Spider biscuits served on a wire tray

Spider biscuits

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus cooling and setting


Makes 20

Create these cute spider biscuits with kids as part of a Halloween party feast. Children will love adding the spooky chocolate spider legs and icing eyes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal161
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 70g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g peanut butter

    Peanut butter

    pee-nut butt-ah

    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 20 peanut butter cups, Rolos or Maltesers
  • 100g milk chocolate, chopped
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…

  • icing eyes, or make your own


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line two baking sheets with parchment. Using an electric hand whisk, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Once combined, stir in the flour, bicarb and ¼ tsp salt.

  2. Scoop 18-20 tbsps of the mixture onto the trays, leaving enough space between each to allow for spreading. Make a thumbprint in the centre of the cookies. Bake for 10-12 mins or until firm at the edges but still soft in the middle – they’ll harden a little as they cool. Leave to cool on the tray for a few mins before topping each biscuit with a peanut butter cup, Rolo or Malteser. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Heat the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, until just liquid. Scrape into a piping bag and leave to cool a little. Pipe the legs onto each spider, then stick two eyes on each. Leave to set. Will keep for three days in an airtight container.

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annie coombs's picture
annie coombs
29th Oct, 2019
Mine didn’t spread nor taste right. Should it have been smooth peanut butter?
31st Oct, 2018
simple to make and look great. kids liked them too
23rd Oct, 2018
A really easy to make tasty Halloween treat. A hit with the children.
19th Oct, 2018
Would love to make for our upcoming school bake sale - what could I use instead of peanut butter as our school is nut free?
lylah Gunner's picture
lylah Gunner
27th Oct, 2018
You could use melted chocolate
goodfoodteam's picture
23rd Oct, 2018
We haven't tested any alternatives to peanut butter so would suggest selecting another recipe from our Halloween collection. We hope you find one you like: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween
lylah Gunner's picture
lylah Gunner
27th Oct, 2018
You could swap peanut butter for chocolate
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