Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spooky chocolate chip spider cookies


Alright, folks! It's almost Halloween and you still have time to make a creepy and fun treat like these chocolate chip cookies infested with chocolate spiders inspired by the idea at Real Simple magazine. My husband and I both worked on painting the chocolate legs on these spiders. Granted, some look more like brown suns, but, hey - they are still cute! As you can see, we got a little carried away and started painting legs on chocolate chips to make it look like the spiders were also emerging from the cookies, not only crawling on top! It was getting late, and we were having fun. 

This idea can be used with any chocolate chip cookie recipe. The below recipe will make about 30 cookies. I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips because they are darker, large, and I like the bittersweet contrast in a sweet cookie. However, you can use a sweeter and/or smaller chocolate ship if you prefer.

 Happy Halloween! 


Spooky chocolate chip spider cookies
1-3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips, divided, plus an extra chocolate chip for each cookie
1 teaspoon refined coconut oil (or canola)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Cream together the butter and sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla. When incorporated, add the dry ingredient and mix until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

Using about a tablespoon at a time, roll the dough into a ball and place on the baking sheets about 2-inches apart. Then, gently press a chocolate chip, pointed side down, into the top of each cookie (centered or off-center - mix it up). 

Bake approximately 10-12 minutes, until the edges and bottoms just start to turn golden. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small pan, stirring often. Using a toothpick, draw eight legs onto the chocolate chips you pressed into each cookie.

Let the chocolate dry completely and store in an airtight container. 


What was I cooking one year ago?: hot German potato salad
Two years ago?: delicata squash & hazelnut shortbread bars
Three?: maple-glazed pumpkin cake
4?: chili with pumpkin & black beans

21 comments:

  1. Dear Amy, Great cookies for the Halloween table; Catherine

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  2. Oh my gosh Amy! these cookies look so so cute.. Perfect cookies for Halloween.. :D

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  3. I love this idea. They look perfect for Halloween. Have a Happy Halloween, Amy!!!

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  4. They are so perfect for the Halloween!

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  5. Those are so darn cute! Absolutely frightening looking! Perfect for Halloween!

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  6. Oh my those did turn out very very cute. Reading this blog on the most appropriate day too. Sweet that your husband helped you.

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  7. These are so cute and appropriate for Halloween. Have a safe and happy one.

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  8. Hah, this is such a cute and creative cookie idea! Must try!

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  9. Hi Amy, Happy Halloween. Your spooky cookies look so cute and addictive. You're very creative, 2 thumbs up for you.

    Have a great weekend, regards.

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  10. Aww such a smart idea!!! Loving these!

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  11. they look like such a great treat for any time of the year :)

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  12. Amy, your Spider Cookies look absolutely adorable - my kids would have loved them! So very creative indeed!
    All the best,
    Andrea

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  13. This spider on the cookies are so cute...absolutely great for Halloween.
    Have a great week Amy :)

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  14. Can I still make these even though it's AFTER Halloween?! SO cute!

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  15. these are SO adorable! love it, amy!!

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  16. These chocolate chip spider cookies look cute... and creative. I would be happy to be treated with them.

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