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Special Dark Googly Eye Cookies


1 hour 30 minutes
Skill Level
24 cookies

You won’t be able to take your eyes off these googly-eyed cookies. And they won’t take their eyes off you, either. But don’t worry, these cookies with eyes make a great Halloween dessert. You can buy candy eyes or make them yourself with the directions below.

Ingredients & Directions

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


  • 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 

mixing bowl
mixing bowl
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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