Spider Donuts

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These from scratch Spider Donuts are made from a homemade baked chocolate donut, a luscious stovetop chocolate glaze and decorated with pretzels and eyes to create a creepy, cute Halloween snack.

spider donut on a silver web

Here we are again! It’s Halloween Treats Week and I’m so excited to be working with Dixie Crystals Sugar and the super talented group of food bloggers joining me this year. 

For my first recipe I really wanted to throw my hat in the ring for how to make spider donuts. When I started developing them, I realized most instructions used premade donuts. That’s totally fine for a pinch, but I’m all about cooking and baking from scratch so I had to figure out a homemade version asap. 

As it turns out, a delicious, soft homemade chocolate donut is easy to make. A quick stovetop glaze reminiscent of chocolate ganache gave them shine and an extra sweet kick. 

Then it was just eyes and legs – so easy with pretzels and any number of potential candies. (I haven’t figured out how to make crunchy snack pretzels from scratch yet, but just you wait!).

The Donuts and Glaze

I could spend a lot of time chatting about the super soft chocolate baked donuts and the shiny glaze that goes on top, but this post is about making them SPIDERS. So I’ll just share a few quick tips on getting the donuts and glaze perfect before decorating. 

a single spider donut
  • Pre-grease the donut pan and fill just ⅓ full. These swell up like crazy, which makes them fluffy and perfect, but also can lead to wonky shapes if overfilled. 
  • Immediately flip the pan on a cooling rack. Donuts left in the pan will steam and that’s just no fun. 
  • Wait for the donuts to cool before adding the glaze.
  • I like the glaze thick and ganache-like, so I spooned it onto the donuts and let it drip. 
  • If you like a thinner glaze, add an extra tablespoon or two of butter. 
  • The glaze will set quickly, so keep a bowl or pan of hot water nearby and set the glaze in a pitcher or bowl within it to keep it loose while you’re working.

How to Make Spider Donuts

With your donuts glazed and ready to decorate you’ll need just some pretzels and your choice of eyes. I went with ruby chocolate chips, mostly because they were on sale in the bulk bins and I love me some plastic free bulk bins. 

a freshly decorated spider donut

You could also use m&m’s, white chocolate chips, candy eyes, round sprinkles, or anything else you imagine. I always recommend something that tastes good with chocolate though!

When it’s time to decorate, break a whole bunch of pretzels to get the ‘legs’ you’ll need 8 per donut, so settle in for a few minutes. 

To prevent frustration and save lots of useless broken pretzels, I found that pressing my thumb nail against the seam I wanted it to break along helped a lot. 

pressing a pretzel leg into a donut

Then, while the glaze is still wet, dip one pretzel end into the glaze and gently sink it into the donut. Repeat with the 7 remaining legs and press on those eyes. 

Viola! Spider Donuts that are totally adorable and ready to eat.

Storing and Serving

Baked donuts are just not a dessert that wants to hang around. Just like your favorite doughnuts from the local shop, day two is less appealing and day 3? Forget about it. 

For that reason I recommend trying to enjoy them within 24 hours of baking and decorating. These spider donuts are soft, so use a spatula to move them to a serving platter or storage box. If keeping them overnight, I recommend an airtight container in the fridge for the best quality the next day. 

spider donuts on a glass plate

But eaten day of, ooooh yes, they’re a spooky and sweet chocolate treat that I know your kids and adult friends will love. I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the Treats Week giveaway below for the chance to win some fun prizes!

a platter of chocolate donuts decorated like spiders

Spider Donuts

Mikayla M.
A chocolate glaze homemade baked chocolate donut decorated to look like spiders.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Decorating time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 230 kcal


  • Donut pan


Donut Ingredients

  • 100 grams all-purpose flour 3/4 cups
  • 47 grams cocoa powder 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 84 mililiters oil 3oz or 1/3 cup
  • 160 grams greek yogurt 2/3 cup
  • 115 grams white sugar 1/2 cup
  • 56 grams brown sugar 1/4 cup, packed

Glaze Ingredients

  • 113 grams chocolate 4 ounces, chopped up
  • 45 grams butter 3 tablespoons
  • 44 mililiters corn syrup 3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Decoration Ingredients

  • 90 pretzels
  • 30 candy eyes white or ruby chocolate chips, m&m's


Baking Donuts

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 6 or 12 cup donut pan.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and whisk to thoroughly combine.
  • Combine the sugars, yogurt, oil, and egg in a separate bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Fold together the wet and dry until a smooth chocolate batter forms.
  • Fill donut pan 1/3 full. A piping bag with no tip makes this easy.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the donuts are springy or a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Immediately flip the donut pan on to a cooling rack to release the donuts. Repeat until batter is used up.

Make the Glaze

  • Combine all the glaze ingredients, except the vanilla, into a pan over low heat.
  • Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Keep warm until you're ready to use it.


  • Break pretzels so the top two arches can be used as legs.
  • When the donuts are cool, pour or spoon the glaze over the top. Keep it over a silicone mat or parchment paper to reduce mess.
  • Dip one end of a pretzel leg into the glaze and press it gently into the donut. Repeat to give each spider 8 legs.
  • Press in the eyes.
  • Let set for 20 minutes, then enjoy!


Serving: 1donutCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 88IUCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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