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Candy Corn Cookies Recipe

Candy Corn Cookies Recipe

Get a head start on these buttery cookies by shaping and chilling the homemade dough ahead of time. When you're ready, just slice and bake the tricolor treats.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:30 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Yellow and orange paste food coloring


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Divide dough in half. Tint one portion yellow. Divide remaining dough into two-thirds and one-third portions. Color the larger portion orange; leave smaller portion white.
  • 3. Shape each portion of dough into two 8-in. logs. Flatten top and push sides in at a slight angle. Place orange logs on yellow logs; push the sides in at a slight angle. Top with white logs; form a rounded top. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 4 hours or until firm.
  • 4. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies: 165 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (10g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein

Reviews for Candy Corn Cookies

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"So easy to cut after the log is shaped! This type of sugar cookie is one of my favorites and it looks so cute! Neighbors, coworkers, family, friends - everyone loves the look and taste of these! I've made them for several years now!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"I shaped the dough somewhat while in the log, but had better luck at individually shaping each cookie once it was on the cookie sheet. These were really cute; not very difficult to make just a little more time consuming."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Thanks for catching our error - but we apologize for it. The cookies should be sliced 1/4-in. thick. It will be corrected here soon.

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"These cookies are so cute. There is a typo. You need to cut them 1/4 inch slices to get 5 dozen cookies."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"These cookies are so cute. It must be a typo error. The cookie recipe should read cut 1/4 inch in order to get 5 dozen cookies."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"So cute--super easy!! They're perfect for an October bake sale!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"These are a hit with my co-workers around Halloween. The cookies do spread out a bit during baking, so I add a spoonful more flour. This helps stop the spreading without changing the yummy taste. Excellent Halloween cookie!"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"It was fairly simple and turned out great. They do spread out a lot when you bake them so leave a lot of room. I would probably make the logs longer next time so that my cookies wouldn't turn out so big. Easy and fun and good!"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"These cookies were cute and delicious. However, it was kind of time consuming to color all the dough and shape it into the logs. Slicing the cookies was definitely the easy part! This recipe is also in a T.O.H. cookbook and it says to cut them into 1/4 inch slices. I like the ornament idea and might try it this Christmas."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"I'm also confused by the 8" long logs. Should it have been 18" long. The cookies were fun to make, but were the size of my palm."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"My all time favorite cookie!!! I have colored it like a round ornament and made it for Christmas as well!"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I would never have tried these without the video. It was so easy. They look cute and taste great. Follow the directions in the video about 1/4 in slices. I use liquid food coloring and they were pale. I bought the paste colors to remake them for Halloween. Thanks, TOH!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"I have made the dough but am confused. The recipe says to make two 8" logs and cut them into 1/2" slices. That would only give you 32 cookies. The recipe says makes 5 dozen (60 cookies). Should the cookies be sliced 1/4" instead? One half inch seems excessive for a cookie."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2008

"I've made these many times and they are always a hit!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2008

"I have made these a couple of times and really like them. Yummy!"

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