Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Spider Cookies

Want to let your kids get involved with the Halloween cooking? You'll want many small hands helping you with these Halloween treats -- they're as fun to make as they are to eat.

Spider Cookies
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Makes about 90 cookies

Prep: 40 minutes
Bake: 7 minutes

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
1 recipe Decorating Icing (see recipe below)

1. In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in the egg, melted chocolate, and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour and the chocolate pieces.

2. Shape dough into two 12-inch-long rolls. Wrap rolls in waxed paper; chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake cookies in a 375 degree F oven about 7 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

4. Spoon Decorating Icing into a decorating bag fitted with a writing tip or fluted tip. Pipe icing into various size spiders or other Halloween shapes on cookies. Let cookies stand until icing is set. Makes about 90 cookies.

Decorating Icing: In a small mixing bowl stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and enough milk to make an icing that is easy to pipe. Tint with desired colors of paste or liquid food coloring.
Make-ahead tip: Prepare dough and shape into logs; wrap tightly, label and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in refrigerator before slicing and baking.

Nutrition facts per serving:
calories: 34
total fat: 2g
saturated fat: 1g
cholesterol: 5mg
sodium: 23mg
carbohydrate: 5g
fiber: 0g
protein: 0g



Aginoth said...

I wish to complain... tese spider cookies have no real spiders in them, what are you trying to push here?

Off to trading standardswoth you CQ ;o)

craziequeen said...

..for added 'bite' you could add your spiders at stage 1 - mixing well to ensure crunchy bits :-)


Aginoth said...

Would increase the protein content for sure ;o)

craziequeen said...

and vegetarians could add crumbled up Crunchy bars...

mmmmmmmm chocolate and caramelised sugar [makes Homer drooling noise]


utenzi said...

I'm with Aginoth. Where's the spiders as ingredients. You know in a Harry Potter book they'd toss some spiders into the batter!

craziequeen said...

I'm worried now - *two* people who want cookies made with real spiders??


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