I can tell it is almost fall because spiders are moving in! Every time I walk into my living room or kitchen, they scurry across the floor. Some of them are not small either. They are as big as a watermelon!! OK, maybe not that big but, they might as well be! Let me just say I love nature! I do! I love it! I love it as long as it stays OUTSIDE!! I don’t like creepy legged crawly things in my kitchen. But there is a lesson to be learned here. You can get inspiration from creepy, crawly, ugly things that freak you out! Do you know how to make Royal Icing Transfers? If not click here and you will have the know how to make these creepy dudes! I will be totally honest with you and tell you before you make them and try to ship them to your BFF, they will not ship. Like all spiders, they will break if you squash them. Did you know spiders will die if you drop them because they don’t have bones. But seriously, who is going to hold one? NOT ME! If you make these, and take them to a party, you will definately be asked, “How did you do that?” And you can smile and say, “It was so hard and took me weeks but, I was happy to do it for you!” You will be an instant Halloween Hero and only you will know how easy they were to make.
The fun part of this cookie is making the Royal Icing Transfers. See how to make them here.
For each spider you will need:
1. 2 Bodies (I used the black leftover owl eyes from these cookies. Glue them together with some icing to make a nice fat body.)
2. 2 Heads (Glue them together with some icing to make a nice round head.)
3. 8 Legs (I piped V’s with a dot on the point of the v. It will make a cute spider leg.) Make extra. They will break and that’s ok!
A picture is worth a thousand words so I am going to let these speak for themselves but, I will share one piece of advice. When you make the rings, start with the big one first. When I started with the small one, my big one was lopsided.
Then, cover with dots. Pipe them with space in between each one and let it dry for a few minutes then, add the rest until the entire body is covered.
Next, add a drop of icing to the end of the leg that is going to be placed on the spider. Then, carefully place it on the leg and sink the foot into the icing. Mine stayed in place once I stuck it into the cookie. I think it was because the icing on the cookie had dried just enough to hold it.
Once you have the head in place, add 2 small drops of royal icing for the eyes and add the orange non-pareils. I used candy tweezers I got here. Let him dry over night. It looks like he is smiling at me! He can smile all he wants and I still won’t like spiders! lol
Just remember, when you see something creepy, crawly and just plain old ugly, use it for inspiration!