Opera edible eyeballs

Opera edible eyeballs

During these days leading to Halloween, we like to break out our favorite horror flicks with plenty of movie snacks in hand. As big fans of Dario Argento and most giallo horror in general, we wanted to pay homage to Opera. If you’ve seen the movie, you know how horrific the eyeball scene is. And if you haven’t, well then, you better get to it. We like this recipe because it’s simple, delicious and one you can quickly cook up for a party. Really scare your guests by having them grab an eyeball with a toothpick just as the murders begin during Opera.

Donut Hole Eyeballs-


1 can refrigerator biscuits

Canola oil

Almond bark

Chocolate chips

Strawberry preserves

Blue food coloring

Using a small round cookie cutter, cut out donut holes from the biscuits. You can use a shot glass if you don’t have a cookie cutter. We used regular sized biscuits and were able to get about 3 holes per biscuit. If you use the “grands” size, you can get even more.

Add about an inch of canola oil to a pan and heat to 350 degrees. You can tell that the oil is hot enough if a drop of water sizzles in the oil. Keep the heat at medium once it gets hot enough. Drop the donuts holes in about 5-6 at a time, being careful not to splash the oil.

Cook until golden brown and flip over.

Once both sides are cooked, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and let drain on a rack or paper towels.

Let cool completely. While donuts are cooling, melt the almond bark in the microwave, 1 minute at a time, until melted and smooth.

Drop donuts into almond bark one at a time.

Coat donuts on all sides.

Once all of the donuts are coated, let the almond bark set up completely.

While the donuts are setting up, spread some strawberry preserves on your serving tray.

Make indentations in the preserves for the eyeballs to sit.

Once the donuts are set up, use a paint brush and paint blue food coloring eyes. Add a chocolate chip in the center for a pupil.

Arrange the eyeballs on your tray and serve to your hungry guests!