I came across some spider cookies on Pinterest using Reeces peanut butter cups a while ago and thought they were cute. This is my version using chocolate buttons – I hope you give them a try! I really enjoyed making these. I’m not a fan of spiders at all, but I love these!
Spooky Spider Cookies
200g soft butter
200g light brown sugar
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g dark or milk chocolate chips
To decorate: 1 large bag chocolate buttons
Packet of candy eyeballs (I bought mine online via ebay)
100g melted chocolate for the spider legs
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line 2 or 3 baking sheets.
Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together over a medium bowl. slowly stir into the creamed mixture, until the mixture becomes a dough. Stir in the chocolate chips. Roll even sized amounts of cookie dough into balls and place them on your baking sheets, leaving about 3-4cm between each one to allow for spreading. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 5 mins, then remove the tray from the oven and bang the tray on a work surface to deflate the cookies. Return to the oven for another 5 mins or until light golden brown.
While you’re waiting for the cookies, melt the 100g chocolate and place in a small piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack for 10-20 minutes. While the cookies are still very slightly warm, place a chocolate button in the middle of each cookie, place the candy eyeballs on using a tiny blob of melted chocolate and finally pipe on little spider legs. Leave the cookies for a little while to set the chocolate before serving to your trick or treaters, or guisers as we call them in Scotland!
Have a wonderful Halloween! I won’t be doing it this year because I’ll be in hospital having my little bundle of joy! I’m so excited to meet him after all this time! It’s felt like a very long pregnancy. Hopefully see you soon! xx