Halloween Spider Cookies (Vanilla Cutout Cookies)

[cookie dough recipe originally by Julia of A Slice of Cherry Pie]

spooky cookies recipe


  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar (about 200g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3½-4 cups plain flour (about 500g)
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • ½ dark chocolate bar (melted)
  • 35 Galaxy Minstrels or other chocolate candies
  • 70 silver mini icing balls or other small icing strands

chocolate spider Halloween cookies


  • round cookie cutters


  1. Cream eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla extract together.
  2. Stir in flour and create a ball from the dough.
  3. Leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Then preheat oven to 180°C (356°F).
  5. Take out part of the dough from the fridge and roll it out on lightly floured surface to about ½ cm thick.
  6. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter or glass and place on baking trays lined with Teflon sheet or baking paper.
  7. Repeat the same with the rest of the dough.
  8. Bake cookies for about 15 minutes. Let them cool down before decorating with chocolate.
  9. Melt chocolate in microwave, deep some stick in it and draw spider on the cookie, stick in Minstrel as a body and silver icing balls as spider eyes. Repeat the same with the rest of cookies.

This recipe make about 32-35 cookies 6½ cm (2½ inches) wide.


If it is too soft make ball from it again and place in the fridge for a while.

Instead of making spider design on cookies you can melt more chocolate and using pastry brush cover the whole cookies in chocolate and then sprinkle over icing strands. You can also mix icing sugar with some hot water to create icing, then add food colouring and use it to draw Halloween shapes on cookies.

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Your thoughts…

  1. Great cookies Margot…….So appropriate for the occasion :-)) Thanks for sharing the recipe dear :-)

  2. Dear Margot,

    The halloween cookies look so delicious, awesome idea and thanks for sending them to me. I inlcuded in the post.. do check out ..:)

  3. Margot–They’re wonderful! I can’t beleive you whipped those out so fast that evening. Very very cute!

  4. Oooh they look scary!!! Great job.

  5. They look very professional!

  6. These spiders are so much fun! I love the idea of painting the legs on and having the body and eyes of the spider be 3 dimensional. Very inspired!

  7. These are just precious! I love them!

  8. HERMOSAS!!!!
    Las incluyo desde ya en mis galletas de halloween!!
    Gracias por compartir la receta!!!

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