Halloween treats are the best. Seriously. When else do you get to make cookies that have eyeballs in them!? These Reese’s Pieces peanut butter eyeball cookies are so much fun. And even more importantly – they taste sooooooo good! The cookies are thick and golden on the outside with a nice soft texture on the inside. Soft, chewy and delicious!
Everyone gets excited about Christmas baking, but I think Halloween baking should be taken more seriously. Actually, maybe “seriously” isn’t the right word? I mean, we are using candy eyes here to make cookies that look like monsters. So these aren’t exactly cookies for anyone serious! But Halloween baking needs to be more of a “thing” because there are so many totally awesome treats you can make that are only appropriate during a 6 week time period.
Can you add candy eyes to Christmas baking? No. Probably not. But with “Halloween baking” you can add as many or as few candy eyes as you like and you end up with cookies (or whatever…) that are fun and ever so slightly creepy. There is nothing more satisfying than baking something that makes everyone smile!
I LOVE peanut butter cookies. I think they might be my favourite cookie? The store bought ones taste so good, and it’s taken me years to perfect a homemade recipe that tastes just as good!
This recipe is a keeper! Even though it’s all kitschy with the eyeballs for Halloween, make sure you save the recipe for the rest of the year! The cookies taste amazing with or without the eyeballs!
Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Eyeball Cookies
The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s a list (including affiliate links) of what you’ll need:
- unsalted butter
- brown sugar
- smooth peanut butter (not crunchy or natural)
- vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- baking soda
- Reese’s Pieces
- candy eyeballs
You can get candy eyes wherever they sell Wilton supplies. I get mine at the bulk store, but I’ve seen them at Michael’s as well. And of course Amazon has them. I used the regular/medium sized candy eyes for these cookies (as opposed to the “mini” or “large”).
Some people have said they have trouble finding Reese’s Pieces. Maybe it’s all the peanut allergies these days? I get my Reese’s Pieces at the bulk store, but you can sometimes find them in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
I think next time I bake these cookies, I’ll leave out the chocolate chips. Or maybe use milk chocolate chips instead? The regular chocolate chips seem to give it a bitter taste? So I’m going to list the chocolate chips as “optional” and you can decide if you want to include them.
Mmmm… doesn’t the dough look delicious!? Yum!
Roll out the dough into 1.5″ little balls (slightly flattened) and place them 3″ apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Flatten the balls just a little bit so they aren’t completely round. I just pushed them down a little bit so they would spread more – my dough balls were still about 1″ high.
This is important – Do NOT add the candy eyeballs until AFTER the cookies bake. I haven’t tried it, but I’ve read that the candy eyes will melt in the oven.
So when my cookie came out of the oven, this is what they looked like. Soft, peanut butter cookie goodness!
As soon as you take them out of the oven, press the candy eyeballs into the hot cookies.
If you have one package of the regular sized eyeballs, you should have enough for 2 eyeballs per cookie. You’ll need to buy 2 packages of candy eyes if you want more eyes than that in your cookies. Or you can just not put eyeballs into ALL of your cookies. The cookies are just as delicious without eyeballs!
I used 1 package of candy eyes – Some of my cookies had 2 eyes, some had 3 eyes, and the last dozen had no eyes because… well… I only bought 1 package.
Not only do the cookies look spooky awesome, they also taste delicious! I LOVE peanut butter cookies!
The cookies have a delicious soft texture. And the Reese’s Pieces give them that extra burst of peanut butter goodness!
I love that the eyeballs make them look like little monsters. This is such a fun cookie for Halloween!
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter (not crunchy or natural)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Reese's Pieces
- 1 or 2 packages candy eyeballs
- ½ cup chocolate chips (optional... I think they taste better without chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until combined and fluffy.
- Add the peanut butter and continue to beat until well combined.
- Add the vanilla and egg and beat on low speed until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add it to the peanut butter mixture and mix it until just combined.
- Stir in the Reese's pieces (and chocolate chips if you plan to use them). Do NOT add the candy eyes before baking.
- Roll the dough into 1.5" balls (very slightly flattened) and set them on a parchment lined baking sheet about 3" apart.
- Bake at 375F for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden. (Mine cooked for 11 minutes).
- Remove from the oven and immediately press the candy eyes into the cookies. Use a toothpick to push them in place if it's too hot for your fingers.
Reese’s Pieces are so yummy, and the colours are so perfect for fall! These Reese’s Pieces peanut butter eyeball cookies would be super fun for a Halloween party! Or you could wrap them up in cellophane, tie them up with an orange ribbon and give them as a gift! Or you can just feed them to your family. They won’t last long!
If you’re looking for more fun recipes to make with candy eyeballs this Halloween, check out our super easy Rice Krispie Treat Monsters.