Halloween is right around the corner!
And what’s a better way to get festive than to make peanut butter cookies that look like spiders! I had so much fun making these creepy cookies & did I mention that they are delicious?
One of my favorite parts of Halloween is getting festive with treats & giving them away as gifts! It would be so easy to package these up into cute Halloween themed treat bags or boxes & really get creative with it (potential future blog post?!).
Just look how cute these little guys are! It seems cruel to eat them, but I absolutely plan to indulge on these creepy critter cookies.
Making Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
The recipe is simple. The cookies are peanut butter cookie dough, with a chocolate truffle, melted chocolate, and candy eyes to decorate. Since the cookie dough & decorating are pretty easy to create, it would be a great activity to do with the kids on a brisk, windy fall evening, just like tonight! I don’t know about where you live, but here it’s been unseasonably warm & is just now starting to get chilly like Fall is supposed to be! I’m loving it. It’s almost time to turn on the heat!
So for the spider’s body, I used what I had available which ended up being miniature twix bars, cut in half. You can basically use any small chocolate candy, but I recommend round truffles. You want to make sure to wait until the cookies are almost room temperature so that the chocolate doesn’t completely melt into the cookie. Slight melting will help glue the chocolate to the cookie, or you can just glue it yourself with the melted chocolate that will also be the spider’s legs. You’ll want to use the melted chocolate as glue for the candy eyes as well.
Please rate this recipe if you enjoyed making these peanut butter spider cookies as much as I did!
Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
These cookies are perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit. They are so cute, easy to make, & tasty!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup peanut butter creamy
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 twix bars mini, cut in half
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 48 candy eyes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use two baking sheets lined with a silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
Beat the softened butter & peanut butter in a mixer until creamy. Add brown sugar & granulated sugar and mix again until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl and add vanilla extract and egg.
In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt together. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix slowly until just incorporated.
Roll the dough into 24 even balls -- 12 on each cookie sheet. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Use the back of a spoon or a utensil handle to press into the center of each cookie to create a small indent. Place the cookies back in the oven for 6-8 more minutes.
While the cookies continue to bake, unwrap the miniature twix bars. Cut each candy bar in half. When the cookies have cooled to almost room temperature, place the halved twix bars in the center of the cookie. The candy bars will melt if you put them on the cookies before they have cooled. If the twix bars don't stick to the cookie after they've cooled, use a small dab of melted chocolate to help it stick.
Melt chocolate chips in a microwaveable safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Scoop melted chocolate into a zipper bag or piping bag. Snip the corner off the zipper bag or use tips for the piping bag. Pipe 4 legs on each side of the spider cookies.
Use the rest of the melted chocolate to glue the candy eyes onto the spider cookies. Let the chocolate cool and harden.
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