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Spider Cookies for Halloween

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These spider cookies are an easy fun treat for kids for Halloween. Let your kids get in on the fun and let them help decorate them!


  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Beat shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, sugar, together. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.

spider cookies

Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until just starting to brown.

Decorate cookies while they are still warm. Use Whoppers or Milk Duds for the spider bodies. You can use one or two candies for the body, whichever you like the look of better. If you place the candies on the cookies while the cookies are warm, the candies will melt slightly, and then harden again. This will keep them from falling off the cookies. Just make sure not to disturb them while they are hardening.

Use a tube of black decorator frosting to place the candy eyes on the spiders. Place a small dot of gel icing on the body to hold the eyes in place.

Use the tube of frosting to draw the legs on the spiders.

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