Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

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Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Recipe from Cooking Light

Start with a recipe for basic chocolate cookies and turn them into Halloween treats by decorating the tops of the cookies with white icing in spiderweb design.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Place shortening in a large mixing bowl; beat with a heavy-duty mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until well blended. Add vanilla and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat until well blended.
  3. Turn dough out onto wax paper; shape into a 6-inch log. Wrap log in wax paper. Freeze 2 hours or until very firm.
  4. Cut log into 24 (1/4-inch) slices, and place slices 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 10 minutes or until set. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Combine powdered sugar and milk in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk until smooth. Spoon into a small zip-top plastic bag; seal. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Working with 1 cookie at a time, pipe 3 concentric circles onto each cookie. Starting at center circle, pull a wooden pick through other circles at regular intervals to create a "web."

Notes

For the glaze, snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. If it's too small, you can always make it bigger.


October 2003

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 102
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 2.9g
  • Saturated fat: 0.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 42mg
  • Calcium: 5mg