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candy corn cookie recipeHow adorable are these Candy Corn Cookies?  Last weekend after I got home from Camp Blogaway, I promised Will that I would make these cookies with him and his brother and sister.  It was a great way to be together after a weekend apart.  Doing something that we all love to do, cooking and being together.  What I think that is even cuter is that William was leafing through one of my thousands of magazines and he saw these and he said, “Mom, we need to make these.  I love them.”  How could I say no to that?

These cookies remind me of my favorite sugar cookies that I get at Whole Foods.  They are sugar cookies with colored sanding sugar from Gianna’s Baking Company.  I don’t get them very often because I would eat the entire package.  The sanding sugar on these make these cookies have a nice little crunch that I really like a lot.

candy corn cookies recipe1 cup butter room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
orange gel food coloring
yellow gel food coloring
sanding sugar

candy corn cookies recipeCream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

candy corn cookies recipeAdd the egg, orange juice, orange zest and salt.  King is supervising of course.  Slowly add the flour and baking soda.  Beat until combined.  Divide the cookie dough into three and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

candy corn cookies recipeAdd the first third of the dough to the loaf pan pressing it evenly in the bottom.  Add a few drops of orange to the second third of dough and press that into the pan.  Do the same thing and make yellow and press it into the pan.

candy corn cookies recipeWrap the cookie dough and refrigerate until firm.  At least two hours or overnight.  If you are wondering why there is a chopstick peeking out it is because chopsticks are my weapon of choice for gel food coloring.

candy corn cookies recipeUnwrap the cookie dough and slice into 1/4 inch slices.  Slice the dough into triangles.

candy corn cookies recipeDip one side of the cookie into the sanding sugar.  Arrange on the cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.  Cool on a cooling rack.

candy corn cookies recipePackage them up.

candy corn cookies recipeOr have them as a little snack.

candy corn cookies recipeBetter yet, have some for a snack and give some to a friend.  Everyone wins.

Candy Corn Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • orange gel food coloring
  • yellow gel food coloring
  • sanding sugar

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, orange juice, orange zest and salt. King is supervising of course. Slowly add the flour and baking soda. Beat until combined. Divide the cookie dough into three and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. Add the first third of the dough to the loaf pan pressing it evenly in the bottom. Add a few drops of orange to the second third of dough and press that into the pan. Do the same thing and make yellow and press it into the pan.
  4. Wrap the cookie dough and refrigerate until firm. At least two hours or overnight. If you are wondering why there is a chopstick peeking out it is because chopsticks are my weapon of choice for gel food coloring.
  5. Unwrap the cookie dough and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Slice the dough into triangles.
  6. Dip one side of the cookie into the sanding sugar. Arrange on the cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack.
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83 Responses to Candy Corn Cookies

  1. Oh gosh what an adorable (and festive) idea! We have a serious, SERIOUS, candy corn addiction. So naturally, these cookies are insanely appealing to us!

  2. Julie says:

    These are adorable! However we don’t do artificial colors in our house because they have a serious effect on my son’s behavior. Have you ever experimented on using natural coloring? Would you like to try and tell me how to do it?? J/K!! Seriously though- we associate kid’s goodies so much with the bright artificial colors and it would be refreshing to see something yummy and cute looking made all naturally. :)

    • bakedbree says:

      No, I have not. I think that turmeric would work for the yellow and it has very little flavor so it would not alter the taste. I am not sure about the orange. Maybe some orange beets?

  3. Hil says:

    These are absolutely adorable! Definitely marking them as a “must make” for the Halloween season this year. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Tracy says:

    These are so adorable! I will definitely have to try these soon.

  5. Too cute! I love candy corn and I’m sure I’d love these cookies too! I hope I have time to make them this fall :)

  6. Love love love this!!!
    Your photos are so inspiring and it all looks soo tasty!
    I really want to make more, and you keep reminding mee I should and need to, so thank you!
    Cheerio
    -Melissa E Earle

  7. Oh my gosh, I love those! I’m making them tomorrow!

  8. Crystal says:

    Love these! I can’t WAIT to make them!

  9. Cindi says:

    Where do you find sanding sugar? Is it in the regular sugar aisle? These are so cute I’m going to try them this weekend!

    • bakedbree says:

      I get mine at a baking store, but you can either order it online, or Michaels has it now. Sometimes my regualr grocery store has it with the pricey extracts.

  10. these are TOO TOO CUTE! so glad to have found you through foodgawker!

  11. Love these! How cute. Have a couple of friends with an addiction to candy corn… going to try to convert these to gluten free ASAP!

    Dig your blog too. You’re now in my google reader, so I won’t miss a thing!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Sarah! I don’t know the first thing about GF, but if you convert it, please send me the link to share.

  12. I love the freeform look of these cookies – it’s a refreshing change from the usual cookie-cutter (ha!) ones. Love all of the colors in the last picture, too.

  13. Kelly says:

    Very sweet!

  14. Spice Sherpa says:

    These are the exact kinds of things we love to make around Halloween. Very clever. Julie–as for alternative to food coloring you can use spices although it will affect the final flavor. I often use cinnamon or cocoa powder to color things brown. You could try a touch of turmeric for the orange color.

    • bakedbree says:

      Me too… easy and fun. I also like that these cookies are pretty small, so this recipe makes a ton and is perfect for classroom Halloween parties.

  15. Spice Sherpa says:

    I forgot to mention how much I LOVE the packaging at the end. So well done. I’d be thrilled to receive a box of cookies that looked like that!

  16. Jeanna says:

    So. Very. Cool. I have to link this recipe somewhere on my candy blog.

  17. Cheri says:

    These are adorable. I am going to have to make these with my niece and nephews. Love the packaging,

  18. Wow, I love these festive cookies! I can’t wait to try them. I know my kids will be impressed. Great blog!

  19. Allie says:

    I just pulled a batch of these out of my oven…they are too stinkin’ cute!!!! Thanks so much for the recipe and the great tutorial, I plan on making these for all of my friends and family.

  20. Spice Sherpa says:

    My son and I made these today! They are chilling in the fridge. Although, I tried using spices instead of food coloring. So far it passed the picky 8 year old dough taste test. If you’re interested I’ll let you know how it goes. It was so easy and fun I definitely think this recipe will become part of our October kitchen tradition. Thanks again for sharing such a sweet little recipe!

  21. Debbie says:

    Very cute idea for cookies. We’re having a bake sale at work next week, and these look like winners! Do you know about how many cookies a batch will make?

  22. Debbie says:

    PS–I LOVE your photo instructions and that your whole family was baking together. What wonderful memories for your children!

  23. Ari says:

    What a perfect way to prepare for Halloween! I’m not a huge fan of candy corn (a bit too sweet for me), but these will definitely be making an appearance in our house.

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  25. Crystal says:

    Thank you for this one! Not only were they cute they had an amazing taste! I made these last week and they were a HUGE hit, my family and friends raved!

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  27. Michele says:

    This is such a cool and easy recipe! I have one question, though. I have it set up and chilling in the fridge, but I used a lot of gel coloring, but the colors do not look as vibrant as yours. Do you think regular food coloring would work. also?

    • bakedbree says:

      They will darken a bit when they bake. You would need a lot of regular food coloring to get the colors as bright as I like them.

  28. jami says:

    Thanks for the method! I’m making them right now for the school Halloween festival bake sale. I’m going to package up a couple of cookies with a few pieces of candy corn. So cute!

  29. Ingrid Burton says:

    Bree, I love these cookies! They looked so cute, you inspired me to make these with my three year old. We had so much fun and he was able to help! He loved it and they’re so tasty! Thank you! Do you think they would work to use pastel colors and an egg cutter for Easter? I’m terrible at rolling out cookies somehow and was just wondering if that would work? If so, I guess the possibilities are endless.

  30. Those cookies do look like something that I should eat as soon as possible. I like their triangle shape and their colors. The recipe certainly doesn’t seem difficult to follow, so I think I will be trying to prepare some of these cookies sometime soon. I do love to cook.

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  32. Debbie says:

    I have to thank you for sharing this recipe. It has now become my favorite sugar cookie and always has wonderful results. My favorite thing to do is to split the dough into 4 quarters, roll into logs and then roll into plastic wrap for a home-made version of slice and bake cookies. I dip the sliced cookies into various sanding sugar color-combo and they are always a big hit! Next, I’m going to experiment using vegan “butter” and GF flour to make a gluten-free/dairy-free version for a coworker. Once again, thank you for such a delicious recipe!

  33. Daca says:

    How did you even manage to prepare this?! These are amazing. I have never thought that cookies can look like this. Great job.

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  35. Sparklenurse says:

    Bree your packing and photos are so appealing….you are a true creative homemaker!!!

  36. Neal Johnson says:

    I made these and they were so cute and such a big hit! I’m planning on making them many more times before Halloween. Such a clever idea!

  37. Tiffany says:

    WE SOOOOOO LOVED these cookies! They are beyond cute and my hubby says they are his favorite. I made them exactly as your recipe said but they did turn out a bit dry… almost powdery texture on the inside. Is that normal? Don’t get me wrong I will make these again and again… just wanted to double check if that is the way they should turn out.

  38. Courtney says:

    So cute…..I’d like to make them for a Halloween party I’m attending. What would you suggest doing if I’d rather them as a traditional sugar cookie, not orange-flavored? Thought?

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  41. Melissa says:

    These will be so perfect for my daughter’s Halloween pre-school treat exchange! Can’t wait to make them. Thank you for sharing!! :)

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  43. thank you so much for this adorable recipe! i’m a budding baker and this was one of my first forays with my new mixer. i even make a little video about it: http://thingsikindoflove.com/blog/2013/12/25/recipe-box-a-halloween-surprise

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