Monster Eye Cookies

Monster Eye Cookies

They might be monsters, but these cookies are just the cutest! They're so simple to prepare and make for a fun fall afternoon activity.

YIELDS

32 cookies

PREP TIME

30 minutes plus 1 hour chilling time

COOK TIME

12 minutes

INGREDIENTS

What you need

  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 g) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt
  • ½ cup (114 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (240 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup (250 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • ½ c (60 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar
  • food colouring
  • candy eyeballs (you can buy these at Michaels, or Walmart)

INSTRUCTIONS

How to prepare

1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt to combine and set aside.

2. Using a hand-held or stand mixer with paddle attachment beat together butter and cream cheese until thoroughly combined. Slowly add sugar and continue mixing until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in egg followed by vanilla.

4. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients and mix just until no flour is visible. The batter will be quite soft, in between a cake batter and a cookie dough.

5. Divide batter into bowls, one for each colour desired, and add food colouring. Refrigerate batter for one hour.

6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180 º C) and grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

7. Scoop chilled batter into balls about 1 ½ tablespoons each and roll in icing sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet three inches apart and lightly flatten with the base of a glass so cookie is about two inches in diameter.

8. Bake in preheated oven 12 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully push candy eyeballs into the still warm cookie and allow to cool completely.

CHEF'S TIPS

 

  • The unbaked batter can be frozen up to two weeks. Thaw for a few hours in refrigerator and continue with recipe.
  • If you can't find candy eyes, try making your own with royal icing. Make separate batches of white and black icing for the eyes and pupils. Shape white icing into small circles and dot each one with black icing. Allow to dry on a parchment-lined tray at least 12 hours before handling.