Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
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
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350º.
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.
Turn dough out onto wax paper; shape into a 6-inch log. Wrap log in wax paper. Freeze 2 hours or until very firm.
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.
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."
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.
I thought these were very tasty--nice texture and a mild chocolate taste. My whole family liked them. As others have stated, they are similar to Oreos. My batter was quite moist and held together nicely and sliced well after freezing. The cookies that I sliced thicker were even better, so it may be worth it to get fewer cookies. My frosting design looked pretty bad, and I agree with a previous poster that store-bought tube frosting would probably work much better.
Love the idea of using them as ice-cream sandwiches!
These cookies were not worth the time, effort or the ingredients. They tasted like plain cocoa powder and were incredibly dry. I thought they would be cute, but who cares what they look like if no one wants to eat them. We threw out the whole batch and I don't plan to make again. For those reviewers who had good results, good for you, but seems you are the exception and not the rule on these boring "treats." Don't waste your time on these Halloween cookies; it's a cruel trick!
I don't understand why so many people hate this recipe. I have made it several times over the years and always find the cookie itself to be pretty yummy, almost like shortbread. The icing doesn't seem to work as well for me, so I've switched to using the store-bought icing in the piping bag (it's easier to make spiderwebs with). But I also like the other reviewer's idea of using sprinkles and nuts as decorations as well. IF you've never made this cookie, give it a try. I always follow the recipe (using trans-fat free shortening), and have had good results. I think the others must have messed up the directions somehow.
Maybe I messed up on something, but I thought these were gross! The only time I thought they tasted slightly good was when they were slightly chilled. I added more milk to the frosting,but it was still hard to apply. I ended up just using a knife and icing the cookie.
I have not made these yet, but am going to today. they sound really yummy and my boys will love them. BUT, instead of using crisco or oil, ect. i am going to try using apple sauce for an even lower fat cookie. i use apple sauce instead of oil in all my baking. makes everything even tastier and moister. :-)
Given the lukewarm reviews, I was hesitant to make these. However, I was looking for a quick and easy Halloween treat, and was not disappointed! I thought these cookies were great- easy to make and good flavor. Mine did not turn out too crunchy at all. I had some leftover white almond bark and used that instead for the 'webs'- delicious!
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