Classic buttery thumbprint cookies get a creepy Halloween makeover for these party-ready eyeball cookies. Easy decorating with frosting, chips, and red gel!
Thumbprint Cookies ‣ 2 cup all-purpose flour ‣ 3/4 cup powdered sugar ‣ 1/2 cup salted butter, softened ‣ 1/2 cup margarine, softened ‣ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ‣ red decorating gel ‣ 24 chocolate chips, type of your choice (I used milk chocolate) Cream Cheese Frosting ‣ 1/4 cup salted butter, softened ‣ 4 ounce cream cheese, softened ‣ 1 cup powdered sugar ‣ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and powdered sugar until thoroughly mixed, then set aside.
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip together the butter and margarine until fluffy.
Add the vanilla and dry ingredients to the mixing bowl, whipping until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated into the butter. Turn off the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl to collect any wayward butter or flour, if needed.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop out some of the dough and roll it into a ball. Place the cookie dough ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this step until all the dough has been rolled into balls.
Use your thumb or the back of a spoon to gently press down on the cookie dough balls, creating a well in the center. Once done, send them off to bake!
While cookies bake and cool, whip together the frosting by missing unsalted butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Transfer the prepared frosting to a pastry bag.
For each cookie, add a dollop of cream cheese frosting, top it with a chocolate chip (placed upside down), and then ring the edges with red gel frosting.