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Spiderweb Cookie Cake

 A Chip Off the Ol’ Dad

I am not an artsy craftsy gal. I have two sisters who are painters, one who actually got her Masters in Painting, and a mother who also has her MFA and is an accomplished calligrapher. Unfortunately, I inherited my dad’s artistic ability. The epitome of a physics professor complete with the disheveled Einstein hair, my dad entertained us by drawing cats out of capital Q’s with rudimentary triangle ears.  He was much better with the lines, angles and arrows necessary for writing up college exams. And I’d actually prefer to solve an algebraic equation or a geometry proof than to draw anything. So when my Holiday Food Blog friends scheduled a post for Halloween, I went the easy route with this spiderweb cookie cake…and even that was a challenge!

Spiderweb Cookie Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gone Wild

As most of you may realize from the zillions of chocolate chip cookie recipes on this blog, my family adores any variation of this treat. Chocolate chip cookie bars, cookie cakes and especially the cookies, sans nuts, of course. For this spiderweb cookie cake, I stirred up a batch of dough, added both chocolate chips and fall colored M & M’s before spreading it into a 14-inch diameter pizza pan. After it baked, a few more M & M’s were pressed into the warm cookie to garnish; and then when it was completely cooled, I piped on a simple spiderweb pattern. My spider may have been nipping the sauce when he wove this imperfect web, but my family didn’t care. In fact, this dessert drew high praise from my hubby who told me I could make this again anytime. Today, I’ve teamed up with some blogger friends and we’ve all shared a festive, Halloween recipe. Scroll down to see all the spooky treats!

Spiderweb Cookie Cake

Remember to remove the plastic creepy crawlers before serving.

 

Spiderweb Cookie Cake
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M & Ms, divided
  • Tube of black frosting (or may use homemade), for spiderweb
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Line a 14 inch deep round pizza pan with parchment and grease entire pan including the paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Add eggs and mix to combine. Add vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients, and stir till incorporated. Mix in chocolate discs and ½ cup M & Ms, reserving ½ cup to garnish the top. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan. Use remaining M & Ms to decorate the top of the cookie cake.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. And reserved M & M's to garnish. Cool and remove from pan if desired. Use icing to pipe on spiderweb design. Add plastic spiders for effect if desired, but remove before serving. Slice and serve.
Yield: 12 servings
Total time: 1½ hours with cooling time

More Terrific Recipes from My Holiday Food Party Friends:

10 Halloween Recipes

  1. Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes from Chocolate Moosey
  2. Liquid Ghost Halloween Cocktail from Pineapple and Coconut
  3. Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
  4. Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples from Hungry Couple
  5. Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake from gotta get baked
  6. Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
  7. Baked Chocolate Donuts with Pumpkin Bourbon Glaze from Crumb
  8. Count Chocula Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  9. Devil’s Wing Sauce from Magnolia Days
  10. Spider Web Cookie Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Comments

  1. I love this halloween party, I must check out the others! Pinning yours!

  2. Ha! Look beautiful and fun.Esoeranza would love this!
    Have a nice day Ljzzy!
    xo

  3. Wow that is fantastic!
    Awesome spider cake!

  4. this is SO cute and creeeepy 😛 Plus–cookie. So, yum!

  5. omg! such a great idea! I’d love to have the piece with the spider!

  6. I’m artistically-challenged, too. My decorating skills are basically zero. Although I never work on them, so that’s probably part of the reason why! Anyway, your decorating skills are so far above mine — this looks terrific! Love that spider. 😉

  7. Luv, luv your spiderweb cookie cake!! So cute how you’ve decorated it and what a fun dessert to serve for Halloween, for the kids or bring in to share at work 🙂

  8. This looks so festive and cool!

  9. We are our worst critics, I think your spider web is awesome. And on a giant cookie! Even better.

  10. Liz, you are brilliant using a deep round pizza pan for this! Pinned and love this spiderweb cake! Even your spiderweb is perfection!! Seriously love this!

  11. I think your spider’s web looks fabulous and what a great idea for Halloween. I didn’t get the artistic gene either and draw cats just like your father. Fortunately, I married an artist and he helps me with sculpting cakes and other projects that are way out of my depth xx

  12. That cookie cake is far better than I could do. My 93 year old father-in-law is a retired physics professor and he never draws anything. He does categorize history as to whether the event was before or after the electron was discovered.

  13. Liz this is terrific! Maybe you don’t have a masters but you are an artist for sure 😉

  14. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    It turned out great! I’ll party with your tipsy spiders any day:@)

  15. My kind of party! Good job on the spider web give yourself a high 5 and a pat on the back.

  16. Mary Hirsch says:

    Just forwarded this to Emma and Clara. I know they can pull this off for Halloween. It’s so darn cute. I never knew your Dad well but, on campus, I knew who he was. You’ve described him so well. It made me smile.

  17. Halloween dessert party!!!

    I’m with you with the whole art thing. I originally was a photography major in NY before transferring back down south. My first semester here I was an art major since there was no photo-specific program. I couldn’t draw or paint or do anything and all of the teachers thought that I was an idiot. Luckily, I’ve switched majors 🙂

    this cookie cake though….. mmmmm! Craving!

  18. I love this spiderweb cookie. I think that you did a great job decorating this cookie. Super cute for Halloween.

  19. LIzzy,
    Your spider web cookie looks great. I think you did a great job.
    Annamaria

  20. That cookie looks fantastic! I love the spider web 🙂

  21. I used to bake these pizza cookies for the kids when they were allowed to bring something to share for their birthday at school! I think to be a good cook one must be artistic. After all, there are many ways to be an artist. And you did pick out the green m and m’s!

  22. Such a fun idea for Halloween, love your spider web!

  23. You do have the same artistic gift as your sisters and Mom =) Hats off to you for your very concentric circles…On the other hand, maybe I won’t take off my hat…I don’t want any creepy crawlers having a place to hide! =)

  24. I’m not crafty or artistic either so I feel your pain. I can also almost taste how incredible this would be since I’m all over cookie cakes. Yum!

  25. Know what’s better than drawing skills? Baking skills.

  26. Spooky cool! Love it!

  27. awesome!
    Fabulous!
    I want!!! xxx

  28. You bakers are SO creative!!!

  29. I love cookie cakes! This looks fantastic!!!

  30. This is so fun and festive! Perfect for Halloween, my son would go nuts over the spider web and spiders 🙂

  31. Nah, it’s a fine spider web. I was an English lit major which means I can neither craft nor do algebra. I am, however, thoroughly proficient at cookie eating. Pass it on down!

  32. Liz, I’ve never felt so creeped out by a delicious baked good before, lol. I’m terrified of spiders but I’m still drooling over how fabulous your cookie cake looks. Nice job with the piping too – mine would’ve looked a hot mess! I loved celebrating another holiday food party with you 🙂

  33. I think you underestimate your artistic abilities, Liz, because this cake is beeeeee-oo-tee-ful! I love the trick of pressing in a few M&Ms into the baked cookie to pretty it up, and the black icing is the perfect finishing touch… though me being me, I’d probably do the spiderweb with dark chocolate instead. Because… chocolate. 🙂

  34. I need to get on the ball and do some fall/Halloween recipes soon. This is sooo cute!! My kids would love to demolish this spider web into their tummy. 🙂

  35. Don’t worry – my artistic ability doesn’t really exist either! I’m creative but not artistic. Go figure. Love this simple yet spooky cookie cake. Even I could attempt to decorate this!

  36. What’s better than a giant cookie? Well, maybe one with M&M’s! You know what’s funny – I’m not a super great artist, but I’m an engineer with an artsy side. Somehow I got some of both which is weird, because my parents are neither 🙂

  37. I can’t draw a straight line either Liz and my Dad’s an artist and one brother is a graphic designer. I totally feel you! This is way better than anything I could pull off. Plus it’s a giant chocolate chip cookie!

  38. M&M and cookies with halloween theme! Great bake!! Loving it!

  39. Oh I am so making this for Halloween!!
    Thanks for sharing Liz
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways… oh & Yummed xx

  40. Merci pour cette super idée du gâteau toile d’araignée !
    Je le rajoute à mon menu d’Halloween !

  41. Such a cool Halloween treat!

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