Sunday Suppers: Ogre Eye Cookies

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Can you believe Halloween is in 3 days? Even though I’ve been crafting Halloween edibles, like bloody teeth & spooky spider snacks, for weeks, I still can’t believe it’s here already. I also still can’t believe it’s ALMOST NOVEMBER, but that’s a different story entirely. To celebrate all Hallow’s Eve and the day of ghosts, ghouls and goblins, the theme for today’s #SundaySuppers was trick or treat! And nothing says trick, treat or Halloween quick like a batch of ogre eye cookies, am I right?

And you know what makes ogre eye cookies even more fun? CHALKBOARDS! I honestly can’t tell you how absurdly happy I was drawing weird ogre mouths to put underneath these cookies. I was giggling and snorting like a 6 year old. I mean, isn’t that kind of what Halloween is all about? It gives us adults a chance to act like complete weirdos, play with our food and eat candy all night without any guilt!

I mean, I can’t even get over how much I love these, even if they turned out nothing like the original recipe they were based off. I’m really not sure who made these cookies look like that at My Recipes, but um, it’s darn near impossible. For one, any cookie batter with butter or applesauce needs to be chilled at least an hour before you handle it or else the cookies will turn out flat. Secondly, in order to handle the dough you need to flour your hands, which will then make the sprinkles less likely to stick. After one failed attempt at their method (and choice cuss words) I decided to do my own thing.


For one, I added some green food dye to the dough to make it ogrey! Then, instead of rolling them into balls, I just made them regular drop cookies. Even though they aren’t AS cute as the others, I still LOVE them. They are an absolute breeze to make and are even more fun to play with. Plus, I made these with half applesauce so they are more moist and lower in fat! Your kids (or husbands) will love these, especially if you let them draw spooky mouths with chalk!

Ogre Eye Cookies

Yields about 14 cookies. Recipe inspired by My Recipes.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Cook time: 8 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Green food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • White icing gel


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, applesauce and sugar together until creamed. Add in egg yolk and vanilla, stir until fully mixed. Gradually add flour (about 1/4 cup at a time) until fully incorporated. Add green food coloring until dough is bright green. Cover mixture with foil or saran wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  2. Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough onto the sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes. (Cookies will be done with they spring back lightly when you touch them).
  3. Let cookies chill completely. Once chilled, use your white icing gel to make a large circle in the center of the cookie. Then, carefully press a mini chocolate chip in the center (to make the pupil). Then serve, play with and enjoy!

Nutritional information per cookie:

Calories: 85.25
Fat: 3.4 grams
Carbohydrates: 12.4 grams
Fiber: > 1 gram
Protein: 1.7 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  2

Be sure to check out these other haunted inspired edibles for Sunday Suppers!

Bewitching Brews

Ghoulish Gruel:

Haunted Snacks:

Spooky Sweets:

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  1. Posted by Jen @JuanitasCocina on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    LOL, love the ogre eye with the mouths! Super spooky, fun, and fabulous!
  2. Posted by Angie Barrett on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Perfect Ogre eyes! Isn't Halloween great! I love acting like a kid! haha
  3. Posted by Megan Wood on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Cute idea! Love it!
  4. Posted by beate weiss-krull on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Great pictures - and beautiful cookies. Perfect for Halloween :)
  5. Posted by Renee Dobbs on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    And wouldn't you know I have some unsweetened apple sauce in my fridge that I need to use. I'll have to make these fun cookies for Halloween.
  6. Posted by Skylor Powell on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    These are great. It's important to improvise - and you did a great job making these ogre eyes look like incredible halloween snacks! I am a big fan of chalk boards too - and marker boards, anything you can doodle on. Love it.
  7. Posted by Tara on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    These are so cute, Happy Halloween. Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper.
  8. Posted by Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Super cute!! Pinning them :) Happy Halloween :)
  9. Posted by Sunithi Selvaraj on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Creative and spooky ! Like the addition of applesauce and the way you decorated !
  10. Posted by Tammi on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Love these! Fun and spooky! Happy Halloween, thanks for sharing!
  11. Posted by Jennie @themessybakerblog on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    These are darling! Love them. Happy Halloween.
  12. Posted by Katie C on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    Haha! I love the eyes when they're placed on the chalkboard - what a cute presentation to make the faces like that! :)
  13. Posted by Susan Pridmore on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    What total fun!!! I love the chalkboard idea :-)
  14. Posted by Webicurean on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    These look cute and yummy! Sometimes the silliest things make us giggle :)
  15. Posted by Sheila on
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012
    This looks great! I will have to try it soon.
  16. Posted by christina on
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    These are adorable and so easy to make! I sent this to my cousin so she can bake them with her son :)
  17. Posted by Paula @ Vintage Kitchen on
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    Very creative! Love the chalkboard idea!
  18. Posted by Laura Hunter on
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    I really struggle getting the mixture right when I try to substitute apple sauce, it makes it so hard to handle. But I want to give it a try again and these look like a great way to start
  19. Posted by Inga on
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    Yours are much more ogrey than the original!
  20. Posted by Cindy Kerschner on
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    Love the color! Looks very festive!
  21. Posted by Carla on
    Monday, October 29th, 2012
    Looked at the original recipe. Psshhh yours is better (and there is a chalkboard!!) Love the creativity! I never would have thought of them (or even doing them).
  22. Posted by Alice Choi on
    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
    Love this! and love that you went to plan B (sometimes better!) and it worked out beautifully or should I say ogrey delicious! :) Love it!
  23. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
    Totally adorable. Er, can adorable be applied to ogres?
  24. Posted by Sarah on
    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
    I actually rolled out my cookies in bewteen two parchment papers so I didn't have to flour the counter or my hands. It worked out pretty well. Your cookies are too cute. Love your sense of humor. Snorting and all!
  25. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
    So darn cute with the chalkboard additions! And love this healthier cookie option :)
  26. Posted by Susan P. on
    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
    I like your version of the eyes! Makes them more ghoolish!
  27. Posted by Patti on
    Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
    These are so cute! Very creative!
  28. Posted by Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks on
    Thursday, November 1st, 2012
    These cookies are so cute-I know the kids would love them!
  29. Posted by homecookingmemories on
    Thursday, November 1st, 2012
    These look great, Claire! And I love the idea of putting them on the chalkboard. When I did my Eyeball Pinwheels, I need some way to show them used as "eyes", but didn't even think of drawing on a chalkboard!
  30. Posted by Dinnersdishesdessert on
    Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
    Girl, these are super cute!! I think they are way better than the original!
  31. Posted by Kim Bee on
    Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
    Love these. I have a googly eye obsession right now. I just can't help myself. They are so cute.