Monday, October 11, 2010

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies



Here's another fun Halloween recipe for you! It's amazing that I don't weigh 400 pounds after all the Halloween goodies I've made this week. Luckily I am good about sending them off with my husband to take to work. The less I keep in the house - the less I can eat! :)

I do not like the taste of real candy corn but I find myself buying a package of them every year to use for decorating something with. These candy corn sugar cookies on the other hand are very good and have a hint of lemon to them! They were a blast to make and would be a wonderful treat to make if you are hosting a Halloween party this year.



Candy Corn Sugar Cookies
Source: Kaitlin in the Kitchen

2 Sticks Butter, softened
1 c. Sugar
1 Egg
2 T. Lemon Juice
2 t. Lemon Zest
1/8 t. Salt
3 c. Flour
1/2 t. Baking Soda
Red Food Dye
Yellow Food Dye
1/2 c. Granulated Sugar (for dusting)

Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt. Continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda, beat until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds. Press one-third of the white dough evenly into the bottom of a loaf pan that you have lined with foil, wax, or parchment paper. Place another one-third of the dough into a bowl and add yellow and red food dye to make orange (refer to the chart on the back of your box). Once it is mixed evenly, press orange dough evenly over white dough. In another bowl, add the final amount of dough and dye yellow. Press that evenly over the orange dough. Cover and refrigerate until firm (2 hours or overnight is best). Once chilled, invert your loaf pan and unwrap your dough. Flip it back over and place it on a cutting board. Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4-inch slices using a sharp knife, trimming edges to make even, if necessary. Cut each slice into 6 wedges.



Place 1-inch apart onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes in a pre-heated 375 degree oven. Place cookies straight into a bowl with sugar and coat. Place coated cookies on a baking rack to cool.

86 comments:

  1. these are just cute! saw them on pinterest and shared them on my blogs facebook page!

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  2. Oh my goodness, these cookies are TOO cute. I am actually not a big fan of candy corn itself but I've always thought it was so cute and emblematic of Halloween as a holiday - these will be the perfect compromise!! :)

    @}----Rosie

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  3. Found this on Pinterest and love it! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow...come on by!

    Smiles,
    Melanie

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  4. Saw these on pinterest and repinned! Awesome!

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  5. To everyone who saw these on Pinterest...thanks for visiting my food blog! Enjoy making these cookies this Fall. They are as much fun to make as they are to eat! :)

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  6. I also saw these on pinterest! So cute and I def plan on making these :)
    Going to start following your blog also... have a great night!!

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  7. yes, pinterest could get one in trouble! These look so much fun.

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  8. I LOVE these! I saw these on pintrest and fell in love!

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  9. I also saw these on Pinterest... and I just made them and they are as cute as your photos make them look! I added a 1/4tsp of almond extract because I'm an al-ex addict... SO tasty!

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  10. Saw this on pinterest and wish I had seen them 2 weeks ago when we had friends over for a party. I will definately make these soon though!

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  11. what size loaf pan did you use and how many cookies did this recipe make? they look delicious!!

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  12. Too cute! I'm going to make these with my daughter this week!

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  13. Love these! Just posted it on our Fun Finds Friday!

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  14. I myself can't eat candy corn alone but like them with pretzels. Reminds me of pretzels dipped in white chocolate/almond bark.
    Hey, I like your name!

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  15. So cute! I can't wait to make these for our Halloween party :) Thanks for the idea

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  16. These are awesome. Found you on Pinterest!

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  17. I'm making these now, thanks for sharing. Itas making so many I think I'll freeze some for Halloween!

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  18. I just made these! They turned out amazing and SO CUTE! What a wonderful idea! I am stashing this away a keeper recipe :)

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  19. Awesome.... love these ! Can't wait to make them, thank you so much for sharing !

    Beth

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  20. Making them right now... so far so good.. easy too!!! Now to wait for them to chill :) What a great idea.. and so festive... TY!

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  21. Adorable! Can't wait to try making these!

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  22. Saw these on Pinintrest...
    So did my 3 year old son!!!
    So far the cookie mix is in the fridge chilling... He is looking forward to baking them and taking them to daddy's office tomorrow!!!
    Thank you so much for posting such a cute little recipe

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  23. These are the cutest little cookies I have ever seen! They will be perfect for our elementary school's fall bake sale! Thanks for the recipe.

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  24. Getting ready to make some now! What size loaf pan did you use?

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  25. These cookies are so yummy...remind me for PF Chessmen. Love the sparkle the sugar gives--never sprinkles AFTER baking! Can't wait to go to Halloween party and share these. Also I think these will make great Christmas trees in a few weeks! Thanks for such a simple, but still razzle dazzle idea!

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    1. Love the idea of Christmas trees! You could do three shades of green!

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  26. Did you use a certain type or brand of butter AND what type of four did you use?
    Thanks,
    Catherine

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  27. Any brand of butter is fine. I used all-purpose flour.

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  28. Thanks...sometimes i never really know what "type" to use because there are so many!
    Catherine

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  29. just made this dough and so excited!! saw this on pinterest...thanks so much love it can't wait to show them off :)

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  30. Off the wall question-could you buy sugar cookie dough in a tube at the store, then add the food coloring and continue from there? I know, I know, sacrilegious, but I have to bring something for my son's party TOMORROW, and these are so cute.

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  31. Kathryn, I've never tried it but someone else told me they tried and it didn't work out so well. It really doesn't take that long to make them from scratch. You could try putting them in the freezer to firm them up faster before cutting them. I'm sure the kids in your son's class would love them!!! You can do it! :)

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  32. Wow, that was fast! Thanks! Not sure which way I will go, but I will post my results either way :)

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  33. I made this for an after school program it was a big hit , can't believe how tasty the cookies really are, Thank's

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  34. It worked! I used two rolls of sugar cookie dough, let them soften a little bit, put them in my mixer with about 1/4 cup of flour (because they were very sticky!), mixed, then separated into three colors. I can't wait to try your recipe, though, I'm sure it's MUCH better tasting than store-bought cookie dough :P In a pinch, though, this worked well. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I wish I knew how to upload a picture....!

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  35. Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I made them and they were delicious! I wrote about them on my blog, here: http://athomewithalley.com/2011/10/29/candy-corn-sugar-cookies-with-glace-icing/

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  36. I am not a lemon person, so could I use vanilla or almond extract??? If so, do you use the same amount?

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  37. These look adorable..will be making these for an upcoming Halloween party! However, we've got about 6 inches of snow on the ground (yes, in October!) and we're out of lemon juice/zest. Is this necessary in the recipe or could it be omitted (or substituted)? Thanks so much!

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  38. making these right now for my grandkids for trick or treat...they are ADORABLE! I too, was curious if a person could add almond or a different flavoring as I dont care for lemon but I made them with it this time. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Made these last week for a Halloween party - they were easy to make & tasty - a big hit with kids & grownups. Only change I would make next year...I would double the recipe to make them bigger, but that's just me.
    Thanks for a new Halloween tradition!

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  40. Soooo Cute!!! Saw These On Pinterest. Will make them next year for sure. : ) Thanks For Sharing!

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  41. I found these on Pinterest and I intend to use these for my classroom fall party. They are so very clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I found these on Pinterest also & plan on making them for the small Halloween Gathering that I am going to try and hold at my house. My only question is, is the T for tablespoon or teaspoon so confusing haha

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  43. T = Tablespoon and t = teaspoon :)

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  44. Very cool idea we want to try for our grandkids!

    Would it be okay to pin this on Pinterest with a link back to your blog post here?

    Thank you...

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  45. These are awesome!! Cant wait for the trial run...then for a bake sale around Halloween!! Gotta love Pinterest!!

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  46. Awesome I can't wait to make these cookies they are sooooo cute! Thanks so much!

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  47. Adorable!i absolutly love them! theyre easy and creative too!

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  48. Are you kidding me? How awesome is that? Now I wonder if I can find a gluten-free sugar cookie recipe to adapt this for my celiac kid.

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  49. Hi, I too saw this on Pinterest. This looks like a good idea. I like candy corn and think this would be fun too.

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  50. I love this candy corn project! I’ll be featuring it on OneCreativeMommy.com later today. Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. (I still plan to try this gluten free. I just haven't gotten around to it!) :)

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  51. I just saw these today and can't wait to try them. They are so cute!

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  52. i Love it such a wonderful idea to have kids help!!!!!!!!!

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  53. Just made these and sadly, the dough didn't layer evenly and the cookies flattened into funny looking round cookies, not triangular corn shapes. They taste ok, though!

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  54. I made these yesterday! It didn't say in the instructions, so I used 1-lb (small) loaf pans and divided each color in half. That made the layers in good proportion to each other. The dough firmed up nicely after just a short time in the freezer. I was surprised at first how small they were, but now I see in the photos above they aren't large cookies (although thicker than rolled cookies). Great with coffee this morning!

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  55. Saw these on Pinterest and made them today. Sliced thin and small they came out beautifully!! So cute and makes LOADS of cookies so I can give some away to friends and nephews! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  56. Are the lemon juice and zest actually required? Or can you still make the without, as regular sugar cookies?

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    1. I made these last year without the lemon & they turned out fine. They are super cute & impressive too!

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  57. Yum, yum, yum! I made these with the following changes:

    1. Used 1 stick butter and 1 stick margarine
    2. I don't like lemon, so I exchanged it for 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract. I might try adding a little more next time. I sometimes do get a little bit of a flour taste.
    3. I tried baking at 375 for 7 minutes, but my cookies almost burned. So I tried 8 minutes at 350 and it was perfection!

    Size: 1.5 x 1.5 inch cookies
    Made: 105 cookies + 8 cookies that I made with the leftover ends

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  58. I made these and they are cute and tasty but not worth the work. It is very time consuming to make the dough, divide it, incorporate the colors, layer it really tight and good, wait for them in the fridge, then cut them out individually and bake them. way too much work. You have to ask yourself is it worth your time because time is money or it worth to go to the store and buy something cheap and good?

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  59. I made these today for a Halloween Party for tonight. They were simple to make and super fun! I found this site through Pinterest and i am so glad that i did. Thank you so much for sharing these. I will be making these again in the future. Thanks!

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  60. Found these on Pinterest, and I am so glad I did. They turned out great, and are just so cute. The hardest part was getting the food colouring to mix into the dough, and that is because I used my liquid stuff instead of buying some gel. I used vanilla instead of the lemon, and dipped in sugar before baking, and even with these adjustments they are really good. Thanks so much for posting!

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  61. These are in the fridge right now. The batter was yummy so I'm sure the cookies will be too. :) I'm not sure why it was posted that they are "A lot of work". They took me under a half hour from start to in the pan. I did have orange food coloring (in gel) so I didn't have to mix the red/yellow - that might help? The only thing I had to think about was splitting the dough in thirds - I am so bad at that! ha! I have just usual baking skills and found them easy so don't be afraid. :)

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  62. Success! So cute!!!

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  63. these are such a cute idea! and i agree, they are totally worth the work (especially because anything from the store just won't taste as good AND why would you want to buy something loaded with preservatives when you can make something with mostly natural ingredients!
    thanks! becca

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  64. For those saying it was a lot of work.....I am excited for the amount of work....getting to do these types of things with my daughter is what I live for...i am slowly acquiring baking traditions for each major holiday. We are trying these on Sunday!!!

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  65. These are so cute!
    But when I made them, the dough was really really dry... I ended up having to add a few more ingredients so it was actually dough... Cutting them up was easier than I expected! :)
    But as you bake them, the color goes out and they dont look that great (they taste okay). Im assuming thats why she didnt put up a picture of the post-baking results. Maybe I did something wrong? idk.. But i love the idea! If only the color didnt fade....

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  66. I made these without the lemon and I think this dough may be my new sugar cookies recipe! They are so delicious. I didn't have a loaf pan to use so I used a 13x9 pan and I ended up with mini candy corn cookies, still super cute!

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    1. Did you add anything in place of the lemon, like vanilla, or just leave the lemon out?

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  67. Tried these out, without lemon juice and zest because I didn't have it, added some vanilla extra and tiny bit extra sugar (but I didn't cover them in sugar after they were baked). Very nice recipe, just watch them carefully, they don't look done when they're done and overbake quickly. 10 minutes was too long for me, 8.5 was perfect.

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  68. I used my kitchen scale to split the dough evenly into thirds. I partially mixed the food coloring in with a fork and then used my hands to make the coloring even - the warmth from my hands melted the butter enough to make the dough not dry. I think you need to make sure the dough is brightly colored with the food coloring before you bake - mine turned out great and the the colors were fine. Love this recipe!

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  69. I featured this idea (though not the recipe exactly) on my post yesterday! You can see it at http://craftadon.com/halloween-treats/.

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  70. So cute...I wish it were Halloween right now! I'm you're new 'follower' =D

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  71. Mimi's Sweet TreatsJanuary 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    GF~ you are good! I dont find many people on Pintrest that I am AMAZED with their pages, but you can bet I will be following yours! Thanks for sharing : )

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  72. Just found these on Pinterest and am thinking about making them red, white, and blue for July 4th.

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  74. These are too cute! I doubled the recipe for a ship-wide family event (we're Navy), and it made piles of cookies. Super easy recipe, so the only time constraint was having only one oven :)

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  75. Just made the dough :-) im going to bake them after work!! Im so excited they look adorable, thanks

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  76. I am making these for work next week for Halloween carry-in. They are so cute and sound delicious!

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  77. Just letting you know the cookies were a big hit, at work and at home. I was surprised at how well theye came together. Love the recipe. Keep up the delicious things coming. :)

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