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These Spider Web Halloween Cookies are easy and festive. Perfect for kids to create, a Halloween party, or for school treats.
Spider Web Halloween Cookies
Now that it’s officially fall, I am fully in the Halloween spirit! I hope y’all love all the spooky treats I’m cooking up this year. These spider web Halloween cookies are so hauntingly delicious and so simple to make. I am ecstatic with how elegant they turned out.
Halloween Cookies without Cookie Cutters
My kids love helping me in the kitchen, especially when it involves chocolate. The cookies are very forgiving and even if your chocolate technique isn’t perfect, you can turn any mistake into another spider. You could easily serve this at a party or make them for a fun treat. Either way, all the ghosts and ghouls will be clamoring for these festive spider web Halloween cookies.
None of my Halloween cookies need cookie cutters. I save my cookie cutters for Christmas cookie making. I try to make each holiday special by doing different things for each one. You’ll see my list of Halloween cookies and treats below (right above the recipe) that don’t need any cookie cutters!
How to Make Halloween Cookie Icing
Depending on the type of cookies you are making there are different types of icings needed. For these cookies, I simply used melted chocolate and white chocolate with a little shortening. It will harden as it cools so you have time to drizzle the white chocolate and spread it with a toothpick to make it look like a spider’s web.
However, if you want to make detailed halloween cookies with a hard icing, try my easy royal icing recipe. It’s fantastic for cookies and even for building gingerbread houses (I know, I know…wrong holiday, but still…it’s great). And it has no eggs!
The Best Sugar Cookies
I might be a little biased, but I love this sugar cookie recipe. It has instructions for regular sugar cookies, but it has instructions for gluten free and/or dairy free cookies. The best part is that the dough can be made in advance and frozen for months. Just pull out what you need, thaw, and bake! DELISH!
How to Make Homemade Halloween Cookies
Homemade Halloween cookies are so much fun to make because they can be creepy and not perfect.
Aren’t the little eyeball cookies cute, too? My son loved holding the finished cookies up to his own eyes, so don’t be surprised if you see these sweet treats staring back at you! In addition to these Spider Web cookies, here are the cookies in this picture:
- Bake sugar cookies according to recipe or package instructions. Let cool completely.
- Set aside some regular chocolate chips for spider bodies (24 or however many spiders you want to make). Place remaining regular chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tbs shortening. Heat in microwave on high for 1 minute bursts, stirring after each minute, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, quickly melt white chocolate chips with 1 tbs shortening the same way as the semi-sweet chocolate. Pour melted white chocolate into a zip top baggie and cut off a tiny piece of one corner. Make semi-circles on the dipped chocolate part of the cookie.
- Use a a toothpick and draw lines through the chocolate and white chocolate from the center out to the outside edge of the cookie to create a web effect.
- Place a little drip of melted chocolate on the cookie near the web. Use a toothpick to draw out 8 legs from the chocolate. Place regular chocolate chip at one end for the spider body and a mini chocolate chip at the other for the head.
- Place cookies on wax paper and let chocolate cool to harden before serving.
These can be made gluten free and/or dairy free with a few simple swaps that are listed in the recipe above.
Store bought sugar cookies make these even easier.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g