These spider web cookies are made with cake mix and a yummy chocolate ganache! Super cute Halloween cookies to make with your kids this year!
One of my favorite things about celebrating different holidays throughout the year is baking up cute treats! And my sweet tooth is to blame! So when my girls wanted to make some spider web cookies for Halloween, I was happy to dirty up the kitchen and run to the store for some cake mix!
These easy cake mix cookies are topped with a dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate to create cute spider webs. And if your kids love to make Halloween cookies with you, then I’m sure that these Halloween cake mix cookies will be a hit!
Here’s how to make spider web cookies with chocolate cake mix and a fun icing and toothpick design:
Ingredients for Spider Web Cake Mix Cookies
To make these easy spider web cookies you’ll just need these 6 ingredients:
- 1 box of chocolate cake mix
- vegetable oil
- bittersweet chocolate
- heavy cream
- white chocolate melting wafers – I recommend a high quality white chocolate like Ghiradelli.
You will also need a toothpick and a piping bag or a Ziploc bag to create the spider web decorations.
How to Make Spider Web Cookies with Cake Mix
Since these Halloween cookies start off with a base of chocolate cake mix, they’re super easy to make! No need to measure out a ton of dry ingredients so clean up is easier, too! Here’s how to make these spooky Halloween cookies with cake mix:
Step 1: Make the batter for the cake mix cookies.
Start by making the dough for your chocolate cake mix cookies. Just combine the bag of dry cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl and mix well.
Since it’s only 3 ingredients, this is a perfect job for the kids, and your older kids can probably even make these easy Halloween cookies by themselves!
Here’s what the cake mix cookie dough should look like:
Step 2: Bake the Halloween cookies.
When your cookie dough is made, it’s time to get your cake mix cookies in the oven. Scoop the dough onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper. I like to use a large cookie scoop with a push button lever to make it easy.
These chocolate cookies will spread while baking, so be sure to leave at least 2 inches of space in between each dough ball. Then bake your cookies in a 350 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes.
When the Halloween cookies are done, let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to cool down completely. The cake mix cookies are soft coming out of the oven, so if you try to move them to a cooling rack immediately, they’ll probably get smooshed instead of staying in a nice round shape… and you don’t want scrunched up spider webs!
Step 3: Melt chocolate for the spider web decorations.
When the cookies are done cooling, you can go ahead and make your chocolate ganache frosting and melted white chocolate for the spider web cookie decorations. You want to make sure your cookies are completely cooled down before prepping the chocolates, because if you rush it, then the chocolate will just harden back up before you have a chance to frost the cookies.
Simply add the bittersweet chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and pour the heavy cream on top. Then microwave the chocolate and cream for 45 seconds. Let the mixture rest for about 90 seconds, then stir the chocolate and cream together until you’ve got a nice and glossy chocolate ganache.
While the bittersweet chocolate and cream is resting, go ahead and melt your white chocolate wafers according to package instructions. Then add the melted white chocolate to a piping bag.
No piping bag, no problem! You can add the melted white chocolate to a Ziploc bag with the corner tip cut off instead. Just be sure that you don’t cut too big of a tip in the bag.
Step 4: Decorate the spider web cookies for cute Halloween treats!
Now that your cookies are cooled and your chocolate is ready to go, it’s time to decorate your cute spider web cookies! This is the fun part!
Just frost the cookies with the chocolate ganache. Then, while the ganache is still soft, pipe four circles on top with the melted white chocolate. To make the spider web, simply run a toothpick through the ganache and white chocolate from the center circle going out to the edge of the cookie. Be sure to work quickly so the chocolate doesn’t set before you can make the spider web designs.
Once all of the cookies are decorated, allow them to set for an hour so the ganache can harden up. And here’s your finished spider web cake mix cookies:
So cute, right?!
These spooky cute cookies would look great on a Halloween dessert table or you can box a few up and take them to your neighbors for a sweet Halloween gift!
You can even get creative with some spider decorations for your cookies! Try adding a plastic Halloween spider ring (like the kind you get from Dollar Tree) to the spider web for a fun surprise!
Tips and FAQ’s for Spider Web Cake Mix Cookies
You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers! Here are some common questions about making cake mix cookies and spider web cookies with icing decorations…
What kind of cake mix can I use for these spider web Halloween cookies?
Any chocolate cake mix will work for this recipe including devil’s food. Just look for a box that is 15.25 oz in weight.
What type of chocolate should I use for the spider web ganache?
You can use either bar chocolate or chocolate chips for the ganache. If using bar chocolate, cut it into small pieces before making the ganache. If using chocolate chips, I recommend using a high quality chocolate such as Ghirardelli.
My chocolate has hardened in the piping bag before I finish the spider web decorations. What can I do?
If the chocolate melting wafers start to harden in the piping bag before you finish decorating your Halloween cookies, place the bag in a bowl of warm water ensuring the tip and bottom of the bag stay out of the water. Massage the bag to help loosen the chocolate.
How long will these Halloween cookies stay good?
Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. Because they have a chocolate ganache frosting which contains cream, it’s best to eat them pretty quickly. But they probably won’t even last two days because they’re so yummy!
Any other tips for decorating the spider web cookies?
I recommend creating the spider webs one cookie at a time to ensure the white chocolate doesn’t set on the cookies before you get a chance to drag through the toothpick. To create the best spider webs, you want both your chocolate ganache and the melted white chocolate to be soft.
More Cute Halloween Cookies and Treats
After you get done making these cute spider web cake mix cookies, you may want to bake up some other Halloween treats! Here are some more Halloween cookies and sweet treats that are perfect to make with your kids or to whip up for a Halloween party:
Spooky Cute Halloween Cookies – These cute purple cookies with candy eyeballs and Halloween sprinkles are fun to make and decorate! And you can easily swap out the sprinkles for different holidays!
4 Ingredient Mini Cherry Pie Mummy Treats – These super easy mini cherry pies are decorated to look like mummies, and they’re only 4 ingredients! The perfect quick Halloween dessert to make for your family or Halloween party this year!
Easy Halloween Poke Cake Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Icing – The classic poke cake gets a Halloween makeover with boxed cake mix and an orange buttercream icing! Super cute Halloween treats for kids!
And don’t forget to PIN this post for later, then print the recipe using the recipe card down below and add it to your list of Halloween cookies to make this year:
- 1 (15.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 3 ounces white chocolate melting wafers (about ⅓ cup)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine cake mix, eggs, and oil. Mix until well combined.
- Scoop cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets with a large scoop. Place dough balls at least 2 inches apart as cookies will spread while baking.
- Bake cookies in preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to complete cooling.
- Once the cookies have cooled, place bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and pour over the heavy cream. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Allow the mixture to rest for 90 seconds, then stir until glossy and well combined.
- While the chocolate and cream mixture is resting, melt the chocolate wafers according to package instructions. Add to a piping bag or small Ziploc bag with the corner cut off.
- Frost the top of the cookies with the chocolate ganache. Immediately pipe four circles on the ganache, starting in the center and moving out to the edge of the cookie. Run a toothpick through the ganache and white chocolate circles starting from the center circle out to create the spider web.
- Allow cookies to rest for an hour so the ganache can set.
- Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
- Any chocolate cake mix will work for this recipe including devil’s food.
- You can use either bar chocolate or chocolate chips for the ganache. If using bar chocolate, cut it into small pieces before making the ganache. If using chocolate chips, I recommend using a high quality chocolate such as Ghirardelli.
- I recommend creating the spiderwebs one cookie at a time to ensure the white chocolate doesn't set before you get a chance to drag through the toothpick.
- If the chocolate melting wafers start to harden in the piping bag before you finish decorating place the bag in a bowl of warm water ensuring the tip and bottom of the bag stay out of the water. Massage the bag to help loosen the chocolate.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Different online calculators may calculate nutritional information differently. Also, the addition of optional ingredients and varying brands and products may change the information. For the most accurate data, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients that you use.