I think its pretty safe to say that my 6-year-old’s favorite holiday is Halloween. He’s been trying to decide on a costume since June, and relishes the thought of joining his neighborhood friends on a hunt for copious amounts of candy. To celebrate my son’s passion for his favorite spooky holiday, I wanted to create a treat that I know he would love. With a little help from the fabulous people at Oxo, I was able to create these scary-cute Chocolate Sugar Cookie Spiders!
As you can see here, I have some great tools from Oxo. I’m also proudly participating in the Oxo Bake a Difference with OXO for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer campaign. With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and OXO’s has launched its annual program benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by two OXOnians (OXO employees) who were inspired by their son Liam’s battle with pediatric cancer, a disease which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides inspiration and support to allow anyone to easily get involved in fundraising to find a cure for pediatric cancer.
In the month of September, for every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its *$100,000 pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. (Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers with the sticker above.) For a list of all the fabulous baking tools that Oxo will donate proceeds from, click here. For a store locator to find these great Oxo baking tools, click here.
With a few of those fantastic Oxo baking tools, I was able to easily create these fun Chocolate Sugar Cookie Spiders. I utilized the circle cookie cutter from the 3-piece cookie cutter set, the Bent Icing Knife for the base frosting, as well as the Cookie Spatula and measuring cups and spoons during baking. I have to say that these Oxo baking tools are quality items. They’re built to last. I have many other Oxo tools in my kitchen, and I’ve had them for many years, as they’re some of the hardest working, most utilized tools in my kitchen.
With the help of the Oxo tools these spooky spiders were a cinch to make! The chocolate sugar cookie dough is rolled out and cut with the cutters. Once the cookies cool, you’ll use a bit of frosting as the base. I then used a #233 (Grass) piping tip with the same chocolate frosting piped over the top of the cookie. The legs are broken pieces of pretzels, and the eyes are edible candy eyes. The candy eyes are sold at Target, Michaels and other grocery and craft suppliers.
These would make a fun Halloween party treats, great classroom goodies or a fantastic fall bake sale item. Here’s the recipe for these spookie-cute spiders:
- 2½ c. flour
- ½ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 c. butter, room temperature
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3½ c. powdered sugar
- ½ c. butter, room temperature
- 2 oz. dark chocolate, melted and cooled
- 3-4 Tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside. With a stand or hand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and cream together until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla continue to beat with the mixer. Gradually add the dry ingredients until completely combined. Batter will be stiff. Lay out two large pieces of plastic wrap, and divide the batter into two portions and flatten into disks. Refrigerate for at least two hours or over night.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Sprinkle the surface with baking cocoa and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1 cm in thickness. Using a round cookie cutter, cut the circles of dough. Place 6 cookies on an baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes. Cool cookies on cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.
- For frosting: Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter. Add one cup of powdered sugar, and beat until combined. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and beat until combined. Add 2 Tbsp. milk and vanilla and gradually add the rest of powdered sugar. Add additional milk if necessary for a medium-stiff piping consistency.
- Using a frosting knife, frost the cookies with a dollop of frosting for a base. Then, using a #233 (Grass) piping tip, press and pull up to create the appearance of the spider hair on the cookie. Add broken pretzel pieces for legs (6 per cookie) and two edible candy eyes.
I hope you’re able to enjoy these fun, spooky-cute spider cookies! They’re fun to make and easy to put together with these great Oxo tools. Thank you to Oxo, for steering the effort to help eliminate childhood cancer one cookie at a time.
* In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.