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My beginning (sort of) describes the way I'm created,
The importance of my ending can't be understated.
Before I am finished, I'm nothing but money,
Though throughout the whole process, I'm sweeter than honey.
I'm used by a spider that looks for his house,
And strange things can happen when I'm received by a mouse.
Be branded a monster if you love me too dear,
But not a monster that many have reason to fear.

What am I?

HINT:

My beginning and my ending might overlap

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a super fun puzzle! Thank you for creating and sharing it! :) $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Apr 5 '18 at 3:28
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Are you a:

Cookie?

My beginning (sort of) describes the way I'm created,

Cook (well, bake)

The importance of my ending can't be understated.

Without the "ie" ending you'd be left with a "cook," which is quite a different thing...

Before I am finished, I'm nothing but money,

Before it's a cookie, it's dough (and dough is a slang term for money).

Though throughout the whole process, I'm sweeter than honey.

Cookies are deliciously sweet - as dough or as the finished product!

I'm used by a spider that looks for his house,

Perhaps this one is a bit of a stretch, but: web spiders (also known as web crawlers) sometimes use cookies (the internet kind!)

And strange things can happen when I'm received by a mouse.

Referring, I assume, to the children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Be branded a monster if you love me too dear,
But not a monster that many have reason to fear.

Cookie Monster - a monster indeed, but not a scary one!

And the title:

I assume refers to a chocolate chip cookie!

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    $\begingroup$ Very impressive how you come up with this so quickly. $\endgroup$ – WELZ Apr 5 '18 at 3:15
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    $\begingroup$ That was incredibly fast! Nice work! I'll give you some time to work out the last few clues, but I'll give you the checkmark once you've got them worked out (PS: You're correct that you're going in the wrong direction on the spider clue) $\endgroup$ – Belgabad Apr 5 '18 at 3:24
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    $\begingroup$ It was the title that tipped me off, as well as the "sweeter than honey" bit - plus of course, the later it gets, the more my thoughts stray towards dessert ;-) I'll keep working on those last ones! $\endgroup$ – puzzledPig Apr 5 '18 at 3:28
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, you're close enough on the spider line. You got the gist of what I was looking for, though I had a specific phrase in mind $\endgroup$ – Belgabad Apr 5 '18 at 13:28
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    $\begingroup$ @puzzledPig >! For the "ending" line, something that's very important could be described as "key" (again, based on feedback I agree this was a stretch at best). For the spider line, I was looking for "web browser", as a description of "a spider who looks for his house" $\endgroup$ – Belgabad Apr 10 '18 at 14:58

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