Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Cookies

Ever since I was young, Halloween was a big deal to me and my sister. Back then I hated scary things, but I enjoyed dressing up, I enjoyed Trick Or Treating with the neighbourhood kids, and even though Halloween and scary things frightened me, I enjoyed the day, and the fun it brought into my life.

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As time went on though, we slowly stopped partaking in the holiday. We moved neighbourhoods to the opposite side of town where no one participated in trick or treating, dress-ups, or any other Halloween traditions. We still attempted to celebrate for a few years – carved a few pumpkins, wrapped our friend in toilet paper to dress her up as a mummy (oh, the waste!), but let’s face it, it just wasn’t the same.

But now that I’m older and still enjoy celebrating, I had to make new traditions for myself. Most years, this just involves watching horror movies (which I now LOVE!) with friends, devouring treats, and having a generally good time, but it is still something I look forward to every year. And now that I enjoy cooking (something I also used to hate!), I wanted to make some exciting Halloween themed treats to match the occasion.

Introducing these delightfully crunchy, creepy crawly peanut butter spider cookies!

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Filled with the goodness of crunchy peanut butter from the one and only Mayver’s (my very favourite brand!), and topped with a rich, chocolate ganache “spider”, these cookies are a decadent treat, perfect for your next Halloween shindig. The chocolate spider is a little fiddly and time consuming, but don’t let that put you off. The wait is worth it. Trust me! And trust my family – my Mum tried to hide these from my step-dad just so she could eat them all! Now if that isn’t a rave review, I don’t know what is.

So make sure you give these Halloween themed treats a go this year! And don’t forget to tag me in any photos of your recreations so I can see your efforts. I love it when you guys make my food!

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Recipe: Spooky Spider Peanut Butter Cookies.
Vegan.
Makes 12 cookies.

Chocolate Ganache:
½ cup light coconut milk (from a tin)
125g quality dark chocolate
3 tblsp coconut oil
1 tblsp rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence

Cookies:
½ cup + 2 tblsp spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
¼ cup vegan margarine/butter, melted
¼ cup + 2 tblsp Mayver’s Dark Roasted Crunchy Peanut Butter
½ cup coconut sugar, heaped
2 tsp vanilla essence

Extras:
20g quality dark chocolate
24 cachous/rainbow pearls (to keep vegan friendly, make sure ingredients list no shellac, gelatine, or any animal derived colours)

  1. Start by making the chocolate ganache. On the stovetop, gently heat all the ganache ingredients until the chocolate has melted, and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool, before putting the mix in the fridge to set completely – minimum 4 hours.
  2. To make the cookies, first pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with paper. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and a touch of salt.
  3. Separately, whisk the coconut sugar with the melted vegan margarine (or alternative) and vanilla essence. Stir through the peanut butter until combined.
  4. Mix the wet mix into the dry until a dough is formed – you may need to use your hands! Divide into 12 equal balls and flatten onto the prepared tray. Press your thumb into the centre of each cookies to create an indent. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, check the cookies – they may need to be gently indented again. But be careful! They’ll be hot. Turn the tray around, and bake for a further 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Creating the spiders!

  1. Once the cookies have completely cooled, it’s time to decorate! Gently scoop small portions of ganache into each cookie indent. This is the head! Now, press 2 cachous into one side of the ganache to create eyes.
  2. Next, melt the remaining 20g of chocolate, and, using a butter knife, drizzle 4 lines of chocolate onto each side of the ganache “head” to create legs. Put the cookies in the fridge to set the chocolate legs before serving!

Happy eating, and have a spooky Halloween!

Ash x

This recipe was originally created for Mayver’s, and can also be found on their website. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and I will never advertise or link a product/brand I do not truly enjoy, or use frequently.

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