I hope you find these cookies cute rather than gross. See, Kenny’s petrified of spiders, so these aren’t doing good things for him.
I’m totally down with spiders. For one thing, they eat mosquitoes. That makes them awesome. And I took care of a tarantula named Pinky back in high school, and he was a real sweetheart. So I have very positive associations and all.
This is my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe all dressed up for Halloween. Is it me, or are creepy treats mainly just adorable? Must be the candy eyes.
In the midst of all this creepiness, I have to admit that Halloween scares me. It really does. I do not like opening the door to people dressed in costumes that are intended to be terrifying. I don’t care how old they are. It’s just not cool.
One year, instead of candy, my mom gave out crayons. I will never forget the humiliation. I was 100% sure that some unruly trick-or-treaters would bust into the house and steal all our food. I mean, I’d be pretty mad if I got crayons instead of candy. The only thing worse would be toothbrushes.
Let’s face it: Halloween is a scary time of year. The sky is often eerily cloudy, and with people moving around at night like ghosts, it’s not exactly reassuring.
Plus, I teach high school, which means that kids come in costume on the closest day to Halloween and we have to figure out which costumes are crossing the line. I really have no desire to see students dressed in short, tight costumes, or in a worst-case scenario from a couple of years back, like a giant condom. It’s so tacky.
The opposite of tacky is cute Halloween treats. And these little guys just make me happy.
This cookie recipe is so good that my oldest son loves it. That might not mean much to you, but the boy eats about two things in life, and I’m not really exaggerating. The fact that he begged me to bake these again after the first time I made them means a lot. Just believe me on that one.
Once the cookie is baked, you press a frozen Reese’s miniature peanut butter cup into the center. Wait for it to harden, and then pipe on legs using chocolate melts. I also used those melts to stick the candy eyes to the spider’s body, i.e., the peanut butter cup. It’s cute, right? Not gross?
I might not like Halloween, but I do love the treats and all the fun you can have with making scary into cute. Spiders might not be as happy an association for you as they are for me, but how about giving them a try? Just this once!
Spooky Spider PB Cup Cookies
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag Reese's miniatures, unwrapped and frozen
1 cup chocolate candy melts
1 package small candy eyes
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, brown sugar and sugar until creamy.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Roll the peanut butter cookie dough into balls that are about one inch in diameter. Place the cookies on the prepared cookie sheets about two inches apart.
- Cover the cookies with plastic wrap and chill for at least three hours.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes, no longer. They will not look done.
- Immediately press a frozen peanut butter cup into the center of the cookie. Cool completely until the peanut butter cups are hardened.
- Heat the chocolate melts according to package directions. Using a piping bag with a small round tip, pipe four legs onto each side of the cookie. The chocolate will be very drippy, so be careful. Allow the chocolate to harden.
- Pipe a dot of chocolate onto the back of each candy eye and affix it immediately to the peanut butter cup as eyes, two for each cookie.
- Allow to set. Enjoy!