Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

Chocolate and Halloween!  What a fun pair!

This month’s Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club’s theme is “Spooks”, perfectly appropriate for this time of year.  Although I’m a chocoholic, I’ve never, ever made chocolate cookies . . . always brownies or a cake.  So this was a first for me.  The cookie dough itself is like buttery fudge and truthfully could be devoured as such and not even baked into cookies!  Yum!

Now I must admit that I didn’t have the steadiest hand to make perfect icing spiderwebs . . . after all, I’m not a spider or a professional baker!  In the end after the big ‘photo shoot’, I just filled two chocolate cookies with the icing and enjoyed what I think could really rival an Oreo cookie!  Mr. M. and P. will be so happy when he gets home to nosh on these chocolate treats!
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Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

What You Need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk.
  • Place shortening in a large mixing bowl; beat with a heavy-duty mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until well blended.
  • Add vanilla and egg white; beat well.
  • Add flour mixture; beat until well blended.
  • Turn dough out onto wax paper; shape into a 6-inch log.
  • Wrap log in wax paper.
  • Freeze 2 hours until very firm.
  • Cut log into 1/4-inch slices, and place slices 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350º for 7 minutes. These will harden as they cool, so do not over bake.
  • Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  • Combine powdered sugar and milk in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk until smooth.
  • Spoon into a small zip-top plastic bag; seal.
  • Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag.
  • Working with 1 cookie at a time, pipe 2 to 3 circles onto each cookie.
  • Starting at center circle, pull a wooden pick through other circles at regular intervals to create a "web."
  • Note: For the glaze, snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. If it's too small, you can always make it bigger.

Boo!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Aww I think your spiderwebs are cute! Personally though…I might just sit there with a bowl of icing dipping the cookie in. They look so good!

  2. says

    Hi Roz

    These look yum – but I really just wanted to welcome you back to the blogosphere! You are one of my favorite food bloggies, and I wanted you to know you were missed!

    Now that you’ve gotten into chocolate, be sure to stop by Create With Joy by Oct 8th to celebrate my 2nd blogaversary with me. I will be giving away a copy of a wonderful cookbook, Absolutely Chocolate, to one of my followers – trust me, you want this book! :-)

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.com

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