Halloween is a week away, and I had more fun than any normal middle-aged (ugh) woman with no children left at home should have making these adorable little peanut butter and chocolate spider cookies! Heck – we don’t even get a single trick-or-treater, but who says you can’t have fun anyway?!?
I had seen a photo of these somewhere, and then a friend texted me a picture from Pinterest by Sommer Collier of A Spicy Perspective saying, “You need to make these for your blog.” Well… that’s about all it took to get me excited, so I went in search of candy eyes at the local Michael’s Store – but none to be found…
Not giving up, I went to good ole’ Amazon Prime and had them in my hot little hands in two days!
They are basically a simple peanut butter cookie with a chocolate truffle in the middle, much like the Hershey Kiss peanut butter cookies (just on Halloween steroids!)
I thought they would be adorable, but wasn’t sure if anyone around here would eat them.
Well – I was wrong! They loved them!
And it was fun to send some to Nick’s girlfriend, Liz’s office for my blog-following girlfriends at TS 🙂 and deliver some to my daughter-in-law, Colleen at work for a silly surprise.
I must give credit where credit is due. I found this recipe on A Spicy Perspective’s Blog (which I am a total new fan of!). She used Lindt Lindor truffles, which I think would be awesome too! Here is Sommer’s recipe, which I tweaked just a bit for my own brevity’s sake:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 24 round chocolate truffles (I used Ferrero Rocher Truffles, but you can use anything you like best)
- 3/4 cup Nestle’s semisweet chocolate chips
- 48 candy eyes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat the butter and peanut butter until fluffy. Then add sugars, and beat again until fluffy. Scrape the bowl, and beat in the vanilla and egg.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Slowly incorporate into the butter and sugar mixture.
- Roll the cookie dough into 24 – 1 1/2 Tbsp-sized balls. Bake for 7 minutes. Quickly press a cavity in the middle of each cookie with your thumb or pestle, then bake another 6 minutes, until golden.
- Cool until almost at room temperature (but not very warm) and place a truffle in the cavity of each cookie.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate in a zip bag. Close the bag and snip off a small portion of one corner to create a hole. Pipe 8 legs on each cookie, starting from the truffle body down.
- Use remaining melted chocolate to glue 2 eyes onto each truffle spider.
Cheers & Hugs,
PS Hope you enjoyed this T! 🙂