Get in the Halloween mood without baking a thing! You can decorate store bought cookies to make these simple and ghoulishly fun raisin spider cookies. Sponsored by Sun-Maid Raisins.
Decorating cookies for any holiday or season is a favorite past time for the kids and I. It is not only fun, but a fabulous way to get creative without dealing with the complex rules normally associated with baking and cooking. It’s like coloring and painting with sugar – hello?! Now that’s crazy fun!
With Halloween around the corner, it’s totally time for cookie decorating. My cookie decorating skills are… above average. But I’m definitely no wonder woman with the piping bag. My kitchen looks like a sugar war zone after I’m done decorating a few batches of cookies. But these raisin spider cookies are pretty simple. If I can make them, so can you.
Royal icing is easy to work with. The hardest part is getting the right consistency. But since we are using a marbling technique, and a little drippage makes these cookies even spookier, well it is pretty goof proof.
I did not use any meringue powder or egg whites with this batch of royal icing. It takes a little longer to dry, but that wasn’t a problem for me. I live in San Diego, it is dry here. A few hours and everything was dry.
You can use homemade cookies or store-bought. I chose chocolate sandwich cookies because I like the black background – very Halloweeny. You start with icing the top of your cookie with white. While the icing is wet, use a second color (I used black and purple) and pipe a spiral, starting at the center of cookie and rotating out towards the edge.
Don’t worry if your spiral is wobbly looking or uneven. The next step will make it all alright.
Once your spiral is done, use a tooth pick or bamboo skewer and place it at the center of the cookie. Then slowly drag it through the icing towards the edge of the cookie. Continue dragging the toothpick like this around the rest of the cookie, and ta-dah! You have a spiderweb. If this all sounds confusing, just watch the video!
Now it’s time for the raisin spiders! Again, you are doing all of this while the icing is wet. Gently place one raisin onto your web. Place four chocolate jimmies onto one side of the raisin for the spider’s legs. Place four more chocolate jimmies on the other side of the raisin. Add two icing dots on the raisin and your spider has eyes and is done. Set your cookie aside to dry and continue with the other cookies.
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Purple food coloring
- Black food coloring
- 5-7 teaspoons water
- 24 assorted cookies like Oreos or sugar cookies
- 24 raisins
- 1/2 cup chocolate jimmies
- Add 1 cup powdered sugar into a small bowl with black food coloring.
- Add 1 cup powdered sugar into a second small bowl with purple food coloring (red and blue).
- Slowly add up to 2 tsp water into each bowl and stir with a fork or whisk until icing is smooth, but thick. You want it pourable, but not runny.
- In a third bowl add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and slowly add 2 to 2 1/2 tsp water.
- Stir with a fork or whisk until icing is smooth, but thick. You want it pourable, but not runny.
- Pour each icing into its own resealable bag and squeeze icing into one corner. Snip a tiny piece of the corner of the bag off and place each bag in a glass, cut tip side down.
- Place 1 cookie on work surface.
- Start with the white icing and pipe an outline of a circle along the edge of the cookie. Once outline is done, fill in center with white icing.
- Use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to spread icing evenly.
- Start at the center of the cookie and pipe a swirl of purple or black for the web. Turn and spiral the icing outwards towards the edge of the cookie.
- Using a toothpick or bamboo skewer, place the tip at the center of the cookie and drag it out through the icing toward the edge of the cookie. Continue doing this throughout the cookie until your web is formed and complete.
- While the icing is wet, place 1 raisin, for the spider’s body anywhere on the cookie.
- Place 4 chocolate jimmies on one side of the raisin for the spider’s legs and 4 more on the other side.
- Using white icing, add two tiny dots for eyes and let cookie dry.
- Continue icing the other cookies.
- Allow icing to cool completely before handling, about 1 hour.
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 2gSugar: 54gProtein: 3g