1. Easy Spider Cookies

Ingredients:

1 package (16 ounces) refrigerated (ready to bake) chocolate-chip cookie dough*
24 whoppers
14 chocolate-covered raisins
1/2 cup milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon shortening/vegetable oil

How to make:

1 – Preheat the oven according to cookie package directions. Bake cookies on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets according to package directions.

2 – Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes and then press a whopper candy into the bottom third of each cookie. Press a chocolate covered raisin into the cookie right above the whopper. Let cool 3 minutes and then remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. (Cool completely, about 30 minutes.)

3 – Once cooled, place the chocolate chips (and shortening/oil if desired; makes it a little easier to drizzle) in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

4 – Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag fitted with a #2 or #3 tip OR into a plastic bag. Seal the plastic bag and cut off the very tip with scissors. Pipe “spider legs” connecting from the whopper out to near the edge of the cookie.

5 – Allow to set up at room temperature. Best enjoyed within 2-3 days

2. Monster Halloween Cookies

Ingredients:

1 package (16 ounces) refrigerated (ready to bake) chocolate-chip cookie dough*
1 container cream cheese or vanilla frosting*
24 M&Ms (I use blue and green)
1/2 cup jimmies rainbow sprinkles

How to make:

1 – Preheat the oven according to cookie package directions. Bake cookies on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets according to package directions.

2 – Remove from the oven and let cookies cool completely.

3 – Once cooled, add frosting to the inside of 12 cookies. Take the remaining 12 cookies and top each frosted cookie with another cookie to make 12 total cookie sandwiches. Press the sandwiches down gently but enough that the frosting oozes to the edges of the cookies.

4 – While the frosting is still soft, roll the edges of the frosting into a bowl of the jimmies rainbow sprinkles. (See video)

5 – Take the remaining frosting, and add it to a plastic bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and “pipe” 2 round circles onto the top of each cookie sandwich. Press an M&M onto each round circle to form 2 “eyes”.

6 – Best enjoyed within 2-3 days.

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