Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Sunday, October 30

My neighborhood is quiet, the homes are few and far between. I rarely even have any trick-or-treaters. But, they're the perfect excuse to buy bags of candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins. It's a bad excuse, no one ever hands out loose candy.

I'm standing by my method of rationalizing. There's reason in it somewhere.

It is very possible to have too much candy corn. Rare, but possible. Unless I locked up my stash in a vault and threw the key into the ocean, I know that I'd be sorry. Since I don't have a super-vault, or a nearby ocean (unfortunately), the next best solution was to add sugar to sugar and bake something that could be given away...far from my reach.

Candy corn is a hot topic for debate, at least among my circle. Some people hate it, some people love it, some people live in denial about their love. But cookies, ever the diplomats, have a way of uniting everyone.

These cookies are simple, soft, and delicious. Even non candy corn eaters will find them irresistible. But, if you absolutely cannot stand candy corn, feel free to add any kind of candy to the recipe...and please send the unloved candy corn my way.

Happy Halloween everyone! :D

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies (adapted from Martha Stewart) Print

for the Almond Cookies
4 Tablespoons (that's 1/2 a stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
About 20 candy corn candies

for the Chocolate Cookies
4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
About 20 candy corn candies

Method [ Note: The directions are basically the same for both cookies, I made a note about when to add the cocoa. I prepared the batches separately. While the almond cookie dough was refrigerating, I made the chocolate.]

In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (a hand-held will work too), beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy (about 3-5 minutes).
Beat in the egg yolk and extract until well combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.
Add the baking powder, salt and *flour*. Beat on low until the dough comes together. *When making the chocolate cookies, add the cocoa powder along with the rest of the dry ingredients.*
Cover the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven 350 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Measure out a rounded 1/2 Tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
Place each ball of dough on the baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches of space between each cookie.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm and the centers are set. (The plain cookies will remain pale.)
Remove the cookies from the oven and, while they're still warm, gently press a candy corn into the middle of each cookie. you don't have to force the candy in, just a soft press will secure them.
Allow the cookies to rest on the sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Each batch makes about 15-20 cookies


  1. Your cookies are so pretty. I don't have any candy corn in the house right now, mostly because I refuse to buy Halloween candy until the 31st. Once it's in the house, I can't concentrate on anything else but the candy. It's quite insidious.

    Keep your fingers crossed that once I hand out candy tomorrow night, I'll only have enough left for a batch or two of baking!

  2. These are really cute. I'm relatively new to your blog and I don't often comment, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog and the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. Beth, just stash some candy in the chandelier (as long as it's not flammable or chocolate...never mind).

    Mary, thank you so much for the compliment! I've been a long time follower of your blog, but like you, I seldom comment (something I need to work on). Thanks for the visit! :D

  4. I find candy corn so cute.. topping your cookies? even cuter:)

  5. I always buy way more candy than I need. I think it's my subconcious way of making sure that I have plenty leftover for baking. And snacking. Like late at night when I'm sitting in front of the computer reading people's food blogs and I find myself getting hungry kind of snacking...

    Je te souhaite une belle soirée

  7. happy halloween! these are cute, and i'm a candy corn lover, by the way. my grandma would give them to us every october.


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