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Easy Spider Cookies

These Halloween Spider Cookies are the easiest Halloween dessert. Perfect for parties or to treat yourself which makes these Halloween cookies go-to spookie cookies that are bound to be a hit!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, cookies, dessert, Halloween, peanut butter, spiders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Jesseca

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy not chunky
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 48 Whopper Candies
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (my fave) and set aside.
  • Combine the butter, peanut butter, 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl, or the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat with a hand mixer or the paddle attachment until combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a medium measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Stir into the peanut butter mixture until just combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Scoop the dough into 1 inch circles. Roll in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and place on the prepared baking tray, each cookie roughly 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately press two round chocolates into the cookie to form the spider body.
  • Let the cookies cool about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Place the chocolate chips into a zip top bag. Heat for 30 seconds on the defrost setting to melt. If needed, mix by squeezing the bag and heat for an additional 15 to 20 seconds to melt any remaining pieces.
  • Snip a small piece from the corner of the bag with kitchen scissors. Carefully pipe the legs, starting close to the body of the spider and ending at the foot.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Chocolate too stiff to pipe? Try adding a spoonful of shortening before melting. This will help thin the chocolate.
  • No WHOPPERS? No problem! Swap with brown M&M candy or Reese’s.