I have to tell you something.

I am not a huge Halloween fan.

While I love anything fall related, the creepiness and gore of Halloween is just not for me (although, all the candy and confections that come along with Halloween are another story).

But last spring, we took our first family vacation, and went to DisneyWorld.  We were the ultimate tourists, purchasing the complete Disney travel guide and “studying up” for months before our actual trip.  Top on Doodle’s list of “must-see” attractions?

The Haunted Mansion.

Since he was still just four years-old, I was a bit worried about whether or  not the ride would be too frightening for him.

We ended up on this ride four times. And now he’s fixated on decorating our house to look like the mansion for Halloween.

So while I’m attempting to decorate the house in fall flora, pumpkins, gourds, and acorns, I’m dodging rubber rats, spiders, and witch fingers left and right. Seriously, if the Tall Boy tells him it would be a funny joke to hide some fake bug under my bed pillow, we’re going to have some issues around here.

Anyway, since I’m not above bribing my kiddo with fun holiday treats to make him think I’m mom-supreme, we made these little spider cookies over the weekend. It’s about as crafty and creative as I get. And really not even all that creative, because literally hours after the idea popped into my head, I saw an entire kit for this project in the Target Halloween section.

So much for ingenuity.

He loved ’em though, and they were definitely an easy project for little helpers in the kitchen.

Spider Sandwich Cookies
makes about 18 cookies
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • black shoestring licorice, cut into approximately 3 inch strips
  • red hot candies
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, melted better and egg. Shape into 1-inch balls--dough will be stiff.
  3. Place cookies 2 inches apart on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute, then remove to wire racks.
  4. Spread a tablespoon of frosting over half of the cookies. Place four licorice strips on top of the frosting for the legs. Top with remaining cookies. Use additional frosting to attach red hots for eyes.

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!