These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies are perfect for a Halloween treat! Your kids will love them!
With Halloween just around the corner I want to share this recipe for these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies that I recently made for my family. They are easy to make and so darn cute…as cute as spiders can be.
These are the kind of spiders I like…unlike the real ones I used to have my dad take care of for me. Yes, I did that until I got married. I was scared of a spider until I was probably in my 20’s! But there is nothing scary about the spiders on these delicious peanut butter cookies.
These peanut butter cookies are from a great peanut butter cookie recipe I found on Sally’s Baking Addiction. It is quick and easy to make. And they are so yummy! I love so many of her cookie recipes. She has a great baking cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction, that I use from time to time.
How to make these spider cookies:
- Once the cookie dough is made, chilled and ready to go, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take out your cookie dough for about ten minutes to soften up a little.
- Roll out the dough into balls . Place them on a baking (using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough for each ball). Cover baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, about 2 inches apart from each other.
- Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on them to flatten them just a little.
- Bake them for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and gently press down two Whopper candies, putting a smaller one in front of the larger one to resemble the spider’s head. Let them sit on the baking sheet for five more minutes, then place them on the cooling rack to cool.
- Once you have all the cookies made and cooled completely, it is time to add the spider legs.
- Just melt some chocolate chips (I used about one cup) and place into a decorating bag with a writing tip attached. Work from the center out, making four legs on each side of the Whoppers. Make two going more towards the front and two towards the back.
- For the eyes, make two dots with the melted chocolate on the smaller Whopper candy. Then add a colored round sprinkle for each eye. You can also use frosting gel for the eyes.
- Let them sit until the chocolate sets. Enjoy with a glass of milk and have a fun Halloween!!
Why chill the dough?
Chilling the dough is mandatory for this cookie recipe. If you don’t chill the dough it will spread… which is not good because your cookies will be flatter than how these look. So chill the dough at least three hours and up to two days.
I actually chilled the dough for two days this time because I had a couple of busy days. Yes, you need to wait for the finished product by chilling the dough, but once made, they will be a fantastic soft, thick peanut butter cookie.
Not only will chilling the dough keep your cookies from spreading, it also gives your cookies more flavor. While the dough chills, all the flavors mingle in the bowl.
Chilling the dough = less spread of your cookie dough so your cookies will be thicker as well as more flavorful cookies.
- As mentioned above, chill the dough for thicker, more flavorful cookies.
- Once the dough has chilled, take it out and place it on your counter for about ten minutes before you start making the cookies so the dough can soften up a little. (I usually do this step while my oven is preheating.)
- Sort the Whoppers out before starting to make these cookies. Sort through and separate the larger and smaller candy so that you don’t need to do this while the oven is on and the cookies are ready.
If you don’t have a decorating bag and writing tip for the frosting, just cut the very edge of a corner of a sandwich bag off. Place the melted chocolate chips into the bag and squeeze the bag to get the melted chocolate out to make the legs. Make sure you cut just a small tip off the corner so that not too much chocolate comes out at once.
Happy Halloween baking! Let me know what you think of these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies below in the comment section. A comment and rating is greatly appreciated!
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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
These delicious yet spooky looking cookies are a sweet treat for your Halloween! Delicious peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate candy spiders are sure to please any sweet tooth.
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Spiders
- 1 box Whopper candies (12 ounce carton)
- 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
- Spinkles for the eyes (or frosting gel)
Using a mixer, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add in the eggs, beating well after each one is added. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the vanilla and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until well combined.
Cover dough tightly and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mats.
Roll the dough into balls (about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough for each one). Place them two inches apart from each other on a baking sheet.
Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on each cookie. Bake them for 11-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and place two Whopper candies on top of the cookie, with a smaller one in front of the larger one.
Let them sit on the baking sheet for five minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
Once all the cookies are made and cooled completely, melt the chocolate chips.
Place the melted chocolate into a decorating bag and using a writing tip, make the legs of the spider. Make four legs on each side of the Whoppers. Working from the center out, make two legs going towards the back and two legs going towards the front of the spider.
For the eyes, place two dots of melted chocolate on the smaller Whopper and place a sprinkle on each dot of melted chocolate.
Let sit until the chocolate has set.
Store cookies in an air tight container for up to one week.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
It is important to chill the dough for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days. Once the dough has been chilled and you are ready to bake the cookies, take out the dough for about ten minutes so it can soften up. (I usually do this step while my oven is preheating.)
Sort the Whoppers by size (large and small) before starting to bake the cookies so they are ready when the cookies are ready.
If you do not have a frosting decorating bag and tip, cut the very edge of a corner of a sandwich bag off. Place the melted chocolate chips into the bag and squeeze the bag to get the melted chocolate out to make the legs.