A twist on the traditional Buckeye (an Ohio favorite), these sweet peanut butter spider candies are given a creepy, crunchy bite thanks to pretzel spider legs and edible eyes.

Or hit the easy button and substitute store-bought cake doughnut holes as alternative to making your own peanut butter candy balls.

Easy buckeye peanut butter spider candies, a spooky Halloween treat.

Peanut butter spider candies

Bake up some spooky party food this Halloween with these delicious peanut butter spider candies made from a simple three-ingredient dough.


Yield: 24 spiders
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  • Hand mix peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar to form a smooth-yet-stiff consistency.
  • Shape dough into 1½" diameter balls then place on baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
  • Break pretzels into leg-sized pieces and insert into peanut butter balls, 4 on each side.
  • Place baking sheet in refrigerator to harden, 20–30 minutes.
  • Melt dipping chocolate per package instructions.
  • Remove baking sheet from refrigerator. Use spoon to apply small dollop of dipping chocolate to top of spider bodies. Apply 2 round sprinkles for eyes, refrigerate spiders an additional 30 minutes to set then your spiders are complete!
  • As an alternative, purchase donut holes, insert pretzel legs and attach candy eyes to make these goofy but spooky spiders!


Get your kids involved in making these spooky spiders! They can help roll the dough into balls or insert the pretzel legs!
Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 90mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g
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Easy buckeye peanut butter spider candies