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Ham ‘n’ Cheese Spiders

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 sandwiches


  • 1 cup chopped fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tubes (6 ounces each) small refrigerated flaky biscuits (5 count), divided
  • 1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated breadsticks
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 10 ripe olive slices (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Using small pieces of foil, make forty 1/2-in. foil balls for shaping spider legs; coat lightly with cooking spray.
  • For filling, mix first four ingredients. On greased baking sheets, pat five biscuits into 3-1/2-in. circles. For legs, cut each of 10 breadsticks crosswise in half; cut each piece lengthwise in half. (Reserve remaining breadsticks for another use.) Attach eight legs to each biscuit, twisting and pressing onto pan to adhere. Tuck a foil ball under the center of each leg.
  • Spoon filling over biscuits. Fold cheese slices into quarters; place over top. Pat remaining biscuits into 4-in. circles; place over cheese, pressing edges to seal.
  • Whisk together egg yolk and water; brush over tops. Attach olives for eyes; fill centers with pimientos. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 sandwich: 264 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 827mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
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  • sdrks
    Oct 21, 2016

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

  • fnstlug
    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
    May 15, 2013

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

  • OrchidofDarkness
    Sep 22, 2012

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  • bekajohnson
    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
    Oct 30, 2010

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

  • redraspberryjello
    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
    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
    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!

  • kitzer
    Oct 12, 2010

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