Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trix out your treats!

Trix Cereal Spider Cookies

Last month, the fun folks over at General Mills invited several bloggers to create something sweet and spooky for Halloween using some of their cereals and to possibly be chosen to appear on bettycrocker.com. (Ummm… cool!) And after just returning home from a tour of the General Mills headquarters and the Betty Crocker test kitchens, I was super-psyched to play along.

I was all, “sure” and “no problem.”

They sent us a box full of cereals to experiment with and get inspired.

I just wish it was as easy as it first sounded.

I started out overwhelmed by some serious cereal decisions.

Cereals

Which one? More than one? Bake with them? Decorate with them? I had lots of ideas, just not many Halloween ones.

After several days of staring at cereal, I decided to go with Trix.

Trix, separated

Mainly because I’m drawn to color. But, you’ve probably guessed that about me by now. I separated each color in a plastic bag. My first thought was to make Monsters somehow. Fun monsters. Friendly monsters. Colorful monsters. I tried out a few things and they turned out as not-so-hot-looking monsters. Okay, they were ugly. And not in a good monsterly kind of way.

Cookie Mix

So in a last minute effort, I grabbed a bag of cookie mix I had in the pantry (by Betty… pretty convenient), ran to the store to get a can of chocolate and vanilla frosting (keeping with the theme) and decided on using the Trix cereal puffs in orange and green for simple spider bodies.

Trix Cereal Spider Cookies

The chocolate cookies ended up super cute with a burst of fruity taste from the Trix. And the punch of color on the graphic spider webs topped it off.

If you don’t want to use cereal or cookie mix, then just use the following as a guide for decorating. Any cookie or colorful round candy can be an inspiration for something fun.

Here’s how to make them.

Trix or Treat Spider Cookies

1 package Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix
1 can of chocolate ready-made frosting
1 can of vanilla ready-made frosting
24-48 Trix orange and green sweetened corn puffs
Toothpicks
Re-sealable plastic bags

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix ingredients for cookies as directed on the package.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to get similar sized cookies or just use a spoon and vary the amount for different size cookies.
  • Place cookie dough on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 7-8 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Makes about two dozen cookies.

To decorate:

  • Spread chocolate frosting on the top of each cookie.
  • Fill a re-sealable plastic bag with a couple of heaping spoonfuls of frosting and snip a tiny hole out of the bottom of one corner.
  • Pipe on three circles of white frosting for each cookie. Start in the middle with the smallest circle and work your way out.
  • Take a toothpick and beginning in the center, drag it lightly through each circle. Repeat all the way around the cookie.
  • Take remaining frosting and separate it into two bowls. Tint one frosting with orange icing color and the other with green.
  • Fill two re-sealable bags with the orange and green frosting and snip off the corner of each.
  • Pipe eight small legs with each color and place a matching orange or green Trix Cereal puff on the top of each pair of legs. Add one or several spiders on each cookie.

Enjoy!

Here’s the best part … you can play, too.
Visit the Cereal Spooktacular for more information, cereal coupons and a chance to appear on bettycrocker.com with your own spooky cereal treat. Maybe you can make some better monsters and make me proud. Have fun and let me know if you end up playing.

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Melanie L said...

Super Cute! I’ll have to try them out for my kids Halloween party! :)

October 4, 2009 10:10 PM
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Dawn said...

never thought that spiders could be this cute! I’ll try these when Halloween comes! :)

October 4, 2009 10:17 PM
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olgalopez said...

wow what a great treat for halloween.

regards

olga.

October 4, 2009 10:22 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Very Cute! My kids would LOVE these!

October 4, 2009 10:30 PM
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Victoria said...

The cereal sorted by color makes me VERY happy. And a little bit hungry for Trix. Are they just for kids?

October 4, 2009 10:37 PM
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amy said...

WOW, this is so cute!!! I’m making these for halloween!!

October 4, 2009 10:38 PM
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Krystin said...

Oh my gosh!!! These are adorable…I absolutely love them. My kids would go crazy for these. Thanks for yet another great idea.

October 4, 2009 10:51 PM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Love these. So creative and cute as usual. :)

October 4, 2009 10:52 PM
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Conversations With A Cupcake said...

Squeal of Clever Wonder!

Oh, you darling. However do you manage it week by week by week. Marvelous!

October 4, 2009 10:52 PM
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Cindy @ Milktea + Polkadots said...

How CUTE! That is such a creative idea for Halloween cookies!

October 4, 2009 10:58 PM
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Wizzythestick said...

You are so creative. Halloween isn’t celebrated here but still these are super cute nonetheless

October 4, 2009 10:59 PM
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Mandy said...

Your cookies turned out super cute! I had a hard time trying to decide what to make with the Trix–we ended up with Eye of Newt Cookies and Green Goblins. I am totally making these, though, the “cool neon-looking spiders” (quote from my daughter) are adorable!

October 4, 2009 11:04 PM
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Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Those really are supercute… I’d never have guessed it was Trix on top … is this for Trix-or-Treat?

October 4, 2009 11:13 PM
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Brittanie said...

I love that idea! It adds such a fun punch of color to the basic web.

October 4, 2009 11:14 PM
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nikki said...

Soooooooooooooo cute. Can’t wait to see your Halloween cake pops!!! Sorry, not trying to be pushy or anything.

October 4, 2009 11:20 PM
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Jen said...

you are the cutest, craftiest girl I have ever cyber-known. thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas with the world. you need to write a book!

October 4, 2009 11:37 PM
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Reenah said...

Hi I’ve been following your blog for some time after I found out about you in the pioneer woman’s website. I just had to tell you that I really like your creativity and are an inspiration to me!!!
Thanks for sharing your ideas, God bless!!

October 4, 2009 11:47 PM
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Heather said...

I did the same idea on cupcakes for my daughter’s classroom birthday celebration. Although, I used those plastic spider rings instead. They were a total hit! Even the teacher raved about how cute they were. :)

I’ll have to try with Trix. The colors are awesome! :)

October 4, 2009 11:50 PM
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Katherine said...

You are extremely talented. What a fantastic idea for goooly season.

October 5, 2009 12:25 AM
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Lori (A Cowboy's Wife) said...

Good Lord how I wish I had your talent!

October 5, 2009 12:49 AM
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Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

So cute and creative as usual! I probably would have given up after the first batch not working out, but you were able to make them work and they look fantastic!

October 5, 2009 06:39 AM
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Melissa said...

Love the idea! I think I’m going to make these for my students for Halloween!

October 5, 2009 07:04 AM
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Jill said...

My grandchildren are still “under construction”, but I am filling a folder with your ideas for later use! Totally adorable! TFS!

October 5, 2009 07:05 AM
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hostels barcelona said...

your site is great! you have so cool ideas and the pics are… just delicious, I’m about to eat my laptop screen!!

October 5, 2009 07:16 AM
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Jessie said...

Those are pretty cute, and I’m not even that big on Halloween in general. I have to say, though, that those double chocolate chunk cookies mixes are the best things ever! How did you keep yourself from eating all of the yummy, brownie-batter-like dough?

October 5, 2009 07:29 AM
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Barbara said...

Those are adorable! When I saw your cereal choices and took a look at that neon green Trix (which I didn’t even know they made- now my kids are gone, these are not my cereals of choice; Cheerios yes, Trix no ) I thought that would be a perfect gruesome Halloween color.. and with the orange, couldn’t be better!

October 5, 2009 07:33 AM
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Kerry said...

Super cute!! What a good idea for cereal spiders :-)

October 5, 2009 07:56 AM
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Michelle said...

Really cute and totally kid-friendly. Love it.

October 5, 2009 09:08 AM
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sarainitaly said...

You are SO clever! Adorable. I made the Cowgirl cookies yesterday, delicious! Now I want to make these!! My friend made your brownie/cupcake burgers and fries. They were a big hit with her kids party. I am waiting for Thanksgiving to make the mini pumpkin pies. You are bad for my waist line… :O)

October 5, 2009 09:24 AM
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CIdalia said...

Bakerella, you’re my hero! i LOVE these. I HAVE to make these for my daughter’s birthday party this coming weekend.

October 5, 2009 09:28 AM
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Jenn said...

Those are adorable!! I’ve been trying to decide what to take to my son’s class party and I think these are perfect!

October 5, 2009 09:35 AM
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Karyn said...

Adorable! My kids will love these! I absolutely love the Betty Crocker cookie mixes — they are so fast and easy, plus they taste great too! Everyone always thinks I made them from scratch. I love to get the sugar cookie mix and add some dried cranberries (craisins) and white chocolate chips to the batter — soooooo good! I made some this past weekend and they are almost gone already!

October 5, 2009 09:40 AM
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Dolce said...

This is very cute ! And I am sure it can also be done atop muffins or cupcakes for Halloween…

October 5, 2009 09:50 AM
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Double Dipped Life said...

Those are super cute! You have such incredible talent!

October 5, 2009 09:51 AM
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Karen@Mignardise said...

I adore your blog. It’s always so much fun and creative.
Very cute cookies – another great idea!

October 5, 2009 10:19 AM
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Krystle Thorn said...

Super cute! I didnt even notice they were trix right away!

October 5, 2009 10:32 AM
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Janet said...

Ah-DORABLE (again!)

I think the same decoration would be super-Cute on top of a cupcake too!

I hope to see your cookies at Bettycrocket.com VERY soon!

Best,

Janet

October 5, 2009 10:41 AM
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Katie said...

Ohh, how fun! I like how you deviated from the typical cereal bars (though I do love peanut butter/marshmallow/chex squares, yum~). I bet kids would have a blast making these. Please post more Halloween-y ideas and recipes!

October 5, 2009 10:43 AM
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Baking is my Zen said...

This is such a cute idea!

October 5, 2009 10:50 AM
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Nancy Smith said...

Love it!!!

October 5, 2009 10:53 AM
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Susan the shoppe owner said...

Those are awesome!!! Now I want to go to the store and buy a box of Trix, simply so that I can have my little ziploc baggies of brightly colored edible cereal to play with. You have such fun ideas!

October 5, 2009 11:18 AM
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cakegirl said...

PLEASE write a book!!! I go to your web site sometimes just to see all the wonderfully photographed pictures of adorable sweets! I would look at your book the same way!! You are a talented food stylist and photographer, please consider a book.

October 5, 2009 11:21 AM
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patti said...

First I have to say that I don’t think I’d have that much patience to sit and sort Trix by color! Kudos to you! LOL
These are really cute! I think I might have to do that on cupcake (after having someone else sort through for orange and green Trix of course) Oooh, or wouldn’t those little spiders look so cute sitting on top of a cake pop!!

October 5, 2009 11:46 AM
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Valerie M said...

They are great! And I love the colors too. Halloween doesn’t have to be all orange and black! I love the pumpkin pie bites too.

October 5, 2009 12:31 PM
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kspin said...

Finally something from Bakerella that even I can do! :-) Love this idea…very cute!

October 5, 2009 12:37 PM
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Ashley said...

Oh those look cute! Good pick on the Trix! I like them too!!

October 5, 2009 12:42 PM
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Mommassoapbox said...

My butt just grew AGAIN……. it happens every time Iook at your site….. sighhhhhhhhh

Well, back to the store I go….. (and I’m excited! about that)

Ciao Bella~

October 5, 2009 12:44 PM
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koren said...

very cool and I’m still stuck on your pops going to try them and make them into butterflies!

October 5, 2009 02:15 PM
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Anne Marie said...

Wow! These look amazing. Very creative! I’m definitely going to try these with my daughter!

October 5, 2009 02:40 PM
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Anne Marie said...

these look great! So creative. I’m really impressed. I’m definitely going to try them with my daughter.

October 5, 2009 02:41 PM
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MB said...

You are too funny! I can’t believe you separated the Trix by color. Actually, it is something I would have done too – see, I’m not procrastinating, I’m organizing…

They are super cute – don’t tell them, but I might copy your ideas but use M&Ms instead. Shhhh.

October 5, 2009 03:52 PM
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alison Lewis said...

You continue to have the best blog ever! I’m always so excited to see what’s next. I love your work as always, Alison

October 5, 2009 04:02 PM
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Sunny P said...

OUT OF CONTROL CUTE!!!!!!!!!!

i especially love the webs!!

http://www.sunnysideuprecipes.com

October 5, 2009 05:05 PM
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Bakingmonster said...

What cute cookies!

October 5, 2009 06:54 PM
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Kim said...

You’ve done it again. Can I say I look forward to each and every creative idea you have. You posts are easy to follow. Thank you, thank you!

October 5, 2009 07:21 PM
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Karen said...

Those are so cute. I know you were going with the cereal theme but skittles would be cute too if I was out of the cereal.
Thanks for the great idea!

October 5, 2009 07:58 PM
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Tracy said...

Bakerella, I LOVE you. You are totally awesome. Thanks for changing your site- thereby making it simpler to post!

October 5, 2009 09:24 PM
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Renee said...

I’m thinking I’m going to have to borrow this idea for my son’s preschool Halloween party!! They’re ADORABLE!! You totally rocked the Trix…

October 5, 2009 09:27 PM
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Lynette said...

Very Cute…and I don’t do Halloween!

October 5, 2009 10:01 PM
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Debbie said...

I have 15 grandchildren, these will please them all. Thanks.

October 5, 2009 10:55 PM
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beinglease said...

sooo cute. I can’t wait to try it this weekend.

October 5, 2009 11:09 PM
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Cakelaw said...

These are great! So cute.

October 6, 2009 12:05 AM
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chaya said...

Such fun and so cute.

October 6, 2009 12:27 AM
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Crystal said...

What an awesome idea! I love how the spider colors just POP off the cookie! And who can resist a double chocolate chunk cookies? Not me! I’m going to attempt these this halloween!

October 6, 2009 01:02 AM
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Kare said...

Those are supercute. Love the colorful spiders. I want to try some in all the colors. :)

October 6, 2009 01:03 AM
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Angie said...

You are sooo amazingly talented, it’s just not fair! I came to your website looking for something my son could sell in his class store and I found it. But, they will be cupcakes. Thank You!!!

October 6, 2009 01:36 AM
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morgana said...

I love those colourful spiders!!!! As always, your ideas are great.

Cheers from Spain.

October 6, 2009 03:13 AM
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Cate said...

Too cute. You come up with the best ideas.

October 6, 2009 03:25 AM
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Marybakes said...

Too cute as always!!

October 6, 2009 07:09 AM
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Tara B in CowTown Canada said...

Great idea! :( Sadly we don’t get Trix in Canada I will have to look for another cereal to use.

October 6, 2009 09:24 AM
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Jessa said...

This is the best website ever. You are so talented and creative! I love this idea.

October 6, 2009 12:16 PM
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Emily Roemmich said...

You always amaze me! Simple… yet awesome! I always try to wrack my brain for new ideas and never have as many cute ones as you do!

PS Are you using one light or two?? It’s hard to tell.

October 6, 2009 01:00 PM
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Heather said...

Another fabulous idea!! You are so clever…Thank you for sharing your creative ideas :-)

October 6, 2009 03:11 PM
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Shanny542 said...

I love you….really I do….I just recently came across your website and made your cakepops for a baby shower…so cute and I got tons of compliments…I directed them all here…I have gotten tons of good ideas here…I love baking! Thank you for your inspirations!

October 6, 2009 04:58 PM
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the spiderweb tip. My almost 5 year old wants a Spiderman b-day cake, and I wasn’t sure how to make webs on the cupcakes! So mush simpler (and cuter) than I was making it in my head.

October 6, 2009 09:14 PM
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Sarah said...

I’ve only just found you, but I already absolutely adore you. I don’t know how I found you, but I’ve also recently started reading PW (I’d seen some of her PW Cooks pages, but never read the Confessions) and I am SOOOOO jealous, by the way (saw you got invited out to the Lodge – I would have squealed also!)

I love these. Well, so far I’ve loved everything I’ve seen on your site. I love that you used the orange and green, but I think you could totally rock the other colors, too. Pink (red? whatever…) and purple for an October birthday girl, pink and blue for an October baby shower. Man, I wish I had an ounce of your creativity! Thanks for the inspiration!

October 6, 2009 10:06 PM
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Deusabscondidum said...

Those are so adorable! I’d never have guessed that you used cereal! :D

October 7, 2009 12:08 AM
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Linda said...

They are very cute!

October 7, 2009 01:54 AM
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simplyNabiki said...

sigh…no coloured cereals here in Italy :-( but nothing will stop me… you are such an inspiration that I have to thy them! of course mine won’t be like these! and by the way.. I love the new site!

October 7, 2009 03:17 PM
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Mary Poppins in Heels said...

I made these using homemade brownies–delicious. I love the design.

October 7, 2009 07:55 PM
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Jennifer Erickson said...

Well, those turned out super-cute. What a creative (and tasteful) way to incorporate the trix! Good luck in the contest!
Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

October 7, 2009 09:27 PM
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Carla said...

O-M-G!!!! These look to die for! I so have to try these. And I’m not going to share, nope, you can’t make me… :o)

October 7, 2009 10:00 PM
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bakerella said...

nikki – I guess you haven’t seen these

http://www.bakerella.com/trick-or-treats/

emily – I just recently started using two.

October 7, 2009 10:12 PM
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lollicakes said...

I used Lucky Charms to make lollicakes for St. Patrick’s Day. I believe I used four cups processed in the food processor and added a can and a half of cream cheese frosting…everyone loved them!

October 7, 2009 10:25 PM
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carrie @ bloomacious said...

as always this is idea is genius!

October 8, 2009 01:08 PM
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pysselpralinen said...

That´s a cool idea. And I just love your new web page! What a great job you have done. Your blog is a huge inspiration to me. And now I know how to make spider webs! :-)

October 8, 2009 03:32 PM
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Mrs. D. Lightful said...

Oh my goodness, I was looking for a treat for my daughter to share with her preschool for her birthday…I was right to come to your website! Love it.

October 8, 2009 04:36 PM
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Nora said...

The trix spiders are precious!

October 8, 2009 10:34 PM
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Kate said...

This couldn’t be easier! They look wonderful!

October 9, 2009 09:53 AM
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Amy said...

I thought these were so cute, so I found a Martha chocolate cookie recipe and decorated the same, but used the Halloween M&Ms (purple, green, orange and black). They were so cute, I only hope my son’s fellow second graders appreciated my hard work!

October 9, 2009 09:56 AM
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sarah said...

first, I Love your website and have loved trying out a bunch of your things- thanks for sharing. and second I have to ask, where/how do you store all of your things?? I have a couple tubs and bins of my cooking project things, but would love to hear how you do it- :) Sarah

October 9, 2009 12:53 PM
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Lady P said...

you are the silliest, most creative baker around – i LUV that you separated all of the Trix by color – you had me laughing right there -and these cookies ROCK

October 9, 2009 10:32 PM
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vérocuisine said...

Great !!!

October 10, 2009 11:56 AM
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Crystal said...

Made these yesterday with my son. They were a hit!

I linked you to my blog and facebook:)

http://crystaljohnson.blogspot.com/2009/10/yummy-cookies.html

October 10, 2009 12:29 PM
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Newmicon said...

So simple yet so creative!

October 10, 2009 12:55 PM
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Simply Life said...

So creative and cute! Looks delicious!

October 10, 2009 04:59 PM
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Sues said...

Awww these are SO adorable!! And the perfect use for Trix!

October 10, 2009 10:24 PM
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Jane's Sweets said...

Wow, these are the cutest and they look like fun to make. I’ll bet even my teenage sons would like helping to produce–and consume!!-some of these babies! By the way, I absolutely loved your long post about the General Mills tour; it was like something out of a dream!

October 11, 2009 01:07 PM
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aurorafedora said...

how simple but SOOOOO cute!!!!!
will have to make these!!!!!!!

October 11, 2009 02:44 PM
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Linda said...

I bet my teenage son wouldn’t run out of the room if he saw these spiders! Linda :)

October 12, 2009 02:13 AM
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