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Special Dark Googly Eye Cookies


8 Min.
45 Min.
Skill Level:
24 cookies

You won't be able to take your eyes off this great Halloween snack — and this sweet Dark Chocolate Googly Eye Cookies recipe won't take its eyes off you either! But don’t worry, these eerie treats with candy eyes make a great dessert for a Halloween party. They're undeniably tasty and rich since they're flavored with HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa and HERSHEY'S Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. You can buy candy eyes for your Special Dark Googly Eye Cookies or get creative and make them yourself with this recipe!

Explore our collection of Halloween Dessert Recipes for more frighteningly delicious treats inspired by the fall holiday.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
8 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes


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  • 1/2 cup
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsps
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 cup
    powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp
    meringue powder (pasteurized dried egg whites)
  • 4-1/2 tsps
    warm water
  • 1/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Kitchens Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Kitchens SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips
  • 200
    candy eyes Homemade or Purchased ( various sizes)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
mixing bowl mixing bowl
mixer mixer
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
cookie sheet cookie sheet
wire rack wire rack

Heat oven to 350° F.


Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in large bowl until creamy. Add egg; beat well.


Stir together flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.


Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; immediately press 4 to 5 pairs of candy eyes into each cookie. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely.

Homemade Candy Eyes

  1. Line cookie sheet or tray with wax paper.
  2. Stir together powdered sugar and pasteurized dried egg whites (meringue powder). Add 1 tablespoon warm water. Beat until spreadable, adding additional drops of water if necessary. Transfer mixture to pastry bag with small writing tip. (Or place in heavy-duty (freezer) storage bag; cut off tip of one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from end).
  3. Pipe 6 to 8 (3 to 4 sets) thick dots onto prepared tray. Immediately push pointed end of chocolate chip into center of each dot to form center of eye. Repeat procedure until desired number or sets of eyes are made. Allow “eyes” to harden; peel from wax paper. If necessary, flip “eyes” so that underside can dry thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

* This amount of eyes will decorate about 30 cookies. If using Homemade Candy Eyes, prepare one to two days before making cookies. Store until ready to use.

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