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Spiderweb Cookie Cake is perfect for all things Halloween! My chocolate chip cookie loving family thought this GIANT cookie, AKA Spiderweb Cookie Cake, was a genius idea! Your family will want this cookie cake recipe to become a holiday traditon at your house, too!!

To make this Halloween Treat, cookie dough is pressed into a deep dish pizza pan and baked into a scrumptious, sweet and chewy, chocolate laden cookie cake. With a little piping of black icing, the top is of this Easy Halloween Dessert is transformed into a creepy spiderweb!

Spiderweb Cookie Cake topped with M&M's on a felt spiderweb

Spiderweb Cookie Cake

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. Even that was a challenge!

Spiderweb Cookie Cake on a white plate over a black felt spiderweb

Easy Halloween Dessert Recipe

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 deep dish 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.

Tips for Making A Cookie Cake

This is one big cookie cake! It rivals those you see decorated in the grocery store bakery cases, but it tastes a heck of a lot better. Here are some tips to help make a delicious cookie cake.

  • This recipe is designed for baking in a 14-inch deep pizza pan. Make sure your pan has a solid bottom as some come with perforations to allow a pizza crust to brown on the bottom, but this kind of pan will leak.
  • Pat the dough in evenly, then use an offset spatula to smooth the surface. It will be easier to pipe the web on a level surface.
  • I like reserving some M&M’s to press into the cookie cake when it comes out of the oven. I used package of Autumn M&M’s, but you can use different colors for different occasions.
  • The spiders I used are plastic, so if you go that route, make sure to take them off if feeding wedges of this cookie cake to children.  My dad was known to accidentally eat birthday candles, so depending on your crowd, be cautious, LOL.
  • I tried piping with homemade frosting and tubes of premade frosting. The black color was better in the tubes, but look for a thin tip to make a more precise web.
  • With the premade frosting, it was easy to lift off mistakes and start over. I’m not very artsy-craftsy, so being able to fix the web was very handy!


Spiderweb Cookie Cake close up of web and plastic spider

Remember to remove the plastic creepy crawlers before serving.

My spider may have been nipping the sauce when he wove this imperfect web, but my family didn’t care. In fact, this super easy Halloween 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!

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Spiderweb Cookie Cake

Spiderweb Cookie Cake

An easy Halloween dessert that young and old will love!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 16 servings


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1+ cup M & Ms, divided (I like using the fall colored M & M's)
  • Tube of black frosting (or may use homemade), for spiderweb


  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 chips and ½ cup M & Ms, reserving ½ cup to garnish the top. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan. Save remaining M & Ms to decorate the top of the cookie cake after it comes out of the oven.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Add 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 wedge

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 2g


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65 comments on “Spiderweb Cookie Cake”

  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!

  3. Wow that is fantastic!
    Awesome spider cake!

  4. this is SO cute and creeeepy πŸ˜› 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. πŸ˜‰

  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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ˜‰

  14. 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. 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 πŸ™‚

    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.

  20. That cookie looks fantastic! I love the spider web πŸ™‚

  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!
    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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

  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
    Gourmet Getaways… oh & Yummed xx

  40. Merci pour cette super idΓ©e du gΓ’teau toile d’araignΓ©e !
    Je le rajoute Γ  mon menu d’Halloween !

  41. Such a cool Halloween treat!

  42. This is one of the cutest Halloween food treats I’ve seen. I just love it!

  43. I think your spider web looks perfect!!! What a great Halloween dessert~

  44. I’ve never attempted a cookie cake but you have given me courage. I’m gonna try it. I love this so much!

  45. Bit of advice for anyone about to make this awesome thing…do NOT use a pizza pan with holes in the bottom 😳 I didn’t have parchment paper or tin foil, but I figured “the dough is thick enough not to spill through…” but while it baked, the dough meltedand just dripped all over and burnt onto the bottom of my oven. So much smoke coming from my oven right now!

  46. Oh this is sooo much fun. And thanks for all the helpful tips.

  47. How fun my kiddos will love this!

  48. So cute and so easy to make,Β 

  49. A giant cookie is always a good idea, but love that this is decorated for Halloween. Super easy to do too!

  50. How fun is this?! I need to bake this this fall!

  51. Love that this is cute AND tastes good! So fun for Halloween.

  52. This is such a fun idea!!

  53. Call this simply adorable! I want to bring this to the October neighborhood bunco game!

  54. Never could say no to a GIANT cookie πŸ˜‰ Love this! Perfect for Halloween!

  55. So cute for a Halloween party- I love it!

  56. these are so cute and fun for all I love the video great job liz!

  57. This spider web cookie cake looks like fun to make as it is to eat! I love how simple it looks and I know our kids will go crazy over it this Halloween season! Thanks for sharing.

  58. SUPER CUTE – LOVE this idea.

    Would love to have you come share at Reader Tip Tuesday.
    We’re open and growing all week long…

  59. Such a great idea for Halloween! Love it!

  60. Congratulations on the feature at Classy Flamingos. This spiderweb cookie cake is so cute. Perfect for Halloween.

  61. You’ve been PINKED! Your post was a hit on the Classy Flamingos Blog Party. Come by and pick up a badge this week at You rock!

  62. Hi Liz,
    cookie cake looks lovely. Hope all is well in your end.

  63. Hi Liz, my all time favorite movie is Spiderman and from now on, guess what is my favorite cake is? Yes, Spiderweb cookie cake πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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