These Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies will be your favorite treat on trick or treat day! They are super adorable and oh so delicious. Who does not love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate?! I can guarantee you that you won't be able to stop snacking on them!
- ❤️Why you will love this recipe
- 📝The Ingredients
- 🕷️Alternative for the Reese's Cups
- 👩🏻🍳How to make spooky spider cookies
- 👀Make your own spider eyes
- 🍴Serving suggestions
- 💭Frequently asked questions
- More Halloween recipes to try
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As a huge Reese's fan these Halloween cookies are my weakness! Who doesn't love the popular flavor pairing: peanut butter and chocolate! Using this amazing peanut butter cup and a few simple ingredients take your basic peanut butter cookie to the next level!
❤️Why you will love this recipe
our taste buds are in for a treat with our Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies! Here's why you'll love this recipe:
- Deliciously Chewy: These cookies are soft and chewy, making them incredibly satisfying to bite into.
- Sweet and Salty Combo: The combination of peanut butter cookies and Reese's Cups gives you that perfect sweet and salty flavor.
- Fun to Make: Making these spooky spiders is a blast, and you can get creative with decorating.
- Creepy-Cute Presentation: The adorable spider design with candy eyes will make your Halloween celebrations extra special.
- Kid-Friendly: It's a kid-friendly recipe that's great for getting the little ones involved in the kitchen.
- Versatile: The cookies are so simple to prepare and are perfect for any occasion!
Whether you just want to have a treat during spooky season counting down to Halloween, want to bring a big smile on your kids face or need a spooky yet adorable snack for your next Halloween party. No matter for what occasion these cookies will be a hit and disappear in no time.
You won't need fancy gadgets for these cookies. Here's what you'll need:
- Oven: To bake your peanut butter cookies to perfection.
- Baking Sheet: This is where you'll place your cookie dough before baking.
- Parchment Paper: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup easy.
- Cookie Scoop or Spoon: For scooping and shaping your cookie dough.
- Refrigerator or Freezer: You'll use this to cool the cookies quickly, so the Reese's Cups don't melt.
- Piping Bag (optional): If you want to get fancy with decorating, a piping bag will help you make those spider legs and attach the candy eyes.
That's it! Simple tools for making spook-tacular Spider Cookies.
The ingredients used in this recipe are simple.
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: This recipe uses my soft and chewy peanut butter cookie recipe.
- Miniature Reese's Cups: These little peanut butter cups become the spider bodies and add a creamy, nutty flavor.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar: To melt and create the spider legs and attach the candy eyes. Alternatively you can also use couverture.
- Candy Eyes (or Homemade Chocolate Eyes): The finishing touch for your spooky spiders. You can use store-bought candy eyes or make your own using melted chocolate.
🕷️Alternative for the Reese's Cups
If you don't have Reese's Cups on hand, you can try these tasty alternatives for your Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies:
- Chocolate Truffles: Substitute with small chocolate truffles or bonbons for a rich and creamy center. The Lindor balls are my personal favorite.
- Chocolate Kisses: Use chocolate kisses with almonds or other fillings to add variety to your spiders.
- Mini Chocolate Bars: Miniature chocolate bars or chocolate squares work well as a delicious replacement.
These alternatives will still give your spiders that sweet, chocolatey surprise in the center!
👩🏻🍳How to make spooky spider cookies
Here is a quick overview of the recipe steps. Please read the recipe card for the full instructions.
Making those cute little spooky spiders is super easy. First you have to bake the cookie and then you simply decorate it.
- Make the Peanut Butter Cookies: Start by baking a batch of my soft and chewy peanut butter cookies.
- Assemble the Spiders: Press miniature Reese's Cups upside-down into the center of each cookie while they're still warm.
- Cool Quickly: Transfer the cookies to the fridge or freezer for a quick chill to prevent the Reese's Cups from melting.
- Decorate: Melt chocolate and use it to pipe legs onto the Reese's Cups. Then, add candy eyes for a spooky touch.
- Set and Enjoy: Let the chocolate set by placing the cookies in the fridge, and your Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies are ready to enjoy!
👀Make your own spider eyes
Candy eyes might not be readily available everywhere, but you can easily make your own spider eyes using simple ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
- White Chocolate: For the whites of the eyes.
- Dark Chocolate: To create the pupils.
- Piping Bag: You'll use this to control the chocolate when making the eyes.
- Small Nozzle: A small nozzle attachment for your piping bag helps achieve precise details.
- Toothpick: This will be handy for fine-tuning the shape of your homemade eyes.
To make your homemade spider eyes:
- Melt a small amount of white chocolate until it's smooth and creamy. You can use a microwave or a double boiler for this.
- Fill a piping bag with the melted white chocolate and attach a small nozzle.
- On a parchment paper-lined surface, pipe small white circles for the whites of the eyes. Make as many as you need.
- Allow the white chocolate circles to slightly set but not fully harden.
- Melt dark chocolate and use a toothpick to add small dots in the center of each white circle for the pupils.
- Let your homemade chocolate eyes cool and harden completely.
- Once they are set, gently peel them off the parchment paper and use them to decorate your Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies.
To make your Halloween celebration even more spooktacular, consider arranging these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies on a creatively themed platter. You can mimic a spiderweb with edible black icing, use fake spider decorations, or lay them out on a festive Halloween tablecloth.
For a fun and eerie touch, place them in a spooky cookie jar or present them in a cauldron as a delightful surprise for your Halloween party guests.
These creepy-cute spiders will be the perfect addition to your Halloween dessert table, adding a deliciously spooky flair to your festivities.
Keep the finished and decorated cookies in a closed container for up to one week. After one week they start to get dry. It is recommended to keep them in the fridge if it is rather warm in your house as the chocolate might melt.
You can also freeze your cookies and simply let them thaw once you want to eat them.
💭Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I use other peanut butter cups instead of Reese's?
A: Yes, you absolutely can use other peanut butter cups. Just choose your favorite one. Make sure you get the mini version tough.
Q: Can I make a double batch of this recipe?
A: You can easily double this recipe. However, as it is much more cookie dough you will have to chill it longer (I recommend an extra 30 minutes).
Q: Can these cookies be made ahead of time?
A: Yes, make the cookie dough and let it rest in the fridge covered for up to 4 days. Once you are ready to bake the cookies remove the dough 30 minutes before hand.
Chefs tip: Form the cookie balls and freeze them. It is always great having cookie dough ready! There is no need to thaw the cookie dough. Bake the frozen cookies for an extra minute in the oven. The cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Q: Can I use a different type of chocolate for the spider legs and eyes?
A: Yes, you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate, depending on your preference, for both the legs and eyes.
Q: What do I do if my Reese's Cups start to melt when adding them to the cookies?
A: If your Reese's Cups start to melt, quickly transfer the cookies to the fridge or freezer to cool and set the candy.
Q: Can I involve kids in making these cookies, or is it too complicated?
A: This recipe is perfect for involving kids! They'll have a blast helping with the decorating part, making it a fun family activity. Just be cautious when working with hot melted chocolate.
More Halloween recipes to try
Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
- Piping bag with small nozzle
- 1 batch Soft and chewy peanut butter cookie
- 1 bag Miniature Reese's Cups
- 1 bar Chocolate semi-sweet
- candy eyes (or homemade chocolate eyes*)
Make the cookie
- Preheat your oven to 180 °C.
- Bake the cookies according to the instructions in my peanut butter cookie recipe.1 batch Soft and chewy peanut butter cookie
- Once you removed them from the oven let them cool for 5 minutes.
- While they cool you can unwrap your Reese's.1 bag Miniature Reese's Cups
- Press 1 peanut butter cup upside-down into the center of each cookie.
- Quickly move your cookies to a cold space. I usually put them in the fridge. If you do have the option then transfer them into your freezer and freeze them for about 15 minutes. The cooling process will avoid the Reese's from completely melting.
Decorate the cookie
- Melt your chocolate in a water bath or as instructed,1 bar Chocolate
- Add the melted chocolate to a piping bag and pipe little legs onto your Reese's starting at the peanut butter cup.
- Next pipe some chocolate onto the Reese's and push the eyes in.candy eyes
- Let the chocolate set by putting the cookies into your fridge.
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