I was hoping to get my kids to smile when they saw these spiders. My girl loved them, and wanted to eat them right away. Not so much for my son. He found it so scary that he almost cried.
Such an evil mother I am.
Ingredients (about 12 sandwich cookies):Whoopie Pie 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup Nutella buttercream or dark chocolate buttercream Spider Decoration 24 mini marshmallow black food coloring paste 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugars with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat until well combined.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Beat until just incorporated, and the dough comes together. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Use an ice cream scoop, place cookie dough onto the baking pans, gently press on the top to lightly flatten the ball. Space 2 inches apart. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Let cookies cool completely.
To assemble the cookies, spoon 1 tablespoon of buttercream onto the bottom centre of one cookie. Place another cookie on top. Lightly press to evenly push the filling to the edge of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies are sandwiched.
To make the spider legs, draw the leg pattern (three for each left and right leg) on a parchment paper. Flip over on a big plate or cutting board and make sure you can see the pattern through clearly. This is the side you are going to pipe on.
Melt the chocolate chip and mix in the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a piping bag and cut off one of the bottom tips to leave a tiny hole.
Squeeze the melted chocolate out of the little opening and onto the parchment paper, along the leg pattern.
Put the plate or cutting board in the freezer for 5 minutes to harden the legs. Remove from the freezer, and gently peel off the legs from the parchment paper. Set aside. Repeat until you have made enough legs.
To prepare the spider eyes, flatten the marshmallows with your finger tip. Use a toothpick to dip in black coloring paste, and gently tip the color in the middle of the each marshmallow. Use the leftover melted chocolate to adhere two eyes on each whoopie pie.
Insert three legs into a side of one spider’s buttercream filling, and three more legs into the opposite side.