These little cookies are as fun to eat as they are to make! They are much easier to make than they look... no individual little pieces of dough to puzzle together!
I made these yummy cookies as a collaboration with some of my bloggy buddies who also created Halloween treats to share!
Mini Candy Corn Cookies (get the instructions below!)
I started with sugar cookie dough. If you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe, go ahead and use that. If not, try mine:
1 c sugar
1/4 c butter or margarine
1/2 tsp salt
zest from 1/2 a lemon (optional but sooo worth it)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pre-heat oven to 350. Cream together sugar, margarine, vanilla and salt. Add egg and lemon rind. Slowly add in flour and baking powder. If dough is dry, add hot water, a small amount at a time until dough comes together. Do not add too much water... adding food coloring in the next steps will help moisten the dough.
Divide the dough into three parts. The largest part is roughly 1/2 of the dough. The smallest part is about 1/3 of the remaining half.
Knead in food coloring a couple drops at a time to work it into the dough. The smallest ball of dough gets no food coloring, the middle ball becomes yellow, and the largest becomes orange. If you use a mixture of red and yellow to make orange, do not use equal parts of both red and yellow food coloring. Instead, use 1 drop of red to every 3-4 drops of yellow food coloring.
Your colored dough will look like this.
Make the white ball into a cylinder. Don't worry overmuch about the size of the cylinder. Flatten the yellow ball into a rectangle-ish shape. The rectangle should be as wide as the cylinder, and as tall as the circumference of the cylinder.
Wrap the yellow dough all the way around the white dough. Then do the same with the orange dough. Try to make it all the way to the ends, but if it doesn't look perfect, don't worry about it. You can cut the ends off and snack on them rather than bake them!
Roll the large triple-colored dough cylinder into a long, more narrow tube. Don't worry, all three of the colors will stretch evenly. Cut the dough into smaller pieces, wrap in plastic, and place in the freezer for at least an hour until the dough sets.
After the dough has set, cut off the end, then slice into rounds.
Slice each wedge into 6 pieces. This makes the candy corn shape.
Spread the dough wedges out on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes. They should be cooked, and slightly brown on the bottom, but not at all brown on the top.
Find a fun Halloween plate and treat yourself to these tricked-out cookies!
ps - if you want to check out any of the other yummy Halloween treats, I've added them again below!