Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last-Minute Candy Corn Cookies


I got Boo'd, y'all!

Does your neighborhood play this game? It's kind of like Secret Santa. Someone leaves a Halloween happy on your porch, you leave one for someone else, and so on.

Well, I was so excited to get Boo'd for the very first time!!! Someone likes me! ;) Yay!



Now, what to do for my BOO? Immediately, I thought of these Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies from Everyday Food (October 2004).

They are really simple and if you have candy corns, you probably have all the other ingredients on hand, too. If you need a quick Halloween treat, these are perfect.

The cookies are addicting! I'm not a huge fan of candy corn (unless mixed with peanuts), but in these cookies, they just add a perfect amount of chewiness. I promise, eat one and you'll go back for another.

Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies
{adapted from Everyday Food}

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c dutch-process cocoa (or regular unsweetened cocoa)
  • About 36 candy corns
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment.

Beat/stir the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in the egg yolk, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Add flour & cocoa, and mix until a dough forms.

Scoop out level teaspoons (a measuring teaspoon, not a cereal teaspoon) of dough, and place balls on baking sheets, 2 inches apart. (It looks like too little dough for each cookie, but it works.) Roll into balls.

Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are firm and cookies are dry to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes.

{While these are baking, start going through the bag of candy corn to find 36 good ones. You'll want to work quickly when they come out of the oven and it is very frustrating to keep grabbing broken candy corns. Trust me on this.}

Remove from oven; gently press a candy corn into center of each cookie (surface of cookies may crack slightly). The candy corns will stick once the cookies heat them up..they seem like they will fall off at first, don't worry.

Cool on sheets 1 minute; transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Make 32-36 cookies.



Tomorrow (the 31st) is Flavor-of-the-Month...Pumpkin!!!



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45 comments:

  1. Can you come and "Boo" my house?? Finding these on my doorstep would be better than Christmas morning! LOL!

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  2. Mmmm...can I be your neighbor? I really wanted to go out and Boo some neighbors. REALLY wanted to. We've been here over a year, and know no one! The toddler daughter and I got out some ice cream cones and a cake mix and set out making some "cake cones." Great idea...but it FAILED. The cake bubbled out over the side of the cone...they all looked like some sort of weird Mt. St. Helens creation! Oh well - the preschoolers at Joy School enjoyed them immensely. *sigh* Much too ugly for neighbors I've never met!

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  3. YOU have a neighbor that LIKES YOU?

    Will you introduce me to them???

    :D

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  4. Of course your neighbors like you. Wow, these look wonderful.

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  5. I'd LOVE to be your neighbor! How did you get your cookies so dark? Is it the dutch processed cocoa?

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  6. Beth...yes, it's the dutch-process cocoa. You can use regular, though.

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  7. Haha, I had never heard of "Boo-ing" before until we moved into our new neighborhood, and we got booed earlier this week. I'm bad though, I haven't bothered to Boo anyone else yet. Maybe tonight!

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  8. No one does that around here! it would be such fun! and those cookies looks YUMMY!!

    ~TidyMom

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  9. Have you tried the vanilla version of this recipe? You can make these fun cookies almost year round now that they have candy corn for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. I even found red, white, and blue candy corn once and made them for a 4th of July party!

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  10. Emily...that is genius! Thank you for that idea. I am SO making those!!!

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  11. These cookies are adorable! And hmmm, where do you live, I think I need to move to this neighborhood! Too cute...you got boo'ed!

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  12. Love it Bridget! My hubby is addicted to candy corn! Oh how he would luuuuuv me if I made cookies with them! What a happy neighborhood! Getting my post ready for tomorrow!
    Excited!

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  13. I tried making these but dough didn't form at all! It's just powdery...and I followed your written directions exactly :'( Any idea on why that happened?

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  14. I totally wish you and I were neighbors.

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  15. The problem with cookies like this for me, is that they look to be bite-sized (perhaps I have a big mouth?), and if I can eat it in one bite, I feel that I should be able to eat several. :) I must say, these look better to me than anything you have posted before, which is saying a LOT. We have some caramel flavored candy corn, which I suspect would work really well with the chocolate flavor.

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  16. We boo each other's cubicles at work, it is fun!

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  17. These pkgs are adorable! Can you please share the poem attached??

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  18. Adorable. They are colorful which is nice to give to the kiddies.

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  19. What yummy looking little cookies! You must be a great neighbor!

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  20. How perfect! I love how adorable and bit size these little festive cookies are:)

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  21. Keely...hmmmm. I just looked at the recipe and it looks right. Make sure your butter is really soft and that it gets mixed up with the sugar well. It does make some elbow grease using a wooden spoon instead of a mixer. They only other thing I can think of is maybe to check your flour/cocoa amts.

    I'm sorry they didn't work for you. :(

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  22. I agree - can I be your neighbor? These look great!

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  23. Cute! Those chocolate cookies look decadent. Can you come "Boo" our house? I'm only a few states away. ;-)

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  24. I got them to work! I just had to add a *little* bit more butter :)

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  25. What Fantastic fun! I want to live in your neighborhood!

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  26. I had the same problem as Keely. It took a LOT of work to get them to stick together so that I could make a ball out of them, so I added just a bit more butter. Then, I think my baking powder was bad, because they didn't spread out :( So, I gave up after the first dozen came out of the oven. I'll try them again for Christmas and see if I can get them to work, because they look SO good... and they were SO easy to mix up.

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  27. Cute cookies! We did the same thing in my neighborhood... and I got Boo'ed as well :)

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  28. Definitely putting this idea in my Halloween file for next year. Love all your cookies - you do such a fabulous job decorating them!!

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  29. Do you mean to say beat/stir the butter and sugar together? It says flour and sugar. Wasn't sure when the butter should be added.

    Can't wait to try them-they look so cute!

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  30. Nancy....you are right. I will change it. Thanks!

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  31. I made these cookies for my unit's Halloween luncheon at work and everyone LOVED them! Great taste and size!

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  32. I found your blog because I was looking for something to do with left over candy corn. I made the with "caramel apple" flavor candy corn as well as regular. They were super easy to make. My five-year-old really enjoyed scooping and rolling. I really liked them. Now I have to figure out what to put one the cookies to use them at other times of the year....perhaps Reeces pieces?

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  33. Thank you for sharing this recipe, one favorite of the whole family. I'll try this over the weekend!

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  34. These were super easy and came out looking just like your picture. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  35. I'm making these cookies for my Halloween party today. I love candy corn and chocolate, so you can guess how excited I am to put one of these bad boys in my mouth! :)

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  36. Just made these delicious little cuties with my daughter. They are super simple and easy. A fantastic Halloween treat! Thanks for the recipe!

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  37. I just made these for my class. They were really easy and quick to make and I'm sure the kids are going to love them.

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  38. These are so fun, and sound delicious!! Thank you for sharing :)

    I featured your cookies on my blog today, come on over and check it out:
    http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/09/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-48.html

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  39. I agree, the dough is really quite dry. I also had to add more butter to make it workable. They really are tiny cookies, not enough to cover a single cooling rack, but they are cute!

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  41. Aw man.. I wish I lived in yr country.. In Singapore halloweens not a big deal.. No trick or treating.. At the most we just go to an official haunted house but that's it.. Kinda sad, right..? Id love to have at least one chance of trick or treating and going house to house..

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