We don’t celebrate Halloween but we do like to play a few games and make a few kiddie friendly Autumnal bakes! This year we made Spooky Spider Cookies. They went down a treat at Elle and Fin’s school bake sale and are pretty easy to make and little Orla had a ball with all the mixing! They are the quickest and easiest spooky bake you can make to celebrate Halloween or just have fun with a quick make and bake for kids!
Do you like spiders? I must admit I’m not a big fan – but spider cookies with adorably huge candy eyes? Ones with chocolate bodies and sticky gooey caramel? I can tell you that this is the only kind of spider that I’d be happy to find crawling over our worktop during Autumn!
How to make Spooky Spider Cookies
If you’d like to have a go at baking Spooky Spider Cookies, you will need:
- 150g salted butter, softened
- 160g light brown muscavado sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 225g plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 200g milk chocolate chips or chunks
- 20 Rolos or Maltesers
- icing eyes, or make your own with tube icing
- STEP 1
Heat the oven to 190C/fan170C/gas 5 and line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
Put 150g softened salted butter, 80g light brown muscovado sugar and 80g granulated sugar into a bowl and beat until creamy.
Beat in 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 large egg.
Sift 225g plain flour, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda and ¼ tsp salt into the bowl and mix it in with a wooden spoon.
Add 200g milk chocolate chips or chunks and stir well.
Use a teaspoon to make small scoops of the mixture, spacing them well apart on the baking trays. This mixture should make about 20 cookies.
Bake for 8–10 mins until they are light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre if you press them.
Leave on the tray for a couple of mins to set and then lift onto a cooling rack.
For the dark chocolate legs I used shop bought a tube of chocolate handwriting icing. However, you could always used melted chocolate. You can use chocolate chips. To melt it down I used the double boiler method, takes literally 5 minutes to melt.
I let it cool and pour it into an icing bag or ziplock bag with the corner cut. Pipe the legs carefully with the bag.
If you don’t like rolos (I’m mean I’m not even sure if this even applies to anyone – I mean who wouldn’t like rolos? That’s a crazy thought! But these would be equally as yummy with chocolate buttons or Maltese’s used for the spider body instead! Just be careful that you wait a little bit for the cookies to cool before you add the rolos/ buttons otherwise they melt! That said, if you’re using rolos you need to ensure that they cookies don’t set completely or the rolos will just fall off when you move the biscuits.
Fun food for a spooky Halloween Party
If you’d like more ideas for fun spooky food for kids – I love these cute Halloween treats that would be perfect for any spooky party! We’ll definitely be trying these out at an annual spooky tea party we have with a friend to celebrate Autumn. We’ve put all our ideas for our outdoor spooky tea party that we host every year here……..
Enjoy your spooky, spider cookies!
If you’re looking for more fun activities to do with your kids over Autumn, here’s some of our favourite Autumnal activities.