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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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134 comments on “Trix out your treats!”

  1. Hi, these spider cookies are super cute. I’m gonna make them for my three year old twins. They will LOVE them. Thank you for a great idea.

  2. These are so great – love the corn puff spiders. Thanks for sharing!
    I’ve linked back to this post on my site:
    http://bookscraftsfun.blogspot.ca/2013/03/charlottes-web-eat-some-treats.html

  3. cute little cakes.
    i like them.

    I linked to your recipe on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  4. TOO simple… TOO cute… GREAT halloween treats!

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  6. These are so cute!! What a great idea to use cereal as a decoration. Did the fruity cereal taste weird with the chocolate frosting?

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  8. Lol at the above comment, i think i would run out of the room if i saw them!! So lovely these pictures and the thanks for explaining how to make these lovely cakes!!

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  10. it’s cute…and now its my new inspiration

  11. Hey there, Fantastic blog. First time here, and looking to start posting to blogs for myself.

  12. made these last year….and i’m back making them again for a class party!

  13. Definitely will make this for my husband’s office party!!!

  14. These are soo cute! I have a Halloween potluck coming up and I want to try making these! I always have a hard time making the frosting look nice though.

    How do you put the chocolate frosting on so nicely as well as the make the webs look so neat?

  15. The cookies look sooo delectable!! I have just got to try them out!
    My mom’s b-Day is coming up too, and I’m wondering, could I change the chocolate cookie to vanilla (or plain ones, if they have them)? Cause almost my whole family chooses vanilla over chocolate except for the little kids.
    Oh, Halloween’s coming up too!! I should make some for my friends ^^ thanks for the recipe!!

  16. I’m going to use this decorating idea on cupcakes.

  17. good for halloween!

  18. I made these for my son’s Halloween bake sale and they turned out just adorable! Thanks for the amazing ideas. I so love your site.

  19. I gave these a shot for my class, but discovered that Trix cereal isn’t carried in my local grocery store! Come to think of it I’m not sure we even have it in Canada anymore, I can’t remember the last time I saw a commercial. Fruit loops weren’t quite as adorable, but the cookies overall were a huge hit, and lots of fun. Thanks for being such an inspiration, I love dropping by your site. :)

  20. I just made these.. I used skittles instead of cereal but I love the way they came out :D

    Such a fun recipe! Thanks for being so awesome :)

  21. You did a great job! These are too cute! Now I just have to tweak all the dairy and wheat out. I think I can do it!
    @juliebavi

  22. Now that icing technique with the toothpick is way easier than what I have done in the past. Thanks for sharing that!

  23. just saw your cookies in my weekly betty crocker email and thought, “hey, i’ve seen these somewhere before!” these are so cute!

  24. I tried them last night, and they turned out great! They look so fancy, but were so easy to make! Love it! Thanks for the idea!

    http://houseofestrogen.typepad.com/house_of_estrogen/2009/10/arachnophobia.html

  25. LOVE these! I have my first commissioned order (YAY!!) next week for Halloween Cupcakes and I’ve been trying things out all week!!! Graveyard cupcakes are edging ahead as a winner…

  26. Excellent idea. Instead of cookies, I will bake chocolate cupcakes and decorate them like above. Thanks for sharing. I love Bakerella!!!

  27. How cute are these. What a creative idea. Thanks.

  28. Sarah – large stackable plastic bins

  29. These are adorable. Love the new look of your site. Looks wonderful!

  30. Not my cup of tea…

  31. I have aversion to all spiders, even cutesie cartoon ones, but my darling 4 year old daughter saw this and went nuts over them. I guess I will be making tiny spiders in the near future. Thanks a lot. ;)

  32. incredibly cute! i’m going to have to try this. you are so awesome! bake on…

  33. Those are SO CUTE!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. I love this idea! I often browse the candy isle for inspiration but cereal will open up a whole new world of creativity. Thanks!

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

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

  37. 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!

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

  39. So creative and cute! Looks delicious!

  40. So simple yet so creative!

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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!

  45. This couldn’t be easier! They look wonderful!

  46. The trix spiders are precious!

  47. 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.

  48. 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! :-)

  49. as always this is idea is genius!

  50. 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!

  51. nikki – I guess you haven’t seen these

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

    emily – I just recently started using two.

  52. 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)

  53. 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

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

  55. 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!

  56. They are very cute!

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

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

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

  62. 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.

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

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

  65. Too cute. You come up with the best ideas.

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

    Cheers from Spain.

  67. 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!!!

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

  69. 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!

  70. Such fun and so cute.

  71. These are great! So cute.

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

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

  74. Very Cute…and I don’t do Halloween!

  75. 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…

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

  77. 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!

  78. 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!

  79. OUT OF CONTROL CUTE!!!!!!!!!!

    i especially love the webs!!

    http://www.sunnysideuprecipes.com

  80. 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

  81. 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.

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

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

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

  85. 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~

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

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

  88. 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.

  89. 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!!

  90. 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.

  91. 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!

  92. Love it!!!

  93. 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!

  94. 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

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

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

  97. Those are super cute! You have such incredible talent!

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

  99. 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!

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

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

  102. 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)

  103. Really cute and totally kid-friendly. Love it.

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

  105. 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!

  106. 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?

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

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

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

  110. 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!

  111. Good Lord how I wish I had your talent!

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

  113. 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! :)

  114. 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!!

  115. 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!

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

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

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

  119. 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!

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

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

  122. Squeal of Clever Wonder!

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

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

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

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

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

  127. Very Cute! My kids would LOVE these!

  128. wow what a great treat for halloween.

    regards

    olga.

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

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

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