These Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies are proof that you don’t need to be a professional baker or have any special equipment to make a super cool, creepy Halloween treat. These easy Halloween cookies are as creepy and easy as it gets!

I love making fun Halloween desserts for my kids in the fall.  Some of our favorites include Caramel Popcorn, Graveyard Brownies and Halloween Spider Cupcakes.

A few cookies on a wooden table with chocolate chips in each and the chocolate chips are each frosted to look like Halloween spiders.

Raise your hand if your in need of an EASY Halloween treat?! Most people have the ingredients they need already to make chocolate chip cookies, which means you have everything you need to make these Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies!

Add 2-3 chocolate chip to the top of each cookie right when they come out of the oven.

Chocolate chip cookies on a cookie sheet with a person using a plastic bag of melted chocolate to frost spider legs onto the chocolate chips.

Then melt the remaining chocolate chips, pour the melted chocolate into a small ziplock bag with the corner cut off and draw spider legs on the chocolate chips. So easy, and so cute!

My little boy LOVED these and talked about them for days. They make quite an impression 😉

One chocolate chips cookie with three chocolate chips placed on top and eight spider legs frosted onto the chocolate chips.

Did I mention that this chocolate chip cookie recipe is my all time favorite? Super soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies–just the way I like them! Kill two birds with one stone–a delicious treat your party-goers will love, and a spooky one to. Happy Halloween!

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Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies | Tastes Better From Scratch
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins
Total 22 mins
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  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 Tablespoons butter , melted and cooled until warm
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large + 1 egg yolk egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips divided


  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda..
  • In a separate large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until well blended. 
  • Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. 
  • Gently stir in ¾ cup chocolate chips. The dough will be soft.
  • Gently scoop dough into balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and place 3-4 chocolate chips into the tops of each cookie, point side up.
  • Add remaining chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and microwave, on low power, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. 
  • Just barely cut the corner off of a small ziplock bag (you want the hole to be very small to make your spider legs). Spoon the melted chocolate into the bag and use it draw spider legs on the sides of the chocolate chips.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container or freeze in a freezer ziplock bag.


Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 310IUCalcium: 34mgIron: 2.4mg

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  1. can i just add chocolate chips before i bake the cookies?
    i liked to try the recipe but scared to add chocolate chips afterwards.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for Halloween and got raves on the cookie itself. If I make them for Christmas without the spiders do I just add 2 cups of chocolate chips to the batter?

  3. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe. The cookies came out perfect and I put the last batch in the fridge to get an extra puff out of them. We did bake them a little longer, by perhaps two minutes, but they were absolutely delicious.

  4. I am making these right now and they are not rising or cooking. I think there should be some baking powder in the recipe as well. Needless to say, I wasted a LOT of butter, chocolate chips and dry goods trying to make these and it basically turned into a cookie cake that was crisp on the outside and uncooked on the inside.

    1. Hi Cindy,
      I’m sorry for your troubles! The recipe has baking soda (baking powder has soda in it-it’s like a less powerful version of baking soda). I can’t be exactly sure what went wrong but am wondering if perhaps your baking soda isn’t fresh?

  5. 4 stars
    I made these yesterday. After ten minutes is a 325 degree oven they weren’t even close to being done. The temperature seems a little low so I had to turn it up to 375 which most of my cookie recipes require. I’m wondering if the 325 degrees is a typo.

    I used the chocolate cake frosting in a tube for the legs because it was so much easier. It worked out fine. The cookies are cute and I know my grandson will love them.

    1. 1 star
      I made these today and they were horrible. They spread out very thin on the cookie sheet and never rose. I agree with Joanna above that the temp seemed off, however I also increased the temp to 375 and it still didn’t help much. This recipe is trying to mimic the original toll house recipe but the butter and flour mixture is different. I believe that’s the issue, as my cookies were very greasy and not edible. I not only wasted an afternoon, but also a TON of ingredients which are not cheap. Pretty frustrated to say the least. Picture looks really cute, but that’s about it.

      1. Hi Sally,
        This is a Cooks Illustrated Recipe that was well test. You can read details here.
        I’m sorry you had trouble with the recipe. The post gives explanations that may help explain why they didn’t turn out!

  6. These are so nice! Really cute with the spider design 🙂 I’ll definitely try this out, hopefully I can get them as neat as yours! 😀

  7. so, you can’t just melt chocolate chips in the microwave! After melting problems looked it up and it is much more complicated than just putting it in the microwave – also – should say that you want the medium scoop to spread out the spiders –

    very disappointed – thiis isn’t going to work for me – anyone interested should do a trial run

    1. Hi Susan, I melt my chocolate chips in the microwave 95% of the time. It’s very easy, you just need your microwave on half power and to stir it often so it doesn’t sieze. If you cook it to hot or too fast, you would encounter problems, but as long as the chocolate your’re melting is good quality and you stir often, on low power, there shouldn’t be a problem.

    2. I melt chocolate in the microwave all the time. Just go low and slow.
      Love these cookies.
      I don’t like adding extra sugary and artificially colored decorations.

  8. Oh my goodness! These are adorable! Do you know about how many cookies this recipe would yield? I’m going to try these for a large Halloween party so I’d need maybe 40-50? If I doubled it do you think that would be good enough?
    Thanks for such a cute idea! So glad I came across it!!

    1. Hi Courtney, this recipe will make about 2 dozen regular size cookies, so you could be perfect to double it! Have fun!

  9. These are so cute. I’m sure they would make anyone look twice.
    What a great twist for Halloween for cookies.