Monday, October 26, 2009

Spiderwebs, step-by-step

First, I love you guys!!! Thank you so much for taking the survey. If you haven't yet, there is still time.

Your comments are so helpful...and sweet...and FUNNY! I wish we could all get together for lunch...or margaritas!

Several people mentioned that step-by-step instructions with pictures would be helpful. While, I'm no Pioneer Woman (but wouldn't that be fun?), I will try! {Please note, I do a lot of decorating at night or early in the mornings, so the colors may be a little off.}

Alrighty...spiderweb cookies, step-by-step...


  • Outline a spiderweb shape in black royal icing using a #2 or #3 tip (AmeriColor Super Black).
  • Thin black, pink and orange icings with water to the consistency of thick syrup (AmeriColor Deep Pink or Electric Pink and Orange). Cover with a damp dishtowel and let sit several minutes.
{Here's what the thinned icing looks like after sitting several minutes. Yes, the it looks charcoal-y colored...it will darken. Read more here.}
{Gently run a silicone/rubber spatula through...it won't get all the bubbles, but most.}
  • Stir gently with a rubber spatula to pop any air bubbles that have formed on top. Transfer thinned icings to squeeze bottles.
  • Working 6 - 8 cookies at a time, fill in the outlines in black, using a toothpick to spread into corners.
  • On top of the wet black icing, pipe on the thinned pink and orange icings in alternating circles.
  • Drag a toothpick through the icing, starting at the middle, towards the points to make a spiderweb pattern.
  • Let dry at least one hour.
{So, now it's night and my camera is not liking the lighting. :) Sorry!}
  • Using piping consistency (non-thinned) icing , pipe spiders on the webs using a large plain tip for the bodies (such as a #7 or #12) and a #1 or #2 for the eight legs.
  • Let dry overnight.

66 comments:

  1. I had no idea you did it that way! So cool! I wish I could eat one right now. Your cookies are the best.

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  2. I always enjoy your blogs. I learn a lot from it. You make it look so easy. Thanks.

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  3. I LOVE the tutorial...it is very helpful and appreciated...thank you!!

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  4. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial! Photos ROCK!

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  5. You are SO Incredible!! I love the step by step, it just gives me more time to spend here. ;)
    I would love to be there and have lunch with you... :)

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  6. Pink spiders! Love it :) Thanks for spending time making the tutorial and taking all those pictures. If I took as many step-by-step pictures as Pioneer Woman does, it would probably take me 10 times as long to finish my baking project! I don't know how she does it.

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  7. SO COOL! Thanks for the instructions!

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  8. CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!
    BEAUTIFUL!!

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  9. I tried your advice on the thicker flooding today and it worked perfectly! I will try using a spatula to get air bubbles out next time!! Thanks for all the great advice!

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  10. Awesome tutorial!

    Maybe I should vlog EATING one of your cookies.

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  11. Love the tuto, Bridget! I'd love to have lunch with you some day...

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  12. I would just pipe the spiders on small cookie tray, freeze those little suckers and then place them on top. Less waiting for things to dry and harden that way! I'm going to have to be brave and make these sometime! And soon! :)

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  13. Okay, I really want to try this! Thanks for the nice tute!

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  14. Very helpful! Thanks. Now if you could just come to my house and help me get the consistencies right, I would be in great shape!

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  15. They are so gorgeous and fun!!! Thanks for showing us (clueless me) how.

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  16. Great step by step blog entry!! You make it look soooo easy. I was wondering if you have ever shared your cookie recipe? Would love to try it here in Nebraska!

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  17. These are fabulous instructions. And you know, PW is gonna be mighty busy with her book tours, etc. so I think the world is ready for her beautiful cookie counter-part - you! When are you publishing your first book?

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  18. What a FUN tutorial! These are seriously, seriously cool.

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  19. I had no idea that it was done that way!! Thanks!!
    ~Nancy

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  20. I love the step by step instructions:) Now if only my cookies could looks this great:)

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  21. Gail...yes, click up top on "recipe index" and you'll see it there.

    Jenny...ha! :) You guys will be the first to know!

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  22. WOW! That was so cool. I think I might, just maybe, with some more courage, try this . . . . where do you get those ketchup bottles? LOL

    Honestly, my family would be so psyched if I could do this.

    You rock, that's all I have to say, YOU ROCK!

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  23. Thanks for this - they look fantastic :D

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  24. Nice tutorial! I love these webs and the color combo!

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial!! Those cookies are so pretty! You do an amazing decorating job!

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  26. Joanna from ColoradoOctober 27, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    The steps are so wonderful, and even if the lighting didn't work (it looked fine to me!), it makes it look like your perfect creations are within reach to us regular people. :)

    Whoever thought of that on their survey was genius. It wasn't me. LOL

    Thanks so much!!

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  27. I love those little spiders, how cute!!

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  28. Standing Ovation!!!! complimenti complimenti!! bellissimi!!!!!

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  29. Thanks,
    I love the tutorials! They are fantastic.
    More of them please.... :)

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  30. Your the best! thanks for the detailed tutorial! don't be so hard on yourself for pics I think they look great!

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  31. Oh my goodness Bridget!
    What a fabulous post!
    You need to publish a book...would be a huge best seller!
    LOVE the step by step pics!
    Thanks for sharing! Those cookies look amazing! I have GOT to order my Ateco coloring...why do I keep putting that off??? Now I want to make those cookies!
    LOVELY! I would love to participate in your Flavor of the Month...what button do I add to my blog...do I need to sign up?
    XXOOOXX

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  32. Teresa...you are so sweet! No, you don't have to sign up. If you want to participate, you're in. If you click on the FOTM label, you'll see both buttons and you can use either one. :) Thanks!

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  33. Very nice! Thanks for the step by step photos!
    ~ingrid

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  34. As always, amazing! Thanks for sharing Bridget!

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  35. Yeah, I totally tanked these when trying to make them this weekend. What size cookie is that? Mine were too small to get 7 points, but damned if I didn't try!! AND my black flood icing wasn't thin enough and set before I could get the orange and pink in!

    SOO, they were essentially, small circles with ugly hexagonally black thingys and raised orange/pink circles with toothpick lines. Sorry, I don't have a pictures ;-)

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  36. I love this! Thank you for the tutorial. I know I'm looking forward to many more. My cookie decorating skills are quite limited and need a little "sprucing" up. Thanks!

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  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
    Please keep this up...step by step with these wonderful photos...just FABULOUS!!!

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  38. Those are so neat! I enjoyed this articles.

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  39. This was really great. Great pictures, great step-by-step, awesome design, I really like the colors you used. A+

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  40. OH WOW! so fab... thanks for sharing... super psychedelic spider webbiness... ! :)

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  41. Your cookies look beautiful, and the step by step directions are great. Although I know that it's difficult to take pictures of every step... I try to do that with my recipes, but it gets tough. These are perfect for Halloween!

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  42. Step by step directions are so helpful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  43. Awesome tutorial Bridget, such cute cookies! And I love the new look on the site!!

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  44. wow that was awesome! I have been wanting to try this and have been too chicken...this makes it all seem do-able! thanks for the step by step instructions

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  45. These look perfect! I'll be honest, when I first saw the webs, I gasped outloud in my office. :)And I actually feel like I could do this myself too. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. I just made these for my students tomorrow. My husband and his best friend kept coming into the kitchen and making fun of me because the kitchen was a MESS and my outlines looked awful. Even though they didn't turn out looking as great as yours, the end product looked awesome! They apologized for laughing at me and begged for cookies. Too bad they have to wait until tomorrow! Thanks for the tutorials, they are great!!

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  47. Paula...I hope you'll post a picture of them and let me know! :)

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  48. Beautiful step by step directions and photos, thanks so much for sharing!

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  49. I made these today for my daughter's birthday/halloween party **thanks to your tute** They're so cute. Thanks soo much for the visual. I really hope you'll do more soon. Thanks again!!

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  50. Learned something new! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Can't wait to see how mine turn out.

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  51. I just made these for my 2 year old's MDO class. They came out soooo cute! So happy for my first time making royal icing cookies. Thanks a million - love all your videos.

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  52. These are beautiful! When you say, dry overnight...do you leave them out on the counter unwrapped? Thanks

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  53. I LOVE these! Your tutorial was awesome. I blogged about these on my blog but didn't have enough pictures to do a tutorial so I'm sending my whole 2 readers over to you to look at the tutorial of how to do it!

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  55. I love these cookies, if you dont' mind, I am going to share them on my website with all credits to you. at http://www.gregkantner.com/

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  56. Too much fun! Now I want to go try them with the glo-in-the-dark food colorings. :-D Photos with a black light, maybe?

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  57. I made this yesterday...LOVE THEM!!! and share the pictures in Facebook :o)Thanks for all the great tips!

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  58. Very helpful and appreciated Thank You!

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  60. I just saw this....how cute are those spiders?!
    Gotta make these w my sis. Thanks for the steps.

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