Friday, October 22, 2010

Spider Web Cookies

The other night we decided to make some spider web cookies. They are kind of fun.
Here is the recipe.
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1 egg
1 tsp lemon zest
1 bag of chocolate chips (I only used like 1 1/2c. or so)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a few baking sheets with foil. Beat butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until creamy, for about 2 minutes. Beat in flour, egg and lemon zest until a dough forms. (I think I should have added a little more flour because my web didn't hold its shape quite as well)
 
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round writing tip with the dough. Spoon the dough inside the cuff. Twist and start to squeeze down. (I did not have the right size tip, so after I attempted to use a smaller tip with this thick dough stupid idea I took off the tip, sorry no pic of this part, and just pushed it through the coupler itself since that is all I had. This made our spiderweb cookies a little too large. I will be for sure buying a large round tip next time I go to the store.)
Squeeze a + sign about four inches long and wide onto the baking sheet. On top of that + sign, pipe an x starting from the center. Now you have something that looks like a star. Now connect the lines that you piped with web circles to create a web. Add another web part to connect the insides. Put 4 on each tray. My son had fun making his blob"web".
Bake cookies until set but not yet browned, about 8 minutes until lightly golden. Microwave chocolate chips into glass bowl at 50 percent for 30 seconds at a time. Fill a small Ziploc plastic bag with chocolate chips and seal it up. Squeeze as much as you can into one corner.
 
Take cookies out when ready. Let cookies cool 5-6 mintues before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. They are very fragile, so be careful transferring them! Snip off one corner of the bag with scissors. (Be sure to just cut the tiniest bit of plastic at the corner, the melted chocolate comes out fast and it can be difficult to make the legs if you have it coming out to fast and too much. You can always cut more, but you can't go back and add more plastic!)Use the melted chocolate as the “glue” that will help you attach a chocolate chip on top of web.
Use the melted chocolate to pipe on 8 little spider legs on either side of the body.
 Enjoy!!

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