Halloween Spider Cookies are so easy and tasty for Halloween. Delicious peanut butter cookies transform into a cookie spider with the help of Reese’s cups and googly eyes.

I have been throwing Halloween parties for the kids for at least 10 years. Every good Halloween party needs lots of fun Halloween desserts.

This recipe for spider cookies is always a hit with kids and adults. It is basically the Halloween version of adorable Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies.

Looking for more party treats? You might also like Spider Brownies or Oreo Spider Cookies. Serve these along side the peanut butter spider cookies. Make sure to also try Halloween Sugar Cookies.

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Why we love making these Spider Cookies:

  • Fun and Festive – This is a fun and festive treat to make for Halloween. We love baking during the holidays and this one is always made for Halloween. We also like making chocolate truffles.
  • Easy Ingredients – The ingredients are easy staple ingredients. You probably already have everything you need.
  • Great for Parties – This is a fun and easy cookie to make. Perfect for your kids class parties and it will be a hit with the kids.

Ingredients:

  • All-Purpose Flour 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Butter, softened 
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Eggs 
  • Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups, chilled 
  • Candy Eyes 
  • Chocolate Melting Wafers  – You can also use chocolate chips.

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How to Make Spider Cookies for Halloween:

  • Prepare Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Mix dry ingredients together – In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. 
  • Combine butter and sugars – In a separate mixing bowl, combine the butter and 1 cup of both of the sugars. Mix with a stand up mixer or a hand-held mixer. Mix until the ingredients are light and fluffy.  
  • Add in peanut butter, eggs and vanilla – Then add in the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla.  Mix until these ingredients are thoroughly combined. 
  • Mix in Dry Ingredients – Reduce the mixer sped to low. Then gradually mix in the dry ingredients until they are just blended.  Do not over mix. 
  • Form dough into balls – Form the dough into round balls with a cookie scoop.  Gently roll the dough in the remaining sugar and place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten the dough balls and create a criss-cross shape into each cookie. 
  • Bake Cookies – Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes and then start decorating. 
  • Melt Chocolate – Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave and transfer to a piping bag or small ziplock bag for piping.  Allow this mixture to cool for 5 minutes for easier decorating. 
  • Top the cookie with the peanut butter cup – Unwrap the miniature Reeses peanut butter chocolate candy. Then gently press them upside down in the center of the cookies.  You can use the melted chocolate to adhere the peanut butter cups to the cookies if they do not stay. 
  • Begin decorating the cookie – Pipe four chocolate lines on both side of the Reeses peanut butter cups. This makes the spider’s legs. 
  • Add the Candy Eyeballs – Place chocolate on the front of the peanut butter cup. Then adhere 2 of the candy eyes for the spider eyes. 
  • Cool, Serve and Enjoy – Allow the chocolate to cool complete. Place on a wire rack to cool and then serve! You can use a cooling rack if you have one. 

Tips for the Cutest Spider Cookies:

  • Cookie Scoop – Use a cookie scoop to make the dough into balls.
  • Make a divot – Make a divot so you can place your peanut butter cup in the middle of the cookie. Use the back of the spoon to press down on the cookie.
  • Piping Bag – Use piping bag to make designs on the cookie.
  • Peanut Butter Cups – We like to freeze the peanut butter cups. This makes it so they are easy to manage when placing on the cookie.
  • Refrigerate the dough – To help with scooping the dough, we recommend refrigerating the dough at least an hour.
  • Do not overbake – Make sure to not overbake the cookies. They will continue to cook on the baking sheet when you remove it from the oven.
  • Premade Cookies – For a fast and easy way to prepare these spider cookies, use already made cookies. You can buy store bought cookies or the refrigerator cookie dough works great too.
  • Use a ziploc bag for piping. If you do not have a piping bag, use a ziplock bag instead. Just cut off the corner and pipe the spider legs.

Storage:

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container. You can place in the refrigerator or keep them at room temperature. This Halloween dessert is easy to store if you need to make in advance.

More easy Halloween treats:

Make these today for a fabulous treat. Please leave a comment once you do and a star rating. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Spider cookies

4.75 from 8 votes
Halloween Spider Cookies are so easy and tasty for Halloween. Delicious peanut butter cookies transform into a cookie spider with the help of Reese's cups and googly eyes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 209

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the butter and 1 cup of both of the sugars with a stand up mixer or a hand-held mixer. Mix until the ingredients are light and fluffy.
  • Then add in the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix until these ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Reduce the mixer sped to low and gradually mix in the dry ingredients until they are just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Form the dough into round balls with a cookie spoon. Gently roll the dough in the remaining sugar and place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten the dough balls and create a criss-cross shape into each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes and then start decorating.
  • Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave and transfer to a piping bag or small ziplock bag for piping. Allow this mixture to cool for 5 minutes for easier decorating.
  • Unwrap the miniature peanut butter cups and gently place them upside down in the center of the cookies. You can use the melted chocolate to adhere the peanut butter cups to the cookies if they do not stay.
  • Pipe four chocolate lines on both side of the peanut butter cups to make the spider’s legs.
  • Then place chocolate on the front of the peanut butter cup and adhere 2 of the candy eyes for the spider eyes.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool complete and then serve!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 209kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 4g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 208mg, Potassium 107mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 17g, Vitamin A 175IU, Calcium 24mg, Iron 1mg

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