Spider Web Cookies

Bring a bit of elegance to the Halloween table with these spider web cookies. They're equal parts spooky and striking, making them the ideal choice for a sophisticated Halloween soirée.While these cookies may look fancy, they're truly so easy to make. All it takes is two icing colors and a toothpick to create the webbed effect. These cookies are so easy to execute that you can commission the kids to help out, too. It'll make a wonderful family activity (and maybe even distract the kids for long enough to keep them from jumping out of their seats). You can also get creative with the colors, perhaps switching out the black web for a ghoulish green or a mystical purple.We love the simplistic, modern design of these cookies, but if you want to amp up the spook factor, you can pipe a spider onto the web as well.

Spider Web Cookies
Photo: Zoe Denenberg; Prop Styling: Rachel Mulcahy
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 dozen cookies


  • Easy Sugar Cookies

  • Royal Icing

  • 4-inch circular cookie cutter

  • 3 disposable piping bags

  • Black food coloring

  • Toothpicks

  • 2 small round piping tips (#2)


  1. Make Easy Sugar Cookies, cut into 4-inch circles. Make Royal Icing.

  2. Separate Royal Icing into 2 small bowls. Leave one bowl of icing white; use black food coloring to dye icing in second bowl black. Load half of the piping-consistency white icing and all of the black icing into respective piping bags, both outfitted with small round tips (#2). Mix additional tablespoons of water into remaining half-bowl of white icing gradually, until it reaches a flooding consistency. Load flooding-consistency white icing into piping bag (no need to fit the bag with a metal tip; simply snip the tip of the piping bag to create a small opening, approx. 1/8 inch).

  3. Outline perimeter of cookies with white piping-consistency icing. Let set for 1-2 minutes.

  4. Flood cookies with white piping-consistency icing. Do not let dry; immediately use black icing to pipe three concentric circles radiating out from the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick to drag 8 lines out from the center of the cookie, creating a webbed effect. Let dry for 1-2 hours.

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