The ultimate easy Halloween treat: Hairy Spiders made with just 5 simple ingredients! These chocolate covered Oreos are quick to assemble and great to make with the kids for Halloween.
If there’s one treat I can never resist… It would be anything made with Oreos. I honestly rarely take the time to decorate them this much (usually it’s plain old Oreo Truffles for me 😅) – but Halloween warrants something special!
Don’t let the spider’s adorable look fool you though: This Halloween treat only needs 5 ingredients and is actually easy to assemble. No fussing around here!
Ingredients you’ll need
Here is an overview of the ingredients in the recipe (great to use as a visual grocery list at the store!). Scroll down to the recipe at the bottom for quantities.
- Oreos: Regular or double stuf both work. You can use any flavor you like, but I do prefer using ones with a dark cookie for a better look.
- Licorice: Straight licorice works as well, but the rolled up one will give you the best creepy-cute spider legs look.
- Dark chocolate: I just melted down a chocolate bar, but you could also use chocolate chips specifically made for melting, or dark candy melts.
- Chocolate sprinkles: These are a must for the perfect hairy spider look! You could also go for black colored sugar if you want a more sparkly look.
- Candy eyes: I used large eyes to make the spiders look cuter, but you can use the creepiest candy eyes you can find if you prefer 😉
Step by step photos
Prepare the “spider legs”:
Add the legs to the Oreo cookies:
To decorate the cookie:
- I recommend letting the chocolate cool for 10-15 minutes, to make sure it’s not too runny anymore. It should be spreadable, but you’ll want it fairly thick so it doesn’t all run down the sides of the cookies.
- Slicing the licorice and splitting the Oreos is a little finicky and definitely a job for the grown up if you’re making these with kids!
- I always assemble these on some sheets of baking parchment for easy release and less cleanup.
- I strongly recommend moving the spiders to a clean piece of parchment about 15 minutes after assembling them. This will remove some of the chocolate dripping down the sides and give you a cleaner look with a sharper edge. Use an offset spatula to make the transfer easier.
- Allow the spider decorated cookies to fully dry before touching them with your hands! I recommend at least a few hours, better overnight.
These should be stored in a single layer in cookie tins for up to a week.
I store them in the cupboard in a space as cool as possible. Do not recommend refrigerating these, as the chocolate can turn dull. But if you live in a very hot climate, do go ahead and refrigerate them if you notice they’re getting melty!
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Hairy Spider Decorated Oreos
- 15 licorice wheels
- 1 package Oreo cookies 14oz regular or 15oz double stuf both work
- 12 oz dark chocolate for melting OR dark candy melts; melted according to package instructions and slightly cooled
- 60 edible candy eyes
- 1 cup chocolate sprinkles
- Prepare the licorice: Cut a licorice wheel in half. Peel off 4 strands of licorice, then cut each strand in half down the middle to make two long and skinny spider legs.
- Add legs to cookie: Split an Oreo cookie in the middle. Place on a sheet of baking parchment. Dip the end of each licorice leg in chocolate and place them on one half of the split Oreo cookie. Sandwich the other half back on.
- Decorate the cookie: Spread a spoonful of melted chocolate over the assembled Oreo cookie and slightly down the sides. Stick two candy eyes on top and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles all over.
- Dry: Using an offset spatula, transfer the decorated Oreos to a clean sheet of baking parchment about 15 minutes after assembling them. Let them fully dry for a few hours, better overnight. Store in a single layer in cookie tins at room temperature for up to a week.