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Spider Web Chocolate Cookies

When you're ready to start baking Halloween treats, these chocolate cookies with a marshmallow spider web should be part of your list. They're delicious and quite easy to put together. Kids love them, of course. 

  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 oz marshmallows
  • Eyeballs candies (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Butter or use baking spray to grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

For the chocolate cookies:

  1. Sift flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda into a medium bowl. 
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until thoroughly integrated. Don't beat at this point so the dough remains tender. 
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop portions of cookie dough and roll them into balls.
  7. Place on the prepared cookie sheet, an inch and a half or two apart. 
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until they puff and crackle. The tops will be dried. 
  9. Let cool completely on a wire rack. 

For the spider web:

  1. Melt the marshmallows in a bowl and mix with a fork until smooth.
  2. You can use gloves for this part or get your hands messy. 
  3. Take some melted marshmallow mixture and use your fingers to pull it apart and create strings. Place over the cookies, creating a web and pinching the edges. 
  4. Let dry on a wire rack. 
  5. You can add eyeball candies.


  • Organization: read the recipe first and ensure you have ingredients at the correct temperatures, equipment, and enough workspace. This will make the process so much easier!
  • Baking time: keep in mind that all ovens and pans are different, even if they look the same or very similar. The baking time in my recipes is as accurate as it can be, but it might take you more or less time. You can use a thermometer(like the OXO oven thermometer) to check that your oven is at the right temperature. I recommend you keep track of how your oven works and what tiny details you might need to adjust. 
  • Melted marshmallows: the simplest way to melt them is to use the microwave, 15-20 second spurts, mixing well in between until melted. If the mixture hardens while making the webs, melt them again.
  • Not-so-sweet cookies: the mini marshmallows add sweetness to the dough. And though kids usually love them, you can omit them and make plain semisweet chocolate cookies with the marshmallow web on the outside.
  • Storing: they remain somewhat sticky, so store in a single layer in a tin or airtight container. Use wax paper to separate layers if you need to make more than one. 
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: spider web cookies