Bloody Bleeding Doughnut Eyeballs. Stab my Eyeball with a Fork, then Eat It!

Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs for Halloween! Doughnut holes loaded with bloody, red jam, then glazed and decorated to look like an eyeball with bloody veins. Stick a fork in them and watch them bleed as you serve them!

I’m going to start this off with a blunt comment.  I don’t flip over doughnuts . In fact, doughnuts are probably at the bottom of my sweet tooth list when I’m craving something sugary.  However, if given the choice, I prefer cake doughnuts over yeast doughnuts, but will definitely gorge on some yeast doughnuts if there’s absolutely nothing else sweet to eat, and I need a dose of sugar.  OK, there is one yeasty doughnut loophole; Krispy Kreme doughnuts fresh out of the fryer back in the day. This is because they were custardy, eggy, sugary, and creamy, sort of like taking a bite of creme brulee, and you don’t bite creme brulee, so yeah, you know what I’m talkin’ about.

Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs. These Doughnut Hole Eyeballs bleed bloody red jam or jelly when you stick a fork on them! The perfect Halloween treat!

Oh, another exception to my anti-doughnut deal; my maternal granny’s Paczki, which are Polish donuts similar to beignets, and she filled each Paczki with custard and jam!

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

Since, again, I’m not a huge doughnut fan, I decided to half the recipe in this month’s challenge, and make doughnut holes aka munchkins.  Since Halloween is upon us, I also decided to take these doughnut holes in a ghoulish direction.  I’ve seen doughnut eyeballs all over the net for quite some time, so I decided to take a STAB at it. Mwahahaha!

As if I can’t reiterate it enough, I don’t flip over yeast doughnuts, but if I’m going to eat one, unless it’s a hot, melty ‘right out of the fryer’, glazed creme brulee yum, I need me some filling, and a lot of filling at that!

Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs. These Doughnut Eyeballs bleed bloody red jam or jelly when you stick a fork on them!

So, as you can see, I turned my doughnut holes into eyeballs. but not just any eyeballs, bleeding eyeballs. But not just bleeding eyeballs..eyeballs that are bleeding because they’ve been stabbed with a fork, which is a great way to serve them, especially since they’re loaded with bloody jam or jelly filling, and this blood is definitely not viscous.  Viscous blood wouldn’t be any fun now, would it?

The question is, do eyeballs actually bleed? Well, I have yet to cut open or stab an eyeball, and most definitely do not think I ever will (unless someone really pisses me off), so leaving it up to one’s imagination and increasing the gross factor, is not a bad thing come Halloween.  UPDATE:  According to Claire of Cooking is Medicine, an actual MD, eyeballs do in fact bleed, but nowhere near as much as my gory doughnut holes.  Thank you, Claire!

Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs. These Doughnut Eyeballs bleed bloody red jam or jelly when you stick a fork on them!

First dip.  These were dipped one to two more times to get them really white.

Now I need to complain for a second or ten.

Unfortunately, I have no cool frying photos of my misshapen doughnut holes.  As some of you know, I practically live in a forest so I have almost zero natural light.  I have windows, but with all the brush, not much sunlight gets in.  Well, I have NO windows in my kitchen..just a little window on the door.  Whenever I take ‘food in pot’ photos, I have to take the pot off stove and bring it to my sad, little Lowel Ego light nook to photograph it, then back to the stove.  With hot oil, no way, and not only for safety reasons; greasy reasons too.  Letting the dough sit in the oil that’s cooling down is NOT a good thing, and I don’t think I have to explain any further.  I did it once before with my cannoli challenge, and those particular shells were greasier than a bacon festival in unwashed hair!

Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs. These Doughnut Hole Eyeballs bleed bloody red jam or jelly when you stick a fork on them! The perfect Halloween treat!

OK, back to the task at hand.  I chose the yeast doughnut provided to us by our lovely hostess, Lori.  Why the yeast doughnut when I clearly stated that I like the cakey doughnuts better? Because a yeast risen doughnut is sturdier and will take more filling than a cake doughnut (which would bust open if you tried to pipe more than speck of jam into it), and I wanted these babies to bleeeeeed.  I filled each doughnut hole with loads of bloood, welll, errr, really good strawberry or cherry jam with a little red gel paste added to get a nice, bloody red hue.

As for the ‘white’ of these doughnut eyeballs, At first I was going to coat them in white chocolate (which you can do), but then nixed the white chocolate coating for the ever so awesome confectioner’s sugar glaze, double and triple dipped to get it as white as I could.  Seriously, who doesn’t love glaze?

Finally, we DO have some chocolate on these bleeding bloody doughnut holes, white chocolate tinted blue for the iris, white chocolate tinted red for the bloody, oozy veins, and dark chocolate for the pupil. (or dark brown or black m&ms or dark chocolate chips)  I have to say, they taste really good, and that’s a huge statement coming from me, the occasional doughnut hater.

Bloody Bleeding Eyeball Doughnut Holes

What you’ll need to make Bleeding Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs:

A dozen or more (if it’s for a party, about 2 dozen plus) doughnut holes, homemade, recipe HERE.  If you use store bought doughnut holes, buy jelly filled and glazed as a head start, although you’ll be filling them up more and/or glazing them more.

Strawberry or cherry jam or jelly, tinted even more red with a little red gel food color.

Your favorite confectioner’s sugar glaze (basically confectioner’s sugar aka powdered sugar and milk, depending on the recipe).

About 1 lb white chocolate plus red and blue food coloring  or red and light blue candy melts.

About 1/2 lb dark chocolate OR, instead, a bag of black m&m’s or semisweet chocolate chips

Ziplock or disposable pastry bags with a small round tip.

White plastic or regular silver forks, depending on whether not you want to do dishes, or keep your silverware!

Bloody Bleeding Doughnut Eyeballs
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Yield: 24 bloody eyeballs
These ghoulish Bleeding Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs are the perfect, creepy and delicious treat for Halloween!
Recipe for homemade donut holes, HERE
  • 12 to 24 doughnut plain doughnut holes (recipe linked, or just buy them) depending on how many guests will be at your ghoulie soire. OR how many kids will be over!
  • Strawberry or cherry jam or jelly, tinted even more red with a little red gel food color.
  • Your favorite confectioner's sugar glaze (basically confectioner's sugar aka powdered sugar and milk, depending on the recipe).
  • About 1 lb white chocolate plus red and blue food coloring or red and light blue candy melts.
  • About ½ lb dark chocolate OR, instead, black or brown m&m's or semisweet chocolate chips. Much easier.
  1. Place a plain round ¼-inch to ½-inch pastry tip in a snipped ziplock bag or snipped disposable pastry bag. Stir the jam or jelly well, then fill the bag.
  2. Stick the pastry tip into the doughnut hole and move it around to kind of make room, or stick it into the hole with the dab of jelly showing, if using store-bought with jelly, and pipe a large amount of the jam or jelly into doughnut holes to almost bursting, so they really bleed when you stick the forks in them.
  3. Dip each filled doughnut hole in confectioner's glaze and chill for about 20 minutes in the fridge. Take out and dip again, then chill. If they're still not white enough for your liking, give them one more dip, but no more than three! You don't want it too thick.
  4. Place in fridge and get three ziplock or disposable bags ready, with scissors to snip the ends. Melt the white chocolate on the stove or in the microwave, stirring constantly until smooth. Divide melted white chocolate between two bowls. Stir red gel color into one bowl until you've reached a bloody red shade. Stir light blue gel color into the other bowl until you've reached a solid light blue. If using colored candy melts, you can skip these steps, and just melt each as is.
  5. Melt the dark chocolate and fill one of the bags with it..securing the top with a rubber band for neater and easier piping. Set astride as you fill the other two bags with the red and blue melted white chocolate, also securing the bags with a rubber band. OR, alternatively, nix the melted dark chocolate and instead use black m&m's or semisweet chocolate chips (pointy end in, flat side up) to press into the white chocolate light blue eye.
  6. Take the doughnut holes out of the fridge, making sure the white glaze is set. Take the light blue white chocolate bag, snipping off the end, and pipe ½-inch circles onto each doughnut hole. Just point and squeeze to get a nice, round, solid circle. Place them back in fridge and let the blue set for about 20 minutes. OR, IMMEDIATELY press a black m&m or a semisweet chocolate chip, (pointed side down, flat side up), into the blue chocolate, and place in the fridge to let set.
  7. When set, remove from fridge and snip the end off the dark chocolate bag. Pipe ¼-inch dark chocolate circles inside the blue circles. Let set in fridge for another 20 minutes. OR, nix this step and SEE #6 ABOVE.
  8. Remove from fridge and pipe gory, bloody veins around the eyeball with the red white chocolate. Let set in fridge until about an hour before your party or when you're going to serve them. You want the jelly to come to room temperature so it 'bleeds' when you stick the forks in them.
  9. Stick a fork almost all the way in each doughnut hole, then slowly pull it almost all the way out, so the fork is covered in jelly (blood), coaxing some of the jelly out with a toothpick if you don't get enough jelly blood on it. If worse comes to worse, just spoon or paint extra jelly or jam on the fork. Place the bloody doughnut eyeballs standing in a container of some sort so guests can just grab them or just grab them and hand them to the kids. Enjoy!


Bloody Doughnut Eyeballs. These Doughnut Hole Eyeballs bleed bloody red jam or jelly when you stick a fork on them! The perfect Halloween treat!

Well, that’s all folks, and who knows, maybe this challenge has converted me as far as doughnuts go, but they definitely have to be homemade and fresh, so I think I’ll try it again in the near future. For some fingerlicious Halloween ideas, click HERE.  For the recipes for yeast and cake doughnuts, click HERE,

Have a safe, happy and ghoulish Halloween! Oh, and try to refrain from stabbing any eyeballs, unless they’re doughnut eyeballs.

Oh, one more thing; if you don’t like donuts, try these awesome oreo eyeballs truffles!

I’m submitting these ghoulicious doughnut holes to Susan’s weekly bread baking showcase, Yeastspotting.

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79 Responses to Bloody Bleeding Doughnut Eyeballs. Stab my Eyeball with a Fork, then Eat It!

  1. Zita says:

    Woooo! Gosh… you got my eye balls out, wouldn’t expect less from you… scarilicious 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    So awesome! I agree about the white chocolate and think that glaze was a much better idea. These look incredible… you hit every last detail. There are tons of things I would choose over a doughnut too… unless it’s a hot Krispy Kreme or a hot homemade apple cider doughnut!

  3. Rosa says:

    That is such a great idea! I love that first shot. Perfect for Halloween and so freakish.



  4. Shelley C says:

    Oh man, I don’t know whether to laugh or look away! What a super clever (and totally seasonally appropriately gross!) take on the challenge. Love your write up (and empathize with your lighting situation…) and LOVE your photos. Awesome job (as always!). 🙂

  5. And I thought my “Newfie Tongues” sounded disgusting 🙂 Your eyeballs are very creative and timely. Another fabulous challenge creation, by another fabulous DB!

  6. Dan says:

    Wow those are eye popping. Glazy gooey and scary all in the same bite. Like yourself I only enjoy the fresh donuts from Krispy Kreme off the converyor belt. Great job and great photos – I checked your finger post those are incrediably awesome. Finger licking (or should I say biting) good.

  7. zorra says:

    Wow these are awesome and scary. 😉

  8. sleepingbear says:

    Wow! I bow down to your creative take on donuts, entirely appropriate for the fall/Halloween season. Ghoulishly fantastic!!

  9. stacy says:

    Those are fantastic – I’m not a huge donut fan either, but now I want to make some of these in time for Halloween! Great work!!

  10. Oooh, well-done … and creepy! Love it! Funny, I’m not a big fan of doughnuts either, but I do like jelly doughnuts, so I’m loving where you went with this. So creative, fun, and seasonal. Fantastic!

  11. jfochek says:

    SO creative – I love it!

  12. Simone says:

    O my god those eyeballs on forks are just simply brilliant!! And I bet they tasted delicious too… I agree on the fact that doughnuts are soooo much better when homemade. It made such a huge difference that I am now a doughnut convert. love them!

  13. Tami says:

    OMG! I LOVE THESE! Hilarious! I might just have to whip up a batch for this weekend.

  14. These really are great. 🙂

  15. FOODESSA says:

    Lisa…you never disappoint. Once more your creativity came screaming out from this challenge ;o)
    I can only wonder if I’m ever going to attack such a challenge myself??? I’m only a fan of donuts that are really well made with a fabulous icing 😉

    Have a wonderful week and flavourful wishes,

  16. Patty says:

    Amazing way to turn our monthly challenge into a halloween challenge! Awesome!!!!!!

  17. HAR! You did manage to do them! And they are fanfarkintastic! I love the runny blood and the veins.. perfection! You are so my Halloween inspiration. As well as the wind beneath my wings.. Love you, Wifey-poo! XOXOXOXOXOXXOXO

  18. crumbsoflove says:

    Zombie eyes- what a great idea!!

  19. Well you have out done yourself again those ghoulish eyeballs are top notch no better perfect Hallow food, I just love that 1st photo so much superb work on this challenge. I always thought you weren’t a doughnut person and your posting are always so interesting. Uber good work as always. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  20. Patri says:

    Way to go, those things are spooky but manage to look yummy too! Great job, creativity at work!

  21. Leslie says:

    I’m so relieved now that I’ve read your post. Seeing the title pop up on my reader rather startled me. That said, FABULOUS take on the challenge. I feel so boring just dipping mine in chocolate glaze.

  22. Rose@The BMK says:

    SERIOUSLY?! How rad are those doughnuts!? I must say, when I saw the chocolate covered photo… I … thought they had condoms on them. I’m not sure what that says about my scattered brain today. Anywhooo, your donuts look fabulous and perfect for Halloween!

  23. Julie says:

    This cracked me up–the hardest I’ve laughed all day! Well done!

  24. Sue says:

    Oh my gosh! I laughed when the photo came up:) I love your creepy Halloween spin on the donuts! I have the opposite preference; I like the yeast donuts:) Happy Halloween, Lisa!

  25. Lori says:

    EEeeekk. Gross me out. Totally Halloweeney of you. And might I add clever.

    I am not a big fan of doughnuts either. I do prefer the cakes ones though. But my kids, well, they love them. I bet they would love yours Lisa! I did really like the pumpkin doughnuts. I baked them and I will do it again the same way- baked.

  26. Gosh I can SEE how creative you were on this one, even if not a crazy good thing for you. I love the decoration, love doing spooky Halloween food. I did a cakey doughnut, I prefer those too.

  27. chef_d says:

    Ohhhhh they do look like bleeding eyeballs! But when you said they were filled with strawberry jam and dipped in confectioner’s sugar and white chocolate–yummy!!! Great job and excellent pictures!

  28. Kim says:

    Those are hilarious! What a fun idea for around Halloween! Nice job on the challenge!

  29. marcellina says:

    Fantastic! You took this challenge to a new level!

  30. Tami says:

    Thank you! You just helped me decide what to bring to a Halloween Party this weekend. How could it be anything else:) Yay, I get to make more doughnuts.

  31. MandyM says:

    Hahaha! These are hilarious! (In a good way) I love the oozing blood! But now you have me wondering about what would come out of an eyeball. Hmmm…

    I sat out of this challenge, I’ve just been eating way too many calorie rich things lately, and even though I do like donuts, I thought it best to not tempt myself. I don’t think I would have even thought to make donut eyeballs, I’ve never seen them, but what a great idea.

    Love these!

  32. Jamie says:

    OMG Lisa I spit coffee all over my computer twice! You are too funny! When can we meet and spend time laughing together? And what a challenge! You went all the way with this one! Creative, imaginative, funny, oozy and I absolutely love it! And I tell you, we really were separated at birth – you’ll see what I mean when you read my post….

  33. Alex G says:

    I love this SO much! Mmm, tasty, tasty eyeballs…

  34. Angela says:

    Wowowowow, this is my absolute favourite this month! I love every single detail, especially the blood dribbling down the forks! Bring on the gore! xxx

  35. Your eye ball doughnuts are officially the most outstanding Halloween goodies! I am curious how kids would react upon receiving such creative treats…. 🙂

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  36. pragmaticattic says:

    You are so funny and creative, Lisa! What a great idea.

  37. Renata says:

    So creative! I love the detail of the “blood”‘ oozing down the fork!! Great job! The children will love that! Thanks for your lovely comment on mine! Before frying, the holes of my doughnuts were not as round, but they puffed up and became so round that it was difficult to turn them over to brown on the other side… even the star shaped doughnut I attempted to make, had star shaped holes that turned out perfect balls… lol

  38. OH ME _ OH MY – gruesome and awesome!!!!

  39. Valérie says:

    OMG, Lisa, I freaked out when I saw your first picture! You’ve actually managed to make doughnuts that terrify me – never thought I’d see the day! But it’s such a creative idea, and so well executed. Fantastic job, as always!

  40. Carolyn Jung says:

    These are crazy fun! Halloween has never been spookier — or more delicious than with eyeball donut holes. 😉

  41. Tina says:

    These I bet will be a hit with the kids!! They look so scary, but yummy!

  42. JehanP says:

    Holy Eyeballs!!! What a great idea, very gruesome!!

  43. Mary says:

    That is so creepy and gross, and, well, Halloween perfect! Great photos, and I wonder how you make them so amazing with so little light. I have a lot of studying to do.
    Oh, eyeballs don’t contain blood, but rather a lot of a clear fluid. Gross, thick fluid. That’s more than I want to remember about 3rd year anatomy!

  44. Charles says:

    These are fantastic!!

  45. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Those are such cool spooky doughnuts! Perfect for Halloween!

  46. Amanda says:

    Those are the cutest dismembered eyeballs I’ve ever seen 🙂 What a fantastic Halloween treat!

  47. LOVE these! I posted a link on (hope that’s OK!)

  48. I do so flip for doughnuts of all sizes, shapes, flavors, and types. Even bloody, eyeball doughnuts! These are awesome. The gooey filling looks delicious too.

  49. Aparna says:

    They’re a bit ghoulish (which is what you were aiming for)for my taste. 🙂 I take my virtual hat off to you in terms of sheer creativity, Lisa.

  50. ingrid says:

    Love these! They turned out so cool especially with the fork in them and blood oozing out. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

    Btw, nice job the photos. No floating food! lol

  51. Suz says:

    I love your forked eyeballs so much! They look so delicious and ghoulish. Goulicious even. The blood dribbling down the fork is a very nice touch!

  52. Snuggles says:

    Wow! You are the most creative person ever. This should be in Martha Stewart’s Halloween issue. But your stuff is so much more creative. Bravo!!!

  53. Claire says:

    Wow…those are fun!!!! I’m not a fan of filling in donuts but I think I’m with you on cake donuts (and Krispy kreme!). And yes, though probably not as much as that filling, eyeballs bleed. 🙂

  54. These look absolutely amazing! Well done!!

  55. Melissa says:

    Lisa, you were always soooo creative/arty, so this doesn’t surprise me at all! I’m loving how you took an idea, changed it to taste better…then ran with it, making it bleed of all things! So incredibly gruesome, but so perfect for Halloween. One would never look at you and think you had this in you! I love it!

  56. Kevin says:

    MEGA Kudos!! These are awesome!! You rock, Halloween girl!

  57. Katrina says:

    Fantastic. I so agree with you, don’t care for donuts and IF I’m forced to have one, I go for those old-fashioned cake ones. But I’d certainly fork up a few of these bleeding eyeballs and pop them down, no problem. 😉 Most creative DB donut post I’ve seen, Lisa.

  58. So fun! I’ll have to make these for next year, cuz I love a donut, fried, bake, cake or yeast.

  59. shaz says:

    These are ooze-some (awesome, geddit?) eyeballs Lisa! You definitely got them perfect. They sound very tasty too 🙂

  60. For not liking doughnuts you did an absolutely creative job with these confection eyeballs! Luv your creativity!! I’ll take a baker’s dozen, please.

  61. lo says:

    LOVE it.
    And I’m even a few days late. Great variation on the DC challenge… love the creativity you’ve brought to the challenge!

  62. Michelle says:

    These are AMAZING. Perfect for Halloween!

  63. Jenni says:

    Disgustingly bloody brilliant! I want to pop one in my mouth right now! Those would be fantastic at a Halloween party!! Great job, Lisa!!

    And FYI, from my days working at a sale barn, eyeballs are not filled with blood but a clear liquid. 🙂

  64. veena says:

    wow!!!!!! perfect for haloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Jen says:

    AWESOMENESS!! Absolutely spooky and yummy!!

  66. Jacque says:

    Awesomeness!!!! If I were a teacher and this was my class, you’d definitely be teacher’s pet, with a big red A+ on your assignment. I’ll bet they tasted fantastic!

  67. Juliana says:

    Oh! These eyes are sure scary…but fit the purpose since it is for Halloween 🙂

  68. Wow these are so creative, I missed the challenge last month but these are just spooktacular.

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  70. Stacy Ward says:

    I really enjoyed this article. Its always nice when you find something that is not only informative but entertaining. Outstanding.

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  72. Oh wow – these are beyond perfect for Halloween!! The fork stuck in them is a nice extra touch. Thanks for linking up to my Halloween blog hop! These are awesome!

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  74. well written piece, bookmarked, I’ll return for more.

  75. Good article, bookmarked, I will be returning later.

  76. Michelle says:

    I made these for Halloween using donut holes from dunkin. They bled perfectly and it was the best “blood” I’ve ever tasted! lmao!Thank you for the great idea!

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