I love creating spooky Halloween treats that the kids can help out with, and that is exactly what these cookies are.
They are our classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, with a fun holiday Halloween twist. They are the perfect activity for the kids, and they taste delicious.
They are perfectly soft peanut butter cookies. Honestly the BEST peanut butter cookies we have ever tried.
Add some chocolate and you have peanut butter and chocolate heaven, that melts in your mouth. For more fun Halloween activities to do with kids, check out these ideas at Life Hack.
would almond butter work instead of peanut butter?
I often replace peanut butter with almond butter in many of my recipes. However, this is one I would not recommend switching out.
The peanut butter texture varies from the almond butter texture. The peanut butter texture is a lot smoother and more creamy, making the cookies more moist. If almond butter were to replace the peanut butter, they would be a little more dry.
If you do use almond butter, you will want to add about 2 Tablespoons of milk, or an extra egg yolk, to the dough, to help soften it up.
Again, peanut butter is highly recommended for these cookies, rather than almond butter.
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halloween classroom party ideas:
I love Halloween classroom parties. I am a little sad that I don’t get to attend them myself anymore, but I do get to live through my kids. If you are looking for a few classroom Halloween party ideas, here are a few favorites:
- Halloween Bingo: There are so many holiday bingo cards you can find online for free. You can also have the kids make their own with witch hats, bats, spiders, vampires, etc. We use holiday M&M’s for the candies, and have a few simple prizes for the winners, such as candy bars or sticky hands.
- Halloween Cake Walk or Musical Chairs: When the music stops, you better be on a chair or standing on a piece of paper. Play your favorite Halloween song, (I’m partial to Monster Mash), and let the kids dance around and get all their wiggles out.
- Frost Sugar Cookies or Decorate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies: This really let’s the kids creative juices flow, and who doesn’t love a dessert that was made personally for you?
- Mystery Hand Boxes: My grandpa used to always make boxes with peeled grapes (eyeballs), spaghetti noodles (worms), cooked rice (brains), pretzel rods (witch fingers), and so on. The kids would be blind folded, then reach in each box and feel around and guess what they are feeling. Such a fun game and the kids love being hands on with this one.
- Spooky Gingerbread Houses: A little twist on Christmas gingerbread houses. Instead of making a holiday home, make a spooky haunted mansion and decorate it with spooky Halloween candies and frosting.
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what could i use in place of the lindor milk chocolate balls?
I love the Lindor Lindt Balls, but they are a little pricey, and can easily be replaced. Here are a few replacements I recommend:
- Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Peppermint Patties
- Bite Size Milky Way Squares
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ingredients needed to make Peanut Butter Spider Cookies:
These cookies are so fun and simple to throw together. If you are looking for the perfect spooky Halloween treat or dessert, these cookies are perfect.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Additional sugar – for rolling
- 24 Milk Chocolate Lindor Lindt Balls
- 48 candy eyes
- 1 (1.25 ounce) tube black gel
*Pro Tip: You could also use melted milk chocolate chips to stick the eyeballs onto the chocolate ball. They will blend a little easier and they will harden quicker, but I am all about saving time, so I just used the gel.
how to make the perfect peanut butter spider cookies:
Theses cookies are so easy, but we have a few tips for you that will make these cookies perfectly. Let’s get started:
Step 1: You can use a standing mixer, hand mixer, or stir by hand. You will want to cream together your butter, brown sugar, sugar, and creamy peanut butter. It’s okay if there are a few lumps from the butter, but try to make it as smooth as possible.
Step 2: Add eggs, flour, baking soda and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Be sure to scrape the bottom and the sides so you don’t have excess or loose flour that will make the dough dry in some areas.
Step 3: Roll dough into 1 inch balls, roll in additional sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet and use a spoon to flatten the top of the cookies. You don’t want them completely flat, but just a little indented.
Step 4: Bake for about 9-10 minutes or until the edges are puffed and slightly golden.
Step 5: While the cookies are still warm, press the chocolate balls into the middle, just slightly pressing down.
Step 6: Once removed from the oven, allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Move the cookies to a cooling rack or paper towel.
Step 7: While the cookies are still warm, press the chocolate balls into the middle, just slightly pressing down.
Step 8: While the cookies are still warm, press the chocolate balls into the middle, just slightly pressing down.
Step 9: Using the black gel, create 4 legs on each side and use small dots of gel to stick the candy eyes on.
Step 10: Let the cookies cool completely. Enjoy your spooky treat.
For more spooky season activities, check out the Best 35 Halloween Activities, to help get you in the holiday spirit.
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looking for more halloween desserts and party ideas?
- Halloween Mummy Brownies
- Halloween Orange Party Punch
- Halloween Party Cupcakes
- Halloween Mickey Mouse Caramel Apples
- Halloween Spooky Smile Cookies
- Spooky Oreo Cheesecake Trifle