Halloween Spider Cookies are easy, fun, and great for Halloween get togethers! A chocolate sugar cookie topped with delicious buttercream and a Lindor truffle spider!
After making a batch of the chocolate sugar cookies, I knew I wanted to use them as the base for this Halloween cookie treat, because the dark color would be perfect against a bright orange!
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Halloween Spider Cookies are so easy to make and really are a delicious treat.
I also use this same cookie dough for my Black Cat Cookies! Make some of those while you are at it.
What you will need for this spider cookies recipe:
- One batch of chocolate sugar cookies
- A batch of orange buttercream
- Some black food gel or black frosting for the web
- A toothpick
- Lindor Truffles- Milk or Dark Chocolate
- Chocolate Covered Blueberries
How to make chocolate sugar cookies:
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon
- In a separate bowl combine butter and sugars. Then mix in the vanilla, espresso powder, egg, and yolk.
- Combine both the wet and dry ingredients to form a dough.
- Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough in sugar then place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Slightly flatten each cookie.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F then let cool completely.
How to make Halloween Spider Cookies:
- Frost cookies with the orange buttercream
- Using the black gel (or frosting) pipe three concentric circles on each cookie
- Using a toothpick drag a line through the circles from the center out
- Add a Lindor truffle, a chocolate covered blueberry, and pipe on some legs using the chocolate frosting
- Easy as that!
Can you use other cookies- not the chocolate sugar cookies?
Absolutely! I recommend my chewy chocolate cookies, my regular sugar cookies, or even a tasy chocolate chip cookie.
Black Food Gel or Frosting?
I had leftover Sparkly Black Food Gel from my Halloween Oreos, so I used that. It can be found in the baking aisle.
However, it doesn’t dry ever. So, it can be messy.
If you want something that will set up, I recommend making black buttercream. You can make a half batch of my dark chocolate butter cream and black food gel coloring to it.
Or better yet make a full batch, add black food gel to half, and use the remaining half to pipe on the spider legs.
Store-bought frosting or homemade?
Homemade tastes so much better than store bought. That being said I did use store bought chocolate frosting for the legs for these cookies because I only needed a very little.
Store bought orange or black frosting might be hard to find- except maybe around Halloween (which works since these are Halloween Spider Cookies). That being said if it isn’t in the normal baking isle try looking for it in the cake decorating aisle.
I have tried the precolored store bought frosting before and it was really gross to me, but try it for yourself and let me know!
The other downside is that for the cost of precolored frosting you might as well make it at home and have it taste so much better.
Spider cookies for Halloween definitely put me in the Halloween spirit!
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Watch how to make this recipe!
Halloween Spider Cookies
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup dark cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 14 tbs unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup sugar plus more for rolling
- 1 tsp espresso powder*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup butter cold and cut into chunks
- 5-7 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbs vanilla
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- Pinch of salt
- Neon Orange food gel coloring
- Black sparkle edible gel*
- ½ cup chocolate frosting store bought or homemade
- 24 lindor dark chocolate truffle
- 24 chocolate covered blueberries
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick mats.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a different large bowl, beat together the melted butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Mix in the espresso powder, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk. Slowly add the flour mixture, and stir until completely combined.
- Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough into your hands, and roll into balls. Then roll each ball in sugar to coat it completely. Place on your baking sheet, and press down each dough ball slightly with the bottom of a glass. Space each cookie about 2-3 inches apart.
- Bake until the cookies are set and have cracks on the edges and top, 8-10 minutes. Then allow to cool completely.
How to make Orange Buttercream:
- In a mixer whip the butter until it is fluffy. Add in the vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
- Add in powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream. Alternating between the two. I like to add in 1 cup of powder sugar followed by 2 tbs of heavy whipping cream, let it combine and then add the next round of powdered sugar and heavy cream.
- Once everything is added, mix on high for 20-30 seconds. Then add in the orange food gel and mix on medium low until full incorporated.
How to make Halloween Spider Cookies:
- Make a half batch of my easy chocolate frosting if using homemade otherwise use store bought.
- To decorate simply frost a nice layer of the orange buttercream onto each cookie.
- Then make a web by using the black gel to make three circles and then drag a toothpick from the center out crossing the black lines.
- Place a Lindor truffle in the center of the web and add a chocolate covered blueberry for the head.
- Using the chocolate frosting and a piping bag or a little baggie with corner cut off, pipe on the 8 spider legs.
- If you don't have espresso powder for the cookies you can use coffee instead or just omit completely.
- I bought the black food gel at my local grocery store but you can use black frosting as well.
- I did use chocolate frosting from the store for this since I knew I wasn’t using a ton of the frosting and didn’t feel like making my own. However, whip up a half batch of my chocolate frosting if you want homemade.
- Nutrition info will be off due to the amount of frosting you use to frost the cookies will vary, and doesn't account for the Lindor Truffle or chocolate covered blueberry.
Post updated on 10/8/2020