These Itsy Bitsy Spider Cookies are Spooktacular and perfectly ghoulish for a Halloween treat!
So with Halloween upon us I wanted to do something ghoulish with some cookies. Plus, I wanted to freak out Mr. Fantabulous. See he haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaates spiders. I mean he would rather move than deal with them. I’m the official Spider killer in the family. Actually I think it’s part of my wedding vows “I solemnly swear to love, honor, cherish and kill all spiders til death do us part”. LOL But hey, the things we do for love, right? I mean he’s the official mouse/worm/creepy crawly/bat/skunk/critter remover. Mama don’t do that stuff! Well as of late my darling husband has been driving me crazy. Okay so truth be told, it’s not him, it’s more me. I’m still home recuperating and I’m going stir crazy so every little thing is driving me crazy, including my darling husband.
Now I’m not the first to make spider cookies as they’ve been around for years but I haven’t posted on them ever and now’s a good a time as any, right? See Halloween is tied with Christmas as my favorite holiday. We have an annual party, Boofest, every year where we all dress up, eat like there’s no tomorrow, partake in a multiple of adult beverages and just let our hair down. Sadly this year we won’t be having one due to my surgery though we have discussed having a party later on this fall. So needless to say I’m pretty bummed out about it as by now the house would be fully decorated, the menu would have been already created and invites would have been sent. So today I decided to make these spider cookies to at least be somewhat festive…and to freak out my hubby. Yeah I know, I’m evil! MUAHAHAHA!
Aren’t they the coolest things ever?!!!
Yeah I know “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! They look GROSS! You got spiders in your cookies!!!” LOL Exactly and I’m damn proud of it! These are so festive for Halloween, I love it! They aren’t hard at all though they are a tad time consuming as you have to ‘paint’ on the chocolate legs with a toothpick. I tried a squirt bottle but too much came out. The toothpick method worked best for me.
So Mr. Fantabulous sees me putting the dough balls on the cookie sheet and he gets all excited as he loves my cookies. Prior to him going to work I tell him that this isn’t my signature recipe but rather a basic chocolate chip recipe that I can share on the site. One, that while it isn’t my most amazing chocolate chip recipe, is still really good. Like it tastes like a true chocolate chip cookie. He makes a discerning face but understands. I mean those signature cookies make me money. Well a few hours later he comes up to the house and as he walks in I hear him sniffing followed by “I can’t wait to have some cookies”. Now by this time I had Spiderized a few cookies and was in the middle of doing another. He pours a big glass of milk, sits down at the table and then goes to grab a cookie. Folks this man JUMPED back like 3′, gasped and said “What the hell is that???” to which I let out such a belly laugh that actually hurt my healing abdomen. I said “Honey, aren’t they awesome! They are for Halloween. I Spiderized them!”
Folks the look of death I got from this man was truly priceless. He was MAD at me because I ‘ruined the cookies’ by putting spiders in them. LOL Even though I explained to him that they aren’t real spiders, that it’s just painted on chocolate the man actually refused to eat them! I said “Look, I saved a bunch for you without the spiders on them… here!” Do you know that man got up from the table, poured his milk back into the jug and left the room! He was actually mad at me! LOL
Well okay he technically wasn’t mad at me but he was not happy at all. He absolutely refuses to go anywhere near these cookies or the container! Furthermore he wished me ‘good luck’ in eating them all as they are all mine! LOL Now I’ll freeze them or give them to company as I’m not a big sweet eater. This is why I only made about 1 1/2 dozen of these . But I know him, he’ll eat the non-spidered cookies. LOL
So if you’re having a Halloween Party or are invited to one, perhaps you want to give these to your class, take them to the office party or just make ’em for yourself, these are a great way to celebrate in a ghoulish, creepy way!
I think tonight, while Mr. Fantabulous drifts off to sleep I’m going to set one of these on the nightstand and start singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider Cookie, crept up the bed nightstand…” MUAHAHAHA!Print
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, chilled (12 Tbl)
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbl cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semisweet, milk or dark)
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips plus 1 tbl vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add in the butter.
- Beat until smooth and creamy (~2-3 minutes).
- Add in both sugars and beat until well blended.
- Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and corn starch; whisk to combine.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients just until combined.
- Turn the mixer off and add in 2 cups of chocolate chips.
- Mix just until incorporated (no more than 10-15 seconds).
- Place the dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 with the rack in the middle.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out a 1 1/2″ ball.
- Roll it in your hands until its smooth.
- Place on the parchment and repeat. You should get 9 per pan.
- Gently flatten the balls to a 3/4″ round disc.
- Take the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and place a few, pointed tip down into the cookie. The base of the chip will be the ‘body’ of your spider.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and place on cooling rack.
- Once the cookies have cooled, melt the 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips with the vegetable oil in 15-20 second increments until smooth and shiny.
- Using a toothpick, dip the tip in the chocolate and start to paint legs from the body of the chocolate chip (the flat round part) outward. 8 legs per spider.
- Allow to cool completely and the chocolate to harden before storing in an air tight container.
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