Spider Cookies

These delicious, sweet and salty Spider Cookies are a huge hit in my family! It’s a good thing the recipe makes a bazillion.

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These delicious, sweet and salty Spider Cookies are a huge hit in my family! It's a good thing the recipe makes a bazillion.

Spider Cookies is a horrible name for a dessert. Almost as bad as “dump” salad.

Can we just take a quick time out from the food blog for a minute and talk about spiders? Why is it such a tiny bug can make me so afraid?

These delicious, sweet and salty Spider Cookies are a huge hit in my family! It's a good thing the recipe makes a bazillion.

I can understand fear of dogs. Bears! Alligators. But spiders? It’s quite ridiculous. And I say this because I am deathly afraid. Like, I will run screaming if there is one near me.

In my house? I’ve used the vacuum to suck them up. I use the cup and book trick to capture them until someone can come take care of it. And I have been known to stare at one for HOURS on the wall, just so it doesn’t disappear before my husband got home.

Unless we are talking jumping tarantulas (is this a thing or no??) or other more dangerous varieties, there really is no real reason why a small spider can be so scary!!

These delicious, sweet and salty Spider Cookies are a huge hit in my family! It's a good thing the recipe makes a bazillion.

No what’s not scary? Spider Cookies.

I’m assuming they get their name from the chow mein noodles that stick out everywhere, giving them the appearance of a spider.

In my family, spider cookies are part of every holiday cookie tray at Christmas. Which is actually a silly thing. Given that these are no bake cookies, I think they should be more popular in the summer.

These delicious, sweet and salty Spider Cookies are a huge hit in my family! It's a good thing the recipe makes a bazillion.

However, they do make about one bazillion little cookies…so make sure you have some friends or family to share these with. (hmmm, maybe this is why the recipe is popular at Christmas)!

Spider Cookies

Yield: 12 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (11 oz) butterscotch morsels
  • 1 package (10 oz) peanut butter morsels
  • 1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 bag (12 oz) spanish peanuts (the red skinned peanuts)
  • 1 bag (or canister) 12 oz Chow mein noodles

Directions:

  1. Line counter with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine butterscotch, peanut butter morsels, and chocolate morsels. Heat on low, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and fold in peanuts and chow mein noodles. Stir until combined. Using a small scoop (or two teaspoons), drop mixture onto parchment paper in small clumps.
  3. Allow to set, about 15-30 minutes. Store in airtight container. I prefer to keep mine in the refrigerator, I love eating these chilled, it brings out the butterscotch flavor!

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Here are a few of my favorite No Bake Treats:

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 Skinny No Bake Cookies: these lightened up treats are guilt free!

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 Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars: little bites of no bake cookie dough heaven!

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No Bake Haystack Bars: very similar to today’s spider cookies…these bars are piled high with Reese’s

Love today’s no bake cookie? Here are a few no bake recipes from my friends:

These delicious, sweet and salty Spider Cookies are a huge hit in my family! It's a good thing the recipe makes a bazillion.

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19 comments on “Spider Cookies”

  1. Mir

    So I’m guessing you don’t want to hear stories about the pet tarantula I had in high school? He was so cute! Pinky. I miss him.
    These look like the kind of cookies I eat 50 of. Delicious!

  2. A spider made from chocolate is the only spider I want anywhere near me!  We have a family of spiders living on the outside of our living room windows…guess which windows are now closed all the time!  I don’t even like to look at them!!! We always have a similar cookie like this around the holidays too!!!

  3. I too have done all those spider getting rid of techniques!   Now as for these cookies! Yumo and nothing scary about them at all!

  4. I am deathly afraid of spiders, too! I don’t know what it is but they make anxious as all heck. However, these spider cookies? They make me happy. 🙂

  5. I’m super duper scared of spiders too. Yuck even thinking about them. We have a lot of black widows out here during the summer and I hate it. These spider cookies don’t scare me at all. In fact I wish I could grab a handful right this second! Pinned! 

  6. I feel the same way about spiders! If only they were as yummy as these…

  7. These cookies look delicious!

  8. Ok, Love the cookies, HATE the “s” word.  I am such a scary cat about them!!!

  9. These look so yummy! I’m actually not scared of spiders. Camelback crickets and cockroaches on the other hand? I scream bloody murder! 

  10. Kellie

    I have heard these called everything from haystacks to no bake chow mein cookies to chocolate chow mein cookies and others….I don’t care what they are called as long as I get some LOL.

  11. Kellie

    …..oh and btw, I have a dear friend who is absolutely terrified of spiders. She can’t even see a picture of one on the computer and she freaks out. If she sees one in person she has a panic attack. It is really bad. I feel awful for her. I can’t imagine having such an immobilizing fear as that. I don’t like spiders but I know that they kill and eat other bugs so I don’t mess with them…let them have dinner and kill some critters for me lol.

  12. Ha, they really look like spiders… I’m sure the cookies taste great too!

  13. Wow, these are different to Australian Chocolate Spiders! We use fried noodles, chocolate, and peanut butter.

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