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Vegan Halloween Spider Cookies – Justin’s PB Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

How adorable are these peanut butter cup spider cookies!?Â đŸ•·đŸ„œÂ After browsing Pinterest and seeing so many cute Halloween dessert ideas, I became inspired to recreate one using only all-natural & vegan-friendly ingredients. Although I would not call these “healthy”, they do contain clean ingredients you can actually understand/pronounce! I believe if you’re going to treat yourself to sweets, you should still be conscientious of what’s in them.

Instead of using regular mini Reeses, I swapped them for mini organic Justin’s peanut butter cups! The Justin’s team was kind enough to send me over a few peanut butter cups when I told them I was writing this post so thank you Justin’s!

Below is my favorite vegan peanut butter cookie recipe. It is extremely simple and takes only 20 minutes to make! Right after the recipe I’ve included instructions on how to make the spider cookies! Enjoy!Â đŸ•·

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com


Recipe: All-Natural / Vegan Peanut Butter CookiesÂ đŸ„œ

Ingredients

  • Dry:
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2/3 cup oat flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter and brown sugar until creamy. Once creamy, mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining dry ingredients together (oat flour, baking soda, and salt).
  5. While beating the peanut butter mixture, gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture until dough forms. Add the almond milk until combined but be sure to not over mix!
  6. Roll 2 tbsp of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on the parchment-lined pan. Slightly flatten the balls with your palm.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookie edges start to turn golden (be careful not to burn them!).
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

How to Make Spider CookiesÂ đŸ•·

Supplies:

  • Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (available online or at Target)
  • Vegan Chocolate Frosting (I used Wholesome Organic Chocolate Frosting)
  • Candy Eyes (available at Walmart, Target, Michael’s, AC Moore, and some grocery stores)
  • Piping bag (can also use a regular ziplock bag with corner snipped)
  • Optional: spider-web doilies 🕾 (available online at Walmart, I saw them in both Target & AC Moore)
  • Optional: orange napkins

Instructions:

  1. Using a small amount of frosting, stick a Justin’s peanut butter cup face down in the center of a cookie.
  2. Add frosting to a piping bag and pipe 8 spider legs on top of the cookie. If you do not have a piping bag, add frosting to a ziplock bag and snip off a tiny piece of one of the bag’s corners to use to pipe the legs.
  3. Attach the eyes using a small dot of frosting.
  4. Place in the fridge to cool.
  5. Optional: Lay a spider web doily over an orange napkin to display your cookies on!

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com


Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

If you read last’s years Halloween post, you know I am a die-hard Justin’s peanut butter cup fan (I eat way more of these than I care to admit). If you are a chocolate-loving fan of Justin’s nut butters, I guarantee you will LOVE these!Â đŸ«

Why I Love Them:

  • The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  • They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  • They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  • The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to deforestation and habitat loss!
  • The dark chocolate cups are vegan! (please note: they are manufactured on the same equipment as the milk chocolate cups but the equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between batches to prevent cross-contamination)

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Swap out your peanut butter cups! | smelltheroses.com


I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! Have a Happy Halloween!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

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My Favorite Halloween Treat: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cup Minis

Happy Halloween!

So.. calories don’t count on Halloween, right?! One can dream! 😂 If you’re like me, it takes a little more self-control than usual to not snack on the bowl of candy intended for the trick-or-treaters. Luckily, being more conscientious about the ingredients in the products I consume has helped me curve most of my cravings. And even more luckily, there are natural candy options to satisfy my chocolate cravings this Halloween.

..So you can imagine my excitement when I was shopping for Halloween candy and saw my all-time favorite candy in Target’s Halloween section and in a bulk bag! 😍

So what candy am I talking about?

If you haven’t tried them yet, allow me to introduce you to Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups! (Caution: your life will never be the same)

Justin’s is a natural brand that specializes in nut butter. After their various kinds of nut butter gained nationwide success, they decided to dive into the world of candy making and added these organic peanut butter cups to their product line (available in dark, milk, and white chocolate)! I discovered these a few years back and I have been addicted ever since (bye bye Reeses)! Originally, the candy only came in a standard 2-pack but last year the company introduced its minis. I dare you to try and only eat one!

What I Love About Them:

  1. The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  2. They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  3. They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  4. The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to deforestation and habitat loss!

Fun Fact: I met the one and only Justin at Natural Products Expo West last March and had an embarrassing fan-girl moment 🙈

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Let’s Break it Down:

Ingredients:

  • Organic Milk Chocolate:
    • Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
      • Purpose: The main sweetener in the milk-chocolate.
      • Source: Made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
    • Organic Cocoa Butter (Rainforest Alliance Certified)
      • Purpose: One of the main fat sources in the milk chocolate. Cocoa butter helps the product taste very creamy and holds the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Similar to palm fruit oil, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point; this is part of the reason that chocolate ‘melts in your mouth’.
      • Source: It is a healthy saturated fat source extracted from cocoa beans. When the cocoa beans are being ground to produce cocoa powder, the cocoa butter is a by-product that is collected.
    • Organic Whole Milk Powder
      • Purpose: This is the “milk” component in milk chocolate that is absent in dark chocolate. It provides that nice creamy taste!
      • Source: It is produced when water is slowly evaporated from organic whole milk. The result is a finely powdered milk with the same nutrient component as regular liquid milk. When the peanut butter cups are made and water is added, the powder milk is then rehydrated.
    • Organic Chocolate Liquor (Organic Cocoa Butter)
      • Purpose: This is the “chocolate” component made of equal parts of cocoa solids and fats.
      • Source: This is produced by grinding whole roasted cocoa beans into a liquid/semi-solid.
    • Organic Soy Lecithin
      • Purpose: This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with water to prevent the fats from separating when mixed.
      • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.
    • Organic Vanilla
      • Purpose: It provides a great vanilla aroma/flavor to the product without using any artificial chemicals.
      • Source: This is a pure extract from organic vanilla beans.
  • Organic Peanuts
    • Purpose: Used to create the peanut butter (self-explanatory).
    • Source: Organic peanuts (it doesn’t get any simpler than that!)
  • Organic Powdered Evaporated Cane Sugar
    • Purpose: The main sweetener in the product’s peanut-butter.
    • Source: This is made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
  • Organic Peanut Flour
    • Purpose: It provides the product with that great peanut flavor without having to use so much peanut butter that the fat levels get too high!
    • Source: It is made from real peanut butter. Peanut flour made by removing the oils/fat from peanut butter which results in a dry powder that is only 12% fat and 52% protein.
  • Organic Palm Fruit Oil (Sustainably Sourced)
    • Purpose: It is one of the main fat sources in the product. Palm fruit oil helps the product taste very creamy and works with the cocoa butter to hold the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Palm fruit oil is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point. This is part of the reason that chocolate ‘melts in your mouth’.
    • Source: It is extracted from palm fruit! Palm fruit is a healthy blend of both saturated and monounsaturated fats.
  • Organic Vanilla Flavor
    • Purpose: Flavors are used in small percentages in the product but provide a great sensory experience.
    • Source: Organic natural flavors are the cleanest of all other flavor variations (artificial, natural and artificial, or natural). Artificial flavors can get scary, being made up of synthetic man-made chemicals. Organic natural flavors are made up of components that are found in nature and are certified organic by an organic agency.
  • Sea Salt
    • Purpose: Sea salt is a wholesome natural form of sodium chloride. Salt enhances the overall flavor of the product and helps bring out the chocolate and peanut flavors!
    • Source: Produced from the evaporation of sea-water.
  • Organic Soy Lecithin
    • Purpose: This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with water to prevent the fats from separating out when mixed.
    • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.

(Disclaimer: ingredient descriptions come from a certified food scientist who did not develop this product – sources/purposes are assumed based on typical practices in product development)

This product contains peanuts, soy, and milk. Contains trace amounts of tree nuts due to processing on shared equipment.

*These peanut butter cups are vegetarian-friendly but not vegan.

Nutrition Facts:

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Where to buy Justin’s:

 

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Online Store

 

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In-Store & Online

FIND YOUR LOCAL CARRIERS AT JUSTINS.COM

 


Some Extra Halloween FunÂ đŸŽƒđŸ‘»đŸŹ

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waiting for trick-or-treaters!

Belle (the fairy-princess) and Ollie (the knight) patiently awaiting the trick-or-treaters!


I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

What are your Halloween guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments!

xo Caitlyn

 

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Blog Launch Giveaway!

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WE HAVE A WINNER..

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!


To celebrate the blog’s launch, I am offering an awesome giveaway valued at $245! I LOVE giving gifts so I thought what better idea than to give away some of my favorite things as a thank you for your early support. I can’t wait for one of you to get this box of goodies in the mail 🙂


Enter the Giveaway:

  • For U.S. residents only.
  • You have until Tuesday, August 23 at 11:59pm EST to enter. All mandatory entry criteria must be met in order to be counted.
  • A winner will be announced Wednesday, August 24 at 12pm EST via social media and email.

Happy entering
and GOOD LUCK!

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What’s included:

1. The Wet Brush | Pro Original Detangler and Mini Combo Pack = $12

  • Trust me when I say this brush is life-changing. Say goodbye to all that time wasted untangling your hair and all that breakage! Bonus – it comes with a super cute mini brush for your purse.smelltheroses.com

2. 100% Pure | Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream = $15

  • This product is a staple in my skincare routine. It has been a lifesaver in preventing puffiness/dark circles under my eyes. I even make my boyfriend use it and he loves it. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!smelltheroses.com

3. Mai Couture | Highlighter Papier (St.Barts) = $18

  • If you have never tried highlighter sheets you are in for a treat. I keep this product in my purse and use it midway through the day when my skin needs a little pick-me-up. The sheets can be used on both the face and body and compliment all skin tones. To use, remove one sheet and lightly press on desired areas of face/body. So easy and so pretty!

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4. John Tenniel | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Coloring Book = $13

  • I have been wanting to try an adult coloring book so when I saw this I had to buy it. Anyone else mesmerized by Alice in Wonderland? A great stress reliever or rainy day activity. The floral pages are my favorite 😉

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5. It’s a 10 | Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin (2 fl oz) = $12

  • This tiny bottle is pricey but worth every penny. Spray in your hair after you shower and your knots will detangle with little effort. The keratin-infused formula helps strengthen hair while preventing breakage and frizz. I know numerous people who use this product and say it drastically improved their hair’s quality. I HIGHLY recommend it! (FYI: it’s not as clean of a formula as the rest of my beauty routine but it is cruelty-free)

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6. Acure Organics | Brightening Facial Scrub (4 oz) = $4

  • This is the best natural facial scrub I have come across. I use it bi-weekly to gently exfoliate my face without drying out my skin. After using, I am left with a more even skin tone and baby soft skin. Best part? It’s 100% cruelty-free and vegan.

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7. MY Konjac Sponge | French Pink Clay Facial Sponge = $10

  • Konjac sponges take washing your face to a new level. This sponge is 100% natural/vegan and is great for sensitive skin. I use it when I wake up to gently exfoliate my face before I apply moisturizer/makeup AND at night to wash it all off. smelltheroses.com

8. 100% Pure | Lip Creamstick (Cake) = $25

  • This is probably the best feeling lip product I have ever used. It not only looks great on, it also nourishes your lips. I have it in 3 colors so I knew I had to include it in this giveaway!smelltheroses.com

9. Orgain | Organic Vegan Protein Powder 2lb (Chocolate or Vanilla) = $40

  • There are a lot of plant-based protein powders out there.. but how many are organic and actually taste as good as they are for you? In my opinion, Orgain is the best vegan protein product on the market. This is the only protein powder I will drink. I drink a shake once a day so it has become a staple of my plant-based diet. Winner gets the choice between a vanilla or chocolate tub.

smelltheroses.com10. Little Words Project | “Explore” Bracelet = $26

  • If you haven’t heard of this amazing company, allow me to introduce you to Little Words Project. Their bracelets feature an inspirational word surrounded by a strand of Sworvorski crystals. Each bracelet comes with a unique numbered tag so you can register it on their website (so cool). You wear the little word for as long as you need and then pass it on to someone else who could use a little inspiration. Talk about a beautiful concept 🙂 smelltheroses.com

11. Fringe Studio | Saturday Tray = $14

  • This little jewelry tray speaks the truth! What an adorable addition to anyone’s vanity.

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12. Lily Lolo | Black Vegan Mascara = $20

  • Ask anyone in the natural/cruelty-free beauty world, this is one of the (if not the) best mascara on the market. I know I’m a believer!smelltheroses.com

13. Orgain | Organic Superfoods Powder (Original) = $30

  • I love Orgain so much I had to include my second favorite product in this giveaway! This powder is a blend of 50 organic superfoods in one great tasting powder. It contains organic vegetables, fruits, fiber (7 grams/serving) and probiotics (5 billion/serving). The perfect addition to help you boost the nutrition of your shakes!

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14. Justin’s | Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups = $6

  • These are my guilty pleasure and I eat them more often than I would like to admit. They are not vegan (contain milk product) but their ingredient list is a lot less scary than the beloved Reeses. I dare to you to try and only eat one (never worked for me).justins - smelltheroses.com