Make your own homemade, vegan googly eyes and decorate cookies, cupcakes, and more. This recipe is egg free and dairy free. Vegan candy eyes are hard to find in the store, since most are made with gelatin, confectioners glazes, or egg whites. Making your own vegan googly eyes at home is the perfect solution!
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (egg free and dairy free)
- Allergy friendly
- Perfect to decorate cookies, cupcakes and more
- Easy to make
- Makes 50-100 candy eyes
👀 Usage ideas
I think Googly eyes look fantastic on any treat! Use them if you want to breathe more life and a bit of quirk into your sweets. These Chocolate Mummy Cookies for example are a fantastic way to utilize candy eyes into your holiday baking.
Store googly eyes in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 4 weeks. They are best stored in a single layer of a flat rectangular container. If you stack them separate each layer from each other with parchment or vegan wax paper.
❄️ How to freeze
Store in a freezer-friendly bag in a single layer in your freezer. Squeeze out all excess air and label with the date of freezing. They will keep fresh for 3 months.
Vegan Googly Eyes (egg free and dairy free)
- piping bag, baking sheet, parchment paper (or wax paper)
- 120 g organic powdered sugar (1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon aquafaba, brine from a can of chickpeas
- 100-200 vegan mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet, or dark chocolate)
- Line flat baking sheet with parchmend, or vegan wax paper. In a bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) and mix until combined. It should be a thick paste at this point.
- Transfer the paste into a piping bag, and pipe dots into rows onto the prepared baking sheet. You can make them all the same size, or make different sizes. Gently top each dot with a mini chocolate chip in the center. Don't want to wait too long to put the chocolate chip into the piped sugar dot because the googly eyes start setting quickly. Repeat until all the paste is gone.
- Allow the googly eyes to set for 24-48 hours on your counter. When completely dry they will just slide off the parchment paper.
You don’t want to use cornstarch? Omit and substituted with arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.
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