Jacquelynne Steves

Candy Corn Cookies Recipe

How fun are these Candy Corn Cookies? No, there aren’t any actual candy corns in the recipe… but they look just like giant candy corns, right? I made this Candy Corn Cookies Recipe a few years ago, and just pulled it out the other day. The kids and grandkids will love to help with these, and they will be the hit of any party this season!

Candy Corn Cookies Recipe

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 T. orange juice
2 tsp. orange zest
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Orange and yellow food colorings (paste or gel)

1/2 cup sugar (for sprinkling on top of cookies)
Parchment paper

Line bottom and sides of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with wax paper or plastic food wrap. Set aside.

Combine butter and 1 cup sugar in large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, orange juice, orange zest and salt. Continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking soda. Beat until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds. Press one-third of white dough evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. To one-third of the remaining dough, add small amount of orange food coloring, mix until color is well blended. Press orange dough evenly over white dough in pan.

Add yellow food coloring to remaining dough and press over orange dough in pan.

Cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours or overnight.)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Invert loaf pan onto a cutting board to remove dough. Peel off waxed paper. Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4 inch slices using a sharp knife.

Cut each slice into 6-8 wedges.

Place cookies 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with remaining sugar.
Bake for 7-9 minutes until cookies are set and bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool 1 minute, then remove from baking sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.

Makes about 15 dozen small and adorable cookies.

Click here for a printable PDF of this recipe.



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    Nancy Call
    Posted October 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    This is so cute. Thank you for sharing the great idea!

  • Sylvia Snell
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Love this! My grandson will love making these with me! I love it is an eady revipe but comes out so very cute! Thank you for sharing!
    Sylvia aka “Maggie” ( not grandma) complements of the grandkids

  • Sharon Bossler
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Our grandkids always come to our house for Halloween so I will be making some of these. Thank you Jacquelynn for the recipe.

  • Anita Jackson
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Adorable! Sugar cookies/ or butter cookies are my favorite! And adding a little zest makes them even tastier! Love the candy corn shaped design! I will be making these for sure! without the sugar sprinkle… :)

  • Michele-Marie
    Posted October 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    LOVE them! :-)

  • Tamara Hutchinson
    Posted October 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Adorable!

  • Posted November 1, 2018 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    These will be in my recipe box from now on! They sound wonderful can’t wait to make them with my grand daughters!

  • Sarah
    Posted October 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Made these and they are delightful. Very creative shape/design. Am a sugar cookie fan and the addition of orange to the recipe makes for tasty treat. Wasn’t sure about sprinkling with sugar but added a nice surface to finished cookies. Hubby liked and will be taking some to grandsons tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

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