I have no idea why I thought spider biscuits were a good idea. I had to be rescued by Mr TS last night after a large spider walked jauntily along my sun visor as I was driving his car to Sainsbury’s. Narrowly avoiding  crashing into a roundabout I swerved into the supermarket car park, abandoned my car at a rakish angle and called for help. Mr TS arrived with my car and bravely drove his own back home and, to his credit, he only laughed a bit. I am not a spider fan.

However, Halloween baking calls for all things scary and these cookies fit the bill for me! Pinterest is crawling with the little devils at the moment so I thought I’d add our creations to the cauldron!

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Chocolate chip cookies with spider shaped chocolate chips.

Bonus Boy was very keen to do some Halloween baking so we used our Go To Biscuit Recipe and these were in our tummies in no time!

Halloween Spider Biscuits with a decorative rubber spider.

How to Make Scary Spider Biscuits

I love making these spider biscuits, they really are super simple and ready in no time. All you need to do is cream the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer until they are light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg, mix in the flour and bicarb, add most of the chocolate chips and then pop tablespoons full of the mixture onto greased baking sheets. Dot your leftover chocolate chips on top of the biscuits – these will become your spiders once your biscuits have baked!

Chocolate chip cookies with a toy spider.

When your spooky cookies come out of the oven they will look just like normal chocolate chip cookies – now it’s time to pop on your witches hat, cackle a bit, grab a cocktail stick and perform your magic! Drag eight little legs out of each melted chocolate chip to make your spiders and then leave them to cool a bit! This only works while the chocolate is still melty so don’t hang about! 

Chocolate chip cookies with the melted chips shaped into spiders.

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Halloween spider biscuits

Halloween Spider Biscuits

Spooky Spider Biscuits, perfect for Halloween and wonderful to hand out to Trick or Treaters!
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Course: Baked Goods, Biscuits and Cookies
Cuisine: American, English
Keyword: easy biscuits, easy cookies, Halloween Baking, spider biscuits
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Chris Mosler - Thinly Spread


  • 75 g/? cup Soft Brown Sugar
  • 75 g/? cup Caster Sugar
  • 125 g/½ cup Butter at room temperature
  • 1 Egg at room temperature lightly beaten
  • 175 g/1½ cups Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100 g/? cup Plain Chocolate Chips
  • A Cocktail Stick To make the spiders not to go in the cookies!


  • Preheat your oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5
  • Lightly grease two baking sheets
  • Cream together the butter and sugars using a free standing mixer with the paddle attachment (or by hand with a wooden spoountil light and fluffy
  • Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly
  • Add the flour and the bicarbonate of soda and thoroughly combine
  • Add most of the chocolate chips, keeping a few back to make the 'spiders'. Mix in well.
  • Spoon dessert spoonfuls of the mixture onto your trays leaving gaps between each heap, the cookies will spread
  • Top each cookie with three or four of the reserved chocolate chips
  • Bake for 10 -12 mins until golden
  • Use your cocktail stick to drag legs out of the chocolate chips while they are still melty, four on each side!
  • Leave to cool a bit on a wire rack
  • These biscuits store well in an airtight container for two or three days and make a lovely addition to school lunch boxes as Halloween approaches!
  • Serve with optional spider for extra scare power!


This nutritional information is only an approximate guideline, created using an online calculator. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods


Calories: 224kcal
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More Halloween Baking Ideas

I clearly like scaring myself – you can find the recipe for my Creepy Cobweb Cake here

Chocolate cake with cobweb icing, with a toy spider in the middle and a pumpkin in the background.

For more tasty Halloween ideas have a look at my Halloween Food Pinterest Board!

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