Buttons for Eyes Cookies

"This recipe was originally seen on the amazing http://www.foodthroughthepages.com/ site. It is inspired by the movie Coraline based on the book by Neil Gaiman. The story features an alternative reality for the main character where everyone's eyes are buttons."
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Ready In:
5 Dozen




  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients, putting in the flour a bit at a time, until the dough is all mixed.
  • Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Roll out dough to 1/4″ thick, and cut into rounds.
  • Using a straw or the tip of an icing bag, punch holes where the buttonholes would be.
  • Bake for around 10 minutes, or until the edges are just turning golden.
  • Remove the cookies from the baking sheet, and allow to cool completely, else the icing will run off.
  • Mix the icing by beating into the powdered sugar the egg white, and just enough water to make a runny, pourable consistency - you may need to experiment a bit with this to get a great, workable batch.
  • Tint to desired colors with food coloring.
  • To ice the cookies, place one or two cookies at a time on a long, flat knife.
  • Hold the cookies over the bowl of icing, and spoon icing over, making sure to get the sides covered.
  • Allow the excess icing to drip off, then transfer the cookies to a rack over paper to catch the drips.
  • Repeat until all the cookies are covered.
  • Let cookies dry for several hours (if you can wait!).

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  1. Had to do a dish based on the movie (Coraline) and I did this ones and they tasted great!


I mostly eat food other prepare for me. But when I do cook, I always get the recipe from Genius Kitchen.
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