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Gluten Free Spider Cookies

These gluten free spider cookies are a super fun and delicious Halloween treat. So full of chocolate and peanut butter flavor, they will be a hit whether you like spiders or not.

Gluten Free Spider Cookies - perfect for Halloween! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

Gluten Free Spider Cookies

These gluten free spider cookies will be the cutest cookies in your Halloween spread. They may scare a few of those arachnophobias away, but that irresistible chocolate peanut butter combo won’t keep them away.

These cookies are pretty much like my Peanut Butter Blossoms and Peanut Butter Cookie Cups, but on steroids. I mean, peanut butter on peanut butter with chocolate. It does not get better than this!

Gluten Free Spider Cookies - perfect for Halloween! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

There are several steps that make these cookies a long process to make. But before I scare you away, NONE of the steps are difficult! Most of the work is down time, which means it’s not actually work. And to make your life easier, you can always use store-bought eyes which will dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes to make these spider cookies.

Halloween is one of those holidays where you can really have fun with your food. Creepy food, cute food, scary food, over the top food – it’s the holiday that food dreams are made of. I admit, I’ve never really done much with themed food in the past but I couldn’t pass up on making these cookies.

Gluten Free Spider Cookies - perfect for Halloween! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

First of all, they’re kind of a party pleaser. How fun is it to say you ate spiders?! You don’t have to tell anyone they were chocolate 😉 Second, my husband is a chocolate and peanut butter FANATIC. He’s crazy about it and I can never make enough treats with this flavor combo for him.

(–> check out my gluten free gluten free chocolate peanut butter bars where I explain it all <– )

While he loves chocolate and peanut butter, he’s kind of afraid of spiders. I am the designated spider exterminator in our house so it was super fun for me to tell him that I made him some peanut butter cookies and he could find them in the freezer. I secretly wish I had a camera in the freezer (Alton Brown/ Good Eats style) just to see his reaction when he saw the spiders sitting on top.

Surprise! Your favorite cookies with your least favorite thing in the world, EVER! I’m so mean. It’s so much fun. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Spider Cookies - perfect for Halloween! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com


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Gluten Free Spider Cookies - perfect for Halloween! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

Gluten Free Spider Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These gluten free spider cookies are a super fun and delicious Halloween treat. So full of chocolate and peanut butter flavor, they will be a hit whether you like spiders or not.

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 1 16.5 ounce jar Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs, Room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 36 Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Unwrapped

To Decorate

  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate, Melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 3 baking pans with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then mix in the baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract.
  4. Roll dough into 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls and place on the baking sheets, do not flatten the cookie dough balls.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. When the cookies are done baking, immediately place 1 peanut butter cup upside-down on each cookie.
  6. Cool on the baking pans until firm enough to move and then cool completely on a cooling rack. Store at room temperature or freeze until ready to decorate.
  7. To make the googly eyes, mix together the powdered sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, water, and almond extract – mixture will be thick like paste/glue.
  8. Transfer the sugar mixture into a sandwich bag and snip one corner to pipe. Pipe the mixture into small circles (to desired size, mine are about the size of a pen cap) on wax paper until all of the sugar is used. Let the eyes sit at room temperature to dry and harden for 24 hours before using.
  9. To assemble the spider cookies, melt the 1/4 cup of chocolate in the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat melting process for 15 seconds until chocolate is melted.
  10. Dip a toothpick into the chocolate and make a small chocolate patch on the Reese’s peanut butter cup and place two eyes on each chocolate patch. (The chocolate will act as a glue to hold the eyes. If the cookies are frozen or cold, the chocolate will harden faster and the eyes will stick better.) Repeat until all the eyes are attached to the cookies.
  11. Once the eyes are attached, dip the toothpick into the chocolate and then give each eye a chocolate center.
  12. To make the legs, dip the toothpick into the chocolate and then draw the chocolate legs. If your chocolate isn’t thin enough and starts to cool and thicken at this point, reheat for a few seconds to loosen it up. Once all the legs are drawn on with the chocolate, cool until the chocolate hardens. Store in an airtight container. 

Notes

  • Use a chocolate that melts easily. I do not recommend using Nestle chocolate chips, the chocolate does not get thin enough to easily draw the legs or make the eye centers.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

    Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

    Gluten Free Spider Cookies - perfect for Halloween! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com

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    Andrea

    Thursday 25th of October 2018

    I made these tonight for my daughter's softball team. I saved a lot of time by putting the cookies back in the oven for about 30 seconds after adding the peanut butter cup. This melted the chocolate, allowing the (store-bought) eyes to stick easily. Then I popped them in the fridge for a quick re-hardening of the chocolate. My husband and kids tried some, and they were delicious!

    Sharon

    Friday 26th of October 2018

    Thanks for the great time saving tip! Glad your family enjoyed them :)

    Lauren

    Friday 28th of October 2016

    These are the absolute cutest!

    Marjo

    Friday 28th of October 2016

    The spider cookies look so cute! I'll bet my kids will be dunking the cookies into milk in no time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    amanda

    Thursday 27th of October 2016

    These are adorable! Any kid would love to get their hands on a few of these!

    Alisa Fleming

    Thursday 27th of October 2016

    I've seen a lot of spider treats this Halloween season, but those are the cutest!!

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