I hate haunted houses, don't particularly care for candy besides pure dark chocolate, and won't be caught dead in a slutty costume, but I still love Halloween.
I love it because I get to 1) sew/craft/create and wear a (non-slutty) costume and 2) bake themed sweets. It's the universe giving me homework assignments in two of my favorite subjects.
I'm not making a costume or dressing up this year (at least not as of this moment...I reserve the right to change that before Saturday night), but I have been creating plenty of spooky treats in the kitchen, including these disgustingly delicious Oreo Eyeball Truffles.
These are slightly tedious and time consuming to make, but no single step is terribly difficult, and there's no actual baking involved. So pull up a scary movie on your instant NetFlix, invite over a (hopefully not scary) friend to help out, and get your eyeballs on.
You ready? Eye am. Here goes.
(Sorry - I couldn't resist that. I also will take this moment to apologize for the lack of photos and poor photo quality below. Blame it on the SF Giants; Beck and I may have been slightly distracted as we jumped up and down and cheered while watching Game 1 of the World Series and making these. GO GIANTS!)
- one 8 oz block cream cheese
- 1 bag white candy melts
- 1/4 bag green or blue candy melts
- few teaspoons vegetable shortening or coconut oil
- 45 or so mini chocolate chips
- red food coloring
- candy cups or mini muffin cups
- parchment or wax paper
- cookie sheets
- couple small ziploc bags
- small bowl and fork
Now take one row of Oreos and scrape out the cream. Use a knife, use your tongue; we won't tell either way.
Now take all the Oreos and crush 'em up real good. Use the food processor, use a rolling pin and a ziploc bag, use a heavy iron skillet (and some caution). Doesn't matter how you do it, point is to ground them up real fine. When they're ground up real good, pour the crumbs into a big bowl.
Sorry. Getting off topic. Back to the eyeballs.
To make the irises, take a handful of green or blue candy melts and place them in a ziploc bag. Without closing the zipper top, place the bag in the microwave and heat on high for 30 seconds. Take the bag out (carefully - it might be hot!), squish the candy around until it's all melted and smooth, then snip off a corner of the bag.
(I prefer coconut oil, mainly because it sounds more exotic than "vegetable shortening" and smells a whole lot better, too.)
When you're done dipping all the eyeballs (you might need two trays, and at some point will need to refill your bowl with the rest of the white candy melts), place the eyeballs in the fridge to set up. Use this time to either a) clean up the big mess you've made or b) eat the unused mini chocolate chips. Your choice.
When your eyeballs are set (they only need maybe 10 minutes), place them in the candy cups or muffin cups and into whatever container or platter you'll be transporting or serving them in. The veins tend to get a little messy, so unless you don't mind getting a little "bloody", it's best to not move them around too much after you've done the next step.