Chunky Chocolate Pecan Brownie Spiders
Halloween is right around the corner and I can’t get enough of the cute creative ideas out there for kids snacks! This one is inspired by the chocolate pecan cookies I get at our favorite market, Stew Leonard’s. I like to say it’s an amusement park for food. There are free samples, singing and dancing animatronics for the kids, and if you spend $100 you get a free ice cream cone! Seriously it doesn’t get better than that. So here it is, my version of their cookies with a Halloween twist! Chunky chocolate pecan spiders!
These cookies are probably as simple as you can get. It uses one bowl, so easy clean up and only uses a few pantry friendly ingredients! They come together in a snap. Whisk together the dry ingredients: Powdered sugar, cocoa and salt. Then add in the eggs, this is where you need a bit of are strength. I suggest using a whisk at first to help break up the egg. Then switch to a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to really get the batter mixed thoroughly. It's a thick sticky batter since there's no other liquid besides the eggs.
Once the batter is combined, add in the mix ins! I used pecans, chocolate chips and broken up pretzels. Using a medium sized cookie scoop or two large spoons, scoop the batter 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 14 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are shiny and dry. Once they come out of the oven, carefully stick the pretzel sticks into the side of the cookies and dot with as many candy eyes as you can fit. Do not wait for them to cool as they will become too brittle to push the pretzels in! Once cooled the pretzels will be pretty stable in their new cookie body! These really brought such a smile to the kids faces. They couldn't wait to grab one! Plus the cookies are seriously delicious. They're like a brownie with a rich chocolatey nutty surprise inside. You'll want to make these just for yourself!
Chunky Chocolate pecan brownie spiders
*adapted from Bon Appetite
(Copykat Stew Leonard's Chocolate Pecan Cookies)
yields 16 cookies
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 egg whites
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
- 1 cup pretzel sticks broken in half
- candy eyes
- In a large bowl whisk together the sugar cocoa powder and salt
- Add in eggs and egg whites. Mix with a whisk or large spoon till thorough combined. The batter will be quite thick.
- Fold in pecans, chocolate chips and crushed pretzels.
- Scoop the batter into mounds into a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 14-16 minuets or until the tops are dry and shiny.
- Once out of the oven carefully place three pretzel sticks on each side of the cookie and as many eyes as you like!