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Scary Eyeballs

Kids will squeal with delight at the sight of these eyeball treats. But the peanut butter flavor is the best part! —Shannon Blatchley, Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + standing
  • Makes
    40 pieces


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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    Oct 23, 2015


  • Patty Chio
    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
    Oct 6, 2012

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

  • nbrennan82
    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
    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
    Aug 28, 2010

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

  • mbuettner
    Dec 16, 2009

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  • ghttogrl
    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
    Oct 15, 2009

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

  • janief15
    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!