Simple Spider-Man Cookies

Not too long ago I took the kiddos to see The Amazing Spider-Man.  Once upon a time I would have told you that I am NOT an action movie kind of girl.  But that was before I discovered that these super hero character guys are SO DARN GOOD LOOKING!

Tobey Maguire didn’t quite do it for me, but Andrew Garfield?  Well let me just say, I fell in love right along with Gwen Stacy.

Maybe it’s because I have I thing for nerds {especially brown-eyed ones}, but whatever it is, I had to come home and make cookies.  The best part is my kiddos liked them as much I liked the new Peter Parker.

These cookies are easy enough for a beginner to make.  All you need is:

  • Red piping and flood icing {To make things even simpler, skip the red piping icing and outline with black}
  • Black piping icing
  • White 20-second icing
  • Black food color marker {optional}

The cookie itself is simply a simple egg shape.  If you don’t already have an egg cutter, you can find one HERE.

I should mention that there are about a million and one ways to approach this cookie design.  This is my current preferred method.  If you have a better idea then by all means, go for it!  You’ll quickly learn that when it comes to cookie decorating, there’s more than one way to skin a rabbit.

Begin  by outlining the face and eyes.  I used a #2 for the face, and a #5 for the eyes to create sure a heavy black line between the red and white icing.

If you’re not comfortable free-handing the eyes try this little trick.  Find Spider-man image online {make sure it’s about the size of the cookie} and use the image to make a stencil.  I simply put a piece of paper against my laptop screen and trace rather than wasting printer ink. Once you’ve made a stencil, it’s as simple as tracing the eyes onto the cookie with a food-safe marker.

Whatever route you choose, strap on your Spidey sense because the next steps have to be done rather quickly.  Once the cookie is outlined, flood the face with red icing.

After the cookie is flooded immediately use black piping icing to create the web design.  I like to break the cookie into sections by first dividing it into halves, then quarters, and finally eighths.

Once divided, finish up the web.  The lines kind of remind me of childhood drawings of the ocean.

Go around the cookie, then do it a second time.  Remember to move quickly.

See the curve?  This really gives Spidey an authentic look.

After piping the web, let the cookie dry for a couple of hours.

Finally, fill the eyes.  If you’re worried about bleeding, let the cookie dry completely before moving on to this step and use an oscillating fan for drying.

If you really want to make things simple, you can skip the piping and draw the web on with a black food color marker after the red icing has dried.

I’ve done it this way many times and the final product is still a crowd pleaser.

If your kid has requested Spiderman cookies this year, consider yourself lucky.  After all, there is nothing simpler than red and black icing and a few simple lines.

  • For information on Spider-man fonts click HERE.
  • For help with outlining and flooding, click HERE.
  • For a Valentine’s Day version of Spidey click HERE.
  • If you don’t like icky tasting red icing try Tulip Red, which you can read about HERE.

So girls {and boys}, enough about cookies.  What I want to know is whether it’s Andrew or Tobey you’d like to swing by the next time you’re perched perilously on a random ledge in New York City. That’s What We Said has crowned Andrew king, but I still have to ask.  So, tell me, tell me, tell me!

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Happy Baking!

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    Z-Cakery says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I tried it wet on wet but I think my black was too thin so it didn’t work so well. The template for the eyes is genius. Thank God for black edible markers because that’s what I’ll be using for the web.

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    Jasmine says:

    What number applicator is used for the web piping?? also, wouldn’t it run into the red ‘flooding’ icing if not completely dry?

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      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      I use a #1.5-#2 for that size work. I don’t have bleeding issues. I think it’s because I use a fan and live in an extremely dry climate.

  3. 23
    Renita says:

    Where did you get the web cookie cutter from? Or what is it called

  4. 24
    shannon says:

    These are adorable! Do you have any tips for coloring the black icing? Which brand of food coloring do you use?

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    Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I was having the hardest time doing the web, and your instructions made it very simple to follow. I was adding too many lines, which makes it too busy, and your lines are spaced out perfectly. Thank you again,
    Rachel (RDC)

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    Nicole says:

    How long can these be made ahead of time? My son’s bday is on Thursday but I’d like to make them this weekend.

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    Jamie says:

    What brand of edible marker do u use? And are they cookies able to be touched or bagged with the edible pen or does it smear? I just love your blog! You have the prettiest cookies! I wish mine turned out this perfect! Thank u for sharing all your tips, tricks, recipes, Etc with us!


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