Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on October 8, 2013

So there is this image floating around the internet.  It is a chocolate chip cookie with spiders superimposed on it.


See how to make this cookie with chocolate at iambaker.net!

Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

I kid you not I stared at that thing for five minutes straight.  I was perplexed.  I was horrified.  I was intrigued.  I was fascinated.  I was officially obsessed.

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

So this is my little attempt to re-create that, only with no photography tricks.  Just some melted chocolate and a little time.

I started out by baking some chocolate chip cookies.  I highly recommend making these New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies.  (recipe below)They are amazing and delicious and something you must try at least once in your life.

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies #halloween #spiders #scary #cookies

When I baked the cookies I took them out 2 minutes before they were supposed to be finished and added some extra chocolate chips on top.  I placed the chocolate chips tip down into the cookie so that flat bottom of each chip was sticking out of the cookie.  (This will be the base of the spider body.)

I then put the cookies back into the oven for the remaining two minutes. (When you remove them, the chocolate should be soft but not completely melted.)

Next, I added about a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips into a plastic disposable pastry bag and microwaved for 1 minute.  I then removed the bag and massaged the chocolate to see if it was all melted.  It wasn’t so I placed it back in for 15 more seconds and at this stage, it was mostly melted and hot so I removed it from the microwave.

Then I snipped off the TINIEST bit from the pastry bag and piped “legs” onto the cookie right around the chocolate chip.  I pipe eight legs then put the pastry bag down and picked up a toothpick.

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies #halloween #spiders #scary #cookies

I wanted to legs to look as realistic as possible, so I painstakingly used the toothpick to go in and really add detail to the legs.  I made the ends as pointy as possible and tried to make all the legs uniform in size and length.

This took FOREVER.  I seriously got a kink in my neck.  I think each cookie was roughly about five minutes.

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies #halloween #spiders #scary #cookies


But it was worth it.  These really are creepy and a bit gross.    If it’s just too much for you then you are exactly the friend I want to invite over when I make them.


Creepy Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies #halloween #scarytreats


Let me know if you try these!  Would love to see!  Well, no, I don’t really want to see because that would freak me out. I guess I am a glutton for punishment!

5 from 5 votes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

One of the best Chocolate Chip Cookies you will ever try!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 2/3 cups (208 grams) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (208 grams) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (284g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup (10 ounces or 225g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces (about 3 cups) chocolate chips or chunks (I use a combination of both and reserve a few to place on top of the cookie before baking)
  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate dough for24-36 hours.


  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.

  8. Drop spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) of dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

  9. Cool on wire rack.

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  • Myra Foster Smith says:

    Super cute, but there is an easier way that looks just as cute….just take a toothpick and “pull” the legs out of the chocolate chips, much quicker! Yours look amazing!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Myra! I actually tried it that way first. I found that there wasnt enough of the chip naturally showing to “pull” enough for the legs; which I why I added extra chips. I also found that I could not “pull” the chocolate as far as I wanted, and all the spiders had a large body with short legs. So the method in my post is the one that worked best for me! Thanks so much for your input! 🙂

      • vaughn says:

        hmmm, round body and short legs. TICK chocolate chip cookies! Now THAT’s SCARY!

        • Laura says:

          TICK choc chip cookies! That is hysterical!

        • Patti says:

          Hahaha love it! Or bedbug chip cookies?…EWwww!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Love, love, love these! But you knew that already!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    So flipping cute!! Well, and freaky. They kind of scared me too. 🙂

  • KS says:

    On the “original” ones (at least the linked version), the legs were simply Photoshopped on. I think your cookies (the real deal) are truly artistic and incredibly done.

  • Carla says:

    So cute! Do you bake all the cookies and let them cool before you pipe on the legs?

  • diane says:

    I made these cookies using the new york chocolate chip recipe and then used melted chocolate chips for the legs (piped in a bag of parchment paper) & they are perfect!

  • Kellie says:

    The original photo is creepy but….hers isn’t chocolate chips…hers is photoshopped. The photo won 4th place in a competition on worth1000.com. The topic of the photos entered was snackimals. If you go to the link you posted and click on ‘snackimals’ at the top of the page you can see more creepy food animals lol. Pretty cool pics. Your spiders are yummy looking and might I add the coolest looking ones I have seen thus far that are real chocolate chip spiders lol.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kellie! In my first paragraph I say, “spiders superimposed on” the cookie. I also link right to the worth1000 site. 🙂

  • Amy Seah says:

    Hi Amanda, I’m Amy from Singapore. I just made these!had so much fun, thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe?

    • Amanda says:

      Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it Amy!

  • Frani says:

    These are absolutely GROSS!!!! Love them and cannot wait to make some. What fun!!!

  • Cheryl Craft says:

    WOW Love this idea so much I will be making them in my NON Cooking NON Reading Cooking class with 3 and 4 year olds! I will definitely share the end product pictures

  • Debbie says:

    I wonder if you could pull legs if you used a Hershey kiss?

  • Eva Dankers says:

    I thought that the original photo of the cookies was pieces of rosemary as the legs! 🙂 I think I might try that too ! So funny!

  • Cynthia Alexander says:

    I love this recipe! I actually have just discovered your website and LOVE everything i’ve seen. I’m excited to get into the recipes and sharpen my skills. I especially like the educational component to your page. I am a novice baker and have much to learn.

  • Ted says:

    Cute but unnecessarily harder than it needs to be. Ignore the 2 minute upside down chip step and simply make the cookies then squeeze whatever size spider body you want onto the cookie. This chocolate is easier to pull legs off too

    • Amanda says:

      I have made that version and didn’t like the final result. I prefer to spend the time making them the way I want them to look. 🙂

  • G says:

    Maybe you can use the shell of a sunflower seed…doctor it up a little….it would take a little eddy, but that would probably work well

  • Donna says:

    I can’t wait to try these they look Amazing

  • Gai Fitzpatrick, says:

    Can the spider cookies be made with regular flour.

  • Mona says:

    This was a dud for us. The chocolate chips were crumbly. Maybe I should have used a different brand. I used Nestle Milk Chocolate. Cookies were good anyway.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh no!! So sorry!! I have not heard of the chips being crumbly before. What a bummer. 🙁

  • Connie says:

    I would eat long as I knew it wasn’t a real spider. Those I don’t care for. You could have tried the chunk instead of the chip lol or get a spider candy making think and melt chocolate chips in it.

  • Greg says:

    I’m at 6000 feet; how do I adjust this to have cookies that aren’t flat as a pancake. Asking for a friend. LOL

  • FA says:

    Awesome recipe ,I will surely try.

  • Patricia Gorman says:

    I didn’t see how you made the chocolate chips look like spiders. Can you fill me in?
    By the way, they look amazing ❣️

  • Sue says:

    I love your recipe’s they look like so much fun,, and love was put in those darn spiders,,, my son is grown and still hates spiders so I think I will bake some and send them to him for his birthday ,, he is a Halloween baby so it will be fitting I am sure he will love them

  • Gloria says:

    Love your spider choc chip cookies. I will have to try and make those for Halloween

  • Barbara D says:

    I was wondering if you couldn’t just go ahead and make the whole spider with the piped melted chocolate on wax paper, refrigerate to harden, then put on the cookies that last minute or so of baking?

    • Amanda Rettke says: