Spider Cookies

Oh, Halloween. I adore you! And I adore these cookies! Sometimes pumpkin recipes get a little overwhelming this time of year so I wanted to do a fun but still delicious cookie! Super simple, really just a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe but with white chocolate chips and reese’s pieces. Yum. So go ahead and make these for your Halloween gathering! They will not disappoint 😉

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces (I used mini’s)
Big handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips (for spiders)
1 ounce chocolate (for spiders, I used Baker’s)

In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat together butter and both sugars until nice and smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until combined. With a spatula, slowly fold in flour mixture until just combined. Do the same with white chocolate and Reese’s. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while oven preheats.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how big your cookies are (anywhere from 2-3 tablespoons), bake from 9-11 minutes.

While cookie are baking, melt 1 ounce of chocolate. Baker’s chocolate is usually my chocolate of choice because I never have any problems using the directions on the box for melting it in the microwave. Place melted chocolate in a ziplock bag with a tiny hole cut out of the corner. Allow to cool a few minutes.

As soon as cookies come out of oven, gently press a chocolate chip wherever you want. This is the body of the spider. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Use the melted chocolate for legs. This was my first time doing this so I will definitely be better the next time, but have fun with it! Make your spiders as cute or as big or little as you want.

Store in an airtight container for a few days! Happy Halloween and enjoy!

Double Double, Toil and Trouble

Fire burn and cauldron bubble! Halloween is so fun! I love everything about it. And just how cute are these witch treats? Easy peasy to make, taste great and no baking required! I had a witch themed night in with some friends, made sangria and watched Hocus Pocus. These brooms and witch hats were perfect. I’m going to be doing a ton of baking with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up so I thought I’d do something simple without having to turn my oven on. Here is what you do…

For the brooms, all you need are pretzel sticks and mini Reese’s cups. Stick the pretzels in and voila! Done.

The witch hats are more time consuming, depending on how much you actually want to do. Below is everything I used and what I did.

What you will need:

Hershey Kisses
Frosting (make your own or I just used Pillsbury funfetti frosting in purple)
Round chocolate cookies (I used Target brand Fudge Mint Cookies)
White chocolate, melted

First, I made the buckles out of white chocolate. Place some wax paper on a cookie sheet. Melt about 1 ounce of white chocolate in the microwave. Put melted chocolate in a ziplock bag and cut a small hole in the corner. Draw small buckles (squares) on the wax paper. White chocolate is very hard to work with so do the best you can. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator or freezer to harden the chocolate.

Get all other ingredients out. Unwrap however many Hershey Kisses you are going to use and lay out the same amount of chocolate cookies. With a knife, put a small amount of the frosting on the bottom of a Kiss (about 1/4 teaspoon). Push Kiss down on a cookie so the frosting starts to come out of the sides. Do this with the rest of the cookies and Kisses.

Once the white chocolate has hardened, place a buckle on each cookie. Make sure it sticks into the frosting. Store cookies in refrigerator until ready to serve! Tedious, but worth it 🙂 Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Here is a close-up of the hat