Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These cookies are perfect for a spooky Halloween treat.

They are are delicious as well as cute.  I had friends who just couldn’t stop eating these.  The spiders are super easy to make as well.  The Reese’s peanut butter cups melt when you put them on the warm cookies so you can just spread them out with a toothpick to form legs.  Stick on some candy eyes and you’re done!


½ cup shortening
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1¾ cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ cup sugar (for rolling)
48 miniature Reese’s cups, unwrapped and frozen
96 candy eyes

Preheat oven to 375.  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 dry mixture to wet mixture and beat until blended.  Form into 1″ balls.  Roll in sugar and place a couple of inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden.  Immediately, gently press an upside down frozen peanut butter cup on top of each cookie and move to 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.  Spread the chocolate out with a toothpick to form legs.  Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow cookies to firm.