Spider Cookies ?
I love to do a little Halloween baking each year. This year has been particularly busy so I thought I’d try these REALLY easy Spider Cookies. They’re great for a schoolbox treat, or even a shared morning tea at work. The cookies are crisp on the outside, and delicious soft and chewy inside.
- 225g butter, softened
- 3/4 cup soft brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 1/4 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 -3/4 tsp salt depending on preference
- 200g of chocolate chips, plus extra 100g for decorating
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
- Cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly fold into the creamed mixture.
Stir through 200g of chocolate chips.
Cover and pop dough into the fridge to chill, while the oven preheats to 180°C fan.
Scoop out the dough, and lightly shape into small balls. They will spread so don’t flatten with a fork, and don’t space together too closely. (I make approx 3 trays x 11 cookies).
Bake for approx. 8-9 mins.
Once out the oven, pop a couple of chocolate chips on top of each cookie while still warm.
Once cold, melt the remaining chocolate chips in short bursts in the microwave. Pipe out eight spider legs.I do this by spooning the melted chocolate into a small plastic zip bag, and snipping a TINY little corner off. You could also use a tiny piping tp and piping bag.
- Ever had cookies turn out flat or greasy? It probably means you’ve added too much butter and not enough flour.
- If your butter is too soft or melted it will encourage the dough to spread a lot in the oven. I always put my dough onto a cool baking tray (don’t pre-heat the tray in the oven!).
- Keep the dough in the fridge to chill before you scoop out balls, and pop it back in again while the first batch is baking. This will help firm up the butter, and prevent the cookies spreading too much.
- Also – it may sound obvious – but if you’re ever worried about cookies spreading in the oven then don’t flatten them with a fork!
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