Halloween Spider Cupcakes

Posted on October 19, 2017

*This post originally appeared on pbfingers.com and was sponsored by Pure Organic. It has been edited for clarity.

If you’re looking to make a festive sweet treat to bring to a Halloween party, these spider cupcakes are an easy way to add whimsy to the spooky holiday! Round up the little ones for decorating fun as you create sweet and crunchy spider cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s the real beauty of these cupcakes: They can be as labor-intensive or as simple as you want. Heck, yes! I opted to make them with jarred icing and a box cake mix (I love Simple Mills mixes for their unprocessed ingredients, but they are made with almond flour, so keep that in mind if your school forbids nuts); and you can make your own cupcakes from scratch if you prefer. Or, you can make this Halloween treat even easier and opt for store-bought cupcakes!

The real fun comes in decorating the cupcakes, especially if you rope your toddler in and ask them to “help” you. (Heavy emphasis on the quotation marks around the word “help.”) My son Chase loves serving as my sous-chef in the kitchen these days, so once I had the cupcakes baked, iced and ready to decorate, I pulled up his kitchen stand and we made these spider cupcakes together using chocolate shortbread cookies (I used Rustic Bakery cookies and found them at The Fresh Market), white chocolate chips and Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars.

The cookies served as the spider’s body, and I simply placed one on top of an iced cupcake. I then carefully dipped the bottom of two white chocolate chips into the remaining icing and placed them on top of the cookie for the spider’s eyes. Using a sharp knife, I split the Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars in half and cut out tiny spider legs from the fruity snack.

I’ve been keeping a couple of the Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars and Pure Organic Fruit & Veggie Strips in my purse for months now because my son absolutely adores them, and this fruit snack is made without artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The texture of the bars worked perfectly for the spider legs since they’re dense enough to stick out of the cupcake without becoming too floppy, but still soft enough for little ones to bite into and enjoy.

We had such a fun time making these cupcakes together … and an even better time eating them!

Here’s the recipe:

HALLOWEEN SPIDER CUPCAKES

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 12

If you’re looking to make a festive sweet treat to bring to a Halloween party, these spider cupcakes are an easy way to add whimsy to the spooky holiday!

Ingredients:

  • 12 frosted chocolate cupcakes, plus approximately 2 tablespoons of additional icing
  • 12 chocolate cookies
  • 24 white chocolate chips
  • 12 Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars

 

Instructions:

  1. 1. Place one chocolate cookie on top of each frosted cupcake, lightly pressing the cookie into the icing so it will remain in place.
  2. 2. Carefully dip the bottom of two white chocolate chips into the remaining icing and place on top and toward the front of the cookie to serve as the spider’s eyes.
  3. 3. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars in half and slice out thin spider legs.
  4. 4. Tuck the “legs” underneath the cookie to keep them in place.
  5. 5. Enjoy!

 

- Julie Fagan