Happy Halloween and Oreo Spider Web Cookie Pizza

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Second, I’d like to extend a BIG thank you to Christi over at Love from the Oven. Last week, Christi posted a fun Oreo Recipe Challenge Giveaway on her blog through OREO’s “Play Up Dessert” program. As a huge Oreo fan, I was totally on board and surprisingly was one of five lucky winners!
While I’m pretty good at art and drawing (I took a few art classes back in middle and high school), I normally am not one to spend time decorating desserts. It’s partly because I don’t have kids, and partly because my time is so precious. I’d rather make something easy, quick and delicious (such as cookies) and not worry about making them pretty.  Plus, when Matt is hungry, the time clock is ticking….I better get something on the table before he gets cranky. 🙂
Surprisingly, this Oreo Spider Web Cookie recipe was extremely quick and easy. It was also simple to decorate, and you don’t have to be “artsy” to make it look fancy. If I had kids, this would be something I would make with them.  Enjoy!!
P.S. A few Halloween jokes you might like….
  • How do witches keep their hair in place when flying? They use ‘scare-spray’.
  • Why can’t skeletons play music in church? Because they have no organs.
  • How do you tell twin witches apart? You can’t tell which witch is which…
  • Why isn’t Dracula invited to parties? Because he’s a ‘pain in the neck’.
  • What is a vampire’s favorite ice cream flavor? Vein-illa.

Spider spatula, OREOs, Halloween sprinkles, cupcake cups, apron and ‘Eeek’ plate included!
Combine finely crushed OREOs with melted butter.
Press onto bottom of pizza pan and bake for 4-5 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Melt semi-sweet chocolate and whipped topping for 30-40 seconds in the microwave.
Combine instant pudding whisk with milk and whisk until thick for 2 minutes. Stir in whipped topping.
Spread pudding mixture over cooled crust.
Place chocolate mixture in a small plastic bag. Cut a tiny hole in the corner.
Pipe chocolate in spiral circles to form a web.
Drag the toothpick through the lines to resemble a spider web.
Add OREOs. Use REESES Pieces as the eyes and licorice as the spider legs.
Decorate edges with Halloween sprinkles.

Oreo Spider Web Cookie Pizza
Ingredients
25 Halloween OREO cookies, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
2 cups thawed frozen whipped topping, divided
1 package (3.4 oz) vanilla flavor instant pudding
1 cup cold milk (I used skim)
3 pieces black or red string licorice (10 inch), cut into 1-1/4-inch pieces
6 small round candies (I used REESE’S Pieces)
1 Tbsp. leftover melted chocolate or ready-to-spread frosting
2 Tbsp. Halloween sprinkles

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Crush 22 cookies to form fine crumbs; mix with butter. Press onto bottom of 12-inch pizza pan sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Meanwhile, microwave semi-sweet chocolate and 1/2 cup whipped topping in microwavable bowl on HIGH for 30-40 seconds or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 30 seconds. Cool slightly.
4. Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 minutes. (Pudding will be thick). Stir in remaining whipping topping; spread onto crust to within 1/2 inch of edge.
5. Spoon chocolate mixture into resealable plastic bag; snip off small piece from one bottom corner of bag. Use to drizzle chocolate mixture in spiral motion over pizza. Gently drag toothpick through lines to resemble spider’s web. Refrigerate 1 hour.
6. Meanwhile, decorate remaining cookies with licorice pieces and candies as shown in photo, using remaining chocolate to secure pieces to cookies.
7. Place decorated cookies on pizza just before serving. Garnish edges with sprinkles.

Yield: 16 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): 220 Calories | 11g Fat | 6g Saturated Fat | 10mg  Cholesterol | 210 mg Sodium | 29g Carbohydrate | 21g Sugars | 2g Protein

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