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These adorable candy corn cookies make a perfect accent for any Halloween cookie platter. This easy Halloween cookie dough can be made ahead of time and cut up when you are ready for the party to begin.
The ingredients list includes:
1 –1/2 cups of butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1-teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Yellow and orange paste food coloring
In a large mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar, creaming the two ingredients together until well blended. Slowly beat in the vanilla.
In a smaller bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt together until well blended. Once blended, combine slowly with the liquid mixture.
Once the two mixtures are combined, divided the dough in half; tinting one portion yellow. With the remaining half, divide into two portions, one third and two thirds of the remaining dough. Tint the larger portion orange and leave the smaller portion the natural dough color.
Carefully shape each portion of dough into two 8-inch logs. Flatten the top and push in the sides at a slight angle. You will begin constructing the candy corn image with these pieces, so focus on the image that you are trying to create. Place the orange log on top of the yellow and the white logs on top of the orange. Once all the logs are assembled, make sure that the edges are slanted and the top is rounded. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of four hours.
When it is time to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and slice into ¼-inch thick slices. Place these slices approximately 2 inches apart on a cookie baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Cook for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for a couple moments on the cookie sheet. Carefully move to a wire cooling rack to continue cooling. This recipe makes about 5-dozen cookies.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|