Sparkling Candy Corn Cookies

Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s one recipe that all of your ghosts and goblins will enjoy. These bites sized cookies are inspired by candy corn, except that instead of tasting like candy corn they have a delicious orange flavor to them. So even if you’re not a fan of candy corn, you can still enjoy these little cookies.

Halloween has to be one of my favorite celebrations. I love seeing all of the kids in their costumes walk around the neighborhood. Since this will be the first trick or treat since we moved into our house, I may have went a little overboard at the grocery store yesterday buying bags of candy (let’s just blame it on the fact that I am 36 weeks pregnant! 😉 ) So needless to say, we are ready for a swarm of kids to drop by our house begging for candy tonight-that is if I don’t raid the candy bowl before they all get here! 😉 Happy Halloween everyone!

Sparkling Candy Corn Cookies

Bite-sized Candy Corn Cookies for Halloween!

Yield: 15 dozen cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Orange paste or gel food color
Yellow paste or gel food color
1/2 cup sugar for rolling


Line bottom and sides of 9x5-inch loaf pan with waxed paper or plastic food wrap; Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl then add the egg, vanilla, orange juice, and orange zest and beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
Divide dough into thirds. Press one-third of white dough evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Color one-third of the dough with orange food color; mix until color is well blended. Press orange dough evenly over white dough in pan. Color remaining one-third of dough with yellow food color; mix until color is well blended. Press yellow dough evenly over orange dough in pan. Cover with plastic food wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl; set aside.
Remove dough and place onto cutting surface. Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4-inch slices using sharp knife, trimming edges to make even, if necessary. Cut each slice into 6 wedges. Place 1-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Immediately place warm cookies in bowl with sugar; roll in sugar to coat. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Recipe Note: These cookies can be made ahead and stored in the freezer up to 1 month. Store in container with tight-fitting lid.

Source: adapted from Land O Lakes

One Year Ago: Candy Corn Cupcakes    

Two Years Ago: Maple Cream Cookies  

10 Responses to “Sparkling Candy Corn Cookies”

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    Trish — October 31, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I still have to go to Sam’s Club and pick up some candy before I go home after work. And today is my due day. I don’t think there’s any question that I’ll be busting into that candy before I get home. I’m just glad it’s not a very far drive 🙂

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 31, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Love these! So cute! This is our first Halloween in a house, too, and we’re super excited to hand out candy (I may have went overboard with the candy buying on purpose – more leftovers for me to eat) 🙂

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    Jed Gray (sportsglutton) — October 31, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Great take on a Halloween favorite. 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski — October 31, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    Those are totally adorable! I can’t get over how cute they are. I have cookies with actual candy corn in them on my blig to celebrate the holiday. Happy Halloween!

  5. #
    colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess — October 31, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    These are so adorable! Love them. Hope there’s some candy left for the kiddos! 🙂

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — October 31, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Wonderfully realistic and way tastier than candy corn! Happy Halloween!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 31, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    These are extremely adorable. So perfect for halloween! And – holy cow, how did I not know until just now that you are pregnant! Goodness, I am behind but congrats!! So happy for you! 🙂

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    ChgoJohn — November 1, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    These are great, Christina! I’d much rather munch on these cookies than the real thing. Thanks!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 1, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    These are so fun! Great idea!

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    Dina — November 8, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    cute and festive and i’m sure they taste much better than real candy corn!

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