Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies


Spider Cookies

Trick or treat….trick or treat …….give me something good to eat!!!

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective are just the treat……so you don’t get a trick!

My house was always the house with the “cool” treats and decorations. My nephew Brad and I would pick just the right thing or things and then make what ever we had chosen. Our yard was always decorated to the hilt. My treats were not always candy, but it was always something memorable.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies would have been a huge hit, not only with my nephew……for the helping and the handing out part…..that was his job. He would go out trick or treating for a while and then come back to hand out the treats.
But, things change and kids grow up, Brad is now a college student……. Dean’s List( just to brag a bit)……..and I live in the country…………..but,I still miss the little boy who was so excited about stuff like this……..

These cookies are all over Facebook and Pinterest. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to try them. They are super cute and not difficult to make. But, the best part is they are delicious. I am not usually a fan of the peanut butter cookie……..I don’t know if it’s the truffle that makes it for me or what but Tim and I are both crazy about these cookies.

I was worried that I would have a hard time finding the eyes but alms anywhere that has baking supplies sells them. I found them at a craft store, Walmart, and at my local grocery store. As a little boy Brad would have been all about those eyes……..

PB Spider Cookie

If the truffles are out of your price range, maybe large malted milk balls would do the trick, or your could make the cookies smaller and use regular size malted milk balls. For my money though, the truffles are just the ticket.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies would make great edible table decorations for a Halloween party for kids or adults.    

So try the Spiders……..Happy Halloween!!!!

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 round chocolate truffles (I used Lindt Truffles.)
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 candy eyes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the softened butter and peanut butter in the mixer and beat until fluffy. Then add both sugar and beat again until fluffy. Scrape the bowl and beat in the vanilla and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Turn the mixer on low to slowly incorporate the flour mixture.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into 24 - 1½ tablespoon balls and spread 12 out on each cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Quickly use a pestle to press a cavity in the middle of each cookie. Then place back in the oven and bake another 6-10 minutes, until golden.
  5. Meanwhile, unwrap all the chocolate truffles. Once the cookies are out of the oven, cool until almost at room temperature (but not very warm) and place a truffle in the cavity of each cookie. If the cookies are too warm, the truffle will melt. If the cookies are cool, the truffle won't stick.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate in a zip bag. Close the bag and snip off a small portion of one corner to create a hole. Pipe 8 legs on each cookie, starting from the truffle body down.
  7. Then use the remaining melted chocolate to glue 2 eyes onto each truffle spider. Cool until the chocolate is firm and serve.

 

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Red Velvet Truffles

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Red Velvet Truffles


Red Velvet Truffles

Happy Hearts……..it’s almost Valentine’s Day! A day of hearts and romance and of course sweets. You really cannot have a Valentine’s Day celebration without something sweet. So, instead of the big red heart filled with “gamble” chocolate………you know the one where you aren’t sure what is on the inside until you bite it and then yuck…………I always got the one that had mystery filling, you know the one where you really can’t decide what the flavor is, but it’s off, and all you really wanted was the caramel or the vanilla buttercream.

Save yourself that horror and make these Red Velvet Truffles, then you know what the filling will be and you can be the “Queen”……or “King” of hearts. If you like red velvet cake these truffles will be right up your alley. They have that cakey cream cheese filling and are covered in a candy coating that is the perfect sweet for your sweetie!

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Red Velvet Truffles
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Ingredients
  • 4 red velvet cupcakes crumbled ( I used a box mix - replacing the oil with melted butter and doubling the amount, adding 1 extra egg, and replacing the water with buttermilk - after baking I froze the remaining cupcakes to use later)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces Ghirardelli white melting wafers
  • red food coloring
Instructions
  1. Make cupcakes according to instructions above and bake according to package directions.
  2. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl mix cream cheese and powdered sugar. Crumble the 4 cupcakes on top of cream cheese mixture and stir until throughly combined.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop (you can also use a spoon but the scoop insures uniform truffles) scoop mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
  5. For the coating melt the white melting wafers according to package directions in the microwave. Dip each truffle into the coating letting excess drip off. Place back on lined cookie sheet to dry.
  6. Tint remaining coating with red food coloring to desired color. Place tinted coating in a ziploc bag and cut a small piece off the corner. Decorate truffles with any design you chose. Allow the coating to harden. You can make the truffles up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

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