Tarantula Cookies

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So, let me first say these are very, very, very, very, time consuming to make. And they’re really messy. You’ll probably be finding spider pieces all over your kitchen for months. But if you like spooky chocolate spiders, you’ve found the right recipe!

Tarantula Cookies

These were a hit at work, although most people referred to them as “cute” rather than spooky. But still, a fun Halloween treat.

Happy Halloween!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugaar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 bag (8 ounces) thin, short pretzel sticks
1 large bag (11 1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Chocolate sprinkles
Small red candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture and cocoa powder. Beat to form a smooth dough.
  5. Roll a tablespoon-sized ball of dough, and place it on a baking sheet. Arrange eight pretzel sticks around the ball like spokes on a wheel. Press the tips of the pretzel sticks firmly into the dough ball. Continue with the rest of the pretzels and dough.
  6. Bake until cookies start to brown around edges, about 7-10 minutes.
  7. Lift the cookies from the baking sheets with a spatula, and place on wire cooling racks. Let cool completely. Place the racks on sheets of aluminium foil or waxed paper.
  8. In a double boiler (or the microwave), melt the chocolate chips with vegetable oil.
  9. Pour the melted chocolate over each cookie. Coat with chocolate sprinkles. Press in two red candy eyes on the front of the head. Eeek!

Recipe from Epicurious.


7 Responses to “Tarantula Cookies”

    Alice on 1 October 27th, 2008 9:05 am

    Those are adorable, they’re not ugly at all! I think you did a great job.

    Maria on 2 October 27th, 2008 11:55 am

    What fun cookies!!

    justJENN on 3 October 27th, 2008 5:25 pm

    Well of course they’re ugly, they look like spiders! You should put them in your coworker’s desk drawer. At least that’s what I’d do…

    Jesse on 4 October 28th, 2008 7:25 am

    I love them! They’re adoarable! And to be fair, real life tarantulas are ugly. But you did remind me of that icky story I heard on the radio the other day about how tarantulas mate. Why why why did they make a story out of that?? ew.

    giz on 5 October 29th, 2008 8:16 pm

    So … in that rant … were you saying you’re really not making them again? (kidding and ducking)
    They do look pretty darned fine to me. The effort has made your blogging friends very happy.

    Haley on 6 October 30th, 2008 1:21 pm

    i’m sorry you weren’t happy with how they turned out! i think they are so cute!

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