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Spiderweb Eggs

It may look like a swarm of spiders got into the henhouse, but these eggs are another Halloween hoax. Webs are "spun" with the help of blueberries, which are added to the water as the eggs cook.

  • Yield: Makes 1 Dozen
Spiderweb Eggs

Photography: Kate Sears

Source: Halloween 2007, Special Issue


  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • Gray sea salt, for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for serving


  1. Place eggs in single layer in a large saucepan, and cover with water and blueberries. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs one at a time, and place on a folded kitchen towel. Lightly crack shell on side with the handle of a whisk or a wooden spoon. Transfer egg to medium bowl; cover with cooking water. Repeat with remaining eggs. Let eggs cool completely in water in refrigerator.

  3. Carefully peel shells from eggs. Serve with salt and pepper.

Reviews (7)

  • sunlitsepia 1 Nov, 2011

    I made these with the blueberries and they turned out perfectly. They were easier than I expected and even though the liquid was still *slightly* warm when I took them out of the fridge, the dye worked fine. These looked beautiful on Martha's aluminum leaf-shaped plates from Macy's, which I had sprinkled with paprika.

  • Teegz 23 Oct, 2011

    I just tried one egg in preperation for Halloween.
    I used black food colouring because I had it in the panrty and it looked exactly like the photo! I'm impressed! I'll be turning mine into "Deviled Spider Eggs"

  • Suzie the Foodie 20 Oct, 2011

    For people who want to avoid using dye, the blueberries worked quite well but I found they were very light and subtle in comparison to the photo. I think black dye would make them more dramatic but I like having a healthy way of dying them.

  • ndminsalv 29 Oct, 2010

    If you have black food coloring, it works just as well. Can't see paying for the blueberries if you already have it in the house.

  • monkeyd 13 Oct, 2008

    You can use this same technique for dying the egg white to make Disgusting Deviled Egg Eyeballs:

  • joleenp 13 Sep, 2008

    Very lightly crack shell .

  • Englishman 8 Feb, 2008

    New one on me.

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