How to Make 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.
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.
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.
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!
You can find these nifty squeeze bottles at your local candy/cake decorating supply stores or online HERE.
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!
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.