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Oct 20

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza

Need an eye-catching and quick dessert for Halloween? Make a Spiderweb Cookie Pizza…with pumpkin spice frosting!

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza |

I bought my first Christmas presents on Friday. Stocking stuffers, from the clearance bin at Target.

I’m planning pies for November.

And OMG Halloween is NEXT WEEK.

Before we know it 2013 will be over. I mean, um, what the heck?

So, because I am so behind on Halloween, I figured I better get cracking. I mean, it’s a week away, so it’s time I started decorating. And making cute food.

If your year is going like mine (hello, someone hit the fast-forward button and then Jordan did that thing with the remote that controls the speed of life and she hid it somewhere and OMG I cannot stop the fast-forwarding), this Spiderweb Cookie Pizza is perfect for you.

It’s cute. It’s easy. And It comes together quick…and has pumpkin in it. That clicks off about all the Halloween/Fall check boxes I have!

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza |

It starts with a basic sugar cookie dough. I used a tube of dough, but you can use a pouch (prepared, with the ingredients called for), or you can make your own dough.

Have I ever told you about my Nana’s most-amazing-best-ever sugar cookie recipe? I LOVED those cookies. I’d inhale them. They were the best recipe I’d ever eaten my entire childhood.

When I was a teenager I found out they were the Pillsbury tube of dough. So… yeah. I like using that dough…it reminds me of my Nana, the maker of the best cookies ever.

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza |

You bake the cookie in a pizza pan. Mine is 12 inches. You can use a 9″ cake pan if you don’t have a pizza pan, but obviously you’re going to have a much thicker cookie or not use all your dough.

When it cools, you frost it with pumpkin spice buttercream. The frosting is made with canned pumpkin, butter, and cream cheese. So it’s totally low-fat and good for you.

{Insert sarcasm. Y’all know I’m very sarcastic, right?}

Once you add some powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice, you have a rockin’ good frosting. Slather it all over your cookie.

Next up: the spiderweb. I used a simple ganache for my web. I like ganache. It’s easy (yes, really) and it tastes soooo good. (Leftovers? No problem. Find a spoon, and go hide in a closet with a good book.)

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza |

Now, in the instructions, I detailed how exactly to create the web. It’s easy, using a toothpick. But I know some people are visual…and auditory. So…I made you a video of how to do it.

Let’s preface this video with a few things, mmkay?

1. I hate doing video.

2. I used my cell phone. Sorry.

3. I hate my voice. Please tell me in the comments it’s all singsongy like Alice. I’ll know you’re lying, but whatever.

So, here’s how to make the spiderweb. It’s super-duper easy:

If for some reason the video doesn’t show, find it here.

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza |

So, that’s it. An easy cookie pizza that looks like a spiderweb and tastes like pumpkin. Boo-yah.

Now, can someone please find the life remote and hit pause? Thanksmuch.

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza

Yield: 12 slices

Use sugar cookie dough to make a fun Halloween Dessert!


  • 1 tube sugar cookie dough (16.5 ounces), or 1 pouch sugar cookie dough (prepared according to package directions), or use your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, from a can, NOT pumpkin pie mix
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a round pizza pan with cooking spray (I like to use the kind with flour in the spray). You can also use a 9” cake pan, but you will have leftover dough and frosting.
  2. Press your cookie dough evenly in the bottom of your prepared pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes (for the pizza pan size).
  3. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. Make your chocolate ganache: Add chocolate chips and heavy cream to a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, then whisk until smooth. If needed, heat for an additional 10-15 seconds. Let sit on the counter until ready to use.
  5. While the pizza is cooling, beat your butter and cream cheese until smooth with a hand mixer. Beat in pumpkin, then slowly mix in powdered sugar. I used 3 cups, but if you want a thicker frosting, you can use up to 4 cups of powdered sugar. Mix in pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
  6. Spread frosting over the top of your cooled cookie. Place your chocolate ganache into a sandwich bag and cut off a small corner. Pipe circles around your cookie pizza, about 1/2” apart until you’ve gotten to the center. To create your spiderweb, use a toothpick and starting at the center ring, pull the toothpick through the frosting to the outer edge.
  7. Repeat at desired intervals around the cookie.
  8. Chill until the frosting hardens a bit, then cut into wedges and serve.


Don't want to use pumpkin frosting? No problem, make your favorite vanilla frosting and tint it orange with food coloring!

Do you follow my Halloween Pinboard? Check it out for some great Halloween ideas!

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Red Velvet Eyeball Pie

Red Velvet Eyeball Pies

Sweets from friends:
Chocolate Donut Spiders by The Domestic Rebel
101 Spooktacular Treats by Something Swanky
Vampire Bat Bark by Dip it in Chocolate

63 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza”

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on October 20, 2013 at 5:41 am (#)

    Love this Dorothy! Love the video even better and you are not all singsongy like Alice! LOL!


  2. Tieghan posted on October 20, 2013 at 5:48 am (#)

    So cute, Dorothy!
    I cannot believe Halloween Is a week from Thursday. Crazy! Way to go for getting your first Christmas gifts and already panning pies! You ere way ahead of me! Tell Jordan she can hit the slow motion button anytime now. I think we all just need a little more time!
    Oh and I love the video and your voice! Don’t hate it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 20th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      I always need more time! Always!


  3. Tahnycooks posted on October 20, 2013 at 6:15 am (#)

    You’re making me feel so behind schedule and super jealous at the same time! I need your motivation to try to get ahead of schedule like you! You rock, girl!!
    This cookie would be great to my sons Halloween party! Can’t wait to see their faces when I bring this in!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 20th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Ugh, trying is more like it! I’m so not ahead yet!


  4. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:01 am (#)

    I’m chuckling that your Nana’s cookie dough was Pillsbury :) Sometimes the easy things in life are the best : – ) This pizza looks amazing great job with the video.


  5. ATasteOfMadness posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:42 am (#)

    Oh my goodness, I need to make this!! This is such a spooky idea 😉


  6. Kimberly posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:44 am (#)

    This adorable! I’m going to make a couple of them to take to work for our Halloween food day. I also had an idea for a variation for the folks that don’t like pumpkin. (but who doesn’t like pumpkin? lol) I’ll make one this way and a second with chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate frosting, and white chocolate chips in the ganache. I think that will work… I guess I’ll find out. Thanks for the great recipe!~


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 20th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Any variation should work! Different flavors would be awesome!


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  8. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on October 20, 2013 at 11:20 am (#)

    Are you kidding? Your voice sounds great on video! But I can’t stand mine either, so I understand. But I loved watching it mostly because now whenever I read your posts, I’ll be able to “hear” you saying it. I love it when I can hear people’s voice in their letters, posts, emails, texts, etc. Is this too awkward? Yes, yes it is, sorry! :)
    Anyways, this is a stinking adorable dessert pizza that looks impressive! Haha, thank you for giving me an excuse to get the Pillsbury dough, I love that stuff plain!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 20th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      LOL! I know what you mean! It’s like listening to the radio and having no idea what they look like. :)


  9. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on October 20, 2013 at 11:52 am (#)

    This is so cute. I love it. I am definitely ready for 2013 to be over. The year of the snake has brought us plenty of trials. Luckily, things are starting to turn around. I’m ready for 2014 and the hopes of amazing opportunities ahead.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 20th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      It’s going to be here before we know it!! :)


  10. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on October 20, 2013 at 11:57 am (#)

    My first thought was there is no way I could make such a perfect spider web – it seemed really hard, but I’m so glad you showed us a video. That is not how I was imagining it was done. Love this idea.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 20th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks Jenn! I know, it’s one of those things that seems hard, and isn’t easy to write out, but is easy to show!


  11. Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground posted on October 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm (#)

    Oh my gracious sakes, Dorothy! … this is GORGEOUS!! Love it. And I, too, need to find that life remote and stop the fast forward. Have a fabulous week! {and I hope it doesn’t fly by}
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground


  12. Mom posted on October 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm (#)

    Cute and quick…almost makes me wish I had work to go to so I could bring it!!! hahahahahahahahahha


  13. Miss Messy posted on October 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#)

    This looks awesome! What a fabulous idea, so different to the usual halloween recipes too!


  14. Rachel Cooks posted on October 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm (#)

    Totally adorable.


  15. Glory/ Glorious Treats posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm (#)

    I love how simple, yet perfect this is! I’m sure kids would go nuts for it!


  16. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm (#)

    WOW! This is beautiful! Great job 😀


  17. Ala posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#)

    Oh lordie–a Halloween pizooki. Can I grab you some French vanilla ice cream to go with that? I’ll also bring the spoons…and bowls…and myself…hope you like unexpected guests :)


  18. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm (#)

    Such a cool idea! And I love the video :)


  19. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on October 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm (#)

    I saw a full stack of Christmas decorations at the store a few days ago and although I love the holidays (especially decorating) I was in shock! Then I proceeded on buying snowmen!

    I love this cookie pizza, you did such a great job on the detail!


  20. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:46 am (#)

    I’ve been meaning to start decorating for Christmas! I can never let myself buy christmas presents before Thanksgiving. It’s a personal tradition. Jordan can keep fast forwarding until 2015 and then make her slow it down, okay? This looks fantastic and is so creative- I love the detail with the plastic spiders.


  21. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:56 am (#)

    Cute cute cute. That is all :)


  22. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:46 am (#)

    Ok, halloween kinda freaks me out and spiders petrify me but this spiderweb pumpkin cookie pizza looks amazing. I love pumpkin so combined with a cookie crust I’m sure its just awesome. What a great idea! An fyi, totally need to start the christmas shopping, even if it is just stocking stuffers!


  23. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:42 am (#)

    This is such a fun idea Dorothy! Perfect for a Halloween party!


  24. Louise at Cake and Calico posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:48 am (#)

    Your voice is like angels singing – very calm, organised angels who also make amazing and gorgeous looking sweet treats!


  25. Ashton posted on October 21, 2013 at 10:45 am (#)

    This turned out so gorgeous! And your video is great!!!


  26. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on October 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#)

    Dorothy, this cookie pizza looks incredible! I love your craftiness and creativeness with baked goodies. Great job!


  27. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on October 22, 2013 at 6:00 am (#)

    This is adorable! And I love how easy it is to do. The video…very cute and not sing songy at all!!!


  28. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on October 22, 2013 at 9:06 am (#)

    I know what you mean… it feels like the year is racing to a close! I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet. By the way, this pumpkin cream cheese frosting sounds aah-mazing! Can’t wait to try it!


  29. Kathleen posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:23 am (#)

    Where could we get the spider toys for the decorate cake or cheesecake for the Halloween party? Thank you


  30. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on October 23, 2013 at 5:59 am (#)

    LOVE this! So perfect and unique for Halloween :)


  31. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm (#)

    I always rolled my eyes at my mom when she told me the older you go the fast life went. SO TRUE! Love this festive treat :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 24th, 2013 at 6:54 am

      I know!! I never believed it either! But, um, WOW.


  32. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on October 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm (#)

    This is SO fun, Dorothy! I love it!!


  33. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on October 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm (#)

    Perfect recipe for a spider web!


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  37. Amy posted on October 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm (#)

    You sound absolutely normal in your video Dorothy, I don’t know what you’re talking about!! Compared to real life, the only thing that’s missing is your big gorgeous smile! :) I didn’t realize how easy it was to create that spider web effect. Even though Halloween is only 2 days away (AHH where’d the time go??), I really want to try!

    P.S. The webs and spider on your top photo are super cute! Is that from your photo editing software?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:24 am

      LOL, you’re so sweet! The overlays are from Picmonkey!


      • Amy replied on October 30th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        Oooh thanks!! I’ll have to check that out!

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