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????
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.
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.
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Spooktacular Halloween Party
Check out all my Best Holiday Recipes for more inspiration!
- Spooky Breadstick Fingers from Mother Would Know
- Black Magic Martini from Spiceroots
- Meringue Ghost Cookies from Creative Culinary
- Mummy Cookies from The RedHead Baker
- Jack O’Lantern Apple Hand Pies from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Loch Ness Monster Pumpkin Strudel from Pastry Chef Online
- 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
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Beat butter and sugars until creamy.
- Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Mix in the dry ingredients.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Scoop a rounded tablespoon (or use a medium cookie scoop) of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are golden.
- 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.
- Melt about 1/2 cup melting wafers or chocolate chips in the microwave, stopping and stirring until smooth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let cool completely before putting in a storage container.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g