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Candy Corn Cookies . . . Because Looks Aren’t Everything

2015 October 1
by Emily Hill

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I’m not gonna lie. Candy corn cookies aren’t pretty. I wondered why there weren’t many candy corn cookie recipes on the Interweb. After the first batch came out of the oven, I had the obvious a-ha moment: candy corn candies are basically solid sugar and solid sugar liquifies when heated and liquified sugar makes for oddly-shaped cookies that are super tricky to remove from the pan in one piece…even if you’re using my trusty Silpat silicone baking mat. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t absolutely to-die-for delicious.

Because they are.

Candy Corn Cookies -- these cookies may not look pretty but they are absolutely delicious!

If you’re a fan of candy corn, you are so going to be a fan of these candy corn cookies even if they aren’t as photogenic as my brownie cookies or old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies.

For this cookie recipe, I combined my go-to pudding cookie dough with coarsely chopped candy corn. Next time I think I’ll try Hershey’s Candy Corn Creme Bars or M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn Candies to see if I can get a more aesthetically pleasing batch, but if they don’t taste as good as these candy corn cookies, I don’t care how much better they look.

Candy Corn Cookies -- these cookies may not look pretty but they are absolutely delicious!

When baking these Halloween cookies, you’ll want to use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper like my favorite Kirkland Signature parchment paper (the perfect thickness, does a fantastic job and it’s a great price on Amazon). And you will for sure want to let them cool on the pan for a good 5 minutes. If you have the time, I’d even let them cool completely on the pan. If they’re still fairly warm, that liquified candy corn tends to stretch.

Not that I speak from personal experience or anything.

Candy Corn Cookies -- these cookies may not look pretty but they are absolutely delicious!

Printable recipe for candy corn cookies below. Enjoy!

Candy Corn Cookies
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These candy corn cookies don't look like much but they are absolutely delicious. If you're a fan of candy corn (and cookies) and have a little patience, you'll love 'em! Makes approximately 3 dozen.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 18
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4-oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup candy corn, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in instant pudding mix until blended. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in candy corn.
  5. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Let cool at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. If you have the time, let cool completely on the pan before removing.


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