Easy Spider Cookies Recipe – How To Make Spider Cookies

Will Dickey

It’s almost time to start planning the perfect Halloween party, and these spooky spider cookies definitely have to be on the menu! Once you’ve chosen the perfect Halloween songs, costumes, and spooky appetizers, it’s time to select the best Halloween desserts to share with all the pranksters on the block! Fans of classic Halloween candy like Reese’s will love these peanut butter and chocolate treats. Moreover, they are then easy to do!

How do you make spider cookies?

The beauty of spider cookies is that they are so much fun to make in one go! Start with a base of soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. Vegetable shortening is a key ingredient that helps these cookies stay tender, but also retain their chunky ball shape when baked. Roll balls of dough then flatten them with the palm of your hand. Then press your thumb in the center of each cookie to create an indentation.

How to decorate spider cookies?

The real decorating happens after the cookies come out of the oven. While the dough is still very hot, place 1 mini cup of peanut butter (or another small round chocolate candy) just below the center of each cookie to create the “body” of the spiders. You don’t really need to press them, as the heat from the freshly baked cookies will melt the candies into place. Then very gently press down on a chocolate covered peanut or raisin just above to create a “head”. After the spider cookies have completely cooled on a wire rack, add “legs” with store-bought gel icing.

What else can you decorate spider cookies with?

The mini peanut butter cups are the best candy for the spider’s “body”, but you can choose any flavor – white, milk or dark chocolate – just make sure you get the “minis”. cups about the diameter of a quarter. This is the best size for this recipe. Other than that, if you want the spider cookies to be a bit more silly than scary, you can add candy googly eyes – they’re guaranteed to get a laugh instead of a scream!

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Yields:

20


portions

Preparation time:

0

hours

40

minutes

Total time:

2

hours

25

minutes

1 ea.

creamy peanut butter

1/2 tsp.

vegetable fat

1/2 tsp.

packed light brown sugar

20


miniature peanut butter cups, such as Reese’s Mini’s

20


chocolate covered peanuts or raisins

Black or brown writing gel icing

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  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat together peanut butter, shortening, butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer, 4 to 5 minutes, until fluffy and combined. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and beat until well blended.
  4. Divide the dough into 20 equal portions (about 2 heaped tablespoons each) and roll into balls. Slightly flatten each ball and arrange cookies 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Press the center of each cookie with your thumb. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through.
  5. When you take the cookies out of the oven, carefully place 1 Reese’s Mini just below the center of each cookie, allowing the hot cookie to melt the chocolate “body” into place. Next, very gently press 1 “head” of chocolate-covered raisins or peanuts just above the Reese’s Mini onto each cookie. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Once the cookies have cooled, use the gel icing to draw 8 legs of each spider’s body. Let the icing set and enjoy!

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