Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

How cute are these spider cookies?! They are as adorable as can be, and add a mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup to anything and it’s instantly better, right? Whether you have a Halloween party coming up or just want a fun treat for the kids, these cookies are sure to be a hit!


  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 3/4 cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup sugar for rolling

  • 48 miniature peanut butter cups unwrapped and FROZEN

  • 96 candy eyes

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375* F.

  • In a large bowl beat together shortening, peanut butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

  • Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat until blended.

  • Form into 1″ balls.

  • Roll in sugar and place a couple of inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden.

  • Immediately after pulling out of the oven, gently press an upside down frozen peanut butter cup on top of each cookie and move to a wire rack to cool.

  • After placing and moving all of the cookies on the wire rack, put in place the candy eyes while chocolate is still slightly soft.

  • Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow cookies to become firm.

  • Put chocolate chips in the corner of a zippered sandwich bag.

  • Microwave for 20 seconds, knead and repeat until chocolate has melted.

  • Clip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag to allow for piping and draw eight legs on each spider cookie.

  • Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow legs to set.