Scary Spider Cookies
1 hr
1 hr 45 min



1 cup sugar

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Black decorator sugar


Red or black licorice laces (string), cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces, if desired

Decorator gel or frosting

Decorator candies (candy eyes, red cinnamon candies, mini chocolate-covered candy pieces, candy sprinkles, etc.), if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in black sugar to coat entire ball. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.

  4. STEP 4

    Insert 4 licorice pieces immediately into each cookie to form legs. Move cookies to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Place tiny dab of decorator gel or frosting onto cookie for eyes; gently press on candy.

  6. STEP 6

    Store between sheets of waxed paper in containers with tight-fitting lid.

Tip #1

- If necessary, poke toothpick or skewer into cookies so licorice pieces can easily be inserted for legs.

Tip #2

- Place black decorator sugar in a clean, dry, glass bowl. This prevents sugar from getting too greasy and allows it to stick to the dough. You may need to occasionally start with fresh sugar if sugar isn’t sticking. Do not let the sugar get wet or it will dissolve.

Tip #3

- Use any color decorator sugar to roll the dough balls to create a variety of bugs.


3Fat (mg)
10Cholesterol (mg)
45Sodium (mg)
9Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  October 26, 2011

Made these cookies with my daughter's cooking class and while the dough was delicious, the final cookie was nowhere near as puffy as shown in these pictures. Nowhere in the recipe did it state to chill the dough. Thankfully I decided at the last minute to put it in the freezer for 15 minutes or six 5-8 year olds would have had nothing but mess in their hands. I probably should have chilled the dough again after rolling in the sugar, but since the recipe didn't call for it, I didn't have enough time before the kids were picked up. Very disappointed in the writing of this recipe. But all that aside, the cookies were tasty and the kids had fun making them.

— says Kim
  August 20, 2009

I have 2 girls and we bake lots of different halloween treats every October. Last year we made these spider cookies. They were very easy to make, but make sure you put the spider legs in while the cookie is still warm. They presented well and were delicious.

— says Cynthia
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