These Reese’s Pieces candy eye cookies are a fun and easy way to infuse some Halloween spirit into your fall baking! Plus they taste amazing!
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I love a complicated baking project just as much as the next girl, but between work and kid stuff (all the practices!) sometimes I just need something quick and easy that doesn’t require piping bags and an hour’s worth of dishes.
Enter: these cookies. They’re my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe that I’ve made so many times I could probably make it in my sleep except I added in some Reese’s pieces because of their fall colors (and I love peanut butter). But what makes them for Halloween? The candy eyes. Just squish in 3-4 candy eyes into each ball of dough before you bake it and you’ll have some fun, delicious Halloween cookies.
Have your own favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe? Awesome! Use it and swap out the chocolate chips for Reese’s Pieces and add in some candy eyes. Prefer chocolate cookies to vanilla based dough? I think these brownie cookies would be excellent studded with some Reese’s pieces and candy eyes.
Peanut Butter isn’t my jam, what can I use instead?
You can just as easily use Halloween M&M’s instead of the Reese’s Pieces. Use an equal amount. (Random side note, I didn’t even realize there were Halloween M&M’s until I just searched Amazon. For whatever reason, my grocery store didn’t have any when I was buying the stuff to make these).
What kind of candy eyes should I use?
You want to use the hard candy eyes typically found in the sprinkle section. Don’t use gummy candy eyes, those would be a better choice if you want to put eyeballs on something after it’s baked (like cake or cupcakes). There are a whole bunch of choices (like bloodshot eyes) and sizes now to choose from for candy eyes, just pick whatever floats your boat. I chose a relatively small candy eye because I don’t like I lot of crunch from the candy eyes in the actual cookie.
Easy Reese’s Pieces Candy Eye Cookies
- Cookie sheet
- 1 1/3 c. butter softened
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 9.9 ounce bag Reese's Pieces
- 1 .88 ounce package candy eyes
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large, microwave safe bowl melt butter. Add in sugars and stir to combine.
- Add in eggs, one at a time. Stir to combine. Add in vanilla and stir to combine.
- Add in baking soda and flour. Stir until just combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and Reese's Pieces.
- Grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment.
- Scoop tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Press 3-4 candy eyes into your balls of dough.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until the bottoms are just starting to turn brown. My family prefers cookies on the gooier side, so I tend to try and err on the side of caution by pulling them out a bit early. However, if you like crunchy cookies, leave them in a minute or two longer.
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