Friday, October 19, 2012

Candy Corn Cookies

Call me crazy, but I've never been a huge fan of candy corn. I think they're one of the most festive candies out there and I LOVE the way they look, but I just can't eat more than two or three before the sweetness becomes too much. Since I do love cookies of all types, I was pretty excited when I found this recipe. Once I started making these cookies, I was pleasantly surprised to see how small they are. Isn't it true that everything is better bite-sized!? Seriously, these cookies are probably the cutest thing I've ever made. They're simple to make, delicious to eat and they'll brighten up your kitchen table.

Candy Corn Cookies
From Coastal Living, October 2012 Issue
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: about 3 hours
Yield: about 120 cookies


1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar, plus a little extra for topping
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Yellow food coloring
Red food coloring


In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together at medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar and lemon zest. Gradually beat into butter mixture.

Divide dough into 3 equal parts (about 1 1/4 cups each) in 3 separate bowls. Tint one piece with yellow food coloring. Tint another piece orange using red and yellow food coloring (the ratio should be 2 drops of yellow to every 1 drop of red).

Cut wax paper to fit smoothly in the bottom and along the sides of a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Place the white, un-tinted dough in the bottom of the loaf pan and press down evenly. I used another loaf pan to ensure evenness. Top with orange dough, then yellow, pressing evenly each time. Cover and chill for 2 hours.

When ready to bake, start by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees and sprinkling a few tablespoons of sugar on a shallow dish. Turn the dough out onto a work surface. Cut thin slices, about 1/2-inch thick. Then cut each strip into 6 or 7 triangles. Dip one side of cookies triangles into sugar and place on parchment paper or aluminum foil-lined baking sheets, sugar-side up. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until set but not browned.

Pour in a bowl and just watch these little suckers make their way into your mouth, bite after bite after bite.


Beth Rowland said...

I'm with you on candy corn. Great to look at not so great to eat! I'll be trying this recipe out for sure!

Lyndsay said...

I saw a recipe for these in Coastak Living and have been looking forward to making them. They're just so cute!

Tina Byland said...

This may be the most adorable cookie I've ever seen! I LOVE it!!!!

Serena said...

Thank you for making me officially starving! These look sooooooooo good.

Harley said...

these are so cute! and i am totally with you on the candy corn thing. now i need someone that is good at baking to whip these bad boys up for me.

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chestnutmocha said...

WOW! excellent! It looks fantastic - great job!