I went on a bit of a baking binge this week. It was partially driven by the fact that I’d volunteered to donate treats to the school for Spooky Story Night, and also by the fact that I went 10 days without an oven.
If you want to make something quick and easy this Halloween, try out these Gooey Monster Eye Cookies. I found the small candy eyes in the baking section of my grocery store, and the larger candy eyes came from Hobby Lobby.
Gooey Monster Cookies
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
green gel food coloring
- In a stand mixer, combine butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese. Beat until fluffy.
- Add cake mix and stir until combined.
- Add food coloring. Once the mixture reaches the desired color, chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll dough into 1 and 1/2-inch balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, and push candy eyes into cookies while warm.
The original recipe comes from Lil’ Luna’s blog.
These cookies are really gooey and delicious. The next time I make them, I’ll probably try using white cake mix instead of yellow. I wanted more of a Mike Wazowski green, and what I ended up with was a bit more Oscar the Grouch.
My second cookie project of the week was a bit more involved. OK, it was a lot more involved.
I have a good friend who is a cookie master. I tried decorating sugar cookies myself years ago for Neely’s Hello Kitty birthday party, and the results were horrible. Helene saved the day! Since then, she’s shared her cookie-making secrets with me and taught me a thing or two about royal icing.
This was my first attempt all on my own. I definitely have room for improvement, but all things considered, I’m really happy with how these turned out. I may not have been able to cook dinner for my family for two days with cookie accoutrements spread all over the kitchen, but I have desserts for days!