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Spider cookies are with a sugar cookie dough, a cookie press, and simple gel frosting! Quick and easy for Halloween or a Marvel Superheroes birthday party.
One of my favorite kitchen tools of all time is my OXO cookie press. Every fall I make pumpkin spice cookies with it using the Autumn disk set (they have a Springtime disc set and a Christmas disc set, too). But my kids love the spider cookies the most! And I’ll admit, they turn out pretty cute and are super easy to make. My favorite kind of cookie!
Quick & Easy Spider Cookies
Using the cookie press does take a little trial and error. I found the spiders very easy to make. You just have to make a few first to determine how much to press down on the plunger to get the cookies to form properly. But once you get the hang of it, you can make dozens of spiders in not time at all.
Check out my Pumpkin Spritz Cookie recipe for more tips and tricks on using the cookie press!
The cookies don’t spread at all so you can place the spiders close together on the baking sheets. They bake up fairly quickly since they are so small. Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack before frosting.
The spider cookies look great just as they are, but a little color never hurts! I bought tubes of gel frosting in red and black to simply outline the raised portions of the spider cookies. You could use regular frosting and pipe it on, too.
My kids oohed and ahhed over these and just loved them. We’ve made them several years now for school Halloween parties and they are big hit. Plus they are small so parents are happy to have less sugar in their kids!
The Autumn disc set also has a spider web cookie shape, which goes along with the spiders. Check out these Spiderweb Sandwich Cookies from Home Cooking Memories, too!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups flour
- Cream together butter, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Beat until mix is light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add almond extract and egg and continue to beat until the egg is full incorporated, another 3 minutes.
- Add flour and mix until a dough forms and all flour has been incorporated.
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Fill a cookie press with dough and use a spider disk to make cookies according to press instructions.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn brown.