Saturday, October 13, 2012

The March of the Spiders

Question:  What scares you?  
My answer: My kids, on a daily basis, but I bet you saw that coming!

Freddy and Jason costumes for Halloween | |  #Halloween
My Freddy and, well, Jason!

What else? Spiders. 

I’m more scared of them than bees.  I think that’s because I can hear bees.  I know to get out of their way before it comes down to feeling them on me.  Spiders on the other hand, sneaky little buggers aren’t they?  I think that’s why so many of my Halloween decorations are spider oriented.  I can’t very well get away with putting likenesses of my kids all over the house to scare people, so spiders it is.  

 Like these, heading up the stairs:

The March of the Spiders | |  #Halloween
 Now this can’t be good!

Gives me the chills just looking at the picture.  If I ever really had that many spiders in my house I think the only logical recourse would be to sell the house.

So a favorite cookie from last season is the spider, of course.  My husband rips the legs off and eats the rest.  A fitting fate for a spider in my house (yuck, with that picture in mind I probably won’t sleep tonight, but then what is Halloween for anyway?) This cookie is a favorite of my kids, especially my younger son.  And I really don’t have anything to worry about.  My “Living La Vida Loca” singing skeleton is keeping an (evil) eye on them.

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Spider Cookies

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Spider Cookies

Printable Recipe

1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 ½ cups brown sugar.
2 eggs
1 ¼ cups peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
¼ cup cornstarch
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
Mini M&Ms
Rolos, unwrapped
Twizzler peel and eat, cut in thirds and peeled (it'll make 27 "legs" per strand)
*NOTE: you can always make the cookies from a store-bought pouch if you’re in a rush.
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*Cream the butter, margarine, brown sugar, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla.
*Mix in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and baking powder.
*Roll the dough into balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Press down slightly with the heel of your hand.
* Bake for about 12 minutes.
*When they come out of the oven, immediately put a rolo in the center of each cookie. Wait 2 minutes before taking them off of the cookie sheet.
*As soon as the rolo starts to melt, attach the M&Ms to the front of the rolo to look like eyes.
*I know spiders have 8 legs. I use 6 legs per cookie for this recipe, it seems to fit best and still looks like spiders.
*Here's the tricky part: You need to stick the twizzler pieces into the rolo as it’s starting to cool. If you put them in too soon and the rolo is too hot, they’ll slip out.  If you let the rolo harden too much, they won’t go in.  The right time will be approx. 5 mins after they come out of the oven. You’ll need to keep trying with just one twizzler until the rolo is at the right consistency.


  1. This is so cool!!! Hey--you beat me to it on the award--I was just getting ready to come to your site to tell youu I nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award! So well deserved--congrats to you!!!!

  2. This is a good idea. Creative recipe. Those M&Ms would not last too long on the cookie. I can bet that they would be the first to be eaten.

    1. Funny you say that, I've seen kids eat the cookie as is, and I've seen others pull the pieces apart first, but they always manage to get all the cookie and candy into their mouths!

  3. Great cookie spiders! BTW I can't stand cockroaches! I can hardly type the word! But spiders I don't have a problem with. I definitely don't want them in my house but they don't freak me out like the 'other' one!

    1. OOh, cockroaches, I need to think about that for a cookie. I get freaked out just thinking about it, perfect for Halloween!

  4. So very cute! I love making Halloween treats.


  5. Very cute, I mean "scary" spider cookies! I am absolutely terrified of snakes so I can only imagine how you feel about the spiders which are a close second in my fear zone. I swear I can hear a spider a mile away (seriously). My husband is shocked by that abililty, but it's a gift!
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

  6. Hi Karen ~ Found you via Crazy Mama's blog hop! Very cool blog!
    New follower via Facebook/Twitter.

    Would love for you to stop by Raising Reagan :)


    Sorry if I show up as a no reply commenter ~ I'm not on Blogger.

  7. Very cute... I send my kid to your site to check out recipes for her to bake and me to watch her bake... two years of culinary school and you would think I could bake, not at all!

    1. Hope she finds something here she likes. Lots of chefs don't bake but I bet you're a pretty great cook.

  8. Hi Karen, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from the Naptime Review.

    These are so cute and look yummy. I'll have to give them a try for my youngest's school Halloween party. Thanks!

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

    1. They're great for a school party. How can you go wrong with cookies with candy attached!

  9. So cute! My son is star of the day tomorrow at school! We just might need to make these :) I'm a new follower too....I'd love for you to check out my blog:

    Thanks! Kim

  10. Oh girl, yet another reason we are friends. I hate spiders. I have a little man come and spray for them twice a year. My studio is in the basement and I literally talk out loud to them. "I'm coming down the stairs! Please don't let me see you!" Yes I'm crazy, but 9 times out of ten it works. Hahaha.

    1. Gonna try that talking-to-them thing. Couldn't hurt,and I'll try anything.

  11. A couple things that scare me: Spiders, when someone jumps out at me (kids do it all the time), bees, snakes, ants(I'm allergic to ants).

    The kiddos are cute and those cookies look YUMMMMMY!


    1. I have all the same fears except ants. I've never in my life heard of someone allergic to ants. You are unique! XOXO

  12. I absolutely cannot stand spiders myself!!! But, I will make those spider cookies!! Thanks!

    1. You might have to close your eyes when you eat them!

  13. spiders!!! and you have them all over the house and spider cookies! that's scary!! lol i got the heebee jeebees just thinking about it!

    1. What's Halloween without the heebee jeebees, I always say, LOL.


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