Spider Cookies

Spider cookies are just about the creepiest and cutest little cookies and they’re so easy to make too! Dunk ’em in a glass of chocolate milk for a sweet Halloween treat. Big thanks to The National Milk Life Campaign for sponsoring this post.

I am not one of those crafty moms that you find on Pinterest.

I have tried to live that life and I failed about 2 minutes in. It’s just not me.

I don’t do crafty. I don’t do complicated. I don’t have the brain power or the willpower or the hot glue guns to make that work.

Spider Cookies - the creepiest, cutest, and easy Halloween recipe out there! #halloween #cookies

But, I can sure decorate a cookie the easiest way possible and impress the heck outta my kids with it.

These little spider cookies are beyond simple, but they really are so fun and creepy! Sometimes simple is best, right? That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. 😉

Spider Cookies - the creepiest, cutest, and easy Halloween recipe out there! #halloween #cookies

This Halloween I’ve teamed up with The National Milk Life Campaign to bring you these spooky spider cookies. They’re perfect to pair with the official drink of Halloween – chocolate milk!

Milk is a nutritious and fun choice for Halloween or any time of year. My daughter has long been a fan of chocolate milk – she used to call it ‘ploplet milk’ back when she was a tiny little thing. I still call it that to this day, if we’re being honest.

Spider Cookies - the creepiest, cutest, and easy Halloween recipe out there! #halloween #cookies

Chocolate milk has all the same essential nutrients that white milk has, so I feel good about serving it up as a treat to my kiddos. Plus, every 8 ounce glass is a good source of protein.

So, about these cookies – I took my perfect chocolate chip cookies recipe and I tweaked it just a teensy bit.

I love this recipe because it starts with melted butter (no need to wait for it to soften all day on the counter!) and there is no chilling needed! These cookies turn out thick, chewy, and basically perfect in just 20 minutes.

spider cookies on baking sheet

To make these spider cookies, you’re going to strategically place a few chocolate chips on each cookie, point side down, to create the body of your spider. <— Sounds weird talking about spider parts on a food blog. Forgive me.

Next, bake your cookies as usual and let them cool.

Grab a little tube of black or brown icing. I got a little tube that was meant for writing words and it worked perfectly.

Pipe some legs on those cookies!

You can add multiple spiders to each cookie or just one. I even made one cookie have a BIG spider on it. So funny!

Spider Cookies - the creepiest, cutest, and easy Halloween recipe out there! #halloween #cookies

Be sure to dunk that cookie in your glass of chocolate milk.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that kids should get between two and three cups of milk and milk products a day, depending on their age. Flavored milk, including chocolate milk, counts as a serving of dairy! It provides the same 9 essential nutrients in each 8-ounce glass, including 8 grams of high-quality protein, to help fuel your ghoulish gatherings.

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Spider Cookies - the creepiest, cutest, and easy Halloween recipe out there! #halloween #cookies

Spider Cookies - the creepiest, cutest, and easy Halloween recipe out there! #halloween #cookies
5 from 3 votes

Spider Cookies

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
29 mins
Servings: 12 cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, halloween
Calories: 244 kcal

Creepy little spider cookies that are ready in just about 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips plus more for decorating
  • 1 tube black writing icing


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar to a large bowl and beat well with a mixer until well combined.

  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined.

  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the bowl and mix until combined.

  5. Stir the chocolate chips in by hand.

  6. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop out 12 balls of dough and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  7. Stick a couple of chocolate chips into the tops of each cookie upside down. 

  8. Bake for 9 minutes exactly. Cookies will look slightly underdone, but will set up as they cool.

  9. Once cookies are cool, use the icing to pipe legs around the chocolate chips. 

  10. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Use any variety of chocolate chip you prefer - darker chocolate will match the spider legs best, but we use milk chocolate because that's what my kids prefer. 

Nutrition Facts
Spider Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 270mg12%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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