October 20, 2010

Spider Cookies

Last weekend we were having a Halloween Party.  The boys and I decided to make these YUMMY spider cookies to take to it.  Really easy to make, fun to put together, and delicious to eat.  They're homemade Oreo cookies with cream cheese frosting and licorice legs.  Here's how to make the cookies:

Homemade Oreo
1 box Devils food cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup shortening

Mix all ingredients together.  Roll into balls- if you have a cookie scoop, it's quick and easy- and place on cookie sheet.  Bake for about 8 minutes.  Let cool and then frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until well blended. 

Typically this is the point where you frost the underside of one cookie and sandwich with another cookie.  For these Spider cookies, however, put some orange food coloring in your frosting.  Frost the underside of a cookie and use some licorice strings to make some legs- I used Twizzler Pull-and-Peels.  Frost the underside of another cookie and sandwich together.
It might be helpful at this point to find a couple of kids to help you peel that licorice and put on the legs. 

You can also use this as a great teaching moment to talk about number of legs on spiders, making pairs, counting by 2s, (not licking fingers when we're making food for other people), etc...
Obviously the 3 year old didn't quite catch on to my 'teaching moment', but aren't those chubby hands the cutest things you've ever seen?
If I would have had the energy to load up the kids and head to the store, I would have picked up a bag of redhots for eyes for the Spiders- how cute would that be? 


Mary said...

That's a cute idea! And how do you not kiss those dimples everyday?

Clements Family said...

Those look delish! Love that you made them into spiders.
Did you come to the event last night? I hope I didn't miss you!!!

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