Chef's Delight: Spider cookies

Recipe by Shane Smith

Fancy getting into the Halloween mood? These cookies will do just the trick and they are fun for the children too!


150g butter

80g brown sugar

80g caster sugar

A teaspoon vanilla extract

One egg

225g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon bread soda

pinch salt

25 chocolate Rolo's

100g dark chocolate

Edible sugar eyes


In a bowl, cream the butter and both sugars.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix.

Finally add the flour, salt and bread soda and mix until a smooth dough is formed.

Wrap in cling and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Once the pastry is rested, roll on a floured surface and using a cutter, cut out 25 circles.

Place these on two lined trays and egg wash.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Once cold, stick on a Rolo with some melted chocolate and finish decorating by piping on the legs and adhere the edible eyes onto the Rolo.


If you cannot buy edible eyes, just use white and dark chocolate instead.


Shane Smith from Lavey can be seen on Today with Maura and Daithí on RTE One.

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