How 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.
1 cup butter room temperature
1 cup sugar
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
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
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.
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.
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.
Unwrap the cookie dough and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Slice the dough into triangles.
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.
Package them up.
Or have them as a little snack.
Better yet, have some for a snack and give some to a friend. Everyone wins.