Well brown really, but who’s gonna tell?

I was asked by Asher’s pre-school teacher if I would bring a in a desert for their Halloween party! Of course I was excited, especially since I had just gotten an idea for chocolate brownie spiders!

I used one of my favorite fudgy brownie recipes and topped them off with chocolate frosting! So good. So simple. So chocolatey.

You can get creative as to what to use for the eyes and legs. I used candy eyes and black licorice ropes both by Wilton and they worked great. I got both from Target in the baking isle. You could also use M&M’s for the eyes and maybe chocolate covered pretzel twigs for the legs! Or just cut black licorice in strands.

Honestly, these come together pretty quickly and they taste amazing. As for my official taste tester……Asher, she’ll eat just about anything covered in chocolate, but I think it is safe to say she loved them and is now very excited for her Halloween class party. Wait, she has been excited about that for weeks.

She was my partner in crime today. Which means we made a mess and I got to clean it all up well she played dress with all her dollies and made another mess in the family room.

Ya….she most definitely approves.

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The Recipe

Black Spiders

* I used a 15x10x2 pyrex pan. If you do not have one a 9x13 will work to, but ou will get less spiders.*You do not have to use a pipping bag and tip, it is just a cute to roughly frost the spiders with a knife.* I bought both my candy eyes and rope at target if you can not get these M&M's or another small round candy would work for the eyes. For the legs you could cut up black licorice or just use chocolate cover pretzel sticks.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 cup Butter melted
  • 8 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 stick Butter softened
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1-3 tablespoons Milk
  • Candy Eyes*
  • inch Black candy rope* cut into 2 legs
  • Black glitter sprinkles

Instructions

  1. To Make Brownies: Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease a 15x10x2 pyrex pan*.
  2. Mix canola oil and butter, add cocoa and stir until well blended.
  3. Beat eggs with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla, beat well.
  4. Add flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread evenly in pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes (mine took 22 minutes).
  6. Allow to cool before cutting.
  7. For the Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter. Add the powder sugar and beat until combined. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until your desired consistency is reached. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and whip one last time for 2-3 minutes to make sure the ingredients are mixed.
  8. Place the frosting in a pipping bag fitted with a small round, leaf, or star tip*. Set aside
  9. To make the spiders: Use a circle cookie/biscuit cuter to cut out your desired size of circles for the spider "bodies". Place on wax paper for prep, or place them right on your serving tray.
  10. Take the black legs and stick four on each side of the spider, repeat with remaining spiders.
  11. Pipe small spikes on the top of the brownies as the spiders hair. You can also just roughly smooth the frosting on with a knife.
  12. Place two eyes on the edge of one end of the spider, making sure to use the frosting as glue for the eyes. Repeat with remaining spiders.
  13. If desired sprinkle some black sprinkles on top of the frosting.
  14. Serve or cover for up to four days.
Nutrition Facts
Black Spiders
Amount Per Serving (17 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Inspiration from Ali.

Quick……

Catch one before they crawl away!