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Chocolate Spiders Tested Recipe

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Chocolate Spiders Recipe

In the past, whenever I made Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, I thought these lumpy and bumpy cookies reminded me of spiders. So when I wanted to make something special for a children's Halloween party I immediately thought about turning these cookies into cute-looking Chocolate Spiders. This is really easy to do. While the cookies are still warm, just press two candy eyes and four chocolate-covered pretzels into each side of the cookie for spider "legs". Kids will love both the look and taste of these candy-like chocolate spider cookies.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons take very little time to prepare. They start by combining egg whites with sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract. Then all you need to do is to fold in melted semi-sweet chocolate and sweetened coconut. Once the batter is chilled, place spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake just until the cookies are shiny. Now the two main flavors in these cookies are chocolate and sweetened coconut so choose these two ingredients carefully. Use a semi-sweet chocolate that children enjoy eating out-of-hand. The sweetened coconut should be fresh so check the date on the package. Sweetened coconut comes packaged either in plastic bags or cans and it is available shredded or flaked (use whatever type you like in this recipe). (Canned sweetened coconut will keep about 18 months, packaged coconut will usually keep about six months at room temperature. Once opened it is best to store the coconut in the refrigerator.)

Once the cookies are removed from the oven, the fun begins. This is a great time to get the kids involved, as their small hands make quick work of pressing two candy eyes and then four chocolate covered pretzels into each side of the still warm cookies. (You can find candy eyes at cake decorating stores or you can order them online at http://www.candylandcrafts.com/. Instead of candy eyes, you could use mini chocolate chips, currants, or M&M's®.) (The spider legs are simply made by dipping 'stick' pretzels into melted chocolate.) These cookies can be made and decorated several days in advance of serving.

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Chocolate Spiders: In a stainless steel bowl, over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir in the coconut and melted chocolate, making sure the coconut is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for about one hour, or until firm.

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels: While the macaroon batter is chilling, melt 3 ounces (90 grams) of semi-sweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and dip stick pretzels into the chocolate and then place on a parchment-paper or wax-paper lined baking sheet. Let dry.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Remove the Chocolate Coconut Macaroon batter from the refrigerator and place small mounds (heaping tablespoons) of the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing several inches apart. Bake for about 15 minutes or just until the macaroons are shiny. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for a few minutes.

Chocolate Spiders: Take the warm Chocolate Coconut Macaroons and press two candy eyes and four chocolate pretzels into each side of the cookies for "legs".

Makes about 20-24 chocolate spiders.

Adapted From:

Mendelson, Susan and Cruz, Joey. The Lazy Gourmet. Whitecap Books. Vancouver/Toronto: 2000.

Chocolate Spiders:

4 ounces (115 grams) semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 large (90 grams) egg whites

1/4 cup (25 grams) cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups (220 grams) sweetened coconut(shredded or flaked)

Chocolate-covered pretzels:

thin stick pretzels

3 ounces (90 grams) semi sweet chocolate

Candy eyes

Note: You can find candy eyes at cake decorating stores or you can order them online at http://www.candylandcrafts.com/.)

Note: Instead of candy eyes, you can use miniature chocolate chips, currants, or M&M's®.

M&M's is a registered trademark of Mars, Incorporated.

 
 
     
 

 

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