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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  • 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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