Frightful & Delightful Cookies!

Oct 3, 2022 | Columbia

Everywhere we turn there are reminders of the season -- spiders, monsters, goblins, and ghouls. But Halloween isn’t the only thing all around us. There are so many ways we can find math in our world, including the Halloween treats we enjoy!

Just as parents foster an appreciation for reading with regular bedtime stories, you can also foster an appreciation for math with real world practice, like measuring ingredients in a cookie recipe!

But don’t just make a plate of plain old cookies this Halloween season. Give them a bit of spooky oomph, and have fun with math while you’re at it; without the kids even knowing it!

We scoured the internet and found a lot of great Halloween cookie recipes, from Good Housekeeping to Martha Stewart, but here’s our favorite recipe from Lil’ Luna!

Gooey Monster Eye Cookies


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • Food coloring (or spirulina, etc. for natural coloring)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Candy eyeballs (Wilton or other brand)


  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Add food coloring until it's the color you want. I like to use Spirulina for a deep green color!
  3. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While warm push eyeballs into the center or all over the cookie.