Spider-chip cookies

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2018 5:57 am

I’m a Pinterest junkie when holidays roll around, because I’m always looking for ideas for fun new treats to make. And while there are plenty of adorable Halloween recipes out there, Pinterest also includes some incredibly gruesome Halloween food ideas.

I sat on the couch giggling one evening while sorting through some of the options. Choosing one particularly gory idea, I showed it to the hubby, who’s also the editor of this fine publication.

“That’s disgusting. You’re not putting a picture of that in my newspaper.”

Some people might call that censorship, but we’re married, so we call it compromise.

“How about this one?” I asked. “It looks super gross, but it’s actually just hot dogs, with ketchup for blood.”

“No,” the hubby said. “Your food is supposed to look appetizing, not disturbing.”

So Mr. No-Fun Pants and I agreed on the third option, which actually was the most unsettling for me: Spider-chip cookies (made with 0 percent actual spider).

I’m irrationally terrified of spiders, despite our obvious size difference and the fact that most spiders are harmless. But many of my other fears – the dark, the basement, the outdoors – actually stem from my fear of spiders.

Some people have nightmares that they’re being chased or that they’re falling; I dream that I’m being chased by spiders. And then I fall.

I actually had one of those dreams just last night – probably because I ate one of these cookies right before bed. I’ll bet the spiders already are seeking their revenge.

You can use any chocolate chip cookie recipe here, but the butter in this one creates more surface area to showcase your arachnids’ awesomely chocolaty legs. Same with your preferred chocolate chips; I put semisweet chocolate chips in the batter but used Ghirardelli bittersweet chips for the tops, because they’re slightly bigger than usual.

And when I encounter spiders, I’m always convinced they’re roughly four times their actual size.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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