Spider Cookies have been a Halloween tradition in my family since I was a little girl. If I am remembering correctly... I believe my awesome Aunt Julie introduced them to me when I was probably about 6 years old and every year around this time I crave them like crazy!
This is the first year I have actually made my own batch and they were super fun and simple to make! Click below to view the full tutorial so you can make your own!
You Will Need...
Your favorite sugar cookie recipe
1 recipe for buttercream frosting
2-1/2 - 3" round cookie cutter
Orange food coloring
Black food coloring
Frosting bag, coupler, and #3 frosting tip
Spider Rings (can be found at Halloween stores)
or...instead of spider rings you can make your own spiders using a dark round candy (like a black jelly-bean or Junior Mint)
Step 1. Make sugar cookie dough according to directions
Step 2. Roll out cookie dough on a lightly floured surface and cut using a round cookie cutter
Step 3. Place cookies on a cookie sheet and bake according to package directions.
Step 4. Make a batch of buttercream frosting. Set aside about 1/4 of the frosting and color with black food coloring (I think the Wilton gel food coloring is the best to use...but you will still have to use quite a bit to get actual black instead of grey). Place the black frosting in a frosting bag with a #3 small round tip attached.
Step 5. Color the remaining frosting with orange food coloring.
Step 6. Use a frosting spatula or knife to frost the sugar cookies.
Step 7. Make a swirl of black frosting on each cookie. I think it is easiest to start the swirl in the middle of the cookie and then work your way to the outside.
Step 8. Finish the web by making 2 x's across each cookie (refer to picture)
Step 9. Top with a spider ring.
....Or add a dark round candy of your choice (I chose a junior mint)
and add 8 legs to the candy piece using the remaining black frosting.