Scary Eyeballs Recipe
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Scary Eyeballs Recipe

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Kids will squeal with delight at the sight of these eyeball treats from Shannon Blatchley of Ludlow, Massachusetts. They'll love the peanut butter flavor, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 12 ounces white candy coating, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 40 milk chocolate M&M's, assorted colors
  • Red decorating gel


  1. In a small bowl, cream peanut butter and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Shape into 1-in. balls. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip peanut butter balls into coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Place M&M's, plain side up, on top. Let stand until set. Use red gel to create "bloodshot" eyes. Yield: 40 pieces.
Originally published as Scary Eyeballs in Taste of Home

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collpool User ID: 8581941 235488
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015


Patty Chio User ID: 6956807 113594
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Instead of candy coating, I used vanilla ready to use frosting and it worked just perfect, that was what I had in hand and it was easier, faster and cleaner to use"

DebHorton User ID: 6356683 92852
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"I make these every year for our church bake sale, and they ALWAYS sell out! So easy and tasty."

nbrennan82 User ID: 4563496 93274
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"These are my favorite candy to make. I used Reese's Pieces instead of the M&M. I think that it adds to the peanut butter taste."

cbear614f User ID: 2498882 65691
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"I made these for my daughter's kindergarten halloween party. The teachers went gaga over them as well as the kids. I plan to make these again. Love them!!"

janief15 User ID: 1965974 161017
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"These were surprisingly delicious and disappeared fast! They look great when they're done, and so easy to make too."

ghttogrl User ID: 1536946 160634
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"This has become an annual favorite! Everyone loves it..The peanut butter filling also makes great peanut butter cups, or you can roll it out between two sheets of wax paper and cut shapes out of it and dip it in chocolate or whatever coating you like!"

ruthsgranddaughter User ID: 3437646 143738
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"My son and I make these every year! As soon as October hits, he starts asking for the yummy eyeballs..."

janief15 User ID: 1965974 160065
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"These turned out fantastic on my first try and were a huge hit at a family halloween party! Much more cute than you could ever imagine. Would definitely make it again!"

debash1 User ID: 3439160 161013
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"I made these last year and they were a hit. I even had to make more. I have to make more this year for the halloween party I am having. Delicious and easy receipe."

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