Spooky Spider Cookies

I saw quite a few versions of Hallowe’en spider cookies, but one concept really stood out to me. This was a peanut butter cookie with a large spider sitting on top. They look awesome when they are complete.

I saw some as well that adding chocolate piped legs to chocolate chip cookies to make it look like they are filled with tiny spiders. I gave these a try as well, but was really displeased with how they turned out. I lack the skills to pipe the tiny legs around small chocolate chips. That is totally my failure of skills and not a problem with idea (although I will point out the pictures only showed 6 legs per spider and we all know that is not anatomically correct). My other problem with this concept, is that I didn’t like the recipe, the cookies just didn’t taste very good. I would suggest if anyone wants to try them, they should just make their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and pipe on legs to make the chocolate chips look like spiders. I would love to see if anyone managed to do this successfully! Here is my poor attempt:dsc_9956

I really really like the look of the large spiders though. In the future I would probably use my own peanut butter cookie recipe and then just follow the decoration, because I found the peanut butter cookie dough to be VERY sticky when putting it on the tray, but they do taste VERY good as well.

I think these will make a really nice addition to any Hallowe’en party!

Also I have a new official tasting reviewer! Her name is Katie Hogg jr and she is going to give a rating for each recipe. So here is her thoughts…

Spooky spider is a 9/10 rating. The plain chocolate chip cookies are a 10/10.

Thanks to Katie for this!!!

Spooky Spider Cookies

This recipe makes 24 cookies as 244 calories per cookie.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 24 milk chocolate Lindt truffles (or similar)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar broken up
  • Vanilla icing
  • Round chocolate sprinkles

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C.
  2. In a stand mixer cream the butter and peanut butter together until fluffy and light coloured.
  3. Add the two sugars and beat until fluffy.
  4. Mix in vanilla and eggs.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix on a low speed.
  6. On lined baking trays, divide the dough into 24 small balls.dsc_9935
    • This dough is crazy sticky so approximate balls is just fine!
  7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then quickly remove from oven.
  8. Using a pestle or a similar shaped item, make a crater in the centre of each cookie.
  9. Place cookies back in oven and bake for a further ten minutes until golden and fully baked.dsc_9946
  10. Removed the cookies and fully let cool.
  11. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave and spoon into a ziplock bag or a proper bag with a very small hole in the point.dsc_9949
  12. Put a dob of chocolate in each crater and set chocolate piping bag aside.
  13. Unwrap the chocolate truffles and place in each crater so the chocolate sticks it to the cookie.
  14. Now use a vanilla icing in a piping bag (see this post to explain) and dot two eyes on each truffle.
  15. Place a sprinkle onto each eye to create pupils.
  16. Now use the chocolate piping bag to add eight legs to each spider that stretch out over the cookies.dsc_9959
  17. Let the chocolate set and ENJOY!!!

 

I think these are an awesome little haunted treat for the holidays!

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And here is a nice easy printable version:

Spooky Spider Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 24 milk chocolate Lindt truffles (or similar)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar broken up
  • Vanilla icing
  • Round chocolate sprinkles

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C.
  2. In a stand mixer cream the butter and peanut butter together until fluffy and light coloured.
  3. Add the two sugars and beat until fluffy.
  4. Mix in vanilla and eggs.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix on a low speed.
  6. On lined baking trays, divide the dough into 24 small balls.
    • This dough is crazy sticky so approximate balls is just fine!
  7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then quickly remove from oven.
  8. Using a pestle or a similar shaped item, make a crater in the centre of each cookie.
  9. Place cookies back in oven and bake for a further ten minutes until golden and fully baked.
  10. Removed the cookies and fully let cool.
  11. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave and spoon into a ziplock bag or a proper bag with a very small hole in the point.
  12. Put a dob of chocolate in each crater and set chocolate piping bag aside.
  13. Unwrap the chocolate truffles and place in each crater so the chocolate sticks it to the cookie.
  14. Now use a vanilla icing in a piping bag and dot two eyes on each truffle.
  15. Place a sprinkle onto each eye to create pupils.
  16. Now use the chocolate piping bag to add eight legs to each spider that stretch out over the cookies.
  17. Let the chocolate set and ENJOY!!!
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