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The Milk Shake Factory shares a spooky Halloween recipe for your next party

The treats are super spooky and easy to make.

Filled with some tricks and tons of treats, Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year. Sure there are creepy decorations, frightening horror movies, and chill-inducing haunted attractions, but the plethora of candy-coated sweets is definitely something to feel warm and fuzzy about. The best part is that tons of everyday candy products, while always delicious, get a chance to be transformed into to something frightfully tasty.

The Milk Shake Factory, a 99-year-old family-run chocolate company based in Pittsburgh, known not only for their decadent shakes but also for their luscious chocolate, has cooked up a way to glam up your Halloween party.

Using their newest launch, Snappers, a sweet and salty treat made with caramel, pretzels, and milk chocolate, they cooked up creepy tarantulas for you to serve at your big Halloween bash. These crawly little treats are quick and easy to make with few supplies and tons of decadent flavor. Serve them at a party or hand out a bunch to trick-or-treaters.

"Snappers" Tarantulas

Snappers by The Milk Shake Factory

  • 3-5 ounces of Edward Marc Chocolatier milk or dark chocolate
  • Pretzel sticks (optional)
  • Chocolate sprinkles (optional)

For the foundation of the tarantula, use a Snapper to start. In a sauce pan, warm 3 to 5 ounces of chocolate. Once melted, use a spoon to coat each Snapper with an additional coat of chocolate. Coat in chocolate sprinkles for that "hairy" effect. Dip pretzel sticks into chocolate, coat in sprinkles, and "fuse" to the tarantula body. Allow the Snapper to dry for 2 minutes and add red or blue chocolate coated candies for the eyes. Enjoy!

Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies – Creepy Halloween Dessert

This Halloween bake up a batch of these gruesome Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies for your party guests. Each large cookie is loaded with chocolate chips. Some even look like spiders with chocolate legs.

Recipe originally published on September 26, 2013.

Spiders have infested my chocolate chip cookies. Gross, right?

Why would I do this to a perfectly innocent, thick and chewy cookie?

Well, the other day I came across a picture of a cookie that had images of spiders superimposed on it. It really looked like the spiders were in the cookie. It was just a bit of Photoshop magic, but I knew baking up a batch of chocolate chip arachnids would be as easy as waving a wizard’s wand.

I figured if I was going to infest any cookies with spiders, I would use my absolute favorite recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. It makes the biggest, thickest, chewiest cookies bursting with caramel and chocolate flavors.

My husband would love for me to make these every week and he was so happy to smell the fresh baked cookies when he got home from work.

He asked if he could have one. He always asks first. He knows better than to eat something before a photo shoot. I gave him permission and waited to see his reaction. He lifted the tin foil off the plate of cookies. He jumped a little.

Of course, he tried to be cool about it and jumped even further just for effect, laughing as he imitated my reaction to being surprised by a spider.

A few years ago, surrounded by big furry stuffed spiders, a group of party guests was playing a game in our basement. Someone mentioned how lifelike our Halloween decorations had become. I turned to look at what he was pointing to and a live spider was dangling from a web right behind me. I let out a blood-curdling scream.

It was to everyone in the room. I stood, red-faced, heart racing, palms sweating, as everyone watched. After all the years of having the creepiest Halloween decor on the block, I still haven’t been able to conquer my fear of the 8 legged creatures lurking in my basement.

Can Kids Help Make These Cute Halloween Cookies?

Kids love making fun Halloween treats. There are plenty of ways they can (legitimately) help make spider cookies!

  1. These no bake treats go a lot smoother if everything is measured before hand. Have them help measure the rice krispies, brown sugar, and peanut butter.
  2. The reese’s peanut butter cups need to be unwrapped first to be put on quickly. Unwrap at least 28 and place in a medium bowl.
  3. The adult can roll spider bodies and place on prepared cookie sheets. The child can place the spider “head” on top.
  4. Once all the no bake cookies are assembled, melt the chocolate chips. Now the kids can really take over drawing on the legs, making two dots for the eyes, and adhering the candy eyes on.

2. Ghost Cupcakes

I think these Ghost Cupcakes are probably my favorite easy Halloween dessert for kids. They are just way too cute and very easy to make.

They are also a chocolate cupcake, which of course, is delicious. Aren’t these little ghost faces just adorable? See the recipe here.

13 Quick, Easy Halloween Treats Recipes

If you are looking for more Halloween recipes, crafts, and more check out the Pinterest Halloween Board here.

1. S’mores Eyeballs – Easy Halloween Treat

These s’mores-like Halloween eyeballs are made out of just Nilla Wafers, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

2. Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cup Halloween recipe

3. Caramel Apple Taquitos

Simply heat the tortillas, fill with caramel and apply pie filling, roll, and top with sugar and spices.

4. Spider Cakes Easy Halloween Recipe

These spider cakes look almost too good to eat.

Get the Spider Cakes recipe here.

5. Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Treats

These chocolate-dipped candy corn treats are easy enough to make with the kids.

6. Candy Corn Jell-O cups

With just 2 boxes of Jell-O and some whipped cream, you have a colorful treat for Halloween parties or after school.

7. Witch Brooms

Pretzels and Reeses Peanut Butter cups… need I say more?

8. Silly Apple Bites Moster Faces Halloween Treat

These are allergen-free Halloween treats! NO NUTS and Gluten Free. Just fruit and sunflower products.

9. Cute Chocolate-Apple Halloween Owl

Just gather up some sliced apples, melted chocolate, Oreos, and candies to make this fun Halloween treat.

10. Halloween Candy Bark

All of your favorite candies in chocolate? Heaven on earth!

11. Nutter Butter Ghosts

This is a super easy Halloween treat the kids can help make.

12. Grapefruit Jack-O-Lanterns with Fruit Salad

Need a break from sugary treats? Check out these healthy Halloween treats.

Get the Grapefruit Jack-O-Lanters with Fruit Salad recipe here.

13. Halloween Witch Hat Cookies

These no-bake Halloween cookies are great for class parties and they only take about 15 minutes to make.

These last-minute quick, easy Halloween treats recipes are fun, fast, and require just a few ingredients, most you may already have at home.

About Rachel

Rachel is an Austin blogger, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.

Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.

Easy mini donut spiders – easy Halloween treat kids can make

Looking for a fun, easy Halloween craft you can do with your kids that won’t take a lot of prep time? How about these cute mini donut spiders? They’re easy to put together – even my three year old was able to make one – and they don’t take too many supplies. Plus they’re pretty tasty. As evidenced by the fact that mine immediately started “mysteriously” disappearing.

All you need are large pretzel twists, mini donuts, M&Ms, and a little frosting or chocolate (I always have chocolate chips on hand, so that’s what I used).

1 – Use a sharp knife to cut the two curved sides off a pretzel. 2 – Carefully push 8 pretzels curves into the top of a mini donut to form legs. Press slowly so you don’t snap the pretzels. 3 – Melt a little chocolate in a sandwich bag or place a bit of frosting in a sandwich bag. Clip off a tiny corner and pipe some chocolate/frosting onto the mini donut, and use it to stick two M&Ms on for eyes.

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Candy Corn Marshmallow Pops

Melt, dip, and dry are the basic steps to enjoy these delightful marshmallow pops. These Halloween desserts make a pretty centerpiece in addition to being sweet treats.

To make, follow these steps:

1. Place orange-color and yellow-color candy coating disks in separate microwave-safe bowls. Microwave separately on high until melted and smooth, stopping to stir every 30 seconds.

2. Insert Orange Straws, ($5, Target) into bases of large marshmallows. Dip part or all of each marshmallow in candy coating, spooning it over if necessary and letting excess drip off into bowl.

3. If desired, sprinkle with orange and black nonpareils.

4. Lay marshmallows on waxed paper (or insert straws into florists foam to avoid a flat side) to let harden.

5. For two-layer candy corn marshmallows, omit the nonpareils. After the first coating layer has firmed up, dip the marshmallow in a second color of candy coating, keeping the first layer of coating visible. Let stand on waxed paper or in florists foam until coating is firm.

Easy Halloween Spider Recipes

1. Itsy Bitsy Spider Cookies

I love these cookies because they&rsquore super easy to make, and super easy to turn into spider cookies! (via The Kitchen Whisperer)

2. Attack of Spider Cookies

And here&rsquos a slightly different twist on the cookie spider recipe! Love the googly eyes on these spiders! (via OMG Chocolate Desserts)

3. Spiderweb Cupcakes

If you prefer cupcakes then this is a super easy way to make a Halloween spider treat and (shhh) if you need to whip something up super fast you could decorate muffins or cupcakes from the store! (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

4. Spiderweb Cupcakes

If you&rsquore looking for a spider treat that&rsquos a little more elegant then check this one out. They look fabulous in those spiderweb cases don&rsquot they? (via Sugar Hero)

5. Mini Donut Spiders

Aww how cute are these little guys with their pretzel legs! And we love a good excuse to use our mini donut maker! (via It&rsquos Always Autumn)

6. Brownie Spiders

If you prefer brownies over donuts check out these spiders instead! (via Gimme Some Oven)

7. Smart Cookie Oreo Spider Treats

If you have no time to bake but you need a spooky Halloween treat then these spooky spiders are just what you need! (via Pizzazzerie)

8. Spiderweb Cookies

These spiderweb cookies will take a bit of practice to get right but when you do they are really impressive! I think they&rsquod be a great way to decorate a plain old cake! (via Cake Whiz)

9. Spiderweb Sandwich Cookies

These spiderweb cookies have a yummy marshmallow buttercream filling and are surprisingly simple to make thanks to a clever cookie press! (via Home Cooking Memories)

10. Rolo Halloween Spider Treats

These candy spider treats are so simple you could make them with your toddler! (via Cake Whiz)

11. Creepy Crawly Cake Pops

Totally in love with these cute creepy crawly spider cake pops but if you want something a little more spooky click through and see Angie&rsquos other spider ideas! (via Bakerella)

12. Black Widow Spider Pancakes

Halloween spider treats don&rsquot all need to be sweet, why not start the celebrations at breakfast with these fabulous black widow spider pancakes? (via The Joys of Boys)

13. Breadstick Spider Pizza

You can continue the savory spider treats at lunch or dinner time with these super spooky breadstick spider pizza! (via Miss Information)

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Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

Great recipes.Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Monday link party. Hope to see you again this Monday.

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

What a fun round up. My kids would love these! Have a great week :)

Thursday 17th of September 2015

So many cute ideas Clare! I love those Oreo spiders. such a classic! :)

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Creepy spider cookies are an easy-to-make treat

My whole family loved these creepy spider cookies. Boys especially get a kick out of anything with spiders.

These cookies are just a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe that is easy to make. If you prefer, you can use premade cookie dough for an even quicker option. The cookie dough gets rolled into cookie balls, and then you place Whoppers on the tops of the cookies. Placement of the Whoppers is strategic to allow enough room for two or three spiders per cookie, depending on the size. Once the Whoppers are placed, it’s time to bake the cookies.

After the cookies are baked and have completely cooled, it’s time to add those spider legs. Fill a small plastic bag with melted chocolate or frosting, cut off the tip of a corner of the bag, and pipe on some legs. You can also use a frosting bag fitted with a #2 tip. If you choose to use frosting instead of melted chocolate, then the cookies can’t be placed on top of one another, as this would ruin the legs. With the melted chocolate, once it’s hardened, you are good to go.

I hope you enjoy these spooky spider cookies as much as my family did.

Creepy spider chocolate chip cookies recipe

These cookies are so easy to make and are a fun Halloween treat. You can choose to use a premade cookie dough or make your own from scratch with the recipe provided. The spiders are simply Whoppers with piped-on chocolate legs.

Prep time: 20 minutes | Bake time: 10-12 minutes I Total time: 30-32 minutes

Deep-Fried Tarantula Spider

Readers of earlier printings of my cookbook were treated to the sad tale of my failed attempt to acquire specimens of the world's biggest arachnid, the goliath bird-eating spider (Theraphosa blondi as the pièce de résistance of this recipe collection. Since then, I've had many opportunities to cook with lesser-sized tarantulas and have now replaced the original "hypothetical" recipe with the one on these pages. Although I am at times saddened to dispatch such charismatic and long-lived invertebrates in the name of bug cuisine, I console myself with the thought that most of the tarantulas I've acquired were otherwise destined to unsatisfying lives as classroom pets and lab research specimens.

Furthermore, let's face it: tarantulas make for a tasty and texturally satisfying meal. Here's why. Unlike heavily armored grasshoppers, beetles, and other land arthropods, tarantulas wear an outer layer of chitin that is comparatively thin and pliable. That's right: their eight muscular limbs are chewy, not crunchy. As such, the plentiful meat on one of these animals is more accessible and, hence, the makings for a savory spider soirée.

If, for my birthday dinner, I could order anything I wanted, I'd request a Maine lobster or a tarantula spider. Properly prepared, either would make an awesome celebratory entrée.

Incidentally, this particular recipe helped me best three other chefs in a series of round-robin eliminations, assisting me in bringing home the gold at the first-ever Big Bug Cook-Off, held in May 2011 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


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