Gluten Free Vampire Eyeball Cookies Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on October 23, 2011

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Gluten Free Vampire Eyeball Cookies

Gluten Free Vampire Eyeball Cookies Recipe

So, your gluten-free-child’s class is having a Halloween party at school and the thought terrifies you. Halloween is supposed to be a little terrifying, but not because you are worried if your child will become ill. So what do you do?

Easy, you send cool treats the whole class can share but you know your child can eat. Not only do you keep your child safe for the day but you teach them an important life lesson – when invited to a party, bring something gluten free that everyone can enjoy! Not only is it polite and appreciated, it just makes good sense.

These gluten free vampire eyeball cookies are perfect for Halloween and are just plain fun! How creepy is it to eat something that can stare back at you?

These are basically a gluten free sugar cookie with a simple butter cream frosting – so far nothing too terrifying. But when you add blood soaked irises (thanks to maraschino cherries) dark pupils (courtesy of a chocolate chip) and some bloody veins (red gel frosting) you have yourself one eerie cookie!  Alternative maraschino cherries are also available.

Gluten Free Vampire Eyeball Cookies Recipe


Vampire Eyeball Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (or dairy free butter substitute), at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar – use divided
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 ¾ cups pastry quality gluten free flour*
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt


5 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy free butter substitute
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pinch kosher or fine sea salt
1 – 1 ½ tablespoons milk or dairy free milk
Several drops maraschino cherry juice (about ¼ teaspoon)


18 maraschino cherries – cut in half
36 chocolate chips
2 tubes red cookie decorating gel

*You can make your own gluten free flour blend by whisking together 2 ¼ cups super fine or Asian white rice flour with ¾ cup sweet rice flour, 1 cup potato starch, ½ cup tapioca starch and 2 teaspoons xanthan gum – will make about 4 ½ cups of flour.


First, make the cookies. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place ¼ cup of the sugar in a small bowl and reserve.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1¼ cups sugar on medium speed until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl well to ensure all the ingredients are fully combined.

Form tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in the reserved sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart, as the cookies spread quite a bit during baking. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are just beginning to brown around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

While the cookies are baking, prepare the frosting. Beat the butter with the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and 1 tablespoon of milk. Add a few more drops of milk, if needed. The mixture should be smooth and thick but spreadable. Add a few drops of maraschino cherry juice and blend – you want the mixture to be just barely pink. Frost the cookies with about 1 teaspoon of frosting in a circle (to resemble the whites of an eye).

Top each cookie with half a maraschino cherry and stick a chocolate chip in the hole of the cherry. Use the decorating gel to make “veins.” Allow the gel to harden for 30 minutes.

Store the cookies in a covered container. Can be made 2-3 days ahead.


This Gluten Free Vampire Eyeball Cookies recipe makes 36 spooky cookies!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy @SensitivePantry October 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Carol – these are delightfully gruesome! What kid wouldn’t want one?


Carol Kicinski October 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Thanks Nancy!


Jen @ luckandfunny October 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

I don’t have any kids and I love these!


Carol Kicinski October 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Thank you!


Angie Halten October 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

Why is it that the grosser something looks, the more kids love it! These are great, thanks!


Carol Kicinski October 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I know, right? And I raised boys – for them it could not be gross enough :)


InTolerant Chef October 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

It’s also good for the other kids to know how yummy this food really is instead of thinking it’s weird or making fun of it. These cookies will have them wishing they could eat ‘allergy’ food all the time!


Carol Kicinski October 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I could not agree with you more!


Lynne H October 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Thanks – these cookies will go good with my spooky cupcakes for the halloween luncheon at work on monday. Great idea and I have everything in the house except the red gel. Thanks again Carol for the yummy idea!!


Carol Kicinski October 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Lynne – here’s wishing you a spooky luncheon! BTW – I wish I had take a photo but these look so creepy when piled up on a pedastal plate – all those eyes looking every which way :)


Kim (Cook It Allergy Free) October 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Okay, these are so cool. Really gross looking…but totally awesome. You are too fun! I just wish you could come here and make them with me. That would make it way more fun! ;) xoxox


Carol Kicinski October 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

Yes, that would really be fun! xo


Cindy October 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thanks Carol! These Halloween Cookies are so good. I just mixed up a batch for my son to take to school tomorrow. I know the kids will love them as much as we do…thanks again for sharing your recipes for everyone to enjoy! :)


Carol Kicinski October 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thanks Cindy – glad you and kids enjoyed them!


Krysten Mccollam December 8, 2011 at 12:19 am

Great post!


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