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

cookie pizza topped with orange frosting and spider web pattern in pizza pan on table

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!

Three photo collage of Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza with fake plastic spiders on the cookie

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.

Slice of Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza on white parchment paper with a plastic spider on top

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 on white washed wooden table with plastic spiders

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.

Overhead shot of Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza with one piece on the table and plastic spiders all around

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.

cookie pizza topped with orange frosting and spider web pattern in pizza pan on table

Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza

4.25 from 4 votes
Use sugar cookie dough to make a fun Halloween Dessert!
Yield 12 slices


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Press your cookie dough evenly in the bottom of your prepared pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes (for the pizza pan size).
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Repeat at desired intervals around the cookie.
  • Chill until the frosting hardens a bit, then cut into wedges and serve.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on May 31, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Looks good but pumpkin frosting is way too runny! I had to add so much powdered sugar—and cornstarch and cream cheese—to stabilize it that I ended up with enough supersweet frosting for at least 6 of these! Recipe a lso makes way too much ganache. I suggest 2 Tbsps chips + 1 Tbsp cream instead.

  2. 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?