Brandi Evans

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders

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Growing up, my mom’s no bake cookies were one of my favorite treats. This version is based on her basic cocoa no bake cookie, but they’re bumped up a bit with some peanut butter flavor and pretzel “spider legs,” making them a perfect Halloween treat.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes (includes cooling time)
Yield: 24 servings

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders


No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders - Ingredients Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
76 small pretzel sticks


1. Mix the first four ingredients (through the cocoa powder) in a large saucepan.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders - Mix the first four ingredients

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders - Mix the first four ingredients

2. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and let boil for 3 minutes.

3. While the cookie base is cooking, lay out your pretzel sticks on parchment or wax paper. You’ll need 6 for each cookie spider.

4. Remove the pan from heat.

5. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders - Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.

6. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto your pretzels so they look like the spider legs under your cookies.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders - Drop by heaping tablespoons onto your pretzels so they look like the spider legs

7. Let cool until set.


What other edible decorations would you add to these Halloween inspired No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders?

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58 Responses to No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pretzel Spiders

  1. Juli says:

    mini chocolate chip eyes

  2. laura says:

    fondant fangs

  3. Cathy Rooks says:

    Red Hots for the eyes

  4. Holly says:

    Golden raisins for eyes


    Pipe some red frosting for eyes and also pipe some decoration on the body.

  5. Lisa says:

    white nerds/sprinkles for the eyes and a little of that red squeezeable frosting for a mouth 🙂

  6. Jen C. says:

    I would use black licorice strings for legs, and orange or red M&Ms for the eyes.

  7. Logan Osterhout says:

    I would sprinkle it with cinnamon, use candy corns for the eyes, and make a web with licorice

  8. megan says:

    I would add mini mnms for eyes or decorate the spiders with a white frosting to make them look like they are in a web

  9. Louise says:

    I would add spider faces with gumdrops for eyes and vanilla icing to make up the details like a mouth and eyelashes.

  10. Francisco says:

    I would add m&ms eyes and red licorice mouths and sit them on pull n’ peel licorice webs in which chocolate covered raisin “flies” were caught.

  11. Donna says:

    Red string licorice for legs,colored cotton candy to look like a web.

  12. Megan S. says:

    I would add chocolate chips or red m & m’s or red hots for the eyes!

  13. Rebecca says:

    I was thinking candy corn for eyes…that would have to be a big cookie! I like the idea of Red Hots or Nerds for eyes, too.

  14. Beverly says:

    I would add raisin eyes and place on cotton candy webs 🙂

  15. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    Cashew eyes. 🙂

  16. angela says:

    a marachino cherry half.

  17. Mary Oerther says:

    Peanut butter chips for eyes.

  18. Tammy Carmello says:

    I would dip the pretzel legs in chocolate

  19. amy jacobson says:

    I would have some with eyes of red hots or mini mm’s.
    I would add some coconut for a furry tarantula.
    i wouls serve them on a platter with fake spider webs underneath.

  20. Emily says:

    I would add some white chocolate chips for eyes!

  21. Crystal says:

    chocolate chips!!!

  22. Hope says:

    There are so many things that would go well in this! But I would add almonds and peanut butter chips!

  23. Melissa S. says:

    I would add m&m’s for the eyes – probably red ones. I like a lot of the other ideas, too.

    As a note, I really like making these cookies with crunchy peanut butter too. But I would love to try this brand of peanut butter!

  24. Teresa G says:

    Curved pretzels for legs.

  25. Katie says:

    you could do candy corn eyes!

  26. Maureen I. says:

    Sprinkle a little bit of red sugar crystals on the backs of the spider for a “glow” effect.

  27. TechyDad says:

    I’d add six mini-M&M eyes for each spider.

  28. Lia Simpson says:

    A little coconut mixed in the batter to make a hairy looking spider and yellow M&MS for eyes.

  29. Patricia Gerschler says:

    I’d mix some flake coconut in to give them that furry look! Oh, and they need two more legs each to be spiders (cuz spiders have 8 legs, not 6), and make them more spider shaped

  30. Lori says:

    Raisins for those beady little eyes!

  31. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables says:

    Maybe a little sprinkle of coconut?

  32. Ludicrous Mama says:

    Unreal Candy’s version of M&Ms (my daughter can’t have fake colors) for eyes! India Tree Naturals Chocolate Vermicelli sprinkles for “hair,” and maybe some Trader Joe’s (or other all-natural) white taffy cut and shaped into fangs!

  33. katherine d says:

    chia seeds!!

  34. Renata says:

    Cranberries for blood-shot eyes! LOL

  35. Lori C. says:

    white chocolate chips for the eyes

  36. Kris B says:

    I would add candy corn for the eyes!

  37. Troy C. says:

    cinnamon candies for eyes

  38. Georgiana says:

    Marshmallows for eyes and nose!

  39. Jennifer says:

    I would add another set of legs since spiders have 8 legs! Otherwise it sounds perfect as is! YUM!

  40. Raymond S says:

    Raisins for black eyes and a Cheerio for a spooky mouth!

  41. marleen says:

    No eyes, no pretzels (yuck). Just make them in rounds or squares and gobble ’em up.

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