Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Yield: 24 spiders

Prep Time:40

Cook Time:18

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These cute and creepy spider cookies are made on a peanut butter cookie base filled with a chocolate truffle

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 round chocolate truffles (I used Lindt Truffles.)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 candy eyes

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into 24 – 1 1/2 tablespoon 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Then use the remaining melted chocolate to glue 2 eyes onto each truffle spider. Cool until the chocolate is firm and serve.
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166 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted October 3, 2014 at 4:49 am Reply

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

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 3, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply

    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.

  3. Tieghanposted October 3, 2014 at 6:27 am Reply

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

  4. Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 3, 2014 at 6:32 am Reply

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

  5. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted October 3, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

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

    • ilaposted October 8, 2014 at 5:11 am Reply

      I notice you said ALMOST too cute to eat!
      My friend hates spiders and she said she would eat these.
      LOL!

  6. Jenny @ The Peachy Pairposted October 3, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 3, 2014 at 6:40 am Reply

      LOL!! Jenny, that is awesome. :)

  7. Marla Meridithposted October 3, 2014 at 6:43 am Reply

    These are the cutest cookies ever!!

  8. Jenny Flakeposted October 3, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

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

  9. amanda @ fake gingerposted October 3, 2014 at 6:54 am Reply

    These are absolutely adorable!

  10. Danelleposted October 3, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

    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!

  11. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blogposted October 3, 2014 at 7:42 am Reply

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

  12. Heather Christoposted October 3, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

    These are seriously the cutest!!!

  13. Nikki @Seeded at the Tableposted October 3, 2014 at 9:14 am Reply

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

  14. Naomiposted October 3, 2014 at 9:36 am Reply

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

  15. Jodee Weilandposted October 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

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

  16. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchenposted October 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm Reply

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

  17. Wenderlyposted October 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm Reply

    SOOOO darling!!!

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted October 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm Reply

    What a fun dessert!

  19. Bonnieposted October 4, 2014 at 2:56 am Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted October 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm Reply

      Hi Bonnie, I found them in the baking aisle of our regular grocery store chain. I bet a craft store would also have them in the baking section.

      • Pennyposted October 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

        the eyes are in the Wilton part of the craft aisle at our WalMart.

  20. Lisaposted October 4, 2014 at 5:53 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm Reply

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

  21. Deniseposted October 4, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Yes! Good thinking. :)

    • Mary Anneposted October 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm Reply

      I was think why couldn’t you use melt chocolate to “glue” the body?

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  23. Paulaposted October 5, 2014 at 7:00 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm Reply

      Hi Paula, I bet it would if you made the cookies and holes a little smaller. :)

    • Lynnposted October 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm Reply

      Whoppers worked great and the grand kids said they were yummy

  24. Pat gposted October 5, 2014 at 10:44 am Reply

    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

  25. Nikkiposted October 6, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

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

  26. Susanposted October 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm Reply

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

  27. Sukuposted October 7, 2014 at 9:59 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 8, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply

      Hi Suku, are they allergic to all tree nuts? If not, you could use almond butter.

  28. Anneposted October 7, 2014 at 11:47 am Reply

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

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  30. cristinaposted October 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply

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

  31. Voluptuous Hypothesisposted October 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm Reply

    Very creative

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  33. Robertaposted October 9, 2014 at 7:54 am Reply

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

    • Lynnposted October 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm Reply

      In the baking section next to the sprinkles

  34. Susanposted October 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm Reply

    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.

    • Kate @ Midnight Book Girlposted October 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

      I had a similar problem at first, they just kept melting. So I popped them into the freezer for a few minutes and they were fine.

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  37. vanposted October 10, 2014 at 6:25 am Reply

    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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  40. [email protected]posted October 10, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

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

  41. Marian (Sweetopia)posted October 10, 2014 at 11:30 am Reply

    Oh my gosh – I love these guys!

  42. Melindaposted October 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm Reply

    These are adorable. Where do you buy candy eyes?

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  45. bertaposted October 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm Reply

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

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  48. Moe'posted October 13, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

    Can you use REESES Peanut butter cups???

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  59. Crysposted October 23, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

    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).

    Rating: 5
    • Kate @ Midnight Book Girlposted October 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm Reply

      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!

      Rating: 5
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  61. Tracy | PeanutButter and Onionposted October 23, 2014 at 11:37 am Reply

    THese are adorable!!

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  70. Nancyposted October 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm Reply

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

    • Sommerposted October 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm Reply

      Hi Nancy, I used a pestle to press the center, but the end of a wooden spoon or spatula would work.

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  72. Lindaposted October 25, 2014 at 12:01 am Reply

    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
    //Linda

  73. Lindaposted October 25, 2014 at 4:02 am Reply

    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?

    • Dariaposted October 25, 2014 at 5:34 am Reply

      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?

      • Lindaposted October 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Cervera sell eyes that look like those in the picture :D How did your cookies turn out? I frooze my dough ;)

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  75. [email protected] Dairy on the Prairieposted October 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm Reply

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

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  83. debposted October 28, 2014 at 7:22 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  92. Ivonneposted October 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Love these! Thanks for sharing!

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  97. Joanneposted October 31, 2014 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Can you cut the truffles in half ?

    • Sommerposted November 1, 2014 at 11:46 am Reply

      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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  106. Ericaposted September 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm Reply

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

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  111. Kathyposted October 7, 2015 at 2:37 am Reply

    Really easy to make! Turned out really cute.

    Rating: 5
  112. Kylieposted October 7, 2015 at 7:37 am Reply

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

  113. Doce Cupcakeposted October 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  114. Coco in the Kitchenposted October 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm Reply

    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.
    Thanks!

    Rating: 5
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  123. Dawnposted October 24, 2015 at 8:11 am Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
  124. Lindseyposted October 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
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  126. ayuposted March 30, 2016 at 4:53 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  145. Erin @ Making Memoriesposted October 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
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  149. Vivianposted June 10, 2017 at 5:25 am Reply

    Wow, they look so cute. Love them :)

    Rating: 5