Spooky Eyeball Biscuits

All eyes are on these spooky Halloween eyeball biscuits! California Prunes make perfect eyeballs to your wicked creations and it’s a great recipe for the kids to get involved with in the spooky season!

Makes: 12Prep Time: 3 hoursCook Time: 20 minutes


  • 185g butter, cut into chunks
  • 12 California Prunes
  • 1 orange
  • 135g sugar
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 280g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp water approx


  1. Squeeze the juice of half an orange over the California Prunes and leave to one side
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add the vanilla, orange zest and egg and use the mixer again until all the ingredients are well mixed together
  4. Sieve in the flour and mix together until a breadcrumb texture forms
  5. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time and mix together with your hands until a soft dough forms (add a little more water if it’s too dry)
  6. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or chill overnight
  7. Preheat your oven to 170C
  8. Once the dough is chilled, flour your clean work surface and roll out the dough until it’s about 1/2cm thick
  9. Use a circle cutter (about 8cm) and cut out the circles of dough
  10. Keep rolling out your pastry and cutting out circles until you have no dough left, but try to get the most of the first roll as they’re often the best ones
  11. Place 1 large or 2 small California Prunes in the middle
  12. You then need to fold up three sides around the prune, so it makes a triangular shape, pinching each corner together so the don’t fall apart.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crisp
  14. Add water to the icing sugar in small amounts at a time and mix together to form a thick paste, if it’s still a little runny add some more icing sugar


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.