You may have noticed that there are a lot of fun Halloween ideas out there on Pinterest and your favorite blogs lately. Many of those ideas use edible googly eyes – you know, those little white eyes with black pupils that are made out of royal icing.
You can purchase them at the craft store, Joanne’s and the cake decorating store but a little bag of them can be a little spendy.
Today I am going to show you how you can make your own for cheap!
I started with a bag of royal icing mix that I purchased at our local cake decorating shop but it is also available at craft stores in their cake decorating sections. Using a mix is the easiest way but if you can’t find the mix I’ll also share a recipe with you that you can make at home from scratch. You can literally make hundreds of googly eyes for what you would pay for one small bag of them at the store.
The trick with using royal icing is getting it the right consistency. Not too thick and not too thin. One trick is to dip a spoon into the icing and let some of the icing fall back into the bowl. You want that icing you just dripped in to disappear into the icing in the bowl within about 10 seconds or so. If it takes longer add a teeny, tiny bit more water. Only a few drops at a time. I used 1 Tbsp water for every 1/2 C of royal icing mix. It should look like this. I set aside 1/3 of what I mixed up to add black food coloring into. Keep it covered with a damp paper towel as it sets up and dries out quickly.
Cover a cookie sheet or your counter with wax paper. I used a disposable cake decorating bag with a number 4 tip. Hold the bag straight up and down when making your eye.
If your icing is the right consistency the little point that is left when you lift your tip up will settle back down into the eye. If it doesn’t add a few more drops to your icing. If the eye spreads too much add a little more of the mix.
Be sure and keep your tip clean – wipe it off often. Royal icing sets up quickly and it will start to harden and form on the outside of the tip.
I used about 1 1/2 C of royal icing mix and got a cookie sheet and a half out of it. Your hand will give up before the frosting does!
I know someone will ask how many eyes did I get out of a batch and all I can tell you is ALOT. I didn’t count them!
Don’t worry about them being perfectly round or all the same shape – they are googly eyes after all.
The next step is to add some black food coloring to the 1/3 of the frosting I set aside. I like to use the Black Americolor Food Color.
It really gets your icing black – not just gray which is what you usually get with the liquid food coloring.
I filled another disposable decorating bag and used my same number 4 tip and add the pupil to the eye.
Just keep piping away! Eye ball after eye ball!
Remember we are not looking for perfection here!
You will then need to let them sit for about 24 hours to harden up. They will be dry to the touch but are still quite fragile so just let them air dry overnight.
After they are dry they will pop right off the wax paper. If they stick to the paper they are not dry enough yet.
Keep them stored in an airtight container and they will last a long time. I have some I made last year that are still good.
Now use some of those googly eyes to make these cute Googly Eye Donut Creatures!
For directions and more ideas on ways to use googly eyes check out this post.
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- 4 egg whites
- 4 C powdered sugar
- 1 tsp lemon extract, optional
- water as needed
- Beat egg whites large bowl with mixer at high speed until foamy
- Gradually add sugar and lemon extract.
- Beat at high speed until thickened and desired consistency
- If it is too thick add a few drops a water, a little at a time. If it is too runny add some more sugar.