Gooey Monster Eye Cookies

Eek!! I’m SO excited for Halloween. I’ve officially switched gears and have been thinking of and making some great Halloween crafts, gift ideas and recipes that I can’t wait to share with you over the next month and a half.

I haven’t busted out my Halloween Decor just yet, but I have a feeling it might just happen today. I was hoping to get it out while my mom was here the past 6 days (she just went home yesterday – insert sad face here) but we just had too much fun shopping and eating and didn’t get to it. I can’t wait to share with you even more Halloween Decor Ideas. :)

Before we get to decor, I have some great Halloween cookies to share with you. They are a Halloween version of the Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies. They are seriously so good and festive.

Here are the Ooey Gooey Monster Eye Cookies:

Ooey Gooey Monster Eye Cookies Recipe - so good and perfect for Halloween!

The kids absolutely LOVED them!! The hubby and I may have had a few ourselves as well. These Gooey Butter cookies are always a hit and these ones definitely will be too at your next Halloween party. :)

Gooey Monster Eye Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix Box
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. bar cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • green food coloring
  • powdered sugar
  • candy eyeballs

Instructions

  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Add green food coloring until it's the color you want. I used neon green. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While warm push eye balls into the center or all over the cookie. ENJOY!
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Other than the fact that the cookie dough needs to chill for awhile, they are very simple and easy to make, which is always a bonus. :)

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We used these candy eyeballs from Wilton as well as the Bloodshot Candy eyeballs from Wilton. Just note that they may melt if you put the eyeballs on before baking. We tried that first and the bloodshot eyes turned to goo. I recommend placing them on the cookie just as they are getting out of the oven and they are still soft. We found the eyeballs at Michael’s but I’ve also seen them at Target and Walmart in the baking section or Wilton section. :)

Ooey Gooey Monster Eye Cookies

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Gooey Eyeball Goodness right here!

I also did a more colorful version of these cookies. Just with more colors and more eyes:

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Go HERE for the recipe tutorial.

For more fun Halloween Treats check out:

Scarecrow Treats! If you love peanuts and candy corn you will love this dessert!

Scarecrow Treats

White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M Cookies

White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M Cookies. These cookies are easy and DELISH!! #cookies

White Chocolate Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge

White Chocolate Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge { lilluna.com } #fudge

For all Halloween recipes go HERE.

ENJOY!

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Lily had a play date when we made these cookies – Thanks for helping, Grace!

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  1. 1

    These cookies make me smile! I am glad you are in “Fall & Halloween Mode!” Let the fun begin! :)
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    • 2

      I’m sure you’re in fall mood too, Lisa! I LOVED, LOVE, LOVED all your Halloween creations last year and can’t wait to see what you come up with this year. :) XO

  2. 3

    Those are so stinkin’ cute! I am definitely printing this page so I can make those for my daughter’s class party next month. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  3. 4

    I cannot get over the candy eyes!!!!! OMG!!!!!! I am so excited!!! Headed out the door right now on a hunt for them thanks!!

    • 5

      I hope you can find them Tina. They come in Large Eyes and Small Eyes and can be found in most baking sections… especially since it’s Halloween. :)

  4. 6

    Super cute cookies and they would be perfect to put in halloween little gift bags for our friends. Love it!! Thanks so much!! Kids looked they loved them too :)

  5. 8

    Hey Kristyn, I just came over to pin your awesome Halloween cookies and the link doesn’t seem to be working for me. It says the URL is invalid. Thought I’d let you know just in case it isn’t working for everyone else too.

    Shauna
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    • 9

      Hi Shauna. Thanks for the update… it seems like there are some weird issues with the PIN IT button today. Hopefully, you were able to get it to work. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. 10

    I saw this on Pinterest and came to your site to check it out. Cute site! I love these and have bookmarked them to try. I think these would be fun to make for my boyfriend’s kiddos. :) I will be posting them on my blog when I make them and will give you link love! Glad to have found you!

  7. 12

    I was wondering about how many cookies this recipe makes? I think they’re so cute!

    • 13

      This made about 2.5 dozen, but it depends on the size of cookies you want… you can make them bigger and get 2 dozen or do smaller and get 3 dozen. Hope that helps. :)

  8. 14

    I am so freaking out Halloween is just around the corner!! These are SO cute!!
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    • 15

      Thanks, Dorothy!!! I can’t wait to see all the fun Halloween creations you come up with. I’m sure they will all be DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for stopping by! XO

  9. 16

    Kristyn: How much dough would you roll into a ball and how many cookies should the recipe make?

    • 17

      I usually roll them into balls about 1.5 inches wide which makes about 2.5 dozen. If I roll into 1 inch it makes about 3 dozen. If I roll them into 2 inches, it makes about 2 dozen. :)

  10. 18
    Kerri Hernandez :

    Those are AWESOME! What makes the pink/red on the eyes?

  11. 21

    Love your Halloween recipes! Thanks for sharing. We have a Halloween Party every year, and these will be great treats for the kids!

    • 22

      So glad you like the recipes. The kids will definitely love the gooey eye cookies. Let me know how the turn out. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  12. 23

    I love these! Simple, but super cute!
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  13. 25

    Are these to be super moist at the top of the cookie…almost gooey like?

  14. 27

    I love these!! Am going to have to try them soon :). Do you know if they freeze well?

    • 28

      I haven’t tried freezing them but I would imagine they are okay… especially because you have to refrigerate the dough for a bit to begin with. If you do freeze them let me know how they urn out. Thx!!

  15. 29

    These gooey eye cookies look like so much fun! A recipe to add to my Halloween must makes, thanks for sharing!
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  16. 30

    All these treats look so yummy!
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  17. 32

    i would like these cookies sent to my timeline could you please accept me as afriend and send it to me thank you i am kin to nina stephens

  18. 33

    I love how the simplest ideas can be the coolest! Especially to kids! Pinned for later. :D
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  19. 35

    Lol…love the cookies I had to giggle. What a fun and cool treat for my daughters class. Everything looks so cute!

  20. 36

    Just made these adorable cookies for our annual Halloween party… They turned out great :-) however, I had the dough in the fridge for over an hour and it was still sticky… I had to put it in the freezer for like 10 mins. Then they worked great

  21. 37

    My son and I just made these cookies – literally just pulled them out of the oven. He had so much fun putting making these and putting the eyes in! Thanks for a great Halloween activity!

  22. 39

    How many cookies with this recipe make?

  23. 40

    Can you tell me roughly how many cookies a batch yields? I have three classes to make treats for, so I’m wondering how many batches to make.

  24. 42

    Hi, after reading this awesome paragraph i am too delighted to share my know-how
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  25. 43

    Such a fun treat for school… my daughter loves them. We have nicknamed them Mike Wazowski’s….lol.
    Super sweet though… do you think it would make a huge difference to use only half the cream cheese?

  26. 44

    I’m looking forward to making your Ooey Gooey Monster Cookies! I am wondering though… What is your advice on making them gluten free? Thanks!

    • 45

      I think making them gluten-free could work. There have to be gluten-free cake mixes, right? If so, I would use one and then I think the other ingredients are okay, right? I’m not a gluten-free expert so I’m not sure exactly what can’t be eaten. :/

  27. 46

    These look awesome! Any ideas for a dairy free substitute for cream cheese?

  28. 47

    I made these with my 4 year old last night. So easy. He could do everything except for creaming the cream cheese and butter. We had a ball making them and they are so yummy.

    • 48

      Thank you for stopping by Desiree! So glad your son had fun making these with you. They are definitely really easy and super yummy! :D

  29. 49

    I made these with my 4 year old last night. So easy. He could do everything except for creaming the cream cheese and butter. We had a ball making them and they are so yummy. Only thing – I would increase the baking time. They came out a bit too raw at first.

  30. 50

    Just finished making these for a college care package.They are A-DOR-A-BLE!! And delish. I wish I had scrolled down before I made them. They were still very sticky after being in the fridge for an hour. I never thought of sticking them in the freezer. I also, had to cook them longer than you suggested, closer to 15 minutes. I’m gonna have to add these to my holiday baking.

    • 51

      They are definitely still sticky after half hour, but I still just roll them in a ball and put them in the powdered sugar and usually only have to cook for 8-10 minutes. Glad that you liked them and that they turned out adorable. :D

  31. 52

    Hi!
    Those cookies look awesome! I really want to make them, but do you have to use a mix? We don’t have that kind here in Sweden and I don’t think it’s that difficult to make your own batter. Do you think you can just make your own instead?

    /Helen
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  32. 56

    Hello!!
    I love this, thank you so much for sharing!! How many cookies does this recipe make? Thx! I need to plan for a big party :)
    xo
    Manue

  33. 57

    Hello
    When I saw your cookies, I loved them! I want to make them, but I’m spanish and I don’t know how much is 1 8 oz. bar cream cheese (we have kg, g… but no oz.!). And I don’t know what is yellow cake mix box. Could you help me? Sorry if my english isn’t very well.

  34. 58

    I made these today and they turned out great with a little adjustment. I read some of the complaints about these being too gooey. I remembered that we make Almond Butter cookies for Christmas with a similar base of cream cheese and butter, so I followed the basics of that recipe. I chilled the dough for 1 1/2hrs so it was really cold and baked at 375*, 9 min for dark pan and 11 min for light. They came out with a perfect cake like texture and tasted great! Thanks for the recipe.

  35. 59

    These look so delightful! I’m going to make them for Halloween :-) Should the butter be salted or unsalted? Thanks!

    • 60

      I almost always use unsalted butter when baking, but only had salted on hand for these guys, and they turned out fine. :)

  36. 61

    I had these pinned to make for our Halloween party last Saturday – and they turned out to be a HUGE hit! My boyfriend loved them, our friends loved them, and I may or may not have eaten a few myself ;-) This recipe is definitely going into the holiday/party rotation. I’m already scheming how to change up the candy “decoration” and colors so that I can make them for Thanksgiving and Christmas…

    • 62

      Thank you so much for stopping by to leave a comment, Emily!! I’m so glad you and everyone else liked them! I made a Pumpkin version on the blog that would be perfect for Halloween, and I also have a Frosted Gooey Red Velvet Cookie version coming up for Christmas. Stay tuned… ;)

  37. 63

    Thanks so much for the Ooey Gooey Monster Eye Cookie recipe! I made these for my son’s 2nd grade class Halloween party today and the kids and the adults all loved them : ) Me too, they were pretty easy, and really yummy!

  38. 65

    Alright this might be a really dumb question but you’ll realize after reading it I am NOT a baker !;)
    The cake mix: am I preparing it as instructed on the box then adding it to rest of the ingredients or am I JUST adding the powdered cake mixture to the addition ingredients?

    • 66

      Not a dumb question at all! You just need to add the cake mix only with the other ingredients. :D

      • 67

        Bravo! What a sweet recipe!! I just threw a batch together for my kids as an after school surprise. I can’t WAIT to see their reactions on these :). I’ve had to stop myself from popping them into my mouth! Such fun!!!

  39. 70

    Just picked up the ingredients today to make them for my sons class. Only I have gummy eye balls. Hopefully they turn out.

    • 71

      I think Gummy Eyeballs will work too, just not sure how well they will stick. Also, be sure to wait a tid longer to add them so they gummies don’t melt on the hot cookies. :)

  40. 72

    I made the Gooey Monster Cookies today with my 4 year old daughter. They turned out so adorable and yummy! The recipe was very easy- my daughter could do most of the steps. Thanks and Happy Halloween :)

  41. 77

    Love this recipe! Super cute, super easy, super fun!!! Found it on Pinterest but also shared it on my FB page :)

    • 78

      Thank you so much for the comment and for sharing, Alexis!! Hope they are super good too. Happy Halloween! ;)

      • 79

        Daughter said her classmates devoured them and were looking for more, guess we know what we will be making for her upcoming birthday… a double batch ;)

  42. 80

    I am constantly trying to get my 12 year-old daughter to eat more vegetables. We work on learning to eat new ones, one at a time, and once she has learned to eat it without making the “gagging” face at the dinner table, we move on to another one. Right now, we are working on spinach. When I made these cookies last week, her first response was, “Mom, why did you make spinach cookies!” She wouldn’t even eat one until her father had tasted one and assured her that I was telling her the truth when I said it wasn’t spinach that made them green. :) BTW, they are really good cookies–more cakey than a usual cookie, and they can easily be adapted to other holidays by changing the food coloring and sugar candies used. Thanks for the recipe and ideas!

  43. 81

    Lil Luna,

    I was so excited to make these cute cookies for my 5 yr old Grandsons class party, however…mine were AWFUL! They were so gooey and they spread out like one big blob! I am so disappointed. :-o( *99.99% of time whatever I make turns out perfect BUT I usually follow the directions correctly….However, I thought “I’d experiment” and instead of using a normal yellow cake mix, I thought I would try the JIFFY box cake mix…that’s what I think went wrong…not enough cake mix. My heart is just so sad that I have to disappoint my little Grandson ;-( Thank You, YaYa

  44. 82

    These are so cute! I just finished making them for my son’s Kindergarten Halloween party today. I had to come up with something else for eyes since I didn’t have any candy ones. I just used vanilla frosting for glue and then added yellow and orange White chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms. My only issue was most of the cookies didn’t crack very much but other than that so easy to make and fun.

  45. 83

    thanks for the great treat idea!! I do have one question concerning the recipe….does it matter if the yellow cake has pudding added to the mix?

  46. 85

    I just posted a link to this page on my blog and used your photo of the green monster cookies (all credit given to you!) :) I put my “version” next to them.. lol, there’s no comparison! Your work is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.
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    • 86

      Did you end up using upside down chocolate chips for the eyes? That’s a great idea!! :D

      • 87

        I did use the upside-down chocolate chips, and since the cookies were a little smaller (I used a melon-baller to get the rounded dough!), the chocolate chips were a great alternative! Our local WalMart has the eyes in your post- I just wasn’t at the right store on the day I wanted to make them- I’ll know next time, though!
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  48. 90

    These are so incredibly cute!! I am going to make these for my friend this Halloween!! She has an eyeball phobia! LOL! I’ll let you know what her reaction is ;)

  49. 92
    Debbie Gilmour :

    Hi there
    These cookies look really great. I am hoping to make this weekend for 2nd birthday party. I’m in New Zealand and we work in grams not ounces here. Just wanted to check if your measurement for the cream cheese is 1.8 oz or 18 oz? Hope to hear from you soon!

  50. 93

    Aloha from Hawaii! and Mahalo for sharing this CUTE idea for Halloween cookies. I LOVE Halloween – I am going to make a batch of these for my family and extra to share with coworkers.

  51. 94

    Love the bright colors! What kid wouldn’t eat one of these! Pinned!

  52. 95

    I live in uk and wondered is white cake mix in the states the same as plain sponge mix in uk? Also is it 18 ounce of cream cheese ?


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