I originally wrote this post in 2009 shortly after we took these spider cracker Halloween snacks for kids to preschool on snack day. They were a hit and have since been shared in magazines and in multiple other blogs across the internet.
These spider cracker snacks are so easy to make that my daughter and her friends assemble them year round. I decided it’s time to update the old photos.
The instructions for this healthy Halloween snack for kids are pretty self explanatory, but I’ve illustrated the steps here:
It takes less well less than a minute to assemble a spider. And, they’re fun for Halloween parties and can even be made into suns by adding in just a few more pretzel sticks. For the eyes, you can also use Wilton candy eyeballs instead of currants or dried blueberries.
These are best when eaten right away.
- Round crackers such as Ritz
- Pretzel sticks
- Cream cheese (the tub version is easier to spread), unsalted peanut butter, almond butter or any spreadable nut butter
- Small dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries or cranberries (or even mini chocolate chips)
- Spread cream cheese, peanut or almond butter (make sure the butter isn't runny otherwise it won't hold) on two crackers so that it's thick enough to secure the pretzels.
- Break 4 pretzel sticks in half.
- Place the 8 broken pieces around one cracker to look like spider legs.
- Take the second cracker and sandwich the pretzel sticks in between the two crackers, without them moving.
- Dip two raisins in cream cheese or nut butters and stick them to the top of one side of the spider for eyes.
- Serve immediately or within a few hours at the most.
- Tip: Use more pretzels to create a sun instead of a spider.
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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’d love more healthy Halloween snack ideas so please share any that are your favorites.
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