While you may not always find yourself looking up spider sandwich recipes, you're going to love this pb&J spider! It's simple, easy, and adorable!
Spider Sandwiches are a fun treat that my kids absolutely love any time of the year! With cute little PB&J spiders like these, it's easy to get over that fear and enjoy a moment of yum.
I first started making these easy spider sandwiches when my daughter was 3, and it's been a tradition ever since. While peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches normally make for great homemade Halloween snacks, they often find their way into her lunch bag throughout the year.
They're so easy to make and only use about an extra minute or two compared to a normal PB&J, so they're totally worth it for the "wow factor."
If you love peanut butter and jelly, be sure to check out our Frozen Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's quick. This recipe doesn't take much time to make so it works as a great option for when you're in a hurry or want food quickly.
- It's simple. We use only a few simple ingredients and you can already guess 3 of them as peanut butter, jelly, and bread. The steps are as simple as spreading the condiments and adding some pretzel sticks. Kids and adults can make this recipe with ease.
- It's delicious. Nothing beats a classic and timeless sandwich like the PB&J but makingthem seasonal sure does help to add a few more reasons to love it.
Sandwich bread- You will need slices of your favorite sandwich bread.
Pretzel sticks- To make the spider legs, you'll need some straight pretzel sticks.
Chocolate chips- You won't need much, but a few chocolate chips will make fun spider eyes. Raisins or sprinkles could be used if you don't have chocolate chips handy.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
- Use mashed banana instead of jelly.
- Use different jellies or even homemade jams like my Sugar Free Strawberry Jam or Sugar Free Blueberry Jam for a different flavor experience every time.
- Use a different nut butter. You don't HAVE to use peanut butter. Swap it out for different nut butter or a healthier peanut butter blend, depending on your preference.
- Use something besides chocolate chips. You can use candy eyes, M&Ms, Raisins, Jelly beans, or even fresh blueberries as the eyeballs.
Step 1: Use your wide-mouthed glass or sound biscuit cutter to press a circle out of your bread. You may need to run a knife around the crimped edge to get it to pop out of the crust.
Step 2: Spread peanut butter on one slice of sandwich bread as usual.
Step 3: Spread jelly on another round-cut piece of bread.
Step 4: Place 4 of the pretzels neatly on each side of the sandwich to resemble spider legs.
Step 5: Top the sandwiches with the jellied bread round. Add two chocolate chips on top of the bread for the eyes.
Step 6: Repeat to complete all spider sandwiches.
Serve and enjoy!
🍴 Recipe Tips
This spider sandwich recipe is about as easy as it gets, but there are a few tips I want to quickly share to ensure that you're spiders don't get squished.
By piping the peanut butter or jelly using a pastry bag or plastic bag with the end cut off, you can easily apply the peanut butter and jelly after cutting the bread.
You could also fill a sandwich first and then cut it, but the legs would be harder to stick in between the layers (trust me).
🥗 Side Dishes
To keep this a healthier meal for the kiddos, you can always serve up your Halloween spider sandwiches with some delicious:
- Sliced grapes
- Baby carrots
- Celery sticks and hummus
- Orange slices
By opting for a reduced sugar jelly, or protein packed peanut butter option, you've already got a pretty healthy treat. But, for a veggie sandwich, you could do a spread of hummus, thinly sliced tomato, and matchstick cut carrots for the legs. The eyeballs could be made of raisins too.
You can use any variety of chocolate chips! We like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips, depending on what we already have on hand. The kids LOVE it!
Absolutely! Just use a gluten free bread and gluten free pretzels! I recommend warming the gluten free bread just a little in the microwave prior to cutting it because it's often stored in the freezer and is a slightly denser bread. By getting it to room temperature or slightly warmer, you can make it easier.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Spider Sandwiches
- 4 slices Sandwich bread ($0.16)
- 4 Tablespoons Creamy peanut butter ($0.20)
- 4 Tablespoons Your favorite jelly ($0.20)
- 8 Pretzel sticks ($0.08)
- 4 Chocolate chips ($0.02)
- Using your wide mouthed glass or sound biscuit cutter to press a circle out of your bread. You may need to run a knife around the crimped edge to get it to pop out of the crust.
- Spread peanut butter on one slice of sandwich bread as usual. Or pipe the peanut butter and jelly on after the following step for a neater appearance.
- Spread jelly on another round cut piece of bread.
- Place 4 of the pretzels neatly on each side of the sandwich to resemble spider legs.
- Top the sandwiches with the jellied bread round.
- Add two chocolate chips on top of the bread for the eyes, serve and enjoy!