Tarantula Cookies

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Kid Friendly Halloween Recipes

Yield: 23 cookies, using a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop

Prep Time: 60 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Tarantula Cookies


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 white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
thin pretzel sticks (you'll need about 200 total, so a bag of these is fine)
1 large bag (11 1/2-ounces) milk chocolate chips (you might another 1/2 bag)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil (or a little more if you need it thinner)
Chocolate sprinkles
Small red candies (cinnamon Red Hots work great)



*Don't refrigerate the dough- it will be hard to stick in the pretzel sticks in.
*The pretzels are a bit precarious... be gentle when handling the baked cookies and doing the chocolate drizzle. You might injure a few spiders in the process (lost legs), but be assured that they're still delicious!
*Recycle the sprinkles that collect under the racks.
*If you have time to let these set for several hours before serving, they'll have proper time to set. If they still seem pretty chocolatey to the touch, serve on little pieces of parchment paper or on flattened out large cupcake papers (for easy handling by eaters).
*While this isn't a quick and easy recipe, it's one that's fun to do with the kids and it turns out cute and delicious.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Epicurious)

3 Responses to “Tarantula Cookies”

  1. postedOct 28, 2009 7:30 AM

    My niece would love these, we might have to schedule a baking date:)

  2. postedOct 30, 2010 9:15 AM
    Elizabeth Lee

    This was the hardest recipe!! My daughter and I attempted these because they seemed and looked on the easier side!! Up to baking them was easy! When we melted the chocolate and drizzled it over them it dripped A LOT and the jimmies/sprinkles weighed down the chocolate and and clumped below. The excess jimmies/sprinkles could not be re-used b/c they were full of wet chocolate. Then I let them dry and they got stuck to the drying racks. Legs started breaking off and over two hours of time went down the drain. Not an easy recipe!!! And a sad little girl (and mom!)

    • postedOct 30, 2010 9:28 AM

      Bummer 🙁 Sorry these were such a pain for you. I remember a few legs breaking but not many. Maybe spraying the rack w/ nonstick spray 1st would help? And then maybe moving the rack of chocolate covered spiders to another surface after doing the drizzling so the sprinkles don’t collect where the melted chocolate is?

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