Spider Cookies – One Design, Two Easy Ways

September 13, 2012

I just finished wrapping up (literally) one of my largest orders for a local fund-raiser taking place next weekend.  More on those cookies later.  As always, extra cookies are baked for those *oops* moments in decorating.  Thankfully, I did not have to use the extras in the order and decided to decorate some quick cookies for Halloween.

These spider cookies were made using two different techniques.  Some were done by making the webs using the wet-on-wet method and some were done by making the webs by piping onto the royal icing base once it had dried.  Either way, they are quick to do and make for a fun if not a little creepy Halloween party treat.

A quick tutorial on making these using the wet-on-wet technique…

Flood your cookie in the background colour you decide to use.  This example I’m using a deep orange colour that was achieved by mixing a few drops of Copper food colouring with a few drops of Buttercup Yellow.

With your flood icing still wet, apply a straight line across the center of the cookie with black piping icing. Then pipe another line from the center to the top of the cookie.

Pipe an inverted scallop line all around the outside edge of the top half of the cookie.

Add two additional lines below and on either side of the center line, beginning at the center and working your way to the edge of the cookie and add the scalloped edge.

Piping from the center out to the edges, pipe straight lines at each point of your scalloped edges.

Next step is to add the scalloped lines all around the straight lines, working from the outside to the inside of the cookie.

Let the flood icing harden a little before adding your spider otherwise the spider will sink into the flood icing just as the web does.

To make this same design using the more textured wet on dry technique, simply flood your cookie and wait until the flood icing is completely dry before repeating the above steps with black piping icing to make your spider web and your spider.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee - Kudos Kitchen September 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

They look so spooky! Actually, I hate spiders but these ones I like :)


Cheryl (Grandma Coco) September 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Very cool!


sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more September 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

very cute, I love halloween anything!


Choc Chip Uru September 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Oooh you have me excited for Halloween my friend :D

Choc Chip Uru


Karen @ Trilogy Edibles September 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

those are awesome! Love the wet on wet technique look!


Kathia September 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I am not a friend of spiders of any kind, but in some weird way I like spider cookies. These came out really cute Paula. Thanks for sharing, I need to start getting in my Halloween baking pretty soon.


Monet September 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Ah! These are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with me (along with the great tutorial!) I just finished a huge batch of car cookies for a UT event last week, and I’m so ready to take a cookie break! But I’ll be back at it soon, I’m sure!


The Partiologist September 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I love love love these designs!


Paula (Salad in a Jar) September 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Some day, I really want to taste these fantastic looking cookies.


The BearFoot Baker September 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

These are so CUTE! Or are they creepy? All spiders to me are creepy so I think these are creepy cute! I really like the way you divided the web into sections. That makes it easy to get an even finish. I always go lopsided!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

So pretty… or scary? lol And very impressive!


Sue {munchkin munchies} September 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

Great tips! I am going to finally attempt spider webs this year. Yours are PERFECT!


Jackie @ Just Add Milk September 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

These are great!!!!! I love that the spider is highlighted away from the web. I may also try spider webs for the first time this year.


carrian September 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

These are adorable!


Jacquee September 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Totally awesome!! Can’t believe we are almost back at Fall :(.


Lizy B September 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Creepily cute!! Great job!


Sharon September 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

These look fabulous! They would add so much overall as decorations as well. I have my zucchini out and ready today….


Rita September 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Very cute spidercookies. I can’t stand spiders, but I feel comfortable with yours.


foodwanderings September 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Love these Halloween cookies. Gorgeous designs. I think I saw them on Pinterest. Such a great way to kick off the Fall season!


Karen Tripp/Warning Sugary Goodness September 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Wonderful tutorial I’ll be sharing this with my FB peeps!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 16, 2012 at 12:33 am

So fun! You make it look so easy!


elisabeth@foodandthrift September 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Paula, your Halloween cookies are so amazing…gorgeous, and utterly cute! You are so incredibly talented with your cookie designing, and have such a ‘steady hand’…a TRUE artist is what you are:DDD
Not everyone can make these type of special intricate design…even with your helpful ste-by-step directions…xoxo


Lora September 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

What elegant Halloween cookies Paula. Thanks for the tutorial!


Bronnie September 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Oh my!!!! These are AMAZING! You are so clever Paula!

thanks for sharing



Hani September 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

These are awesome. Though I don’t like spiders much I do like make spider cookies.
You are always so generous.


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