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!
Cookie dough is pressed into a deep dish pizza pan and baked into a scrumptious, sweet and chewy, chocolate laden cookie cake. A little piping of black icing transforms the top of this Easy Halloween Dessert into a creepy 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!
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!
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!
More Terrific Halloween Recipes:
- Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes from Chocolate Moosey
- Liquid Ghost Halloween Cocktail from Pineapple and Coconut
- Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples from Hungry Couple
- Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake from gotta get baked
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
- Baked Chocolate Donuts with Pumpkin Bourbon Glaze from Crumb
- Count Chocula Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Devil’s Wing Sauce from Magnolia Days
- Spiderweb Cupcakes
- Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Witches Fingers Cookies
- Easy Mummy Cupcakes
- Halloween Creme Brulee
- 20+Halloween Treats
- Bonus recipe: Cranberry Fluff Salad – looking ahead to Thanksgiving
- Plus More of the Best Holiday Recipes
Used to Make This Recipe:
- Non-Stick 14-Inch Deep Dish Pizza Pan
- KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer
- Measuring Cups and Spoons, Set of 8
- 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
- Small Offset Spatula
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 1x
- Category: Dessert, Cookies, Holiday
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 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
- Preheat oven to 375º. Line a 14 inch deep round pizza pan with parchment and grease entire pan including the paper. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.