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Frightfully Fun Spider Donuts

These simple Spider Donuts feature mini chocolate-covered donuts, pretzel legs, and candy eyes. They’re a little frightful and a lot of fun!

Spider donuts with pretzel legs and candy eyes on wood cutting board.

These frightfully fun spider donuts are one of our new favorite Halloween desserts!

They’re an impressive-looking treat that’s so easy to make.

You can enjoy them as a snack or use them for a fun Halloween party.

This recipe works because it’s:

  • Quick and easy with just a handful of ingredients.
  • A fun snack or a creative dessert for a Halloween party.
  • A great treat to let the kids help with!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Spider donut ingredients on white table including mini chocolate donuts, pretzel twists and candy eyes.

Use a knife or your hands to break 18 mini pretzel twists into 36 curved “spider legs”. (You should get 2 curved pieces from each pretzel).

Broken pretzel pieces on wood cutting board.

Push 3 pretzel legs into each side of 6 mini chocolate-covered donuts.

Two mini chocolate donuts with preztel legs surrounded by broken pretzel pieces.

Next, squeeze two dots of black writing gel onto the front of each donut spider to act as glue for the candy eyes.

Then, press one candy eye into each dot of icing.

Hands press candy eyes onto mini chocolate donut spider.

Let the icing dry, and serve.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Mini donut spiders with pretzel legs and candy eyes on wood cutting board.

The hardest part of this recipe is creating the spider legs. After trying to use a knife I found it was much easier just to use my hands to break the pretzels. The best part to use for the legs is the top two loops, so try to break the pretzel down the middle.

Yes, spiders have 8 legs, but 3 legs on each side took up a lot of space on the donut, and it was a little crowded. Feel free to use 4 legs on each side, you’ll just need to put them closer together.

If you don’t want to worry about breaking the mini pretzel twists, you can try the larger pretzel thins. They will be easier to cut with a knife and will give you larger spider legs.

If you don’t want to use black writing gel, you can use some melted chocolate chips in a piping bag.

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Seven donut spiders on wood cutting board surrounded by plastic spiders.

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FAQs

Halloween donut spiders on wood cutting board with white pumpkins and plastic spiders nearby.
What can I use if I don’t have candy eyes?


It might be hard to find candy eyes during the month of October. So, if your local stores run out, you can try:

-Mini chocolate chips
-White chocolate chips turned upside down with a dot of black writing gel in the middle

I hope your family loves these frightfully fun spider donuts. If you make them, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Spider donuts with pretzel legs and candy eyes on wood cutting board.

Frightfully Fun Spider Donuts

The Ashcroft Family Table
These simple Spider Donuts feature mini chocolate-covered donuts, pretzel legs, and candy eyes. They're a little frightful and a lot of fun!
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 15 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 6 donuts
Calories 101 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 18 mini pretzel twists
  • 6 mini chocolate covered donuts
  • 1 tube black writing gel
  • 12 candy eyes

Instructions
 

  • Use a knife or your hands to break the mini pretzel twists into curved "spider legs". (You should get 2 curved pieces from each pretzel).
  • Push 3 pretzel legs into each side of the mini chocolate-covered donuts.
  • Next, squeeze a little dot of black icing gel onto the front of each donut spider to act as glue for the candy eyes.
  • Then, press one candy eye into each dot of icing.
  • Let the icing dry, and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 6gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 75mgSugar: 2g
Keyword mini donut spiders, pretzel spiders, spider donuts
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