My young kids thought these cookies were cute, & I ate more than my fair share. I just did't think they were that good, especially after dealing with the crumbly dough. My husband took one bite & wouldn't eat more. I'd compare these cookies to a soft version of the chocolate part of the Oreo cookie, not bad, just nothing exceptional. Be sure not to overbake them, & use a heavier grade ziptop bag when piping on the icing (mine broke). Be sure to cut just a tiny hole in the icing bag to start--you can always make it bigger but not smaller.
Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies
momof3 Posted: 11/05/08
psyfhlower Posted: 10/27/10
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.
Cramera11 Posted: 10/12/10
I just made these and threw out the entire batch; taste about as good as a hockey puck with a weird aftertaste that I can not get rid of.
pammyc Posted: 10/11/10
Great taste. Used smart balance. Used a syringe for spider webb. Also used the sugary type soft candy pumpkins and cats on some for variety! CUTE!
leslie0131 Posted: 09/28/10
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!
norbie Posted: 10/26/09
HORRIBLE!! I can not believe I did not listen to you ladies!! All that time and money!! Cookies are yukky and the frosting ides was a total FLOP!!!!
MeMyselfAndPie Posted: 02/20/10
These cookies were just alright. They came out pretty crunchy. Kinda like oreos. And the frosting was really hard to work with. It dried before I could effectively make the web design. They tasted ok, but I would have liked them better if they weren't so hard. Or maybe if they had ice cream in-between like a sandwich. (we ended up crumbling ours on top of vanilla ice cream. yum!) Step-by-step photos on my blog: http://me-myself-and-pie.blogspot.com/2009/10/chocolate-spiderweb-cookies.html
klinscott Posted: 10/27/10
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.
lmcclamma6 Posted: 10/07/10
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. :-)
jmeleeS Posted: 10/10/11
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!
MereUbu Posted: 10/17/11
Adorable and fun to make with kids, but the flavor was disappointing--dry and not very chocolate-y.
QueeTheBean Posted: 10/30/12
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!