Halloween is just around the corner and I want to share this recipe for Spider Cookies that I recently made for my family. They are easy to make and so darn cute…as cute as spiders can be. These are the kind of spiders I like…unlike the real ones I used to have my dad take care of for me. Yes, I did that until I got married. I was scared of a spider until I was probably in my 30’s! But there is nothing scary about these spiders on these delicious peanut butter cookies. Well, unless you want them to be scary…then you can give them that kind of look.
This is an amazing peanut butter cookie recipe I found on Sally’s Baking Addiction. It is quick and easy to make. And they are delicious! I love so many of her cookie recipes. She has a great baking cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction, that I use from time to time. Chilling the dough is mandatory for this peanut butter cookie recipe. If you don’t chill the dough it will spread…not good. So chill the dough at least three hours and up to two days. I actually chilled the dough for two days this time because I had a couple of busy days. Yes, you need to wait for the finished product by chilling the dough, but once made, they will be a fantastic soft, thick peanut butter cookie.
Once the cookie dough is made, chilled and ready to go, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough into balls that are about 1 ½” in size. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, about 2 inches apart from each other. Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on them to flatten them just a little. Bake them for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove them from the oven and gently press down two Whopper candies, putting a smaller one in front of the larger on to resemble a spider. Let them sit on the baking sheet for five more minutes, then place them on the cooling rack to cool.
Once you have all the cookies made and cooled completely, it is time to add the spider legs. Just melt some chocolate chips (I used about one cup) and place into a decorating bag with a writing tip attached. Work from the center out, making four legs on each side of the Whoppers. Make two going more towards the front and two towards the back. For the eyes, make two dots with the melted chocolate on the smaller Whopper candy. Then add a colored round sprinkle for each eye. You can also use frosting gel for the eyes. Let them sit until the chocolate sets. Enjoy with a glass of milk and have a fun Halloween!!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 box of Whopper candies (12 ounce carton)
- Approximately one cup of chocolate chips, melted
- Sprinkles for eyes (or frosting gel)
- Using a mixer, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add in the eggs, beating well after each one is added. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until well combined.
- Cover dough tightly and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
- Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mats.
- Roll the dough into about 1 ½” balls. Place them two inches apart from each other. Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on each cookie. Bake them for 11-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and place two Whopper candies on top of the cookie, with a smaller one in front of the larger one.
- Let them sit on the baking sheet for five minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
- Once all the cookies are made and cooled completely, melt the chocolate chips. Place the melted chocolate into a decorating bag and using a writing tip, make the legs of the spider. Make four legs on each side of the Whoppers. Working from the center out, make two legs going towards the back and two legs going towards the front of the spider.
- For the eyes, place two dots of melted chocolate on the smaller Whopper and place a sprinkle on each dot of melted chocolate.
- Let sit until the chocolate has set.
- Store cookies covered for up to one week.
- Makes about 5 dozen cookies.