Spider Whoopie Pies

These are a great kid’s project for Halloween, especially since even the cookies are super simple to make.  My kids thought these were more fun than scary, and while I loved the jointed legs, the “hairy” legs were pretty fun too.
Make sure you don’t do too sharp of an angle on the leg joints, or it will be a little tricky to place the other cookie on top without having a big gap.
DEVIL’S FOOD COOKIES
1 pkg devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips, optional
Mix everything but chocolate chips together in a large bowl using a hand mixer (or stand mixer) on medium speed until well blended.
Stir in chocolate chips if using.
Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper and drop dough by tablespoonfulls onto sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
To make spiders:
Chocolate frosting (I use my easy recipe)
Pretzel sticks
melted chocolate or almond bark
Chocolate jimmy sprinkles
candies for eyes, like M & M’s, mini M & M’s, or something else suitable
To make hairy legs dip 3/4 of the pretzel sticks in melted chocolate and sprinkle with jimmys.
Lay on wax paper to set.  Make 8 for each spider.
For jointed legs break pretzel sticks in half and dip each piece completely in chocolate.  Lay on wax paper to set, butting up 2 pieces together for each leg.
Frost half the cookies with frosting, lay out legs and top with another cookie.
Dot back of candies with frosting or melted chocolate and place on top cookie.
Spider Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

    For Devil's Food Cookies:
  • 1 pkg devil's food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • To make spiders:
  • Chocolate frosting (I use my easy recipe)
  • Pretzel sticks
  • melted chocolate or almond bark
  • Chocolate jimmy sprinkles
  • candies for eyes, like M & M's, mini M & M's, or something else suitable

Instructions

To make cookies:
  • Mix everything but chocolate chips together in a large bowl using a hand mixer (or stand mixer) on medium speed until well blended.
  • Stir in chocolate chips if using.
  • Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper and drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • To make spiders:
  • To make hairy legs dip 3/4 of the pretzel sticks in melted chocolate and sprinkle with jimmys.
  • Lay on wax paper to set. Make 8 for each spider.
  • For jointed legs break pretzel sticks in half and dip each piece completely in chocolate. Lay on wax paper to set, butting up 2 pieces together for each leg.
  • Frost half the cookies with frosting, lay out legs and top with another cookie.
  • Dot back of candies with frosting or melted chocolate and place on top cookie.
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