Royal Icing Googly Eyes

posted on October 12, 2011 by  |  posted under Desserts, Halloween, Recipes  |  35 Comments

Royal Icing Googly Eyes

Remember these yummy mummies? 😉 I’m pretty sure my toddler has been reminding me to make these for the last month. These Halloween Cookie Suckers are a huge hit in our house and neighborhood!

We decided to make homemade googly eyes for these adorable treats! They are super easy to make and they last forever! Kids of every age will have a blast making these crazy cute little eyeballs.

Royal Icing Googly Eyes
Royal Icing:

I love royal icing. It is so much fun to work with. There are lots of different recipes out there. This recipe by Bridget from Bake at 350 is by far my favorite! It is simple and doesn’t have any strange ingredients.

Read through her recipe, she explains everything much better than I could (plus she has great pictures)! Follow her instructions and recipe for the “stiff” royal icing. You will need to create “flooding” icing, by thinning it, for these fabulous googly eyes.

“Flooding” Icing:

Once you have created the “stiff” royal icing, add water to it one teaspoon at a time. Mix on low, until it is the consistency of syrup. Dip a spoon into the icing, lift it and let ribbons of icing drop back into the bowl, and count how many seconds it takes to make that surface flat again. If the surface is smooth between 5-10 seconds, then your icing is ready to use. If it takes longer than about 10 seconds, the icing is too thick. Slowly add more water. If the surface smooths over in less than 5-10 seconds, it is too runny. Mix your icing longer or slowly add more powdered sugar to thicken it. You may have noticed the icing was thin before you beat it in the original recipe. It is important not to skip that step. It makes all the difference in the texture.

Googly Eyes:

When you have finished making the royal icing and thinned it, divide it into 2 sections. Divide 2/3 out for the white of the eyes, and place the other 1/3 into a bowl to color black. With a rubber spatula sir in black food coloring paste until it is the desired color.

Put the icing in piping bags or handy dandy squeeze bottles. We used a #3 tip for the white and a #2 tip for the black. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface (table, counter, cookie sheet..). Squeeze out dots of white to the desired size. Then squeeze a black dot into the center of the white. You can do whatever size of pupil you want. We had some that were big and some that were tiny. We made some of the pupils looking to the side. The black won’t bleed into the white, awesome, I know! My husband may have had a little too much fun squeezing the black onto the white dots… We ended up with some pretty crazy eyes. Then you’re done! I told you it was easy! The eyes will take about 24 hours to dry. They need to air dry, don’t refrigerate or freeze them. Make sure you give yourself time to make these before you need to use them. Once they are completely dry pop them off the waxed paper and use or store!

Royal Icing Googly EyesYou can find these nifty squeeze bottles at your local candy/cake decorating supply stores or online HERE.

Royal Icing Googly Eyes

We made 3 large cookie sheets full of googly eyes with 1/2 a batch of royal icing. I would guess we have around 1000 eyes. If you are planning on using the icing just for the eyes make sure you 1/2 the recipe! You will have tons of cute googly eyes for any number of delicious creations!

Royal Icing Googly Eyes

To store: place royal icing decorations in an air tight container and store them in a cool dry place for an indefinite amount of time. They will keep well as long as they are not exposed to condensation. I have tons of different royal icing creations that are years old, and they are just as fresh as the day I made them!

These adorable googly eyes will add life to any of your sweet treats 😉

If you want to bypass being Martha Stewart, you can purchase googly eyes for a great price here.


Royal Icing Googly Eyes

    1. October 12th, 2011 at 9:18 am
      Alison says:
      Hummmm...I was wondering how those were made! I thought you had to buy them! Thanks!
    2. October 12th, 2011 at 11:17 am
      Karissa says:
      Eyes are cute! How did you ever think to use squeeze bottles and where did you find them the right size???
      • October 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
        Lara says:
        Thanks! I learned everything I know from She loves squeeze bottles :)

        You can try the link I listed above or search "decorating squeeze bottle" online! They also sell them at some candy/cake decorating supply stores!
    3. October 12th, 2011 at 11:20 am
      Megan says:
      Where do you get the bottles? What a great idea?
      • October 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm
        Lara says:
        You can try the link I listed above or search "decorating squeeze bottle" online! They also sell them at some candy/cake decorating supply stores!
    4. October 12th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
      meaghan (the decorated cookie) says:
      This is great! I've been posting all kinds of googly eyed treats and keep saying there's a candy eye trend this Halloween, so perfect timing! I just linked on :)
    5. October 12th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
      Addie says:
      This is a great idea when you have a small amount of royal icing left over.
    6. October 13th, 2011 at 10:24 am
      bridget {bake at 350} says:
      Thanks so much for the shout-out! I love your googly eyes!!! ;)
    7. October 15th, 2011 at 10:51 am
      Kate B. says:
      So excited to try these today!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful tips! I am not probably going to spend way too much time checking out Bake @ 350!!
    8. October 18th, 2011 at 2:32 pm
      Sarah BB @ East9thStreet says:
      Somewhat off subject but I get a malware warning when I try to click on the link to buy the googly eyes (because I'm too lazy to make them). Just wondered if anyone else did?
      • October 19th, 2011 at 10:36 am
        Shelley says:
        they are sold out :( Check back in a few days.
    9. October 19th, 2011 at 6:59 am
      Whatever DeeDee Wants says:
      Love these little eyes!
    10. October 19th, 2011 at 11:08 am
      Patti says:
      Do you need to let the white sit for a bit before adding the black or do you add the black right away? Or does it not matter either way? Extremely cute!
      • November 13th, 2011 at 7:35 pm
        Lara says:
        my husband just went right behind me as I squirted the white. He did the black. That's the great thing about royal icing, it rarely bleeds!
    11. October 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 pm
      Mimi Wan says:
      Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was looking everywhere for these eyeballs from Wilton and this is so much easier and I can control the color of the eyeballs to boot!! Wonderful!
    12. November 26th, 2011 at 9:59 am
      Erin says:
      Thanks for sharing this idea on these eyes, they are great! Comment for the Twinery giveaway!
    13. March 25th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
      Shuby says:
      Hi! I want to use these on monkey face cookies. I'm planning on coating the cookies with chocolate ganache. Do you think the royal icing eyes will stick to the ganache well?
    14. April 6th, 2012 at 9:05 am
      ania says:
      what you do that black don't colaps into white ? and don't make a hole ? thank you

      greetings from poland
    15. April 16th, 2012 at 5:03 am
      Cheri says:
      I made these yesterday for cake pops decorations for my granddaughter's birthday. I was so excited because they looked exactly like your pictures when they were wet, but once they dried the black iris sunk and I have a hole in the center of each eyeball. Any suggestions on how I can correct this or why they sunk?
    16. May 8th, 2012 at 12:47 pm
      danasia says:
      how do you make the googly eyes with oreos red cinnomon candy and red decorating gel and also white icning.
    17. October 11th, 2012 at 6:42 am
      Desperate Craftwives says:
      These are so cute! Just pinned them!
    18. August 24th, 2014 at 5:43 pm
      Michal says:
      Awesome post! thanks a lot for sharing!
    19. January 29th, 2015 at 7:13 am
      Diana says:
      Thanks so much for the inspiration! I made the Royal Icing with meringue powder, and added cocoa instead of black food coloring. This made them taste super! To speed up the drying process, I placed a small space heater on the table next to the pans. Perfect!
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