These cute Shortbread Spider Biscuits are definitely a treat no tricks here!
Perfect Halloween party food idea for the kids, using my childhood favourite chocolate, Rolo's, and my daughters favourite Kinder Bueno.
How to make shortbread spider biscuits?
We show you step by step how to make these adorable treats from scratch.
Check out the video below or jump straight to the recipe card for how to make.
Shortcut to making Halloween spider biscuits?
Of course, being Halloween if you did want a trick.......
Then cheat and buy shop-bought biscuits to save yourself having to bake your own!
As you know, we love any excuse to get our aprons on so we made our own shortbread biscuits.
Furthermore, the kids are always eagerly awaiting the mixing bowl and spoon, to lick clean!
How to make shortbread biscuits from scratch?
Shortbread biscuits are very simple to make at home, you only need 3 basic ingredients (which you probably already have in) butter, caster sugar and flour.
What equipment do I need to make shortbread biscuits?
You need a handheld mixer or stand mixer which makes it quicker to mix the ingredients for shortbread biscuits.
You will need some cookie cutter's you can use any size you like.
If you use a 3-inch cutter this will give you 12 biscuits. You can use smaller or bigger cutters as desired.
You will also need a rolling pin.
Shortbread dough sticking to worktop?
You may find the shortbread dough sticks to the worktop, despite flour sprinkled over. Making it hard to transfer to baking sheet.
To prevent this we recommend cutting them directly on to the parchment paper, on a baking tray.
How to add flavour to Shortbread biscuits?
Try adding vanilla extract into you shortbread dough to add some flavour or you can use any other flavouring you like, there are so many to choose from!
How to decorate shortbread biscuits?
Time for the fun to start, decorating the biscuits!! We used Menier Swiss Milk Chocolate, as it is the perfect chocolate for melting!
How to melt chocolate in microwave?
Simply place the the chocolate in a microwavable bowl, if your microwave has the option set to the lowest and turn on for 30 seconds, stir and return for 30 seconds. Keep repeating for 30 seconds until fully melted.
How to melt chocolate over pan heat?
Break chocolate into small pieces in a heatproof bowl (preferably ceramic or Pyrex glass).
Bring a pan of water to a simmer and place the bowl on top of the pan.
Stir until chocolate has melted. Do not let water from the pan spill into the chocolate.
Piping spider legs
Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag, snip a small corner off or use a tiny nozzle to pipe 8 spider legs directly on to the shortbread biscuit.
Next, use the melted chocolate to stick the body on top of the legs, then the eyeballs onto the Body!
You can choose your favourite chocolate to use instead of Rolo's and Kinder Bueno. On our shortlist were Lindor Lindt Ball's, Maltesers or Aero Bubbles.
The edible eyes we used are so cute, brings the spider to life.
We took these to a Halloween Party with us. They went down really well with all the kids and equally well with the adults!
Love their little faces, so much character!
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Shortbread Spider Biscuits – Cute Halloween Party Idea
- 100 g Unsalted Butter (½ Cup) softened, we used Stork as already soft
- 50 g Caster Sugar (½ Cup)
- 150 g Self Raising Flour (1 Cup +2 tablespoons)
- 3 drops Vanilla Extract (optional) Use whatever flavouring you like?
Decorating your choice of any chocolate for the spider body
- 1 pack Rolos Chocolate's or Kinder Bueno Chocolate Or Aero/ Maltesers/ Lindt Balls you choose!
- 24 edible eyes
- 100 g Chocolate (3.5 oz) for melting
Shortbread biscuit (you can buy shop brought biscuits to save time)
- Preheat oven at 180°C,160°c fan, gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with parchment paper
- Place butter into mixing bowl, whisk until soft, gradually add sugar, whisk until light and fluffy, then add the flour.We used a handheld whisk to help speed this up.
- Form the mixture into a dough with your hands, roll the dough directly onto the parchment paper and use cutters to make uniform circles.
- Transfer the parchment paper of biscuits onto a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until golden, cool on a wire rack before decorating
- Melt the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl on the lowest setting in the microwave, stir every 30 seconds until fully melted. Fill the melted chocolate into a piping bag with a small cut in the corner to pipe 8 legs on the biscuit.
- Use the melted chocolate as glue to stick your choice of chocolate for the body and finally the edible eyes on to the body.
- Leave to cool and the chocolate will harden.