3 Ingredient Cookie #3: Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Two or three times each year, I have an unavoidable urge to eat spiders…….peanut butter spiders made with chow mein noodles, that is. πŸ™‚

This easy three ingredient cookie is so quick to make and so tasty, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made them before. This is all you need:

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups butterscotch chips

14 ounces dry chow mein noodles

NOTE: If you haven’t eaten dry chow mein noodles before, try them – they’re crunchy like chips but lend themselves nicely to sweet applications like these cookies. These cookies could also be made with any dry cereal or pretzel or dried fruit and nut combination that you can dream up. I’ve made them with cheerios, chex, shredded wheat, pretzels, raisins, nuts, you name it, but chow mein noodles are still my favourite.

2nd NOTE: No butterscotch chips? Chocolate chips will work, but their stronger flavour will overpower the peanut butter and you will have chocolate spiders. They taste good, but I really like the way the butterscotch chips meld with the peanut butter – there’s a reason why Tim Horton’s peanut butter cookies are such bestsellers – they use the same combination!

I’m hungry – let’s do this.

Set out two baking sheets and cover each with a sheet of waxed paper. This is important because there won’t be time to do it later.

Measure one cup of peanut butter into a dutch oven and add a bag (2 cups) of butterscotch chips.

The dutch oven might seem like overkill, but it will become the mixing bowl. Bear with me. :)

The dutch oven might seem like overkill, but it will become the mixing bowl. Bear with me. πŸ™‚

Set the dutch oven on a medium low burner. Now it is time to work quickly: mix the peanut butter with the chips. This is so that the chips don’t burn before they have a chance to melt and combine with the peanut butter.

It looks icky, I know. Burnt butterscotch chips are worse though.

It looks icky, I know. Burnt butterscotch chips are worse though.

Soon, the chips will begin to melt.

Keep stirring!

Keep stirring!

Only a minute or two more and the mixture will look like this:

Smooooooooooooth.

Smooooooooooooth.

Now for the noodles. In they go!

Stir them through really well so that the peanut butter mixture coats the noodles completely. See? The dutch oven is just the right size!

Stir them through really well so that the peanut butter mixture coats the noodles completely. See? The dutch oven is just the right size!

Now that the noodles are glistening with peanut buttery goodness, take a tablespoon and drop dollops of the mixture onto the waiting baking sheets covered in waxed paper.

finished cookies

I like them a little big, so they made 18 cookies and a special monster-sized one for Sweet Baboo.

Put the trays in the refrigerator so that the cookies can set. I usually console myself during the short wait for the first one by licking out the dutch oven. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

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One thought on “3 Ingredient Cookie #3: Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

  1. Ah my childhood of sorts. I remember these without the peanut butter and instead both butterscotch chops and chocolate chips. And for the peanut butter flavor we had peanuts, it gave them an extra crunch. But of course the flavor of the noodle is totally and utterly lost the way I grew up….

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