In a small bowl, stir sugar and water together to form a thick paste. Stick four licorice pieces on each side of a cookie to form the legs. If they don't hold...

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12 spiders

– 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

– A few drops of water

– 96 thin black licorice strings, 2 to 3 inches long (found at candy stores, or slice licorice whips into strips)

– 12 chocolate cream sandwich cookies (we used fudge-covered Oreos)

– 24 red mini-M&Ms

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1. In a small bowl, stir sugar and water together to form a thick paste.

2. Stick four licorice pieces on each side of a cookie to form the legs. If they don’t hold well, gently pull or cut the cookie apart. Place legs into cream filling then carefully press the cookie half back on. Use the sugar paste as glue to attach two M&Ms to the top of each cookie for eyes.

— Adapted from “Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family,” by Donata Maggipinto.