A quick and fun twist on cookies to bring you into the Halloween holiday season. I found candy eyeballs in the grocery store the other day and thought they could be a fun addition to some homemade halloween treats. Then it hit me, oreos are a natural eyeball decoration for baked goods, especially now that they come in a miniature version. Naturally, they should be found on a cookies 'n cream cookie and so this Instructable was created. With the help of Jello's Cookies and Cream cookie pudding mix, these cookies are wonderfully chewy and moist.
Follow along to make cookies 'n cream cookies with a fun decorative flare!
Step 1: Ingredients
You'll need the following:
- 2 1/4 Cups Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup White Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (two sticks softened)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Package of Jello Oreo Cookies and Cream Pudding Mix
- 1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Bag of Mini Oreos
- Black Gel Icing
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Recipe adapted from Six Sister's Stuff.
Step 2: Dry Ingredients
Combine your flour and baking soda in a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Set aside until after your wet ingredients are mixed.
If you haven't done so already, preheat your oven to 350F.
Step 3: Cream
Add your brown and white sugar to your softened butter in a large mixing bowl. You'll want a large mixing bowl because you'll be adding your dry ingredients to this mixture in a later step.
Mix together with an electric mixer until uniformly combined and creamy.
Step 4: Eggs and More
Once you've creamed your butter and sugars add your eggs, vanilla extract, and jello pudding mix. Blend on medium speed with your electric mixer until evenly mixed.
Step 5: Chunky Goodness
There's something extra delightful about a cookie with a few extra chunks and this is the step where that magic happens. Pull a few (10-26) Oreos aside. These will be for your eyes later. Take the rest of the mini oreos and crush them. I did this by placing them in a ziplock bag and rolling the back of a metal spoon over the cookies.
Add 1 cup of crushed oreos and 1 cup of chocolate chips to your cookie dough. Fold evenly into your dough.
Step 6: Ballin
Roll tablespoon sized chunks of dough in your palms. Space evenly on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in your oven for 8-10 minutes at 350F. I ended up baking for just 8 minutes which resulted in a chewy, moist cookie with a golden brown bottom. I wanted to have them a little chewy so that I could insert the mini oreos easily.
Once baked, let your cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes.
Step 7: Eyeballs
While your cookies are cooling, start separating your oreos. It's that same classic method from yoru childhood days. Grasping the cookie on either side of the oreo with your two hands, rotate your hands in opposing directions, twisting the cookies apart. Keep the side that has the majority of the cream. These are your eyeballs.
Step 8: Place Your Eyes
Gently place your mini oreos into your warm cookies. Press firmly enough that they lodge in the cookie dough. Add one and make your cookie a cyclops or multiple to give it a monstrous look.
Step 9: Pupils
Create pupils on your eyeball(s) using your gel icing. I chose to use standard black icing here, but you can definitely and easily get creative. Use red to create a bloodshot eye look or green and blue to create a more natural eye color detail.
Step 10: Enjoy
You're done! Eat up and share your new cookies 'n cream eyeball cookies with friends and family or set out for a halloween party.