Oct 31


How to Make A Spider Web Decorated Cookie

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I use this swirling or marbling technique as often as I can when decorating cookies; it’s easy, fun and striking!

If you’d like to try making these cookies, you’ll need:

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Royal Icing Recipe

For an in-depth tutorial on decorating cookies with royal icing, click here.

For a better spiderweb tutorial, click on Bridget at Bake at 350′s site!  She has a step by step visual how-to!


How to make a swirled spider web cookie:

For a how to on how to marble, or swirl together two or more colors of royal icing, click here for the tutorial.

The only detail the marbling tutorial doesn’t show you, is how to replicate this exact swirled or marbled spider web.  Once you’ve piped your base color, add your second color in a spiral direction shown in the picture below:

… and drag your toothpick through the icing in the direction of the arrows:

You could just pipe circles instead of the spiral.  You also could omit piping the dot and just start your spiral right in the center of the cookie.  Whatever works for you.

Have fun experimenting!

Once the base is dry, pipe any details, such as spiders.  I used a number 2 tip to pipe a little round body, and a number 1 tip for the spider legs.  Once the body was dry I added the eyes with a number 1 tip.

Easy as that!

Happy decorating and Happy Halloween to you!



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  1. linda
    October 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    i am always in awe of your beautiful decorated treats & love your tutorials.
    thanks for this post & happy halloween marian!

  2. October 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    These are the cutest Halloween cookies I’ve ever seen! Amazing and so perfect!!! Happy Halloween!

  3. October 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ve done that technique with “mitten” cookies and it comes out so cute. So mad at myself that I didn’t get around to making any Halloween cookies this year. Wasn’t it October 1st like just 10 days ago??

  4. October 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen many spider web cookies on several different websites, and I have to say, yours are the absolute cutest and most tasty-looking! :)

  5. October 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Super cute. I love halloween colours!

  6. October 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I really like the polkadot cookie with dotted line! It’s SO cute!

  7. October 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Perfect and gorgeous Marian! Happy Halloween wish you a great day!

  8. Mary Sanavia
    October 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    They are the cutest spiders I’ve ever seen!!!

  9. October 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Great cookies with the cutest little spiders. They are almost huggable!

  10. November 1, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Your spiders are the cutest! Love the big one on the polka dot cookie, especially:)

  11. November 1, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I like this!

  12. November 1, 2010 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    These are so adorable! You have definitely inspired me to do some last many Halloween baking :) I love the little spiders!

  13. November 1, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    These look fantastic! Love the colors and the cute little spiders!

  14. November 1, 2010 at 2:08 am | Permalink


  15. November 1, 2010 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    The little spires are so cute, especially with those little eyes! Cookies and pictures are beautiful!

  16. nikki
    November 1, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    They look so effective Marian and the spiders are such a cute touch!

  17. Kimmie
    November 1, 2010 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Of course I love these, as always…can I have them to bring to Ottawa? LOLOL

  18. November 1, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    These cookies are so cute!! I love your tutorial drawings, too. What a great Halloween treat! :D

  19. November 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    hah, I looove those little spiders! there`re so cute!

    have a nice time,

  20. November 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I bow to the awesome halloween cookies. For real.
    I made cupcakes… which never came out of the pan.
    My poor deprived child ate pilsbury halloween cookies instead. I was too mad at the cupcakes to eat any of the cookies.

  21. November 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    How adorable. I love the little spiders, so cute!

  22. Rose
    November 2, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    AGGGHHH too cute!!!!!!!! Made some for Halloween BEFORE reading your tutorial and couldn’t figure out how to make the spider!!! SOOOO SAD!!!! I’ll remember next year! Thanks for all your awesome instructions and pictures!

  23. November 2, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Those are so cute! I love the orange black and white one the best! Thanks for the tutorial! Tammy

  24. November 4, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I’ve made these cookies myself, but yours are WAAAAAY better! The single spider design with the one eyeball is Ah-Dorable!

    Well done. Bravo, you!

  25. November 7, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    I am SO glad I found your blog. Your cookies are amazing! I am going to try to teach myself how to decorate cookies like this….and the tutuorials you make available will prove to be invaluable. Thanks!

  26. November 11, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Gave you a shout out on my blog today! Sharing my fav blogs! Stop by if you’d like. adventuresofcakegirl.blogspot.com

  27. Marian (Sweetopia)
    November 11, 2010 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Jen, thanks for the shout out! I sent out a tweet and fb’d a thank you! I’m liking the look of your blog; all the best and looking forward to more from you!

  28. November 12, 2010 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Great tutorial! I made this type of cookie for the bakery I work at for Halloween. Everyone is always so impressed by this method! I am beyond excited, I just found your blog and I am in love!!! Awesome stuff here!

  29. November 12, 2010 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    These are so sweet! Seriously, I want to make these just because they’re so cute even though it is almost TWO WEEKS after Halloween :)

  30. November 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    These are so dang cute!

  31. www.cakewhiz.com
    November 16, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    These are beautiful! Thanks alot for all of your tutorials! I am learning so much :D

  32. November 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Your spiders are darling! And I think I will me making some spiders on polka dot cookies nest year!!! So cute!

  33. November 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Miss you!

  34. Belle
    June 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    These are the cutest cookies – just love them – thanks so much for the tutorial!

  35. Andrea B
    September 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    We made these today and they were easy and adorable. I went a different route and baked the gingerbread cookie recipe that you have given in the past. That is by far everyone’s favorite tasting cookie. Thanks for the inspiration

  36. marian
    October 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    HI @ Andrea B: That’s awesome, glad you guys had fun!

  37. October 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for these, they are gorgeous and I have shared on my page!
    An ocean of blessings to you
    ❤ MMx

  38. Marie
    March 12, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Such great cookies! Lots of ideas for variation, you are so creative. Great tutorial too, by the way. Thanks for sharing! I’ve linked back to this post on my site:

  39. marian
    March 12, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments everyone!
    @ Marie: Thanks for linking these up in your cute post!

  40. January 18, 2014 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    These cookies are really fantastic and is truly giving the look of a spider and its web.

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