malteser spider cookie

 The leaves are falling from the trees, the mornings are beginning to get frosty and all around us are hues of golden brown and beautiful reds.  Yes Autumn has finally arrived in all its golden glory.

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I especially love all the “Tastes” it brings, cinnamon, ginger, toffee apples to name but a few. It’s when comfort baking really comes into its own.  There is absolutely nothing more delicious and comforting than an Apple & Blackberry Pie or an old-fashioned Blueberry Up-Side down cake .  I’m really looking forward to sharing a few new delicious Autumn recipes over the next few weeks with you all, but for now I want to talk Halloween and these really fun Halloween  Malteser Spider Cookies.


malteser spider cookies single


There is no escaping the fact that Halloween is just four weeks away. The shops are covered in Halloween decorations and sweets. My kids have already decided on their  Halloween costumes and I have the annual horror movie (which is a family tradition) all picked out.  This year it will be Stephen Kings IT.  We all hate clowns in this house  so this is the perfect movie for us !!  So this year, I plan to get my Halloween baking off to an early start – I  have some brilliant recipes to share and I want to try to get them all on the Blog this year .

This great Malteser Halloween Spider Cookie is one from last year that I never got to share on my Blog. When I asked my kids what was their favorite bake from last Halloween was, this was top of the list.  I have to admit it’s a big favorite of mine too.


malteser spidercookies plate


So simple to make and so much fun to decorate and of course it tastes absolutely yummy, what more can you ask for in a cookie.


malteser spider cookies


malteser spider cookies


Adapted from the very basic and everybody’s favorite thumbprint cookie, this is a really super easy kid friendly bake.   Instead of jam in the thumbprint we have a Malteser for the spider’s head. I used melted milk chocolate to pipe on the legs and rolled some icing fondant for the eyes. When I say I did – I mean the kids did.  Yes it’s messy but then the best bakes always are and we had so much fun making these.


malteser cookies group




Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12

malteser spidercookies plate


  • 230g Self raising flour
  • 115g Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Half tsp vanilla extract or zest of 1 lemon
  • 115g Caster sugar
  • 1 pkt Maltesers
  • 1 pkt chocolate chips
  • White fondant for eyes


  • Preheat oven 180c/350F
  • Sift flour into bowl,, add butter and mix until looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Add sugar.
  • Add beaten egg and milk, vanilla to make a dough..(you may not need all the milk just enough to make a stiff dough - add more flour if dough too wet).
  • Roll Dough & break into small balls.
  • Place balls on baking tray, spaced apart and press your thumbprint into middle.
  • Bake for 15 mins.
    When cookies are cold
  • Melt chocolate chips and place in icing bag.
  • Put Maltesers in middle of cooled cookie and use melted chocolate to pipe legs around each cookie (I used a bit of the melted chocolate to stick the malteser in) use white fondant for i used food pen for eyes.


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  • Sammie October 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    What an absolutely genius idea. Love these spider thumb print cookies. Brilliant and pinned.

    • Karyn October 7, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Hi Sammie..Thanks for the comment.. I love making these..Halloween Baking is as much fun as Christmas Baking!..P.S. Love your Wrights Orange Bundt..seen it there on Twitter.. looking forward to the recipe.. Have a lovely weekend xxx Karyn

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh October 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    These are just so fun! I love how simple you’ve made these. My daughter is going to love them!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

      The simpe recipes Joanna are always the best😄

  • Catherine October 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    These spider cookies are absolutely adorable. So cute for Halloween!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thank you Catherine..they are a fun halloween bake 😉

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Cheers Catherine🎃🎃🎃 I love Halloween Baking

  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy October 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I know my grandkids would LOVE these. These are fun and a great way to celebrate the holiday. Perfect for anyone hosting a party.

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

      The best daysvare always when you spend time with your Nana😘

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

      I make them every Halloween Gloria..always a great hit😋

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife October 7, 2017 at 1:33 am

    How cute! I love it. Such a fun activity for the kids. They can mix it up with different colors of frosting or chocolates!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Absoloutely Marlynn..let the imagination go wild

  • Pam Greer October 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    My grandchildren would love these cookies!! They are so cute! What am I saying …. I would love them too!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Pam..I love baking and eating them TOO!😀

  • Kathy October 8, 2017 at 3:45 am

    These cookies look so fun a delicious! My kids would love helping me make these (and I am sure they would love eating them too!)

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Thank you Kathy😀 They are such an easy fun cookie to make

  • Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook October 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    These look so much fun. What a great treat for Halloween for any age!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

      They are Elinor..very easy and delicious😁

  • Veena Azmanov October 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    These are so cute. I bet the kids would love these. So much fun. Bet they would love the eyes. Great idea.

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Hi Veena😁 Glad you like the cookies..I love to see kids baking,bthis is a great easy recipe

  • Debi at Life Currents October 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I love Halloween, and your spider cookies are a great way to celebrate! Happy haunting!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Debi..they are a fun bake for halloween😁

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way October 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    How cute and simple!! A great way to make cookies extra special for the holiday. Now being scared does not rate high with me. I would hide behind a magazine during the scary parts and nibble on the cookies instead.

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Hi Marisa😂 your like my daughter she hides behind a cushion for the whole film, but still managing to eat loads of sweets

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan October 8, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I love autumn the best as well and these cookies are just so perfect for the season. This will be a great cookie to bake with the boys for Halloween. Absolutely love this idea.

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Thank you Sandhya😀 my boys love baking and eating them lol

  • Christine - Jar Of Lemons October 9, 2017 at 1:32 am

    These are so creative and fun! LOVE them and they look pretty delicious. Might have to make these for Halloween!

    • Karyn October 9, 2017 at 8:59 am

      A great fun bake to do with the kids Christine😁

  • Katherine October 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve been collecting recipes to make with the kids for Halloween and this fits the bill. thanks!

    • Karyn October 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      so glad you like it Katherine x

  • Swathi October 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Spider cookies looks perfect, I too make some thing for kids every halloween. Your post remind me that I need to do some.

    • Karyn October 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Fun times ahead Swathi!!!


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