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Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies – creepy yet delightful and frightfully delicious this recipe is perfect for Halloween Cookies!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


That’s what some of you may be thinking at first glance, but don’t worry. These spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them.

Especially after you find out they’re made of chewy peanut butter cookie dough and chocolate truffles. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies should make a break for it because once you get your hands on one, the rest are in trouble.

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Halloween Cookies

Halloween is my favorite holiday for treat making.

Turning delectable goodies into creepy creations gives me that giddy-goose-bump sensation of Halloween night and makes me feel like a kid again.

The Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Today I’m offering a twist on one of my favorite cookie combos, chocolate peanut butter cookies, in a way that will fill your heart with fright.

But these cookies are kind of cute, aren’t they?

I don’t know whether to hug them, squash them… or eat them.

I think I’ll go with option three.

P.S. This post was shared several years back and now these spider peanut butter cookies with chocolate truffles are everywhere online! However, this is the original recipe that has been copied again and again.

Once you taste them, I think you’ll understand why.

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Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Truffles

The center of each Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie is a Lindt (Lindor) chocolate truffle. I love the soft creamy centers, however, you can use whatever store-bought chocolate truffle candy you like best. Just make sure they measure about an inch across.

I made a simple peanut butter cookie dough and rolled it into balls. Then I baked the balls for 10 minutes, until they formed domes, and quickly pressed a cavity in each cooking before baking the rest of the way. This creates a unique round-crackly shape that’s perfect for Halloween.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Once the cookies have baked and almost cooled all the way, add a truffle to each cavity. Make sure the cookies are just barely above room temperature so the chocolate coating melts just enough to glue to the cookie. You don’t want it the melt all the way.

Then pipe chocolate legs on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies to make them look like spiders. Now all they need are eyes.

If we were being exact, we’d add eight eyes… but I think they look better with two.

These cute Halloween Cookies are fun and festive. Plus they are so easy the kids can make them!

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Spider Cookie Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter – For the perfect cookie flavor and texture. I always use unsalted butter to better control the salt content in baked goods.
  • Creamy peanut butter – The distinct flavor of the cookie recipe. 
  • Brown sugar – For depth of flavor and sweetness. 
  • Granulated sugar – For sweetness and crunch. 
  • Vanilla extract – To round out the cookie flavor.
  • Egg – To bind the dough together.
  • All-purpose flour – The perfect platform for soft chewy cookies. 
  • Baking powder and  baking soda – To create lift while baking.
  • Salt – All baked goods need alittle salt.
  • Chocolate truffles – I used Lindt Truffles. However you can use any type of chocolate truffles you like. 
  • Semisweet chocolate chips – To pipe the spider legs.
  • Candy eyes – Find these in the cake decoration section of most grocery chains.

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Halloween Spider Cookies FAQ

Can I Make Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies?

Absolutely! Use a 1-to-1 gluten free baking mix instead of wheat flour. If the truffles are pure chocolate, this whole recipe will be gluten free!

Can I Freeze These Spider Cookies?

Yes. However, as with all cookies, if you freeze them and place them in a container stacked together, they may not look as nice when you thaw them out.

I Can’t Find Chocolate Truffles

You can also use mini peanut butter cups, or old fashioned Russel Stover style chocolates.

I Can’t Find Candy Eyeballs

You can use red hot candies for eyes, or pipe little dots for eyes with colored frosting.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies - Creepy yet delightful and frightfully delicious this recipe is perfect for Halloween cookies!
Servings: 24 cookies



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place the softened butter and peanut butter in the mixer and beat until fluffy. Then add both sugar and beat again until fluffy. Scrape the bowl and beat in the vanilla and egg.
  • In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Turn the mixer on low to slowly incorporate the flour mixture.
  • Roll the cookie dough into twenty-four 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls and spread 12 out on each cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Quickly use a pestle to press a cavity in the middle of each cookie. Then place back in the oven and bake another 6-10 minutes, until golden.
  • Meanwhile, unwrap all the chocolate truffles. Once the cookies are out of the oven, cool until almost at room temperature (but not very warm) and place a truffle in the cavity of each cookie. If the cookies are too warm, the truffle will melt. If the cookies are cool, the truffle won't stick. (You can also wait until the cookies are completely cool, then glue the truffles in with chocolate to be safe.)
  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate in a zip bag. Close the bag and snip off a small portion of one corner to create a hole. Pipe 8 legs on each cookie, starting from the truffle body down.
  • Then use the remaining melted chocolate to glue 2 eyes onto each truffle spider. Cool until the chocolate is firm and serve.



Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 130IU, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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206 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies”

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  2. Wow but the Chocochip peanut butter spide cookies I have tried at my home for my children. They like it so much thanks keep posting like this.

  3. Wow, that is a great food idea. I read your blog and find the best chocolate peanut butter spider food idea about your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. You made my day. They are adorable :)

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  9. These chocolate peanut butter spider cookies look so delicious. I will try these on the weekend when the whole family reunited once again.

  10. The cutest form to eat peanut. Love this texture.

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  12. Such a great post. Chocochip peanut butter spide cookies I have tried at my home for my children. They like it so much thanks keep posting like this.

  13. Nice ! Thanks for the idea. ;)

  14. These are so fun!!! And soo delicious too!!!

  15. Adorable! I love these; they’re so cute! So perfect for Halloween!

  16. These are absolutely adorable!

  17. This is SUCH a fun idea!! So easy and absolutely adorable!

  18. These are so adorable! My kids loved making and eating them!

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  20. Ohh what a great recipe, am gonna try this with my daughter today , we will follow everything here . Thanks a lot.

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  23. like soot sprites from the films Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro! I am so making these for kid 4’s party next week. Thanks for the cute idea.

  24. My children will definitely like this. I will do it now. Thank you for this recipe

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  32. This look so tasty, I’m going to give this a try this weekend, hopefully, I can design it as beautiful as you did <3

  33. Those cookies are really adorable. It absolutely creative and wondering. I appreciate your thoroughness. Would be applied to my kitchen for my kids. Can I use bananas? Thanks for sharing a beautiful idea with us.

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  35. Sommer, these have to be the cutest little cookies I’ve ever seen. I cannot wait to make them with the kids.

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  40. Wow, they look so cute. Love them :)

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  44. I just finished making these and they are so adorable! I’ll definitely link back to you when I post it. Thanks for such a cute idea!

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  63. So lovely, thanks for the recipes. Will try this  fancy cookies. So cute

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  65. I made these for my son’s preschool halloween party and they were a huge hit.  Delicious and super cute!  Thanks for such a great recipe!

  66. These look like soot sprites from the films Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro! I am so making these for kid 4’s party next week. Thanks for the cute idea.

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  75. Sommer, these li’l spiders are just TOO cute!
    Lindor just makes them extra delicious. Gotta do this one w my sister and our kids this w/end.

  76. LOVE LOVE LOVE Thank you so much for sharing !!! 

  77. I am gonna try to make this at home.. My kids will love this for sure.

  78. Really easy to make! Turned out really cute.

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  83. These are great for my upcoming halloween party! I can not wait to make them!

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  92. Can you cut the truffles in half ?

    • Hi Joanne, Not the Lindt truffles… they are too soft on the inside to be cut in half. However, you might find another brand that is a little more firm.

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  97. Love these! Thanks for sharing!

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  106. these were a big hit at our party. i had trouble finding the candy eyes. we used round orange and green round decorating candies.

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  114. These are adorable! I know my boys would go crazy for these creepies!

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  116. My dough got very crumbly and kept wanting to fall apart. I used a very dry ecological peanutbutter with 99% peanuts. Should I have done anything different because of that?

    • Linda, I had the same issue :( I couldn’t properly roll a ball because dough kep fallingappart.
      And do you know where in Sweden to buy candy eyes?

  117. Your cookies are adorable. I’m going to make them today and bring them to the annual family crab dinner tonight – I’m just going to try to convert the measures to the Swedish and European system first, I hope I’ll get it right :)

    Take care

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  119. I was wondering what you used to make the hole in the middle of the cookie.

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  129. I made these for a silly secret game at work “Spooked” and they turned out great! I admit, i didn’t have time to do it from scratch but I used a Betty Crocker mix. The first batch I baked for a total of 15mins and they came out crunchy. I checked the bag and it said to do it for a total of 11 and with the second batch I did that & it turned out great! I did wait for the cookies to fully cool before putting in the truffles and used the melted chocolate to “glue” them down. When I finished, I let them sit out for the night to fully set and packed them in the morning. They made it through a 30min car ride without any eyes falling off, yay!

    My biggest disappointment? The Lindt bag only had 22 truffles!!! I improvised and used left over melted chocolate to make 2 “squished” spider (still so cute with the eyes though).

    • Yeah, I just used the pre-made dough. I had to adjust for time too, I cooked for about 6-7 minutes before pulling them out. And I didn’t have a pestle to make the dents, but the top of a can of whip cream worked just fine. :) Love the squished spider idea!

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  140. Can you use REESES Peanut butter cups???

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  143. These are so cute. I will definitely make them for my chocolate and peanut butter loving boys.

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  146. These are adorable. Where do you buy candy eyes?

  147. Oh my gosh – I love these guys!

  148. soooo cute! it’s the first time i’d want my kitchen to be full of spiders! :)

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  151. hi thanks for posting this! they are so adorable! just wondering if i can use m&m chocolates instead of candies for the eyes?

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  154. I have to agree with the poster who suggested waiting until these are completely cool then just gluing the truffles in with melted chocolate. I waited until mine were barely warm, then I put just one truffle in for a test. After a couple of minutes it was fine, so I added the rest. Within 20 minutes, they were all a melted mess. It was the prolonged exposure to just mild head that ruined them. Next time I’ll wait until the cookies are fully cool before adding the truffles.

  155. I’d love to make these for our grandkids. Where would I find candy eyes though?

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  157. These festive cookies are so cute and creative! I’ll take a dozen, please. :)

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  159. due to peanut allergies in the family I’m going to try this using Almond Butter instead! They look wonderful.

  160. If kids are allergic to peanuts, then what other cookie dough recipe can be used??

  161. Allergic to peanuts, can I use a sugar cookie recipe instead?

  162. These are simply adorable…but my question is…where do you find candy eyes?? LOL Thanks!!

  163. I find if you put you kiss on while hot ant put back in oven for about 30 sec or so the chocolate is much better. That’s how my mother made them

  164. do you think Whoopers would work? Those choc covered candy malt balls.

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  166. You could let them cool completely and use some melted chocolate to glue in the truffle the way you glue on the eyes!

  167. These are adorable? I also would like to know where you get the candy eyes?

    • HI Lisa, I found them in the baking aisle of our regular grocery store chain. I bet a craft store would also have them.

  168. I am definitely a cookie baker and was delighted to see these! I think they will be perfect for my third grade class! Where, exactly, do you find the candy eyes? Many thanks for this adorable addition to my cookie arsenal!

  169. Oh my gosh, so adorable! These cookies could not be any cuter!!

  170. These cookies are just too cute for words…love them! I Iove the flavors, too! Thanks for sharing!

  171. These are so adorable!!! I love it!!!

  172. The cutest and tastiest spiders EVER! I definitely won’t stomp on these with my shoe! ;)

  173. These are seriously the cutest!!!

  174. SO STINKING CUTE!! lol this is such a good idea, and who doesn’t love a little peanut butter and chocolate combo :)

  175. I love these! So many Halloween treats are kind of unappetizing (at least to me), but these look delicious and they are adorable! Might have to make them for the school’s Fall carnival!

  176. These are absolutely adorable!

  177. Cute Cute Cute Sommer! Totally doing these with my boys :) Happy Friday!

  178. These are the cutest cookies ever!!

  179. My husband is an entomologist. I could make these for him any time of the year!

  180. I hate spiders but I just might keep this cute little things around. Great job and they really are almost too cute to eat.

  181. These are SO stinkin’ cute!!! I LOVE them!!

  182. I love making Halloween themed sweets. These are so fun!

  183. Adorable! Though I’m pretty sure Eric and I would eat the whole batch of these. Peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combo in this house.

  184. So cute!! And totally tasty sounding too. Love these!