Ham 'n' Cheese Spiders Recipe
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Ham 'n' Cheese Spiders Recipe

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These creepy sandwiches are sure to scare up some fun at Halloween time! Kids really enjoy eating the spider-shaped sandwiches. —Kendra Barclay, De Kalb, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits, separated into 10 biscuits
  • 1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated breadsticks, separated into 12 breadsticks
  • 1 cup chopped fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 5 slices process American cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 511 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 1751mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. On two greased baking sheets, pat five biscuits into 3-1/2-in. circles. Cut one breadstick in half lengthwise, then in half widthwise, creating four strips. Repeat nine times (save remaining breadsticks for another use). Position eight strips of dough around each biscuit to resemble spider legs; twist and press lightly onto baking sheet. Tuck a 1/2-in. foil ball under each dough strip so it stands up in the center.
  2. Combine the ham, onion, butter and mustard; spoon 3 tablespoons onto each biscuit circle. Fold cheese slices into quarters and place over ham mixture. Pat remaining biscuits into 4-in. circles; place over filling. Pinch edges to seal.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk and water. Brush over tops of biscuits and breadsticks. On each spider, position two olive slices for eyes; place pimientos in center of olives. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Yield: 5 sandwiches.
Originally published as Ham 'n' Cheese Spiders in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun Annual 2006, p28

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sdrks User ID: 2520692 255698
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"I have made these for the last 3 years. My family loves those cute spiders."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 63746
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"This was good, but I had some trouble with them sticking to the pan. The legs were especially hard to get off unbroken."

supposedlyeve User ID: 7261700 156125
Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"Cute and fun to make with the kids! They LOVED it!"

bekajohnson User ID: 3529060 156124
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Made this with my two kids ages 3 and 5. They were able to help with patting out the biscuts and attaching the legs. I imagine prep would be faster if didn't have them helping, but then those memories wouldn" have been either.

I was skeptical if this dishes would be appealing to husband but it had a surprisingly wonderful flavor like a stuffed pastry at a holiday party.
I couldn't find breadsticks after searching two prominent grocery stores. Not sure if they aren't made anymore, so used crescent rolls instead.
My husband wants me to make these stuffed bacon and eggs, which will probably be great too.
Highly recommend!"

vbeck User ID: 3312006 63739
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I haven't made this yet, but it looks good. I probably won't make the legs."

redraspberryjello User ID: 1526571 158365
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"Great theme recipe that was easy to assemble. The tiny bit of extra effort is well worth the outcome! My son loved these."

LucieLaRenta User ID: 3139596 110019
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"I work, love to cook, do not have a maid, etc and had A LOT OF FUN MAKING THESE for just my Husband and I. Great time and lots of laughs - just the two of us - "Just judge the recipe not the person"!!!!! FYI - worth the time - tastes great"

jennie0214 User ID: 2513078 110010
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I have made this recipe for years and love it. Yes it does take a while, but the end product is great! I don't add the onions or mustard and they are still amazing!"

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