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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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with baking parchment.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cut each chocolate sphere into two hemispheres. Put one piece atop each cookie with the rounded side facing upwards.

  • 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.

  • 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

117.2 calories; protein 1.7g 3% DV; carbohydrates 14.4g 5% DV; fat 6.3g 10% DV; cholesterol 7mg 2% DV; sodium 78mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2015
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 $6.00 for the pound size bag. Chill and cut as recipe states before using. Try using Reese's mini cups upside down as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/07/2018
These turned out REALLY cute but they have turned into kitchen Halloween decor because nobody is eating them. I followed the recipe to a t and they are dense and cakey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2015
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 $6.00 for the pound size bag. Chill and cut as recipe states before using. Try using Reese's mini cups upside down as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2015
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 sugar or use shortening. One stick of butter is enough. I may try adding vanilla next time to see if it makes a difference in taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2016
We had trouble cutting the truffles when they were cold-they shattered. It worked better at room temp. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2015
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 matter to us we got about 30 balls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2018
A big hit at my grand daughters Halloween party at school! The cookie is a very good peanut butter cookie. I used mini peanut butter cups for the body and mini marshmallows cut in half for the eyes. We used a dot of chocolate icing for the center of the eyes. Adorable and tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2016
Error in recipe: calls for making "48 balls" but only 24 cookies. Actually 24 balls is correct not 48. That said -- PERFECT cookies and I've never liked peanut butter cookies. Will be making them AGAIN in a week for my grand kids. The "kids" at the office LOVED them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2017
I only made the cookies (without decorating them) really yummy yes I will make them again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2015
Great! We used mini reeses peanut butter cups and skipped the legs. Very cute! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2018
I didn't make any changes. I'll make it again Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/07/2018
These turned out REALLY cute but they have turned into kitchen Halloween decor because nobody is eating them. I followed the recipe to a t and they are dense and cakey. Read More