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Candy Corn Cookies

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. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 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


  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. Tint 1 portion yellow. Divide remaining dough into two-thirds and one-third portions. Color the larger portion orange; leave smaller portion plain.
  • 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 sides in at a slight angle. Top with plain logs, forming a slightly rounded top. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 83 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Leanna
    Oct 24, 2020

    Love them

  • Sharyn
    Sep 13, 2019

    I've made these every year since the recipe first came out. I make them into 3 rolls (and a little less oven time) because they're so rich. Best tasting refrigerator cookie ever! I wind up eating them like potato chips...

  • Pamela
    Oct 30, 2018

    These cookies are delicious. I had to look at a YouTube video to figure out how the cut strips would look like a candy corn. I would suggest TofH does its own video or make sure your cutting details are specific. Now they are perfect and delicious

  • robbrd
    Nov 10, 2017

    I've been making these cookies since they first showed up in the magazine. They are a tradition in our house and oh so good.

  • Ashley
    Oct 26, 2017

    I Didn't have any vanilla, so I threw in some honey and added like, a tbsp of peanut butter just because I was worried they would bland, even for sugar cookies. was really impressed by how they turned out! cooked perfectly for 10 minutes kids loved them! I made 'sandwich cookie' with orange candy melts in between

  • SaraIU
    Oct 25, 2012

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  • pottstikr
    Mar 23, 2012

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  • bwebber84
    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!

  • s_pants
    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.

  • KScales
    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.Taste of Home Test Kitchen