Although not a particular fan of dark evenings, Halloween is a mega excuse to go all out with the baking. Taste is important, but at this time of year the decoration is also important, but remember no style over substance! Last year we made the chocolate graveyard cupcakes. They exuded taste and style. So no pressure for this year.
Taste the Spider Cookies
200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
170g butter, softened
150g dark brown sugar (or light brown)
100g Caster sugar
1 large egg, & 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
175g Chocolate Chips
Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
Beat the soft butter and sugars together until no sugar lumps remain. Beat in the egg, egg yolk and the vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Add 100g of the chocolate chips.
Preheat the oven to 180oC degrees. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
Take 2 Tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, place on the baking sheet. Bake for precisely 10 minutes. Cookies will be puffy and still appear very soft in the middle. That’s ok. Remove from the oven, push some of the remaining chocolate chips into the cookies and allow to cool on the baking sheet for ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the last amount of chocolate and use to pipe the spider legs onto the cookies once cold.