Scary Spider Cookies (Gluten-Free Recipe)
Gluten-Free Spider Halloween Cookies Recipe

Scary Spider Cookies (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Gluten-free spider cookies with sugar cookie bodies and licorice legs are a fun and scary treat for Halloween.

48 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 gluten-free vanilla

2 1/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Black decorator sugar


Gluten-free red or black licorice laces (string),, cut into 192 (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 blend, baking powder and salt. Continue beating, 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 6-10 minutes or until set.

  4. STEP 4

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

  5. STEP 5

    Add eyes by placing tiny dab of decorator gel or frosting onto cookie; 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.

Tip #4

- Cute candy eyes can be found at cake decorating stores. They are inexpensive, easy to use and add the perfect touch to these cookies.

Tip #5

Gluten-Free Flour Blend: Combine 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Use appropriate amount for recipe; store remainder in container with tight-fitting lid. Stir before using.

Tip #6

This recipe was developed using alternative flours and products labeled as “gluten-free.” The best source for additional information is the ingredient listing on product packaging. Learn about gluten-free baking.


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


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  October 09, 2012

You can make these with gluten free licorice. It's $2.99 a bag and you can find it online.

— says Tammie
  October 30, 2011

I thought this was going to be an easy recipe until I tasted it. It is absolutely undelightful. You can smell the vanilla in it and it is like a sugar cookie but does not even do it justice.

— says Be easy
  October 09, 2011

Licorice is not gluten-free. It has wheat in it.

— says Carol K.
  October 06, 2011

Beware that most licorice contains wheat flour and is not suitable for a gluten free diet.

— says Joanne
Test Kitchen Comment November 11, 2011

Thank you

— says Cindy
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