This recipe is super easy and perfect for baking with little ones this Halloween. The ground almonds in this recipe make the biscuits lovely and soft and chewy with a slight crispy outer and the spider design is really easy for children to do (great for developing those fine motor skills!)
The main biscuit recipe is sugar free, gluten free and vegan and depending on which chocolate buttons you choose, they can easily entirely be dairy free and sugar free. I’ve use the Bournville giant dark chocolate buttons and Tesco own-brand free-from ones, which do contain sugar, but you can get dairy and sugar free (made with coconut sugar) chocolate buttons on Amazon.
Tapioca flour is naturally gluten free, although it can be hard to get hold of where I live, so you can ‘cheat’ and use Tesco Free From Batter Mix instead as that is mostly tapioca flour anyway! – (Update Oct 2020: the recipe seems to have changed for this batter mix, but it will still work – as will just a regular 50g of plain gluten free flour mix, I’ve tried it with Dove’s Farm Plain GF Flour and they are better with tapioca, but they’re still tasty with one of these subs!)
If you didn’t want to do spiders you could also turn the chocolate buttons in to eyeballs instead! Or just leave them as plain chocolate buttons and have biscuits for any occasion.
- 50g either tapioca flour OR Tesco Free From batter mix
- 50g ground almonds
- 50g coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp oil (I used rapeseed)
- 2 tbsp water
- Chocolate buttons & either more choc or writing icing for decorating
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ 350F/GM4
2. Mix all the main biscuit ingredients in a bowl. The dough should be firmish but sticky.
3. Using a teaspoon, spoon 12 small blobs on to a baking tray (use greaseproof paper or a silicone mat to prevent sticking)
4. Bake for 10ish minutes until just browning round the edges and cracked on top.
5. Place one choc button in the centre of each biscuit while they’re still warm and then LEAVE on the baking tray to cool down for about 10 mins.
6. Once the biscuits have cooled a bit they’ll peel off the baking paper really easily, now you can add the spider legs and eyes! The first batch of these we made we melted dairy-free chocolate and used that, but the second time I couldn’t be bothered faffing with that so we used some ‘writing icing’ I picked up in Aldi in some Halloween colours and that worked well too (although that does contain some sugar, but you’re not using much of it!).
I think they look super cute with the stripy legs and would be fab for a Halloween party!
What’s your favourite Halloween baking recipe to do with the kids? Let me know in the comments!