Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies Recipe

Make the healthiest Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies Recipe with my Peanut Butter Cookie and 5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cups recipes with almond flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. These healthier Halloween treats are made without refined sugar, corn syrup, or white flour. Everyone will devour these even if they don’t have a gluten allergy.

Healthier Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies Recipe with naturally sweetened peanut butter cookies and chocolate peanut butter cups made with almond flour, maple syrup, coconut sugar and coconut oil.

My Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies recipe is made with almond flour, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, naturally sweetened chocolate, and coconut sugar. These spooky spider cookies have spider legs piped with melted chocolate over my chewy peanut butter cookie with my healthier 5-ingredient mini Reese’s cups. You can use my easy ziploc bag technique for piping chocolate legs on these fun Halloween cookies with your favorite peanut butter cookie and original Reese’s peanut butter cups or quickly make my healthier versions. These are the perfect Halloween treat or dessert made without refined white sugar or white flour.

My easy peanut butter cookie recipe is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, making the perfect spider bodies. And my chocolate peanut butter cups proudly sit on top of the cookies, adding personality and character! This is the perfect cookie for your Halloween party everyone will devour, even if they don’t have a gluten allergy.

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Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting gluten-free peanut butter cup spider cookies recipe:

Chocolate Chips: Substitute with dairy-free chocolate chips if you have dairy allergies or prefer a vegan option.

You can also use chopped dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chunks. My favorites are semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Coconut Oil: Replace coconut oil with an equal amount of vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted butter if you don’t have coconut oil on hand.

Peanut Butter Cookies: If you don’t have peanut butter cookies on hand, you can use other gluten-free cookies of your choice, like almond butter cookies or oatmeal cookies.

Ensure that the cookies are roughly the same size as the peanut butter cups to maintain the spider shape.

Peanut Butter Cups: You can make my Easy Healthy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups Recipe. You can also use any store-bought mini peanut butter cup or chocolate candy that has a similar shape such as Rolo’s or chocolate truffles.

Candy Eyeballs: For the candy googly eyes you can also use white chocolate chips, M&M’s chocolate candies, or any other small candy

How to Make My Spider Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

Step 1: Prepare the Peanut Butter Cookies

If you’re making my Gluten-Free Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, bake and cool the cookies.

If you’re using store-bought cookies, skip to the next step.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 2: Pepare the Peanut Butter Cups

If you’re making my Easy Healthy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups Recipe, assemble and cool in the fridge or freezer. Remove the paper liners.

If you’re using store-bought peanut butter cups, skip to the next step.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Melt the Chocolate

In a microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.

Pour the melted chocolate into a plastic snack or sandwich bag. Gently press out the excess air and seal the bag. Cut a small triangle from one of the bottom corners of the bag. You can also use a pastry bag with a small round decorating tip.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Assemble the Spiders

Place your cookie on a cooling rack or sheet of parchment paper. Starting from the top center of your peanut butter cookie, pipe four spider legs on one side of the cookie. Then pipe four spider legs on the opposite side of the cookie.

Gently press a chocolate peanut butter cup on top of the cookie into the melted chocolate.

Pipe two small dots of melted chocolate on the front of the peanut butter cup and press in two candies to create the spider eyes. Repeat for all the cookies

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Gluten-Free Spider Cookies Recipe Notes

Chocolate Chips and Coconut Oil: When melting the chocolate chips with coconut oil, use a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler to melt them gently. Stir frequently to prevent burning.

The coconut oil helps make the chocolate smoother and easier to work with. If you’re using a different oil or butter, it may affect the texture slightly.

Peanut Butter Cookies: You can make my Gluten-Free Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe that are naturally sweetened. Make them far enough ahead of time so they are cool before assembling spiders.

If you’re using store-bought gluten-free peanut butter cookies, make sure they are a suitable size and thickness to hold the peanut butter cup in the center.

Peanut Butter Cups: You can make my Easy Healthy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups Recipe. They’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup and your choice of chocolate chips. You can also purchase mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Spider Eyes: You can also use mini chocolate chips or M&M’s for the spider’s eyes. Attach them to the top of the peanut butter cup with a small amount of melted chocolate or icing.

Room Temperature: If you plan to consume the cookies within 3-4 days, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container.

Place parchment paper between layers of cookies to prevent sticking.

Refrigeration: If you live in a warm or humid climate or if the cookies have a particularly soft or gooey filling, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator.

Place the cookies in an airtight container or wrap them individually in plastic wrap to prevent them from absorbing any odors or moisture in the fridge.

Freezing: For longer-term storage, you can freeze your peanut butter cup spider cookies.

Arrange the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until they are firm. This prevents them from sticking together. Once frozen, transfer the cookies to an airtight container or a resealable freezer bag. You can also place parchment paper between layers. Label the container with the date so you can keep track of their freshness. Frozen cookies can be stored for up to a month. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow the cookies to thaw at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Avoid Direct Sunlight: Whether stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator, keep the cookies away from direct sunlight and heat sources, as this can cause the chocolate to melt or the cookies to become overly soft.

Can I make these cookies with store-bought peanut butter cups?

Yes, you can use store-bought peanut butter cups instead of making your own. Just ensure they are gluten-free if you have dietary restrictions.

Do I have to make my own peanut butter cookies?

No, you can use store-bought gluten-free peanut butter cookies to save time. Just check the packaging to ensure they meet your dietary needs.

Can I freeze the cookies before or after assembling them with peanut butter cups?

Yes, you can freeze the cookies before or after assembling them. Freezing them before assembly can help prevent sticking, while freezing them after assembly is a great way to store them for longer periods.

Can I store these cookies at room temperature for an extended period?

While you can store the cookies at room temperature for a few days (3-4 days), if you want to keep them fresh for longer, it’s best to refrigerate or freeze them.

How can I customize the decorations for these cookies for different occasions?

Get creative with your decorations! You can use different colored icing gels, sprinkles, or edible glitter to match various holidays and themes.

Healthier Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies Recipe with naturally sweetened peanut butter cookies and chocolate peanut butter cups made with almond flour, maple syrup, coconut sugar and coconut oil.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make the healthiest Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies Recipe with my Peanut Butter Cookie and 5-ingredient Peanut Butter Cups recipes with almond flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. These healthier Halloween treats are made without refined sugar, corn syrup, or white flour. Everyone will devour these even if they don't have a gluten allergy.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 12 peanut butter cookies My Gluten-Free Classic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
  • 12 peanut butter cups My Easy Healthy 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Instructions
 

  • If you're making my Gluten-Free Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, bake and cool the cookies.
    If you're using store-bought cookies, skip to the next step.
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  • If you're making my Easy Healthy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups Recipe, assemble and cool in the fridge or freezer. Remove the paper liners.
    If you're using store-bought peanut butter cups, skip to the next step.
    YouTube video
  • In a microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth. 
    Pour the melted chocolate into a plastic snack or sandwich bag. Gently press out the excess air and seal the bag. Cut a small triangle from one of the bottom corners of the bag. You can also use a pastry bag with a small round decorating tip.
  • Place your cookie on a cooling rack or sheet of parchment paper. Starting from the top center of your peanut butter cookie, pipe four spider legs on one side of the cookie. Then pipe four spider legs on the opposite side of the cookie.
    Gently press a chocolate peanut butter cup on top of the cookie into the melted chocolate.
    Pipe two small dots of melted chocolate on the front of the peanut butter cup and press in two candies to create the spider eyes. Repeat for all the cookies.

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 87mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gCalcium: 39mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword candy bar, chocolate, cups, Halloween, naturally sweetened, peanut butter
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