When my children were young Halloween was second only to Christmas in the excitement and anticipation it created. Weeks were spent deciding on just the right costume and, back then, our local grade school hosted a party where parents and children came in costume and bobbed for apples, walked the cake walk, and pretended to be scared to death in the haunted classroom down the hall.
You will know I’m no spring chicken when I tell you that we looked forward to the homemade treats that made their way into the bags of the trick-or-treaters on Halloween night: candied apples, popcorn balls, homemade candy and cookies. Although the days of homebaked treats are long gone I still love to bake the beloved decorated sugar cookies for my family and friends.
I have to be in the right frame of mind and have a block of several uninterruped hours to break out the powdered sugar, gel colors and pastry tubes, time that I didn’t have last week, so I did a little web browsing with the hope of finding a good, festive cookie that didn’t require such a time commitment. I hit pay dirt when I found this recipe for Candy Corn Cookies at Bakedbree. I hadn’t visited this blog before and am so happy to have found it. Nothing shouts out “Halloween” like candy corn and I thought the dough recipe looked like a good one so I gave it a try. I couldn’t be happier.
Candy Corn Cookies
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
orange gel food coloring
yellow get food coloring
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and orange juice and zest. Mix well. Combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well, and add to butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add orange food coloring to the first part and blend well. Add yellow food coloring to the second part and thoroughly blend. Use enough coloring to make vibrant colors because they fade during baking. Leave the third part plain.
About a dozen cookies fit into these cute Halloween bags. Tied with a festive ribbon, they are a delicious treat for friends and coworkers. I bought little truffle boxes at the local baking supply shop and fit 6 or 7 cookies into it nicely. Who wouldn’t love to receive this new version of candy corn on one of our favorite holidays of the year? And they are a delicious little snack with afternoon tea. I love this recipe!!!!