This recipe for Halloween spider cookies couldn’t be easier to create!
You don’t need anything fancy—everything you need for this dessert is easily found at the neighborhood supermarket, so you don’t have to worry about multiple trips to the cake supply store for complicated materials.
If you’re short on time, cheat the clock (and the messy kitchen) and buy your cookie dough at the supermarket. Just bake the cookies according to the instructions on the package, then add the candy spider body and icing legs after the fresh baked cookies are removed from the oven.
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Halloween Spider Cookies Recipe
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for coating
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 16 malted milk balls
- 16 chocolate-covered peanuts, or raisins
- 1 tube chocolate cookie icing
- 1 tube red gel icing
- Place a rack in center of oven then preheat to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set aside.
- Blend butter and peanut butter in large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until completely combined. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar then beat until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add egg and vanilla then mix until well combined.
- Sift flour, baking soda and salt over the peanut butter mixture then mix until just combined. Scoop dough into 1" balls using a medium cookie scoop and roll in granulated sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet. All 16 should fit on one baking sheet, as they do not spread out too much. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown around the edges.
- Remove from oven then press a malted milk ball into the center of each cookie. Place a chocolate-covered peanut (or raisin) right next to the malted milk ball to form the body of the spider then let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack.
- Use chocolate icing to pipe the spiders’ legs and a touch of red icing on the back to complete the look of a black widow spider. Enjoy these spooky treats!
We used malted milk balls and chocolate-covered peanuts for the spider bodies, but you can choose any two spherical candies as long as one is slightly larger than the other.