Friday, October 22, 2010

These creepy crawly spiders might gross you out, but they sure are tasty! And what better way to get in the Spirit of Halloween. I made these crypts for my college kids years ago and they were a HUGE hit, so I thought I would share the idea with you. The download is free and includes recipes for the spiders and a Halloween drink and also the instructions to make your own crypt. Get it here and let me know what you think! I've also included my creepy spider drink recipe below so that you can try it out...

Creepy Crawly Spiders

Spider Body ingredients
1 cup water    
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter  
4 eggs  
1 tsp. black food coloring
1 package black licorice 
Red candies for eyes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter and black food coloring. 

Bring to a boil over low heat.  Add the flour all at once and whisk vigorously to blend in all the flour. 

Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time, beating each egg addition well until smooth.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Turn off oven and let sit in oven to cool for 15 minutes.  Do not open oven door during baking.  Cut bodies in half and fill with spider guts.  Spread chocolate fudge frosting on top of each spider body.   Attach the two red eyes with the frosting.   Cut each licorice piece in half and in half again lengthwise making 4 legs out of each licorice twist.  You will need 2 licorice twists for each spider.  Cut toothpicks in half, with the pointed end gently push the tip of the toothpick into the end of each licorice leg.  Insert the legs into the body.  These spider friends may look disgusting, but you will not be able to keep your guests away.  These spiders will disappear in no time.  (Makes 12 spiders)

Spider guts: (cream filling)
One 4 oz. package instant chocolate pudding  (make according to pkg. directions).
1 cup cool whip
Black food coloring

Make chocolate pudding according to pkg. directions and add black food coloring.  Fold in cool whip.  Spider guts are ready. 

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