Friday, October 10, 2008

VeganMoFo - Spooky Halloweegan Spiders!

Spooky Halloweegan Spider Cookies! They are smiling, so they're really not that spooky, but you can make them spooky if you want. Eating these was so weird! That was the only spooky thing about them. It felt like I was going to take a big bite off a real spider! *shudders*

Spooky Halloweegan Spiders

Here's how to make them. Bake your favorite batch of chocolate cookies (I made Happy Herbivore's double chocolate chip cookies from her Sneak Peak e-cookbook). You don't want a cookie that is going to spread out too much because you will end up with flat spiders. Tip: using a cookie scoop instead of dropping spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet makes perfectly round spiders.

That's the simple part. The legs take quite a bit of work, but I found it to be quite relaxing:

1- Line a flat chopping board with wax paper. Keep it in the freezer until you need it.

2- Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. I always melt my chocolate chips in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals stirring. Nuke, stir, nuke, stir...

3- Using a #3 round decorating tip (or cut a 3 millimeter hole in one corner or a small ziploc bag and fill it with the melted chocolate), start drawing little "V" shapes on the cold wax-paper-covered board. These will be your legs. With 1/4 cup of melted chocolate you should be able to have 64 V shaped legs, enough for 8 cookies. Don't use it all up! Save just a little bit of chocolate in the bag for step five! Tip: To keep the chocolate soft, fill a food storage container with hot water, then cover with a tight lid and sit the pastry bag/ziploc on top of the lid. The warmth will keep the chocolate soft.

4- Let the chocolate legs harden in the fridge for 30 minutes or until you can "peel" them off whole with a spatula. 

5- Using the pastry bag/ziploc again, take a cookie and squeeze a little chocolate drop onto the eight spots where the legs will go. The melted chocolate will work as glue. Hurry before the chocolate drops harden, move on to step six!

6- Attach eight legs to the chocolate drops, working very quickly so the legs don't melt in your fingertips. I actually bought a new pair of tweezers that are used only in the kitchen for projects like this. They're like mini tongs! 

7- Using a basic, fairly stiff powder sugar icing (powder sugar and water) draw the eyes and mouths. Again, use a pastry bag or ziploc with a corner cut off to pipe on the eyes and mouths. I used a toothpick dipped in melted chocolate to create a dots in the center of their eyes. That's all folks!

I've seen these made with black licorice legs, which looks WAY easier to make. But I just like to complicate the heck out of my life instead! More spider goodies coming up next week! Thank you everyone for such sweet comments!! :)

27 comments :

  1. I am so jealous of the fabulous halloween fun y'all are having at your house this month!

    Your spiders are excellent, here's another one you might like (they look really easy to veganize).

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pecan-caramel-spiders-recipe/index.html?rsrc=search

    ox
    kittee

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  2. The only problem with these is they are so cute I don't think I could eat them! Awesome presentation.

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  3. I'm INCREDIBLY fearful of spiders, but I love yours!! :0)

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  4. Well you just keep coming up with amazing treats. Shoot, I want a Halloween party just to make them, make them all! You make me smile and look forward to your next post.

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  5. awwwwwwwwww! i super love spiders (they're one of my favorite insects) and i really super love your halloweegan spiders! they're so awesome! i love their little faces and their little legs! hooooooooray!

    hope you have an awesome weekend, River! yay!

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  6. My favorite part is definitely the legs.

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  7. i am IN LOVE with those cookies!!

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  8. I am in awe of your creativity!! Seriously, how do you come up with these??

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  9. okay these are the CUTEST cookies EVER!! haha i'm soo in awe of them! awesome job =D

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  10. Very cute and totally delicious!

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  11. I am in awe of your amazing Halloween goodies! You really know how to celebrate...I can't wait to see what you do for Christmas. (:

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  12. ah but these spiders are too cute to be spooky! I'd have a hard time biting into one, look at them pleading wittle eyes.

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  13. These are just so cute! I can't make this many halloween treats or I'd need to buy new pants - but I love enjoying yours!

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  14. Woman...I love to cook and I can cook, but you are making me break out in a sweat trying to keep up with you. Give an old lady a break and slow down just a wee bit will ya?

    Question: We(really Savanah) made your peanut butter vegan ghosts, and they were delicious, but she had a tough time trying to mold them just right...any suggestions?(And we now see the need fro finely shredded coconut)

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  15. Astounding, yet again! I have that e-book, I must try the cookies, they look yum. I am busy saving all your ideas, hopefully I'll manage to organise myself to make them, if not for Hallowe'en itself, then for LP's birthday a few days later :)

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  16. Too cute!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your food. You are an inspiration to remind me to have fun with food.
    :)

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  17. I love your ideas! They are fabulous. I also love HH's cookie recipe...its the best I've ever tasted!

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  18. your halloween skills supersedes all others...
    i am in awe...

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  19. WOW you are wayy to talented...start a store asap! I need to try some of these goods! I will pay good money!

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  20. Thank you so much you guys!! Such sweetness! :)

    Kittee, those spiders look awesome! Thanks for the link!

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  21. Too cute! That are spiders I am willing to eat... Love your banner!

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  22. woah those are so damn cute!

    I'm loving all your halloweegan pictures!

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  23. I love these spiders! I think they might be my favorite Halloweegan item yet!

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