Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Recipe

This Halloween indulge your craving for chocolate and peanut butter with a creepy crawly treat! With a just a minor tweak, you can spook your friends with these deliciously cute Peanut Butter Spider Cookies. They are so tasty, they are guaranteed to disappear so quickly you’d think they skittered away themselves!

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Recipe


1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4  teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Additional granulated sugar (for rolling)

About 36 mini Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

1/2 cup chocolate chips

72 candy eyes


Heat oven to 375°F.

In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a spoon, until well blended.

Stir in flour, baking soda, and baking powder until dough forms.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls into additional granulated sugar.

Place balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown.

Immediately and carefully press 1 upside down mini peanut butter cup in the center of each cookie.

Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Let cookies cool to room temperature (they can be put into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, if needed).

Place the chocolate chips in the corner of a Ziploc bag and heat in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals, kneading and repeating until the chocolate is melted.

Once chocolate is melted, snip a small piece off of the corner of the bag and draw eight chocolate legs on each cookie. Use a small dot of the melted chocolate to glue a set of eyes onto each spider cookie.

Allow each cookie to cool so the chocolate “sets” and enjoy!

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