Bloodshot Eyeballs Recipe
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Bloodshot Eyeballs Recipe

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Your party guests will be pleasantly surprised to find that these aren't eyeballs at all—they're yummy peanut butter balls! Little ghouls will find them fun to eat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 24 brown Reese's pieces or milk chocolate M&M's
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 139 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar, peanut butter and butter. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on a waxed paper-lined pan. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.
  2. In a microwave, melt white candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip balls in coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Immediately press a Reese's candy onto the top of each eyeball for pupil. Let stand for 30 minutes or until set.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the water, food coloring and remaining confectioners' sugar. Transfer to a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe wavy lines downward from pupil, creating the look of bloodshot eyes. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Bloodshot Eyeballs in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun Annual 2006, p79

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Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"Made these for a party and everyone loved them - especially me! Not only for the taste, but they are way cool for a Halloween party! Yes, they are sweet - but you only make them once a year, right!? My only complaint is that they are time consuming, but that was to be expected."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"FlorenceIda the first line of the directions instructs you to combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar, peanut butter and butter in a small bowl.  The remaining sugar is combined with water and food coloring to make the "bloodshot" look."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"The only problem with the recipe is that it says confectioners' sugar, divided but it doesn't say into how much for each part. I assumed it was 1.5 cups for the eyeballs and 1/2 cup for icing."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"White candy coating can be bought at any craft store in the food section, or in a grocery store in the baking section near the chocolate chips.

I made these for my Murder Mystery Halloween Party Dinner, and they were a huge hit!
I changed up the iris of the eye with peanut butter M&M's, using the chocolate, blue and green. I then used black frosting for the iris in the center of the M&M. They were great!!! Everyone loved them!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"They were ok, but I could only eat one. I thought they were cute but way too sweet! For the white candy coating, I just used white bakers chocolate, you could probably also use white chocolate chips."

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