halloween spider cookies

this halloween, i wanted to prepare some sweet little treats for my friends. instead of just going out to the store to buy candy, i decided to be domesticated and practice my baking – something i’ve been meaning to do for awhile.  i came across these adorable spider cookies on cincy shopper’s blog. this was my first time baking cookies from scratch and the recipe made it super easy! i think these peanut butter cookies will also come in handy for future occasions.

ingredients
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar (for rolling)
48 miniature reese’s cups, unwrapped and frozen
96 candy eyes (i got mine from michael’s)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

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directions
1. preheat your oven to 375 F
2. in a large bowl, beat together shortening, peanut butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and milk
3. in a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt
4. gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat until blended
5. form into 1″ balls
6. roll in sugar and place a couple of inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
7. bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
8. right after removing the cookies from the oven, gently press an upside down frozen peanut butter cup on top of each cookie and move to a wire rack to cool.
9. after placing and moving all of the cookies on the wire rack, place candy eyes while the chocolate is still slightly soft. place the cookies in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow for firming.
10. place chocolate chips in the corner of a zippered sandwich bag. microwave for 20 seconds, knead, and repeat until chocolate is melted. clip a very small piece off of the corner of the bag to allow for piping and draw 8 legs on each cookie.
11. place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow legs to set

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and this is why it’s important to read directions. i totally missed the part of the recipe where it asks you to use frozen reese’s peanut butter cups. this will prevent all your spiders from melting into a puddle when you place them on your hot cookies. definitely will remember that for next time!

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despite this little baking fail, i think the cookies still turned out nicely! i just placed the candy eyes on the top of the melted spiders and they managed to still look somewhat cute.
IMG_7903IMG_7902IMG_7904IMG_7907 i had a such a fun halloweekend with my friends, dressing up in our usual crazy costumes. here’s a small snippet of my own costume (brownie points if you know what we are) and bailey’s. hope everyone else had a great halloween!IMG_7925-2IMG_8024

 

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