Monday, October 12, 2009

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Good afternoon! Hope everyone has been enjoying their day. How adorable are these cookies? Believe it or not, they're SO simple to make! They have a hint of lemon flavor thanks to the juice of a lemon and fresh lemon zest. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of actual candy corn at all. However, I still see it as a Halloween staple and sometimes I will buy some just to set it out because it's so festive, I love the look of it. These cookies are a perfect way for those of us who don't like candy corn to still, well, sorta, enjoy it! Make these this Halloween, everyone will love them!
2 Sticks Butter, softened
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Red Food Dye
Yellow Food Dye
1/2 Cup 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 ungreased 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.


  1. These are so cute! I don't like candy corn either so I agree this would be a great way to get my candy corn!

  2. I just LOVE these, Kaitlin! Oh my gosh, I have to make these!!!

  3. I was just looking at this recipe in a little holiday cookbook I have, I'm so glad you made them, they are so cute!!!

  4. These are so cute! (haha apparently I agree with everyone else). There are so many wonderful fall recipes to try, I don't know where to start!

  5. OH MY GOSH these are adorable! I LOVE this!

  6. these are so impressive. not big on lemon desserts, but they are so cute! it would be worth trying.

  7. Those cookies are so cute...way better than candy corn for sure :)

  8. Kaitlin... of all the Halloween candy made, Candy Corn is my favorite ~ as a matter of fact, I am eating some now.

    So, your ingenious Sugar Cookie Candy Corn is brilliant! It would make a great cookie to go along side a slice Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving. Thanks…

  9. how much fun are these cookies?! I love candy corn and I love sugar cookies-what could be better? Glad I stumbled on your blog.

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  12. These turned out great! Taking them to fall party this afternoon!

  13. These look awesome - I guess I'm in the minority though, I LOVE candy corn. You can buy it all year round but for some reason it always tastes better this time of year.


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