Just In Time for Halloween … Candy Corn COOKIES

Candy corn is like cilantro — you either love it or you don’t. Me? I’m a semi fan. I can eat probably about 6 pieces before feeling a sugar high, crashing and then feeling sick. My husband isn’t a fan at all. So, to get in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to make some candy corn cookies — without any candy corn involved!

I found the recipe online, pinned it, and have been looking for the perfect day to make it (you need to set aside a decent chunk of time – you need to refrigerate the dough for at least a few hours or overnight, plus the actual forming of the dough into candy corn-like cookies takes time as well).

So, get ready and get baking! This week is the perfect time to get yor candy corn cookies baking:

Candy Corn Cookies

(Adapted from Land O Lakes website)

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (I just squeezed my own from about a half an orange)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Orange food color (I mixed yellow with red because I didn’t have orange at home)
  • Yellow food color
  •  1/2 cup sugar

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Line the inside of a 9×5-inch breadloaf pan with waxed plastic wrap.
  • Mix butter with 1 cup sugar, beat until creamy.
  • Add egg, orange juice, orange zest and salt to butter/sugar mixture. Continue beating until well mixed.
  • Mix together flour and baking soda. Add by 1/2 c portions to the wet ingredients. Beat until fully mixed.
  • Divide dough into thirds. Press one-third of white dough evenly onto bottom of prepared pan.
  • Place another third of dough back into the bowl and add yellow food color. Mix until blended and set the dough aside.
  • Place the final third of dough back into the bowl and add the yellow and red food coloring (or orange, if you have it). I used probably a ratio of 8:1 drops of yellow to red coloring to create an orange ball of dough.
  • Press the orange dough evenly over white dough in pan. Press yellow dough evenly over orange dough in pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until hard(at least 2 hours or overnight).
  • Place 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl and set aside.
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Invert loaf pan to remove dough. Peel off plastic wrap and place layered dough onto cutting surface.
  • Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Cut each slice into 6 candy corn shaped wedges. Dip wedges in sugar and then place onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for about 9 – 10 minutes, until edges are firm and bottoms just turning light brown.
  • Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Immediately place warm cookies sugar bowl again; roll in sugar to coat.
  • Cool cookies completely on wire cooling rack.


Before: the dough out of the pan, ready to be sliced.


7 thoughts on “Just In Time for Halloween … Candy Corn COOKIES

  1. Movita – my husband, not a fan of the candy, loved them. You can even do a chocolate variation if you prefer, dipping the bottoms in chocolate (like the chocolate candy corns).

    • They taste like sugar cookies with a hint of orange! I’m sure you could up the orange flavoring for some more orangey goodness. I probably will next time, or even try lemon (I love lemon sugar cookies!).

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