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!! :)

Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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)

  4. says

    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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