Spooky Spider Cookies are a Halloween tradition in our house. Come every October Melanie starts to ask for them. These are hands down the most festive and fabulously tasty cookie we make. You cannot go wrong with spiders or chocolate covered pretzels. If you try these anyone who tastes them will be coming back for more!
You need to gather:
- wax paper
- a bag of pretzels (sticks or regular pretzel shape)
- 24oz bag of milk chocolate chips
- small bag of white chocolate chips
- creamy peanut butter
You take your pretzels and break them up into little pieces. We need one large bowl of pieces for the bodies and a small bowl of pieces for the legs. We do not smash them with a mallet. You don’t want pretzel dust people you want pretzel bites. I usually break sticks in thirds for the bodies and sticks in half for the legs.
You pour your milk chocolate pieces into a microwave safe bowl and melt your chocolate. You can do this in a double boiler too. I find if you are carful the microwave works great for melting chips.*
Melt on high for 1min. Stir for 1 min. Melt for 20 seconds. Stir for 1 minute. Repeat until your chocolate is smooth and creamy. I nuked my chips for five 20 sec. intervals.
Stir in a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. I melt in microwave for 15 seconds to warm back up the chocolate.
Stir pretzel pieces into chocolate in batches. You want to make sure you don’t have too many pieces. The chocolate needs to be able to cover the pieces, but you aren’t looking for chunky chocolate soup either. I find it is usually about 1/2 a bag of pretzel pieces.
Cover your table/counter with wax paper. You spoon a blob of chocolate onto the wax paper, add two pieces of white chocolate for eyes, and 8 sticks for legs. Let the chocolate harden and you have spider cookies!
Please note – our spiders usually have 4 or 6 legs (easier to stick into the body). We also have spiders with lots of eyes, 1 eye, etc. The kids have a great time making “crazy spiders.” The best part is we have a fun Halloween tradition the girls look forward to year after year.
* Tips for melting Chocolate in the microwave.
Microwaves make hot spots. You do not get the even heat that comes from a double boiler. You have to stir vigorously and for at least 1 min between each time you put your chocolate in the microwave you it will seize. You cannot save chocolate that has gotten too hot. It just has to go into the trash. What a waste of 24oz of chocolate chips. Just make sure you give the hot spots a chance to mix around a spread their heat to their neighboring chips. Also note when using a double boiler if you let the steam creep into the chocolate that will seize up your chips as well. So, just be patient and careful no matter which way you choose to melt your chips.