Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Yield
2 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350º.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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."

Chef's 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.

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