The Kitchen Prep

Whether you're into the spooky fun, or are a scaredy cat like me, I hope these cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth!

These Black Widow Bite Cookies are about as creepy as you will see me get for Halloween. The dark chocolate cookies are stuffed with raspberry jam so that when you take a bite...

Ingredients

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour2 Tbsp all-purpose flour¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder {I used Hershey's Special Dark}2 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder {I used Hershey's Special Dark}1 tsp baking powder¼ tsp salt1 ½ stick butter, melted¾ cup brown sugar1 tsp vanilla extract2 egg yolks½ cup raspberry jam¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chip, melted15 malted milk balls15 semi sweet chocolate chip for faces30 red sprinkle ball for eyes red decorating icing

Directions

Other helpful tools: Piping bags, toothpick

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan by lining with parchment paper or a silicone backing mat. Set aside.
  2. Sift together all dry ingredients.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and egg yolks until smooth. Slowly add dry ingredients a little at a time until fully incorporated.
  4. With a cookie scoop or a tablespoon measure, scoop out a ball of dough. Make an indentation with your thumb and fill with about a teaspoon {maybe a little bit less} of raspberry jam.
  5. Scoop out a half tablespoon or so of dough and flatten between hands to form a "cover" for your cookie. Place on top on filled half of cookie and carefully seal the edges completely. Place on lined baking sheet.  Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough. {Or if you get lazy, just make Thumbprint Cookies!} ;)
  6. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until set.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet before moving. Once slightly cool, move to a baking rack to cool completely.

To decorate:

  1. Using the red decorator's icing, make the classic black widow "hour glass" on each malted milk ball. Set aside and allow icing to set slightly.
  2. Squirt a small dot of melted chocolate in the center of each cookie as "glue" for the body. Place decorated malted milk ball on top and push down lightly to adhere. 
  3. Squirt a small dot of melted chocolate in the front of the malted milk ball. Place a chocolate chip there as the spider's head. 
  4. Adhere red sprinkles as eyes onto chocolate chips using melted chocolate, or use red icing if desired.
  5. Create long "legs" by drawing 4 lines of melted chocolate on either side of the malted milk ball body.

Get as creative as you want, no two spiders are alike! ;)

 

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Tags: Dessert, Kid-Friendly, Chocolate, Baking, Halloween

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