Celebrate Halloween in style with these spooky yet delicious chocolate spider web cookies! They have a web of melted marshmallows over a rich and chocolatey brownie-style cookie for the ultimate festive treat. So much fun to make with kids and sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit!
I will warn you here...things are about to get a little messy! But what is are Halloween without a little mess, right? These spooky spider web cookies are complete with a web of melted marshmallows and totally worth the clean up!
Kids and adults a like will swoon over these spooky treats that are actually quite easy to make. I used my popular chocolate brownie cookies as the cookie base but most any type of cookie will work. I personally prefer chocolate cookies as the cute spider webs really stand out. The firmer the cookie, the better though! I don't recommend using a super soft chewy cookie.
These easy spider web cookies are one of those sweet treats that look like they take a lot of effort and time but are actually as simple as pulling a part gooey melted marshmallows over a batch of cookies 🙂
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here is what you need to make these easy Halloween cookies with my chocolate brownie cookies.
- Chocolate - I used both dark chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips but feel free to use all semi or all dark if you want.
- Coconut oil - Provides the cookies with moisture. Swap with melted butter if desired.
- Coconut sugar - This is how we sweeten the cookies. Use brown sugar if needed.
- Almond flour - The gluten free flour used in these cookies. I have not tried any alternative flours.
- Marshmallows - You can use large or mini marshmallows to make the spider webs.
How to Make Spider Cookies
You will need a large bowl for the cookies and a small bowl to melt the marshmallows.
Step 1 : Make the cookie dough. If using my fudgy brownie cookie recipe, follow the recipe as detailed in that post. If using an alternative cookie recipe, prepare as directed and bake the cookies in the oven. Allow the cookies to cool completely in a wire rack.
Step 2 : Melt the marshmallows. Place the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Let the marshmallows cool slightly so they are still hot but warm enough to touch with your hands.
Step 3 : Create the spider webs. First things first, know that this step can be messy. Make sure to have your cookies lined up on baking sheets or on a cooling rack with ample room in between each one (you don't want them touching each other).
With one of your hands, use your fingers to grab some of the melted marshmallow and pull it a part into a spider web design by stretching your fingers out. With the other hand, hold a cookie by the bottom and allow the marshmallow to gently blanket the center of the cookie. Use the edge of the cookie to cut the marshmallow strands from your fingers. Lay the cookie back down on the pan or plate to set and add the marshmallow webs to the remaining cookies.
- Use a large cookie scoop to make your cookies. The bigger cookies provide more surface area for the spider webs.
- Make sure your cookies are completely cooled to room temperature before adding the marshmallow web. If the cookies are still warm, they are probably soft too and will easily crumble when putting the marshmallow on top.
- The melted marshmallow should be very warm. This makes it thin and easier to lay over the cookies. If needed, continue to warm up the medium bowl of melted marshmallow as you decorate the cookies.
- For best results, let the spider web Halloween cookies set for at least 30 minutes before enjoying. This allows the marshmallow time to cool down
How to Store
You don't want the cookies to stack on top of one another as the marshmallow webbing will stick together between cookies. Lay leftover cookies out on a baking sheet with parchment paper underneath or in an airtight container and place a lid on top or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. The cookies will keep for up to a week in the fridge or 5 days out on the counter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the cookie dough from my brownie cookies actually freezes really well. Transfer the leftover dough to a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw until soft, scoop into cookie dough balls, and bake as directed.
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Spooky Spider Web Cookies
- 1 batch chocolate brownie cookies - or cookie recipe of choice
- 1 cup marshmallows
- Bake the chocolate brownie cookies as directed. Let the cookies cool completely.
- Melt the marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl in 10 second intervals until melted. Let the melted marshmallows cool slightly so they are warm enough to touch.
- This part can be messy so go ahead and lay the cooled cookies out flat on a baking sheet or cooling rack, leaving space in between each one. Use one of your hands to pick up a cookie and hold it along the bottom. Use the other hand to grab some melted marshmallow in between your finger tips. Spread out the marshmallow into a “spider web design” by spreading your fingers apart. Then gently lay the marshmallow web on top of the cookie, using the edges to cut the marshmallow loose from your fingers. Lay the cookie back down and repeat the spider web process on remaining cookies.
- Let the cookies set with the marshmallow spider web design for at least 30 minutes before enjoying. This allows the marshmallow enough time to cool down and become less sticky.
- Store the cookies on a baking sheet with a lid or in an airtight container, laying flat without touching each other. They will keep for up to a week in the fridge or 5 days out on the counter.