Sand Crabs

Sand Crabs@The Seven Year Cottage

It’s not exactly a day at the beach…

But for those of us who won’t soon be traveling to a remote destination with miles of sand and shore, these cute little candy crustaceans will just have to do!

You’ll need:

  • Two-bite brownies
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • White frosting
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Orange Slices (candy aisle)
  • Spice Drops (candy aisle)
  • Colored toothpicks
  • 1/2c. white chocolate chips
  • Edible eyes (Michael’s)

Transfer frosting to a gallon size zipper bag, seal, and clip a corner of the bag with clean kitchen shears.

Pipe mounds of icing onto brownie bites, then coat with graham cracker crumbs for a sandy effect.

Arrange brownies in paper liners and set aside.

Sand Crabs@The Seven Year Cottage

Insert one orange toothpick sideways through each orange slice for arms.

Next, push two orange toothpicks down through the candy slice approximately 3/4″ apart.  Leave 5/8″ of the toothpick exposed on top.

Place orange spice drops onto the toothpick ends to create eye sockets.

Sand Crabs@The Seven Year Cottage

Heat white chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl for 30-45 seconds.

Once the chocolate has melted, carefully transfer to a sandwich size zipper bag, seal, and snip a tiny amount from one corner.

Attach edible eyes to the fronts of spice drops using small drops of the melted white chocolate.

For crab claws, cut small triangular-shaped pieces from the ends of extra orange slices with a sharp paring knife.  Use the tip of the knife to carve out a small v-shaped notch before sliding them onto toothpick arms.

Top iced brownies with candy crabs and enjoy!


80 responses to Sand Crabs

  1. Andi says:

    These are so cute. Thanks for sharing all your food idea’s. Appriciated andi

  2. Trisha says:

    I. must. pick. jaw. up. off. of. floor………………………………I just died from cuteness shock.

  3. A-DORABLE! Those are just too cute! Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! :)

  4. I love these! They are really cute and creative.

  5. Trisha says:

    I have to come back and say that as I link up and see your crabs, I laugh…they make me smile. ear to ear and I needed that. BEST link of the week by far anywhere and everywhere.

  6. I just highlighted these cute little creatures on my blog!! love them. To see….go to:

  7. Pam says:

    I think these are adorable. We just had a beach themed party and these would have made a cute addition.

  8. Kristyn says:

    So cute!!! Btw, featuring you and a ton of your ideas on today. :) XO

  9. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    He is so cute! He would be perfect for an Under the Sea party!

  10. Christie says:

    Such a cute idea! My kids would love this :)

  11. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    They are really cute, I’m sure everyone loved them:@)

  12. these are so fun! great for a little beach-themed party :)

  13. Elyse Ellis says:

    These are so cute! We would love for you to come share this at our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday” link party!

    The Sisters @

  14. Sugar Blitz says:

    Love these sand crab cupcakes! They are so adorable!

  15. cindy says:

    Since we live in ‘land-locked’ Utah and have no plans to visit a coast anytime soon…
    These are so fun, the grand kids would love to make them! Have a great weekend.

  16. Those are sooooo precious! And I love orange slices anyway! :)

  17. ashley says:


  18. Kristy says:

    Very cute! My kids would absolutely love these

  19. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Hollie,
    What a precious little Sand Crab! I am going to have a hard time making this one because I will want to eat all the orange slices, I just those orange slices. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Hope you are having a great week end.
    Miz Helen

  20. These are so stinkin’ cute! I LOVE them!!!

  21. These are so cute!! And I love how easy they are too!! My kind of dessert. ;)
    Thanks so much for linking them up to Think Pink Sundays!! I featured you today on FB & Twitter! :)

  22. Cute crabs! *Almost* too cute to eat but they look delicious!

  23. Risa Baker says:

    These are DARLING! I am going to do this with my kids :)



  24. I can’t get over how stinkin’ cute these are!

  25. Britney says:

    Talk about wanting to play with your food ;) So cute. Thanks for sharing and giving me an idea for a fun snack this week.

  26. What an absolutely adorable DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!

  27. Jamie says:

    These are sooooo cute!!! I just adore them! Thank you for linking up this week…I hope to see you again next Saturday!


  28. Jill says:

    These little crabs are the cutest ever! Great work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  29. Awww…ha ha ha !
    Super cute!
    I love it!

  30. Carrie says:

    Seriously…. this couldn’t get any cuter! I must share on Facebook.

  31. Jerri says:

    These are so cute and fun! Just added these to my pinterest page. Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites.

  32. Congrats! You’ve been featured at this weeks Hookin Up with HoH party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you’d like!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  33. Crystal & Co says:

    My boys would love these!

    I would love for you to link up and share this tutorial on my mommy solution meme!

  34. I have had a great time perusing your archives today. I found so many great ideas! I love the sliders and cake pups, especially. I will look at candy in a whole new way now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Chiara says:

    I love this cute idea! I am hosting crafts at my church’s VBS this week, and our theme is “beach”. What a cute snack this would be! Thank you for the great idea! I shared your post on my Friday Favorites this week!

  36. Awww look at these little sand crabs!

  37. Julie B says:

    super cool! I pinned this! love your stuff!

  38. Camille says:

    Your blog is so much fun. I pinned these crabs to my Pinterest because I have to make them! Thanks for sharing your great idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday- we would LOVE to have you come back tomorrow and link up more of your great posts!
    -Camille @ The Six Sisters

  39. Macy says:

    These are so cute! I would love it if you would link this up to my Cupcake-a-Palooza link party going on now:
    See you soon!

  40. Kathryn says:

    These are darling! So creative! Thanks so much for linking them up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday!

  41. Jill says:

    Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured these sand crabs on my round tuit post this week!
    Round Tuit 59
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  42. Too cute!! I am featuring this post on this week’s Playdate at Beneath the Rowan Tree~ pop over and grab yourself a ‘featured’ button and join in again, if you like!


  43. These are so adorable – great for summer! I would love it if you would come link them up at the crafty link party I just started at
    :) Rachel

  44. btanders says:

    How cute and simple. Love it!

  45. Shoregirl says:

    These are ADORABLE!!! I live near the sea so their extra “appropriate” for here. I may have to make some of these up for the church picnic on Friday!

  46. Carlee says:

    This has got to be the cutest crustacean I have ever seen! I found you at Rook no. 17!

  47. Kelly Corado says:

    Love these I share them over on the Glitter FB Page!

  48. Ginger says:

    Ahhhhh! I love these. They are totally adorable. I am planning my son’s second b-day and it is a beach/pool theme so there would be perfect. I must try them! Thanks for sharing! I posted the link on my facebook too!

    Have a great day!

  49. angie says:

    these are so super cute I am not sure if they would be kept or ate either way perfect for a party in the summer or on the beach

  50. Stacy says:

    DARLING!!!! That is so clever :)

  51. Oh my, this is such an adorable treat for summertime. I love these. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Tracy says:

    Great project! I found you through the linking party at Night Owl Crafting! :)
    I’d like to invite you to join my T.G.I.F. Linky Party to share your fabulous projects. I’m looking to grow my weekly party with fabulous projects just like this one. Here is the direct link and I hope you can visit sometime.
    T.G.I.F. Linky Party every Thursday evening – Tuesday

  53. Briana says:

    Oh my gosh these are adorable!!! I’m pinning these right now…thanks for sharing!

  54. Jenny says:

    These are great! You always come up with the cutest ideas for sweet treats!

  55. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my chocolate lava cakes. I am so glad you did so I could discover your site! It is awesome! I would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade Monday blog party to share one of your awesome treats!

    I just subscribed to your feed and am going to go do some more peeking around!

  56. Hollie, these are so incredibly adorable! Every week you blow me away with your creative creations! I’m so, so happy to have you be a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me..” every week. I’m featuring your post on my FB page today.


  57. Thanks so much for linking up, Hollie! Your website has so many great ideas and I truly cannot wait to see what you come up with next!

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    We loved your cupcakes so much that we’re featuring it on our blog today! Come check it out and grab a button.


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    Your blog is full of darling ideas(including this crab:))! Love it~How creative you are!

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