"Not So Spooky Spiders" Halloween Cookies

It's getting closer to Halloween, which means it's time to do all those fun Fall things. We visited the pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum, ran through the corn maze at Hall's Pumpkin Farm, picked out costumes, and today we baked!

This recipe is from the Imperial Sugar website, they have lots of fun crafts, art, spooky recipes, and cute free printables. My girls loved making these because it was like making an edible craft. (And we really do love to craft!)

To make these "Not So Spooky Spiders" Halloween Cookies, gather the following ingredients. (I was surprised that we had them all, with the exception of the chocolate sprinkles.)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles
  • 48 thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
  • 24 malted milk balls
  • 48 candy eye balls

DIRECTIONS Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Bree Hester @bakedbree.com.
Prep time :
Bake/Cook time :
0:09 to 0:11
Yield :
24 spider cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two baking sheets. 
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer, about 3 minutes.
3. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until combined.
4. Add cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and flour.

5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in chocolate sprinkles. Add 4 pretzel sticks to each side of the cookie, making 8 legs.

6. Place on baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. 

7. When the cookies come out of the oven, place a malted milk ball in the center of each cookie. Add candy eyeballs while the cookies are still warm.  Let rest on sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

I was a little unsure about the pretzels in the cookies. But I was pleasantly surprised. That crunchy, salty texture is perfect with the rich cocoa flavor. 

My girls think they taste like "extra yummy brownies". And I have to agree. These "Not So Spooky Spiders" will not last long! But that's ok. I am planning on making them a few more times--for school and to take to Halloween parties. 

What fun things are you doing for Halloween? If you are looking for festive fall ideas-- click here and check out "Kids in the Kitchen" too! 

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