Hairy Spider Cookies
It’s almost Halloween and these hairy spider cookies are such a fun way to celebrate! A fudgy dark chocolate cookie is rolled in chocolate sprinkles and covered in spooky candy eyeballs. So cute for kids, and easy to make!
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Happy Friday, friends! Hope I didn’t scare ya with that pic up there ;o)
How was your week? Can you believe that it’s almost Halloween already? Once again, it’s totally snuck up on me. I wish I was one of those with the gorgeous seasonal decorations, the lanterns and painted pumpkins and beautifully styled mantel but sadly we do not have a stitch of holiday decor up and my kids don’t even have costumes yet. Everything is always a mad rush around here.
But the one thing I do manage to keep on top of is baking!
I don’t know about you but at my house we just can’t deal with the really gross, horrifying Halloween stuff. My boys are only 7 and 5 and the little one especially seems to be scared of everything. So cute and spooky is about all we can handle around here.
I made these spooky hairy spider cookies for Christine’s Halloween event over on I Dig Pinterest a couple weeks back, and now I’m so excited to be able to share them with you!
But before I talk about that I wanted to ask- do you guys know about Aldi stores? I only recently visited one for the first time, but I think it’s really going to change the way I shop for food. You can save so much money! As you can imagine, as a food blogger I find myself at the grocery store several times a week and baking staples like sugar, extracts, cocoa, and stuff like that can add up to quite a lot when you’re needing to buy them so frequently. At Aldi I can pick up those basics for a whole lot less.
Aldi stores carry mostly their own private label but the quality is really great. And there’s more than just baking stuff there- they have all kinds of foods including fresh, organic produce, snacks, meats and cheeses, and bread. There are just a few things you need to know before you take a swing by: 1) bring your own bags (which you’re probably doing anyway, it’s just better for the environment), 2) they don’t have an employee working the parking lot corralling shopping carts, so you just drop a quarter into the cart thingy and then it refunds you when you put it back, and 3) they only take cash or debit, no credit cards. All these little things add up to a savings that makes it all more than worthwhile. As you can see from that pic up there, I got everything for 20 bucks and change. At my regular market I would have paid close to that just for the almonds, chocolate, and pita chips alone.
Now let’s talk about these cookies! They are so fun and easy! My kiddos got in on the creating and we had a blast together. I threw the cookie dough together in the blink of an eye (no pun intended), and then we rolled the balls in chocolate sprinkles and pressed in some candy eyeballs. Just go nuts! There’s no wrong way to do this!
You could even add some black licorice whip legs if you want, but I had trouble finding them so I just sat a few of my critters on an upside-down peanut butter cup. I kinda think it looks like lots of creepy bug legs.
The best part about these cookies is how good they taste! They are soft and fudgy inside, and the flavor is almost exactly like an Oreo. My boys are veeeerrrrry picky about what they eat, even when it comes to sweets, and they were begging for more of these hairy spiders! They’ll definitely be making an appearance at their class Halloween parties.
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Hairy Spider Cookies
- 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 2/3 cups (333.33 g) all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons (44.36 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons (44.36 g) black cocoa powder, (Dutched)
- 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Candy eyeballs
- Mini peanut butter cups.
- Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, until fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well-combined.
- Stir in the flour, cocoa powders, and salt, and roll the dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon.
- Coat the balls in chocolate sprinkles and press in the candy eyeballs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes minimum.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake the cookies (on parchment-lined baking sheets) for 10 minutes; cool completely. Place on mini peanut butter cups.