My grown children bring my grandchildren over every Halloween to show them off in their costumes, and expect a full-blown Halloween BOO-ffet with lots of homemade dishes and treats; “It’s tradition,” they say. I don’t mind acquiescing, since I feel better if they go trick-or-treating after filling up on real food, rather than sampling the candy in their bags during their trek around the neighborhood. I like to insure that at least some of the dishes on my BOO-ffet table are healthy, and that those dishes which are not, are at least made with high-quality ingredients sans the preservatives and junk that the store-bought goodies have. While these cute cookies fit into the latter category, they are always one of the most popular offerings.
I have a mega-talented friend, Lauralee Christensen, who does an informative and clever Grandmothering segment on one of our local television stations, ABC 4. She recently presented an excellent piece on Quick, Easy, and Healthy Halloween treats. I have included the link to her video below; her healthy dishes will hopefully offset some of the not-so-healthy dishes that will inevitably show up on BOO-ffet tables everywhere this Halloween. The video is definitely worth watching, and these cookies are definitely worth serving alongside the healthy dishes from the video that you choose to prepare.
Chewy Chocolate Spiders
5 1/2 cups Mom's Brownie Mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 16 oz. can Chocolate frosting
Black Licorice Strings
Orange M & M's Candies
Mix the cookie ingredients well. Scoop the dough into 1" balls and place on parchment-lined or greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Let the cookies sit 5 minutes, then transfer them to cooling racks.
When the cookies have cooled, set them upside down and spread each with a small layer of chocolate frosting.
Cut the black licorice strings with scissors into 3" lengths, allowing 8 pieces for each cookie. Place four of the strings on each side of half of the cookies to form the legs of the spider. Top each of the cookies with legs with one of the cookies without legs, forming a sandwich cookie.
Put two small dabs of chocolate frosting on the top of each of the cookies and press an orange M & M Candy onto each of the dabs to form eyes.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 67
Percent Total Calories From:
Fat 38% Protein 3% Carb. 59%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Total Carbohydrate 26 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 0%