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Fun and easy shortbread spider cookies recipe - fun Halloween baking idea for kids
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Shortbread Spider Cookies

These cute and easy shortbread spider cookies are perfect for a spooky Halloween treat or Halloween party food for kids!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Party Food
Cuisine: British, Halloween
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Grace Hall


For the cookies:

  • 250 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375 g plain flour

To decorate:

  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 24 giant chocolate buttons
  • edible candy eyes


  • Preheat oven to 160°C (Gas mark 2/325°F).
  • Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  • Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, then whisk together until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again to combine.
  • Sieve in the flour, then whisk again until the mixture comes together in a crumbly dough. Pull the dough together with your hands into a ball.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 1cm thick.  Using a small round cookie cutter, cut circles from the dough, then carefully transfer them to the baking trays.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes until golden.
  • Once cooked, leave the shortbread rounds to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool, add the spider decorations:
  • Break the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted and smooth.
  • Spoon the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag.
  • Snip the bottom from the piping bag and pipe on chocolate ‘legs’ for each spider. Top with a giant button for the spider’s body.
  • Use the leftover melted chocolate to stick two edible candy eyes to each spider.
  • Leave the chocolate to set before serving (pop cookies in the fridge to set the chocolate if in a hurry).
  • Once the chocolate has completely set, store your spider cookies in an airtight container, layered with baking paper to separate them, until ready to serve.