Sunday, October 31, 2010
Cookie Recipe #302 - Sweet Spider Webs
A little bit of extra work is involved in the making of this cookie, but your kids will love them.
Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks)butter, softened, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, candy-coated chocolate pieces (M&M's), 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted, orange nonpareils.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour, egg and zest until a dough forms.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round writing tip with dough. Pipe cross patterns of spider webs, about 4 inches in diameter, onto prepared baking sheets. Pipe web circles over the cross patterns to create the "web".
Bake cookies until set but not yet browned, about 8 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Fill a small resealable plastic bag with the melted chocolate; snip off one corner. Attack an M&M on top of the web cookie for the "spider" using a dab of melted chocolate; pipe on spider "legs".
Attach orange nonpareils for the "eyes" of the spider using melted chocolate (I used a toothpick dabbed first in the chocolate, then on a nonpareil, and lastly, on the M&M). Allow chocolate to harden before enjoying.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen webs.
"Great American Cookie Collection", MM International Masters Publishers AB, Pittsburgh, PA.