Food&Drink Editor Cara-Louise Scott gives her recipe for her spooky-licious spider cookies, just in time for Halloween

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I am not a Halloween-loving person, but I love making spooky treats around this time of year and letting my creativity come out in my baking. I decided to make these spider-decorated cookies after I kept seeing them on social media, and loved how simple yet effective they looked. They are really quick to make and the perfect treat for a Halloween gathering, or equally just to enjoy for yourself.

Serves: 16 

  • Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
  • Baking time: 10-12 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 20+ minutes
  • Lasts for: 5 days



For the Cookies:

  • 125g of Unsalted Butter
  • 175g of Self-Raising Flour
  • 100g of White Granulated Sugar
  • 100g of Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • ½ tsp of Baking Powder


For the Decoration

  • Chocolate Icing Tube
  • 1 Packet of Round-Shaped Chocolates (I used Cadbury Buttons, but a lot of online recipes use Rolos)
  • Edible Eyes



1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees (fan) and line two baking trays with baking parchment paper.

2. Melt the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds.

3. Put the butter, white granulated sugar and the soft light brown sugar in a bowl and beat until the texture is creamy.

4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat again.

5. Add the self-raising flour, along with the bicarbonate of soda and the baking power. Mix these until a cookie dough texture is created.

6. Portion the dough equally into 16 cookies.

7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Do not leave any longer even if they still look soft, as once they cool, they will be hard and crunchy (how mine often turn out), so unless you prefer yours like this, always keep to the strict time limit.

8. Once they are out the oven, allow them to cool for at least 20 minutes.

9. Pipe a circle in the middle of the cookies with the chocolate icing, and then add the chocolate piece on top.

10. Pipe the legs of the spider, going from the chocolate piece to the edge of the cookie.

11. Then, pipe two little dots on the chocolate piece and add two of the edible eyes.

12. Do this on all of the cookies, until you have created your 16 spiders.

13. Enjoy your spooky-licious cookies!


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