Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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 bale to stop snacking on them!

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!

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.

Ingredients for those Halloween spider cookies

Cookies:

Decoration:

  • Miniature Reese’s Cups
  • Chocolate semi-sweet or couverture
  • candy eyes (or homemade chocolate eyes*)

How to make spooky spider cookies

Making those cute little spooky spiders is super easy. First you have to bake the cookie and then you simply decorate it.

Make the cookie

Preheat your oven to 180°C (150°F).

Bake the cookies according to the instructions in my peanut butter cookie recipe.

Once you removed them from the oven let them cool for 5 minutes.

While they cool you can unwrap your Reese’s.

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 on the package.

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.

Let the chocolate set by putting the cookies into your fridge.

Make your own spider eyes

Candy eyes are not avaiable everywhere. I myself could not find any in my area. As a solution I simply made my own spider eyes using simple ingredients.

To make your own eyes you will need:

  • white chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Piping bag (if possible one speficially made for chocolate like this one)
  • Small nozzle
  • Toothpick

Recipe notes

Double Batches: 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).

Make Ahead Instructions: If you ask yourself if you can make the cookies ahead of time then I am happy to tell you you can! Here is how:

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.

Shelf life: 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.

Can I use other peanut butter cups instead of Reese’s?

Yes, you absolutely can use other peanut butter cups. Just choose your favorite one. Make sure you get the mini version tough.

Spider Cookies

Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These Spooky 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 bale to stop snacking on them!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Decorate 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Piping bag with small nozzle

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

Make the cookie

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (150°F).
  • Bake the cookies according to the instructions in my peanut butter cookie recipe.
  • Once you removed them from the oven let them cool for 5 minutes.
  • While they cool you can unwrap your Reese's.
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • Let the chocolate set by putting the cookies into your fridge.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Double Batches: 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).
Make Ahead Instructions: If you ask yourself if you can make the cookies ahead of time then I am happy to tell you you can! Here is how:
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.
Shelf life: 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.

Your Notes

Keyword Baking, Easy, Halloween
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