Spooky Spider Cookies

Spooky Spider Cookies

To gear us up and get us all ready for a spooktacular Halloween we decided to bake some cookies. But not just any cookies - 'Spider cookies'!

They're a perfect addition to any Halloween spread, and not only do the look great they're super easy to make too!

Here's what you'll need for a delicious Halloween treat:

  • 110 g butter, room temperature
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 175 g plain flour, sifted
  • Handful of chocolate chips 
  • 50 g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1-2 tsp water 
  • Black food colouring
  • Plastic food/sandwich bag

How to make them:

Pre-heat your oven to 150°C.

Place a large piece of parchment on a baking tray.

Mix the butter with a spoon until soft, then mix in the sugar followed by the sifted flour. Continue mixing with the spoon and then bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough.

Transfer to a board lightly dusted with caster sugar and roll out until about 3mm thick.

Use a cookie cutter or a glass to cut out the biscuits and arrange them on the parchment paper evenly spaced as they'll spread a bit in the oven.

Pop into the middle of the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Once they're baked they have the most wonderful consistency, crisp on the outside yet soft and crumbly in the centre. They'll make your kitchen smell amazing too! The fact that you can eat them warm because you've made them yourself is just the icing on the cake... or cookie!

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. The perfect amount of time to grab your chocolate chips and make the icing.
Mix together the icing sugar and water until you get the desired consistency, then add the food colouring.
While the cookies are still warm and slightly soft press 2-3 chocolate chips into each one. 
Next, cut a small hole in the corner of a plastic food bag and fill it with black icing. If you have a proper icing bag with a fine nib even better. With the icing bag, pipe spider heads at the top of each chocolate chip and eight spider legs. They don't have to be perfect - I happen to think they're even scarier when they're not!
That's it! The easiest way to bake a creepy Hallowe'en treat.
Once cooked they keep for about a week in an airtight container, but if you're anything like us you'll have the first batch scoffed in less than 10 minutes.
Happy Halloween!

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