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Eye Spy Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


8 dozen

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
These cookies are reminiscent of old cartoons where eyes pop out in a dark room! They’re a cinch to make and doubly fun to decorate!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Eye Spy Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Neon purple and/or green food coloring
  • Miniature milk chocolate kisses


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into 3/4-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. With fingers, flatten to 1/4-in. thickness, forming eye shapes. For variety, shape some balls into logs, then flatten. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add enough lemon juice to achieve a spreading consistency. Beat in lemon zest. Tint frosting purple and/or neon green; frost cookies. Add kisses for pupils.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 64 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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