Ahhh, Halloween baking. The best baking for so many reasons. Halloween bakes are of course delightful to stuff your face with while you rewatch Hocus Pocus for the millionth time. They’re also great to scare the bejeezus out of friends, family, and the occasional arachnophobe.
This peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe is soft, chewy, and just a little bit spooky. It’s a delicious cookie recipe to make for this Halloween season and is bursting with nutty and chocolatey flavor! And how can you not love the creepy flair of the spiders crawling all over them?!
Two of the best things in the world are combined into one cookie. Peanut butter and Halloween. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts or joy, it’s hard to get better than peanut butter and Halloween.
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Tips for This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Sadly, you cannot use all natural peanut butter for these cookies. They will be too oily and yet super dry. So stick with the traditional creamy Jif or Skippy peanut butter for the good results. (Also don’t use the reduced fat. Just stick with the regular old traditional, classic peanut butter).
While it’s not necessary, I recommend chilling your cookie dough after rolling it into your balls for at least an hour. I think it improves the texture and flavor even more.
We will be removing these cookies from the oven early. After 7 minutes, remove the baking sheet and press a couple chocolate chips into each cookie.
Put the chips in bottom side up for a nice, flat spider. Then put the cookies in to finish baking for another 3-5 minutes.
You will need to use toothpicks to make the spiders. Toothpicks are thinner than almost anything else you’ll find.
If you don’t like the waste factor of traditional toothpicks like me, check out these bamboo toothpicks. Bamboo is such a fast growing wood that it is much more sustainable and less impactful on the planet.
Plus, these come with their own bamboo case that can be reused or composted when you run out!
To create the spiders, take your bamboo toothpick and gently pull a line out from the center of a melty chocolate chip. Repeat this 4x on both sides of the chip and bam! You’ve got an arachnophobe’s nightmare cookie.
I like to put a mini chocolate chips in the base of the spider to act as the spider’s butt. It looks a little more realistic and it’s ooey, gooey and beautiful!
Let’s Bake The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!
Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
- ½ cup Butter room temperature, unsalted
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 12 mini chocolate chips optional
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together your peanut butter and butter. Once smooth and well combined, mix in your sugars.
- Beat in your egg and vanilla until just combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Then mix into the wet ingredients.
- Fold in your chocolate chips. Use a cookie scoop to scoop your cookie dough onto your baking sheets. Then chill your dough balls for an hour or up to 24 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F./180°C. Allow your dough to rest on the counter for 10 minutes or so before baking to heat up just a smidge.
- Bake your cookies for 10-12 minutes. The edges will start to brown and the centers may look under done. DO NOT overbake. The residual heat will continue to bake the cookies and baking longer will prevent them from staying soft.
- Immediately after coming out of the oven, carefully stick a few chocolate chips on top of each cookie. Use a toothpick to pull out 4 legs on 2 sides of the chip.**
- Take a mini chocolate chip (optional) and place it point side down on one end of your spider to create a more realistic butt shape.
- Allow to cool on your baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Store any extras in an air tight container.
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A good peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe is a must have recipe for anyone who loves the wonderful combination of salty and sweet. But how can we not jump on the opportunity to turn that salty, sweet treat into something spooky?
‘Tis the season, right?
So once you’ve made this fun Halloween-y peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe, take a pic, post it on Instagram, and make sure to tag me (@handheldeats)! I love seeing you creations and really, if you don’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?
And of course, check out all of our other fall recipes as well to keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
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