Peanut Butter Jelly Spider Sandwiches

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.

three spider sandwiches on a white plate

Easy spider sandwiches

I first started making these when my daughter was 3 and it’s been a tradition ever since. While they 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 of course, they’re totally worth it for the “wow factor.”

a kid hand holding a large spider sandwich

Spider Sandwich Ingredients

  • Sandwich bread (any variety)
  • Your favorite jelly
  • Peanut butter, or a nut free substitute
  • Pretzel sticks (8 per sandwich)
  • Chocolate chips (2 per sandwich)
ingredients needed to make spider sandwiches

What you’ll need to make this spider sandwich recipe

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Tips for making spider sandwiches

These sandwiches are 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.

Piping the peanut butter or jelly on using a pastry bag or plastic bag with the end cut off, you can have an easier time applying 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).

a kid hand holding a spider sandwich in front of more spider sandwiches and jars of peanut butter and jelly

FAQ’s for making Spider Sandwiches

What kind of sandwich choices can be used?

To create a spider sandwich, using a wetter sandwich filling like peanut butter and jelly or a flutter nutter works great for holding the spider legs (pretzels) in place.
If you wanted to do a meat sandwich, I recommend using mayo or other condiments and having the legs be pressed against that side of the bread so that they stay in place.

What’s a healthier way to make these sandwiches?

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.

What kind of chocolate chips work best?

You can use any variety of chocolate chips! Even colored M&Ms would be a great option! Imagine a spider sandwich with red M&M eyes! The kids will LOVE it! I’ve even seen raisins used as eyes.

Can I make these spider sandwiches gluten free?

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 slightly more dense of a bread. By getting it to room temp or slightly warmer, you can make the process easier.

How to make spider sandwiches

Spread peanut butter and jelly on a slice of sandwich bread as usual. Or pipe the peanut butter and jelly on after the following step for a neater appearance.

Using your wide mouthed glass, 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.

Pipe on the filling if you haven’t already. For sandwiches made then cut, open the crimped edges slightly and stick pretzels in for legs. For sandwiches that were cut then filled, place the pretzels in neatly and close the sandwich.

Add two chocolate chips for eyes, serve and enjoy!

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Spider Sandwiches

Fun and spooky spider sandwiches that will serve up a delicious fright.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween recipes, kid recipe, sandwiches
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 547kcal
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp jelly
  • 8 pretzel sticks
  • 4 chocolate chips

Instructions

If you filled then cut

  • Spread the peanut butter and jelly on a slice of sandwich bread as usual.
  • Using wide mouthed glass, press out a circle from your bread. You may need to run a knife around the crimped edge to pop it out of the crust.
  • Open the crimped edges slightly and stick pretzels in for legs.
  • Add two chocolate chips for eyes and enjoy!

If you cut then filled

  • Using wide mouthed glass, press out a circle from your bread. You may need to run a knife around the crimped edge to pop it out of the crust.
  • Pipe the peanut butter and jelly onto the bread slcies.
  • Place the pretzels in neatly and close the sandwich.
  • Add two chocolate chips for eyes and enjoy!
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Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 81.1g | Protein: 14.2g | Fat: 20.8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.8g | Sodium: 609.2mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 32.5g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3.4mg

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