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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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Ready to up your Fall Harvest or Halloween plans with these fun and silly peanut butter spider cookies? I’ve yet to find anyone who didn’t just love the look and taste of these fall treats. Not only that they make me giggle and put me in the fall mood too.

Are your kids like my boys who love spiders and all creepy crawling things? If so, just know they’ll go crazy over these cookies. Any what about those kids who are scared of spiders? Guess what– they have no problem getting close to these treats.

And let’s say what a blessing it is to eat these gluten and dairy free! I would’ve never dreamed I’d be baking these spider cookies when I first started eating gluten and dairy free years ago.

A baking sheet of peanut butter cookies with an upside down peanut butter cup. On the peanut butter cup is edible eyes with 4 icing spider legs on each side.

Y’all, these treats look festive and taste ridiculously delicious with the chocolate and peanut butter combo. Everyone loves the way these look too with those silly spider eyes that really help these cookies come alive.

And what’s better than a soft and sugary peanut butter cookie topped with a peanut butter cup? These cookies definitely show my weak side for the best treat combo– chocolate and peanut butter. These flavors truly are the best together.

Read below for your step by step guide to successfully preparing these cookies to share with your family and friends.

Peanut butter cookies with an upside down peanut butter cup, with edible eyes,  and frosting for 4 legs on each side.

peanut butter spider cookie ingredients

  • peanut butter cookies— use my easy chocolate kiss cookie recipe as the base. This recipe makes 40 cookies.
  • spider body— here is my gluten and dairy free peanut butter cup recipe. I usually prepare these cups a day or two before assembling the body. This recipe will give you 15 mini peanut butter cups and can easily be tripled for more cups.
  • spider eyes— a safe gluten and dairy free brand is Festival Candy Eyes available for purchase here. And this is their allergen statement.
  • spider legs— chocolate frosting or this Betty Crocker Chocolate Decorating Cupcake Icing found at local grocery stores.

step-by-step guide

  • First, for this recipe prepare the peanut butter cups as the above recipe suggests. After the cups are solid, remove from the muffin liner and set aside.
  • Second, follow the cookie recipe link above. After the cookies are removed from the oven, allow them to cool for 10 minutes; then place the cups upside down on each cookie. If the peanut butter cups are placed on the cookies too soon, they melt and lose their spider shape.
  • Next, after the cups have been placed on the cookies, attach the eyes. The peanut butter cups will be slightly melty, making it easier to have the eyes attach.
  • Then lastly using frosting and a #1 icing tip with a frosting bag or the Betty Crocker Decorating Icing mentioned above, add four legs to each side of the body.
  • Store these at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days. They are freshest the day the cookies are baked.
Peanut butter cookies with an upside down peanut butter cup, with edible eyes,  and frosting for 4 legs on each side.
Peanut butter cookies with an upside down peanut butter cup, with edible eyes,  and frosting for 4 legs on each side.
Peanut butter cookies with an upside down peanut butter cup, with edible eyes,  and frosting for 4 legs on each side.

other recipes you’ll love for the fall

Peanut butter cookies with an upside down peanut butter cup, with edible eyes,  and frosting for 4 legs on each side.

lastly

These cookies are the best! They’re fun, festive, and funny. So to say these Spider Cookies are a crowd favorite is an understatement. Everyone goes cray-cray over these festive cookies.

Don’t forget how perfect these cookies would fit in at a creepy crawly bugs and insects birthday party theme, too.

Please do me a favor and leave me a 5 star review and comment below if you enjoyed these cookies.

And you’ll find so many more fall and Christmas recipes on my website! Grab a cup of joe and enjoy exploring.

Eat well and feel well,

Jill

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