Sweet Spider Cookies

by | Oct 25, 2021

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If you find spiders crawling around your house, I sure hope they are these Sweet Spider Cookies! They are cute, sweet, and very tasty, just how I like my spiders.

close up of sweet spider cookies chocolate with eyes and arms next to pumpkins

History of Kid Cookers

These cookies bring back fond memories from my 11th year of life! My neighbor and I decided to record ourselves baking and cooking and we made it into a web show called “Kid Cookers”. 

We only filmed a few episodes because life got busy, but one of those recipes was these Sweet Spider Cookies! We enjoyed making them together. So in honor of Kid Cookers we present our Sweet Spider Cookies, cute and perfect for a Halloween party, and super fun to make with your family. We had these on the counter the night we got back from trick or treating, and despite all the candy, I remember making sure to grab a bite of one of these because a warm cookie is one of the best treats you can get on Halloween! 

sweet spider cookies chocolate with red arms on table

Decorating the Spiders

We decorate these spiders with string licorice for the legs and an optional smile:) mini chocolate chips for texture on the spider’s back, and peanut butter chips for the eyes. You can use candy eyeballs, but they don’t taste as good as those peanut butter chips do melting in your mouth with that sugary chocolate cookie. 

If you have a fun idea for how to decorate these or want to use something different for the eyes or legs, be my guest and change it up! Be creative and use what is in your pantry.

 Grab your friends, your kids, your significant other, and make this into a fun activity for you all to do together. Family is what we are all about, so do everything you can to spend as much time with them as possible. 

small pumpkins next to chocolate sweet spider cookies on parchment paper with eyes and arms

Recipe Ingredients

  1. String Licorice – Twizzlers Pull-N-Peel is the easiest string licorice to find in my area.  I cut them into 2 inch pieces and use them for spider legs and a smile!
  2. Mini Chocolate Chips- Lots of spiders have designs on their backs, so in an effort to do something interesting on the backs of these spiders we sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips to give it some texture and a delicious melted chocolate taste. 
  3. Peanut Butter Chips- as a peanut butter chocolate lover, these were the perfect idea for the eyeballs! They complement the chocolate cookie so well, and are bright colored so you know they are eyes. 
sweet spider cookies chocolate in dough spider ball forms on table

Assembly Tips

  1. Once the dough is made, you need to use two different sized cookie scoops. One for the body and one for the head of the spider. If you want giant spiders, use bigger scoops than those I recommend, but as long as the head dough ball is smaller than the body dough ball you can use whatever scoop size you’d like.
  2.  Once you’ve scooped the dough balls you will toss them in sugar to coat evenly all the way around. Push the head dough ball slightly into the body dough ball and bake. They will connect together in the oven. 
  3. Decorate with string licorice for legs, mini chocolate chips for back texture, and peanut butter chips for eyeballs. Feel free to switch up what you use and how you decorate these according to your preference. 

Tell us who made these with you and snap a pic for us to see your sweet spiders! 

Looking for more delicious chocolate cookie recipes? Try these:

close up of sweet spider cookies chocolate with eyes and arms next to pumpkins

Sweet Spider Cookies

Yield: 16 medium-sized spiders
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes

If you find spiders crawling around your house, I sure hope they are these Sweet Spider Cookies! They are cute, sweet, and very tasty, just how I like my spiders.


Spider Cookies

  • ¾ C (6 oz) salted butter
  • 1 C (7 oz) white sugar
  • ½ C (4 oz) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ C +2 T (2.2 oz) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 C (9 oz) all-purpose flour


  • ¼ C (1.7 oz) sugar to roll dough in
  • String licorice
  • 2 T mini chocolate chips
  • 2 T peanut butter chips or candy eyeballs


Prepare Decorations.

  1. Place ¼ C white sugar in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cut string licorice into 1 ½ - 2 inch pieces.
  3. Place 2 T mini chocolate chips in small bowl and set aside. 
  4. Place 2 T peanut butter chips or candy eyeballs in small bowl and set aside. 

Make Spider Cookie Dough.

  1.  Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. 
  3. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.

Creating Spider Dough Bodies and Heads.

  1. For the spider body, use a #30 cookie dough scoop to scoop dough. Toss dough balls in sugar that was set aside earlier. Place on parchment paper and flatten slightly with palm of hand. 
  2. For the spider head, use a #50 cookie dough scoop, toss with sugar, and push as close to spider body as possible. Flatten slightly with palm of hand. 
  3. Bake for 8 minutes. 

Decorating Spider Cookies.

  1. Once out of oven, quickly push 2-4 string licorice into each side of spider body to act as the legs,  sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips onto back of spider body, and place two peanut butter chips as the eyes onto the head of the spider with an optional licorice smile. 
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 


  • The dough is soft, so your hands may get doughy and sticky while rolling the balls in sugar. 
  • Prepare all decorations before baking cookies. The decorations need to be added while the cookies are still hot. Once they become cool, it is difficult to attach decorations. 
  • Don’t want to use peanut butter chips for eyes? Feel free to use M&M’s, candy eyeballs, etc.

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Hi, I’m Missy. Welcome to Taste Before Beauty. For 28 years I’ve been developing recipes that taste delicious, before they look delicious.

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