Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brownie Spiders

Happy Halloween! I saw these cuties online and knew they'd be perfect for my daughter's school party today. I hoped to finish them yesterday and post them before Halloween, but clearly that was not meant to be. But the important thing is that I finished them before the party, with time to dry (I wouldn't want the eyeballs to fall off). Although if that happens this afternoon, I'll just claim it was on purpose (me trying to make the spiders scarier). It's all about spin. 

Yield: approx. 20 spiders

1 (9” x 13”) pan baked brownies
1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
2 cups chow mein noodles
candy eye balls (at least 40)

1.      Use a 1 ½- to 1 ¾-inch circle cookie cutter to cut out circles for the spider "bodies".
Place on wax paper for prep, or place them right on your serving tray.
2.      In a double-boiler, melt the chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl. Remove 2 tablespoons of the melted chocolate and set aside.
3.      Place a sheet of waxed paper on a sheet pan or large plate. Gently stir the chow mein noodles into the remaining melted chocolate until all of the noodles are coated. Spread the noodles out on the wax paper, separating them as much as possible, and then pop them in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill and re-harden the chocolate. Once chilled, remove the chocolate covered noodles, and pick out some long ones to use as the spider "legs".
4.      Using the melted chocolate that you set aside and a toothpick, transfer a dot of melted chocolate to the back of each candy eye as the "glue". Place the eyes on the front of the brownie circles.
5.      Dip the tip of each “leg” in melted chocolate and insert 4 legs into each side of each spider body.
6.      Set aside for chocolate “glue” to set (will keep for up to 4 days).

barely adapted from
adding chow mein noodles to melted chocolate
the original instructions said not to worry about
separating the "legs" completely, but mine really
stuck together, so I recommend separating.
cutting brownie circles
brownie spiders
The original "recipe" has the legs inserted on the top/sides. But I played around and thought they looked better on the sides. Obviously you should go with whatever you like best.


Shannon Stanek said...

I guess I should make these to go with tomorrow nights Mummy Meatloaf with bacon.

Susan said...

Yes!!!!! (And mmmm.)

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