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Candy eyeballs on wood cutting board in copper bowl with black and purple decorative ribbon.
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DIY Candy Eyeballs

Easy to make candy eyeballs for decorating Halloween treats, cakes, cupcakes and cookies!
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cakes, cupcakes, decorating, diy, Halloween, treats
Servings: 32
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $0.11


  • parchment paper
  • baggies or piping tips


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla optional
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp black cocoa powder or black food coloring


  • Combine powdered sugar, corn starch, vanilla (optional) and water until icing like consistency is formed.
    White icing in a small bowl and a large bowl.
  • Remove about three tablespoons worth of the white mixture, and mix in the cocoa powder or black food coloring. (Depending on what you use, you may need to add a bit more water.)
    Black icing in a small bowl.
  • Divide the two colors into individual plastic baggies, or piping bags fitted with large and small round tip. Using a jar to line with plastic bags helps to get the icing scooped in more easily.
    Plastic baggies lining two glass jars.
  • Twist and secure the bags to close. Cut a hole in each bag (small for the white, tiny for the black).
    White icing in a plastic bag, next to small bag of black icing by a pair of scissors.
  • Pipe the white in circles onto parchment paper; using a baking sheet or something flat underneath for moving it later.
    White dots of icing on parchment paper, being piped out of a plastic bag with a hole cut in the tip.
  • Pipe small black dots in the centers of the white, before they are completely set.
    Black dots being piped onto larger white dots with a bag of frosting.
  • Let air dry overnight until hardened. Don't go over a 1/4 inch diameter, or they may have trouble drying out.
    Candy eyeballs on parchment paper on an aluminum baking sheet.
  • Store at room temp, and decorate as needed.


  • Allow to dry at room temperature, uncovered. 
  • Vanilla is optional, but don't use too much-it can discolor the whites to a brown color. 
  • Don't store candy eyeballs in the heat. 


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 4g