Landing somewhere between adorable and slightly spooky, these Halloween spider cookies are sure to fulfill all your creepy-crawly sweet needs for your upcoming Halloween festivities. Using a classic cut-out butter cookie dough keeps the edges of your spider cookies shape neat and clean—no worries about the cookies expanding when they bake. Decorate these Halloween cut-out cookies with black gel icing, royal icing, candy eyes, orangle and black sprinkles, or whatever fun decorations you have on hand. These cookies make for a playful, spooky food craft that grown-ups and kids alike can enjoy.

Recipe by MyRecipes


Credit: Sara Tane

Recipe Summary

3 hrs 5 mins
45 mins
Makes 2 dozen


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  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar gradually, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

  • Combine flour and salt in a large bowl; beat into butter mixture gradually. Divide dough into 4 pieces, and flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Roll each portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out with 3- or 4-inch spider shaped cookie cutters. Place on prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around edges. Let cool 3 minutes on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  • Pipe cookies with Royal Icing; garnish, using the black gel as a liner for the spider cookies. Let icing set and serve immediately or keep in airtight container for up to 2 days.