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Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

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With a little doctoring, ordinary cookies are transformed into Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies!

These Easy Halloween Treats will please the young and old alike! Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie recipe????

Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies | A few simple tweaks turn ordinary cookies into Halloween treats!

Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seeing a creepy spider on your chocolate chip cookie is definitely spooky, unless it’s a chocolate spider! Take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, add a chocolate wafer and eight arachnid legs and, voila, Halloween spider cookies.

I tested out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe with pastry flour, but any old recipe will do. A stash of Guittard semi-sweet wafers provided a round body, then I used some chocolate melts to pipe on some legs (definitely a few short squat legs as I got the hang of it!). A couple round white sprinkles for eyeballs completed the look of this Halloween treat.

Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies | A few simple tweaks turn ordinary cookies into Halloween treats!

Tips for Making These Halloween Spider Cookies

  • Pick up some Guittard Semisweet Chocolate Baking Wafers. You’ll only use one per cookie, then save the rest for some premium homemade chocolate chip cookies, like in this Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. They will be the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever tasted! Bill got me a larger stand mixer just so I could make these particular cookies more often! Yes, they’re that good!
  • The chocolate wafers can be found at Sur la Table, Williams-Sonoma, and Amazon (the latter looks outrageously expensive, but I’ve shared the link so you can see what the packaging looks like).
  • Use melted Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers or semisweet chocolate chips to make the spider legs. I put the melted chocolate in a piping bag outfitted with a small round tip. When the chocolate was hot, it was too runny. Keep testing on a piece of parchment (I line my cookie sheets with Parchment Paper Baking Sheets, so that worked well) until the chocolate is thick enough to pipe out the legs.
  • I added a few chocolate chips and one chocolate wafer to each cookie when a tray came out of the oven.
  • I looked through my sprinkles and found some round white balls in a red, white and green Christmas mixture. They were the perfect size. The red balls would have made extra scary spider chocolate chip cookies. If you can find teeny candy eyes, they’d work well, too.
  • Use a Medium Cookie Scoop to make uniform cookies.
Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies | A few simple tweaks turn ordinary cookies into Halloween treats!

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Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies | A few simple tweaks turn ordinary cookies into Halloween treats!

Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious chocolate chip cookies are transformed into Halloween treats with chocolate spiders

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Yield 3 dozen


For cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour or pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, plus more to garnish

To make spiders:

  • 36 semisweet chocolate wafers
  • Chocolate Melting wafers or more chocolate chips
  • Candy eyes or round white sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop a rounded tablespoon (or use a medium cookie scoop) of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are golden.
  8. Remove from oven, add one chocolate wafer and a few more semisweet chocolate chips. Allow to cool for a few minutes and remove to wire rack to decorate.
  9. Melt about 1/2 cup melting wafers or chocolate chips in the microwave, stopping and stirring until smooth.
  10. Place warm chocolate in a piping bag fit with a small round tip. Or you can use a quart ziploc bag and cut a tiny hole in one of the corners.
  11. Let the chocolate cool a bit until it pipes neatly without running out of the bag. Then pipe 8 legs on each spider. While the wafer is still soft, add eyes if desired.
  12. Let cool completely before putting in a storage container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g


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25 comments on “Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. This would be fun to make with kids! And with so much butter, sugar and chocolate, they must be very delicious too.

  2. Ha, ha, lovin’ the little eyes:@) Happy Halloween Liz!

  3. They are adorably scary! Love them!

  4. These are adorable my grandson loves spiders I have to make these for him!

  5. Those spider cookies are adorable and they also look yummy!

  6. I usually don’t like any thing spidey, but you have made these so well! They look spooky but not spidery gross!! Well done, Liz!! Very creative!

  7. I love a good chocolate chip cookie! And smack a Guittard baking wafer in the the middle, spider or not, and I am all in! Happy Halloween, Liz!

  8. Too cute! That would be about the only kind of spider I’d make friends with!

  9. I’d love one of these spiders on my cookie! The little eyeballs are so cute. Happy Halloween!

  10. Oh I love love love these spiders!!!! How creative this is – and they came out perfect!

  11. Liz, I hate and fear real spiders…..but I’ll make an exception for these adorable spidery cookies. Very creative and interesting idea to try a different flour.

  12. The spiders on these cookies are so creative. And I love the idea of you hunting through your cookie sprinkles and other decorations to find just the right eyes. I’ve frequently pass by the Jacques Torres store in Manhattan when I’m there and always wonder if I should stop in. Now, it’s going to be a definite “yes” next time.

  13. I love these Halloween spider chocolate chip cookies. They are so cute.

  14. These are so creepy/cute Liz! I would love to make these for my boys. Those little eyes on the spiders make them 😉

  15. Thanks for laugh. And, yes, I’ll take one.

  16. How perfect looking Halloween spider cookies, Liz. I am sure my kiddo would love these.

  17. These look spooky good! Love that spider. And the cookie, of course. 🙂 Thanks!

  18. very nice! my kids would love it!

  19. These are so cute Liz, even I would make them…Miss Scaredy Pants herself!

  20. These are so cute, what a great idea.

  21. Gosh, you’re a genius to come up with these spider cookies! xoxo

  22. These are the kind of spiders I like! Our oldest daughter and second oldest son are not spider fans at all and these would give them the heebie-jeebies. More cookies for us!

  23. Too cute and so perfectly festive for Halloween!

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