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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"This is a fun Halloween treat that is easy enough for kids to help create. I modified an idea I found on Pinterest to be less expensive and easier to put together."
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55 m servings 117
Original recipe yields 48 servings (48 cookies)


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Beat shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat egg into the creamy mixture until fully incorporated. Stir milk and vanilla extract into the mixture until smooth.
  3. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl; add to the wet mixture in the large bowl and stir until completely incorporated into a dough. Divide and shape dough into 48 balls.
  4. Spread 1/4 cup white sugar into a wide, shallow bowl. Roll dough balls in sugar to coat and arrange about 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and quickly press a dimple into the middle of each cookie using the blunt end of a wooden spoon. Cool cookies on sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Cut each chocolate sphere into two hemispheres. Put one piece atop each cookie with the rounded side facing upwards.
  7. Spoon frosting into a pastry bag with a small round tip or a plastic freezer bag with one end snipped off. Dab a small amount of frosting onto the back of each candy eyeball and stick two onto each chocolate candy to resemble eyes. Then pipe frosting in four thin lines, starting at the base of the candy, on each side atop the cookie to resemble spider legs.
  8. Let frosting harden at room temperature, about 30 minutes. Store cookies in an airtight container.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I have a wooden citrus reamer that works great for making dimples in the cookies.
  • Keeping the chocolate candy chilled makes it easier to slice in half. The centers are on the soft side and will bend or crack if too warm.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 117 calories; 6.3 14.4 1.7 7 78 Full nutrition

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I have also used Palmer's "Creepy Peepers" chocolate eyeballs for this recipe. They are the right size, individually wrapped candies and you can get a 10 ounce or 1 pound bag. They are under $...

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The end result was OK, but, cutting those truffles in half was a pain! A lot of waste! I would use mini Reese Cups next time for sure! I just thought the truffles would be better - not! ...

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I have also used Palmer's "Creepy Peepers" chocolate eyeballs for this recipe. They are the right size, individually wrapped candies and you can get a 10 ounce or 1 pound bag. They are under $...

These are very cute. I made them for my son's preschool class. I used peanut butter cups as well, and red gel for eyes. They were a hit. I didn't get 48 balls out of the dough, but it didn't...

I thought this was a cute idea for Halloween. I used my original recipe for peanut butter cookies and then made the spiders on top. When I make my own peanut butter cookies I do not roll them in...

These were adorable! I did everything as written, and the cookies on their own are just okay. I might use my own cookie recipe next time. Thanks for a cute idea!

These turned out very good. I found Dove "Ghosts" at the store today, which turned out perfect because they're already in half. Not sure whether these are always available, but they worked per...

I only made the cookies (without decorating them) really yummy, yes I will make them again.

We had trouble cutting the truffles when they were cold-they shattered. It worked better at room temp.

OMG, my cookies came our so good and the whole family enjoyed eating them.

Cookies were great! I made it simpler by pressing a mini Reese's peanut buttercup into the center right when they were out of the oven and using store bought black decorating frosting for the le...