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Special Dark Googly Eye Cookies

From HERSHEY’S

Makes 24 cookies

 

You won’t be able to take your eyes off this great Halloween snack when you make Special Dark Googly Eye Cookies…a spooky but tasty addition to your Halloween party.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder (pasteurized dried egg whites)

4 1/2 teaspoons warm water
1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Kitchens Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Kitchens SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips

200 candy eyes, homemade or purchased in various sizes

 

DIRECTIONS

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2.Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in large bowl until creamy. Add egg; beat well.

3.Stir together flour, cocoa, and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

4.Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; immediately press 4 to 5 pairs of candy eyes into each cookie. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely.

 

FOR HOMEMADE CANDY EYES

1.Line cookie sheet or tray with wax paper.

2.Stir together powdered sugar and pasteurized dried egg whites (meringue powder). Add 1 tablespoon warm water. Beat until spreadable, adding additional drops of water if necessary. Transfer mixture to pastry bag with small writing tip. (Or place in heavy-duty freeze/storage bag; cut off tip of one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from end).

3.Pipe 6 to 8 (3 to 4 sets) thick dots onto prepared tray. Immediately push pointed end of chocolate chip into center of each dot to form center of eye. Repeat procedure until desired number or sets of eyes are made. Allow “eyes” to harden; peel from wax paper. If necessary, flip “eyes” so that underside can dry thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

* This amount of eyes will decorate about 30 cookies. If using Homemade Candy Eyes, prepare one to two days before making cookies. Store until ready to use.

 

Find this recipe and more holiday treats at hersheyland.com