Spooky Halloween Spiderweb Cookies

Spiderweb Cookies Recipe

The Spruce

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 36 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
107 Calories
6g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 107
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 22mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These spooky-looking spiderweb cookies are actually a sweet chocolate treat that would make a great addition to any Halloween party. The "spiderwebs" that you see are actually made out of mini marshmallows that have been melted and stretched over the baked and cooled cookies. It's a simple technique with a big effect that's sure to wow your guests.

The recipe starts with a simple chocolate cookie recipe, but you can use the "spiderweb" technique on just about any cookie you'd like—it also works on brownie squares. For an extra scare, top them off with decorative plastic spiders!


  • For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (cut into tablespoon-sized chunks)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Spiderwebs:
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows (divided)

Steps to Make It

Make the Cookies

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper. If you do not have parchment paper on hand, you can bake these cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet, just check them a minute or so sooner than directed in the recipe.

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  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine your butter and chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir well. Repeat until chocolate and butter are completely melted. Allow to cool for about five to 10 minutes before proceeding.

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  3. Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla to melted chocolate mixture and stir until completely combined.

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  4. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

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  5. Gradually stir the flour mixture into butter mixture until completely combined.

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  6. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the parchment paper.

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  7. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes, allow chocolate cookies to cool on their cookie sheets for five minutes and then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Do not add spiderwebs until cookies are completely cooled.

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Make the Spiderwebs

  1. Place 1/4 cup of your mini marshmallows in a small microwave-safe dish.

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  2. Microwave for about 10 seconds or until marshmallows begin to puff.

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  3. Remove and use a fork or spoon to stir, deflating your marshmallows.

  4. Using your thumb and forefinger of each hand, pinch some of the marshmallow filling. Stretch and pull the marshmallow apart with your fingers and drape it over your cooled cookies.

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  5. The marshmallow will cool quickly and become too difficult to use. Once that happens with your first bowl of marshmallows, move on to a new bowl with another 1/4 cup marshmallows and repeat steps two through five until all cookies are decorated.

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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Spiderweb Cookies Recipe
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