Chocolate Spider Whoopie Pies

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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Decorate with spider web icing and candy spiders for a spooktacular Halloween treat.
cook 1hr 15min
cook 12min
cook 18 sandwiched cookies

What's in it


2 cups + 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
10 tablespoons cocoa powder (non Dutched)
1 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
7 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups well shaken buttermilk
Filling Basic Butter Cream Frosting

2 sticks unsalted butter, soft
3 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch salt
Icing for spider web

1 large egg white
1 cup + 2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar

How to cook it


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line 2 to 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cocoa powder, sugar and salt and set aside.
  • In another bowl whisk together eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil and buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and using a firm spatula mix until combined and no flour is visible. Do not overmix as this will make the batter runny.
  • Either use a piping bag fitted with a medium sized plain tip or using a spoon, drop/pipe two tablespoon amounts onto prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  • Place in oven and bake until center of cakes bounce back when lightly pressed with a finger, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
  • For buttercream: Beat butter until smooth and creamy, add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt and mix until light and fluffy.
  • Pipe or spoon butter cream on one whoopie pie half and sandwich with another.
  • For spider web icing whip egg white and powdered sugar until light and thick. The icing can be adjusted by adding a small amount of egg white to make it thinner or powdered sugar to make it thicker.
  • Fit icing in a little piping bag fitted with a very small plain tip and pipe a spider web on surface and decorate with spiders.
  • Make edible candy spiders to dress up the whoopie pies.