We took these Halloween spider crackers to preschool on snack day and my daughter promises that they were a hit. She makes them herself, so I thought I’d post this kids recipe as a relatively-healthy Halloween snack idea.
Halloween Spider Cracker Snacks
- Round crackers such as Ritz
- Pretzel sticks
- Cream cheese, unsalted peanut or almond butter
- Small dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries or cranberries
- Spread cream cheese, peanut or almond butter (make sure the butter isn't runny otherwise it won't hold) on one side of the cracker so that it's thick enough to secure the pretzels.
- Break pretzel sticks in half and use 8 halves for legs.
- On another cracker, spread a light layer of cream cheese, peanut or almond butter so that it can sandwich the other cracker and pretzel sticks together, without moving.
- Dip two raisins in cream cheese, peanut or almond butter and stick them to the top of one side for eyes.
- Serve immediately or within a few hours at the most.
- Tip: Use more pretzels to create a sun instead of a spider.
- Tip: I personally think that cream cheese makes these too salty, however, with nut allergies running wild I thought it was a safer option to send to school.
- Tip: If you're going to use cream cheese, the blocks are too difficult for kids to spread well. Use the kind in a tub.
Try to serve these fairly immediately. Ritz crackers hold up pretty well for a long period of time but they will get soggy if you serve them the following day. I saw some round flax crackers at VONS that might be a healthier alternative. I’d love more healthy Halloween snack ideas so please share any that are your favorites.
See also Spider Oreos and Spider donut pops, two other a great kids recipes that your little ones can assemble themselves.