These were a huge hit with our son, Landon. He loved these chocolate peanut butter cracker spiders. They’re creepy and crawl-y, for Halloween. I made them with whole wheat crackers and natural peanut butter. These are a fun, healthy, no-bake treat for the kids. The hardest part was making sure the legs didn’t fall off. The little spider legs are very important to a five year old. He made sure to pick one that had legs on it.
You don’t have to worry about making them perfect and pretty. A messy look is preferred.
You’ll need a sleeve of whole wheat cracker rounds, natural peanut butter and chocolate chips. The eyes are optional. They would be just as spooky without the eyes. Spread a teaspoon of peanut butter on a cracker and top with another cracker. Let them firm up in freezer, while melting the chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate chips in microwave and coat the peanut butter crackers. If using eyes, stick those on. Place back in freezer to set. Melt more chocolate chips and make little legs. You’ll need to make lots of legs, because they will break. So, you’ll need lots of back ups.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRACKER SPIDERS – Makes about 12 spiders
- 1 sleeve of whole wheat cracker rounds
- A jar of natural peanut butter – (only using 1 teaspoon per cracker spider)
- 2 1/2 cups of chocolate chips (semi-sweet, dark or milk chocolate)
- ziploc baggie – to make the legs
- eyes *optional
STEP ONE: Line a large cookie sheet with foil or a non-stick cooking mat, set aside. Spread about a teaspoon of peanut butter on a cracker and top with another cracker. Do this to the entire sleeve of crackers and place on lined cookie sheet. (You may have some left-over or broken, its’ ok.) Place in freezer for 10 minutes until firmed up.
STEP TWO: Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips in a bowl. Coat the peanut butter crackers with the chocolate. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Gently pat the tops of the spiders to make little peaks. Cover all the peanut butter crackers and place back in freezer to set.
STEP THREE: Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, and place melted chocolate in a ziploc baggie. Place a sheet of foil or non-stick mat on another cookie sheet. Cut a small hole at the tip of ziploc baggie. Gently pipe out legs (I made Large check marks or letter V’s). Pipe them out on the thicker side so they don’t break as easily. Place in freezer until firm and set. Average about 6 legs per spider. Make more than needed, because some will break.
STEP FOUR: Remove the chocolate peanut butter cracker spiders and legs from freezer. Gently remove the legs. Use the remaining chocolate to attach the legs to body. You can re-heat the chocolate in ziploc baggie, place in microwave for 12 seconds at a time. Check if chocolate is ready to be piped. You’ll need to work fast because the legs will get soft from your hands. Place a dab of chocolate on body and stick the legs on. Place in refrigerator or freezer, until ready to serve. Allow to thaw a few minutes before biting.
NOTES: Make extra legs. Keep the legs frozen until you’re ready to attach them. Also, allow the spider bodies to thaw for a minute before attaching the legs. The frozen bodies will make the dabs of chocolate set up really fast when trying to attach the legs.
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