Spiderweb Cookies decorated with an icing spiderweb design and a candy
spider are a sweet chocolate 'scream' come true.

Spider Web Cookies

Halloween Spiderweb Cookies

To make the Halloween Spiderweb cookies you'll need;
1-1/3-cups butter or margarine, softened
1-1/3-cups white granulated sugar
1-1/2-teaspoons vanilla extract
3-1/3-cups all-purpose flour
1/3-cup cocoa

To make the icing and spiders you'll need;
4-1/2-cups sifted confectioners sugar
1-1/2-teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3-cup plus 1-teaspoon milk
1/2-cup semisweet chocolate chips
Gummy spiders to decorate

Step 1...Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2...Make the spiderweb cookies by creaming the
butter and sugar in a large bowl until fuffy. Add eggs and
vanilla, beat until smooth.

Step 3...In a medium bowl, combine the flour and cocoa.
Add this to the creamed mixture and beat until well blended.

Step 4...Shape dough into 30-1-1/2 inch balls and place 2-inches
apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet; flatten balls into 3-inch
circles with the bottom of a lightly greased glass.

Step 5...Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until bottoms are lightly
browned. Cool cookies on baking sheet about 2 minutes, then transfer
to a wire rack to cool completely.

For icing and spiderweb decoration;
Step 1...Place confectioners sugar in medium bowl, add vanilla and gradually
add in the milk until icing is spreading consistency.(you may not need all of the milk)
Cover and set aside.

Step 2...Place chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave
on high for 1 minute or until chocolate softens, stir until smooth.

Step 3...Spoon melted chocolate into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip.
Working with just 2 cookies at a time, spread icing on cookies. Now, beginning
at the center of each cookie, pipe 3 or 4 circles of chocolate, one outside
the other and about 1/4-inch apart, onto the wet icing.

Step 4...Beginning at the smallest circle, pull a toothpick through circles
to the outer edge of icing to make spiderweb design.
Repeat with remaining cookies and decorate with spiders.
Allow icing to harden. Store in airtight container.

Makes 30 Halloween spiderweb cookies.

If you can't find candy spiders, the plastic ones work well too