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!

Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

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

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.

For more recipes from this month’s Cooking Light group, head on over to Val’s blog More Than Burnt Toast!

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Comments

  1. Those look GREAT!

  2. They look yummy even for people afraid of spiders;)

  3. Cute and original. I haven’t seen any like these before. They look scrumptious.

  4. These look chocolaty delicious! :)

  5. these chocolate cookies look fantastic! The dark cookies seem to be filled with the rich chocolate flavor!

  6. These are so fun! Well done!

  7. Spider cookies… yummy and eeewww all rolled into one Roz! Seriuosly, they sound delish and look even better!

  8. You did a great job Roz. So glad you brought these to our Supper Club and continue to wow us with your creations:D

  9. These cookies look divine and are so clever and cute!

  10. 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!

  11. Ooooooh – SUGAR!
    :-)
    Di
    X

  12. Great job, Roz!

  13. How adorable and what a treat.
    Sam

  14. 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

  15. i think these look perfect-steady hand or not! anne

  16. So festive! Love the spider web icing :) I have a feeling my chocoholics would make these disappear in a flash~

  17. These do look like a beautiful treat for Halloween. By the way, I share your opinion of “The Chew” and how forced it seems. Still, it was fun being there for one day.

  18. Those are way too cute, looks delicious too :)

  19. What a cute and fun idea. :) Love Chocolate and Halloween. Happy Friday.

  20. Perfect spiderwebs – they look great and I bet they tasted Awesome! Wanting a chocolate cookie now!

  21. spooky and delicious :-) Hugs

  22. Hey Roz, so glad your back! I love anything chocolate so these cookies are right at the top of my list ! YUMMY! Thanks, Anna

  23. Wow – these look wonderful! Well done. I like the idea of chocolate sandwich cookies. MMM

  24. These beautiful cookies are so much fun for Halloween! Love this idea!

  25. Hi Roz, You did a superb job on these cookies. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Joanne

  26. So cute and tempting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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