How to Make Cobweb Cookies

Three Parts:Making the Cookie DoughBaking the CookiesAdding the Cobweb Designs

Cobweb cookies are a fun food item for Halloween, for fairy or nature based party themes or just because you like the look. The hardest part is the piping but with a little practice, you'll soon master the effect.


  • 160g/5.5 oz all-purpose/plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional, for chocolate flavor)
  • 100g/4 oz butter, refrigerated
  • 50g/2 oz superfine/caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • White writing icing

Part 1
Making the Cookie Dough

  1. 1
    Sift the flour into the mixing bowl. Add the cocoa powder.
  2. 2
    Cut the butter into small pieces. Rub the pieces into the flour and cocoa until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. 3
    Add the sugar and stir through.
  4. 4
    Tip in the milk. Stir with the fork.
  5. 5
    Mix until it forms a dough. Use your hands to roll into a ball of dough.
  6. 6
    Wrap the dough in plastic food wrap. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.

Part 2
Baking the Cookies

  1. 1
    Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper in readiness for use.
  2. 2
    Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. Roll out on a surface sprinkled with flour, to prevent sticking. Roll the dough to a thickness about 5mm/ 14 inch (0.6 cm).
  3. 3
    Cut out circles in the dough. Either use a circle cookie cutter or the open end of an average-sized glass.
    • Leftover dough can be rolled into a ball and re-rolled to cut more cookies from.
  4. 4
    Arrange the cut cookies on the baking sheets.
  5. 5
    Place in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. 6
    Remove the cookies from the oven when baked. Let sit for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack before icing.

Part 3
Adding the Cobweb Designs

  1. 1
    Begin in the middle of each cookie. Draw a spiral design with the white writing icing.
  2. 2
    Continue piping the spiral. Pipe the icing evenly from the center right out to the edge of the cookie.
  3. 3
    Use the toothpick to add the web effects. Starting at the center, drag the toothpick to the outer edge. Aim to do this about 6-8 times around the whole cookie, dividing it into equal pie slice shapes.
    • Make any other adjustments using the toothpick that you think will enhance the look of the web.
  4. 4
    Repeat with the remaining cookies. When finished, you'll have a batch of cobweb cookies that look tasty and intricately detailed.
  5. 5
    Serve. Ways to serve include:
    • Simply pile into a basket, web side facing upward.
    • Pierce little holes in the cookies and string them up on a thin piece of twine to make cobweb cookie bunting. Hang in place.
    • Use the cookies as part of a decorative food setting, perhaps including edible spider candies, edible insect candies, etc.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour sifter
  • Mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Cookie cutter (round) or average glass (use a glass that can handle being pressed down, not your best crystal)
  • 2 baking sheets/trays
  • Parchment paper/baking paper
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Toothpicks

Sources and Citations

  • Adapted from Rebecca Gilpin and Catherine Atkinson, Fairy Cooking, pp. 22-23, (2003), ISBN 0-7460-5666-4

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Categories: Cookies and Biscuits | Halloween Food & Treats