These peanut butter spider cookies are chewy and soft peanut butter cookies topped with a cute peanut butter cup spider! Perfect for a fun and adorable Halloween treat!
Have you guys realized yet that I’m a fan of cookies? I mean we do have over 100 cookie recipes on the blog and I’m here to tell you that I’m adding another one to the mix.
Honestly, these cookies start with my favorite peanut butter cookie base, but they peanut butter cup spiders on the tops are too cute, not to share, and I think these adorable peanut butter spider cookies deserve a post of their own. Don’t you?
These cookies are super delicious, simple, and so fun! Like I just mentioned, I used my peanut butter cookie recipe but without the chocolate chips for the base, but you can totally use refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough from the store instead, if you want to save a few steps. And in that case, these cookies would only be 4 ingredients, and you can’t really beat that!
How to Make these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies?
To make the cookies you’ll bake up the peanut butter cookie dough (full directions are below) After the cookies have cooled for a few minutes you’ll place a peanut butter cup upside down on the top of each cookie to bake the spider’s body.
You’ll microwave some chocolate chips until the chocolate is nice and melty and smooth. Then scoop the chocolate up into a plastic bag. Drizzle the chocolate onto the cookie to create the spiders legs, from the Reese’s body out to the edge of the cookie. Add on the candy eyes and voila, you’ve got an adorable and delicious peanut butter spider cookie.
The cookies are not only darling, and perfect for a Halloween party, or just a fun Halloween treat, but they are amazingly delicious. Think how much your kids would love taking these with them to a school Halloween party (just check for peanut allergies first!!), or opening up their lunch box and finding one of these cute cookies!
The combination of the chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a Reese’s peanut butter cup is divine. Its a match made in heaven. And its the perfect cookie for all chocolate and peanut butter lovers.
These cookies are perfect for a Halloween plate, and would pair so nicely with some of our other Halloween favorites! You definitely need to try our Halloween Popcorn Balls and our monster rice krispie treats/frankenstein rice krispie treats/mummy rice krispie treats!
Halloween is becoming one of my favorite holidays to make cute treats for and these cute chocolate peanut butter spider cookies are a perfect one to add to your repertoire.
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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, softened)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 24-30 miniature Reese's Cups
- 48-60 candy eyes
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Beat the butter and peanut butter together until it is well combined.
- Add in the sugars and cream for about 2 minutes or until the mixture has lightened.
- Stir in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Add in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt) and stir into the mixture until well combined.
- Roll the cookie dough into 1.5 inch sized balls (you'll want about 24-30 balls total). Most recently I got 28.
- Place cookie dough onto a cookie sheet lines with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes until the cookies just start to crack. They'll finish baking as they cool on the pan.
- Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Allow cookies to cool on cooling rack for about 5 minutes.
- Unwrap Reese's peanut butter cups and place one on the top of each cookie.
- Allow Reese's and cookies to cool completely.
- Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments stirring after each until completely smooth.
- Transfer the melted chocolate into a plastic bag and cut off the corner/tip of the bag. (I just use a small ziplock bag)
- Pipe chocolate legs onto the cookie starting from the Reese's body out to the edge of the cookie.
- Add a little chocolate to the back of the candy eyes and press them onto the Reese's cup.
- Allow chocolate to set completely before serving.