rinse/dry the tip #2 from the black frosting and attach it to the white icing bag. Add in a reflection onto the eye. how to paint buttercream with vanilla extract eyeball cookies for Halloween
buttercream eyeball cookies for halloween
So easy to present to your guests – just add in some googly eyes and place them on a dark platter or parchment paper!

Vanilla extract does have alcohol in it, so if you didn’t wait for the irises to dry before piping in the pupils, allow the cookies to dry before eating them. This way, they are still kid-friendly.

A benefit of painting buttercream with vanilla extract is that the room will smell like vanilla instead of vodka. It’s also nice if you don’t typically keep alcohol in the house. 

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