Just so you know I, like Kate, had very good intentions of posting actual food today. But there’s only so much time before Halloween and then we can’t post fun things like this for a whole year, so you see we must! And actually, you can do candy corn themed stuff all the way through Thanksgiving, so live it up! But I do have an actual dinner recipe on Monday. For real. It’s done. Photographed. And it even involves vegetables (remember those?) So stay tuned. Until then, prepare yourselves for Halloween cuteness overload. I’ve been making these for a long time and I’ve noticed them popping up on blogs everywhere the past few Halloweens, so I thought we’d jump on the bandwagon. Because they’re just too, too cute. And lots of too, too cute cookies take some artistic talent and a big chunk of time to complete, but these are actually quick and easy! There’s no rolling involved and you don’t even need a cookie cutter. SO easy.
Start with a batch of sugar cookies and divide your dough into three equal portions. Since these aren’t going to be slathered in frosting, I add extra extract to my dough, like double vanilla and some almond too. I actually tried a new dough recipe that I loved and I’ll tell you more about later. I think this would be so cute and yummy with shortbread too.
You’ll leave one of those portions as is (this will be the white part of the candy corn) and then you’ll color one of the remaining portions yellow and one orange. I always recommend using gel or paste food coloring, but you could use liquid as well. Wilton brand gel color is pretty easily accessible; grab it off Amazon, or you can find it at craft stores like Michaels.
And here’s a little tip. When you’re coloring multiple things in a recipe, start from lightest to darkest and then you won’t have to wash everything in between. In this case, do your yellow first, because a tiny bit of yellow mixed into the orange batch you’ll do after won’t make any difference, but if you get orange in your yellow it could ruin the yellow. Make sense?
Now you’ll just need a loaf pan. Any size works, exactness isn’t important here, you can fudge around like you’ll see I did in a minute. But if you have an option between a larger and a smaller pan, you might want the smaller one. Just grab a big piece of plastic wrap and place it in the pan.
The first thing you’ll do is place your uncolored cookie dough in the bottom of the pan and spread it out as flat as you can. It helps to lay a sheet of plastic over the dough and smooth it over with your fingers. Remove the plastic and then add the layer of orange dough and repeat.
You’re going to have 3 layers here and the height of your dough will determine the size of your cookies. In my case, I made a small batch of cookie dough, and if I spread it out all the way in my large loaf pan each layer would be so thin that it would produce teeny tiny cookies. So that’s why you’ll notice I didn’t spread my dough to the very end. Shoot for about 3/4 inch per layer at least. You can always make larger cookies if desired.
Finally place your last layer of dough on top, you can see here how I use the plastic to smooth it, which gets it nice and flat.
After the top layer, just wrap the plastic all the way around the dough and place the pan in the refrigerator for a few hours, or the freezer for about 30-60 minutes. You’ll want this very chilled, all the way through so it cuts nice and smooth.
When it’s done chilling, unwrap and you should have a nice layered loaf of dough.
Now slice that loaf into about 1/4-inch slices, working a few at at time.
To make my cookies look nicer, I use a sharp knife and make a nice clean cut across the uneven top.
Now just slice your rectangle into triangle pieces. See? Magical candy corn! You’ll have some “scrap” pieces of dough from the ends of your rectangle and the top sliver you trimmed off. Bake those up too, they still taste great!
Pop them on your baking sheet
And if you want, you can sprinkle them with sugar, or coarse sprinkles.
And just bake according to your sugar cookie recipe.
I like the ones with sugar the best because they look sort of sparkly.
Another fun thing you can do is dip the ends in almond bark or white chocolate. Sometimes I just dip the white part (which will be on the top of some cookies and on the bottom of others) and then cover it with white sprinkles. This isn’t complicated, and it really is fast to do if you want to dress them up a little.
They’re also cute with just the tippy tops dipped. I found those orange, yellow, and white sprinkles at Target.
Anyway you do it, these have cute, cute, cute written all over them!
With a bit of food coloring and clever layering, regular (and delish!) sugar cookies are made fabulously festive for fall!
- 1 batch sugar cookie dough
- yellow and orange food coloring
- Sanding sugar, coarse raw sugar, or sprinkles
- almond bark or white chocolate, melted
- Divide prepared sugar cookie dough into three equal portions. Leave one as is and color one other portion yellow and another portion orange.
- Line a standard loaf pan with plastic wrap. Gently press layer of uncolored dough into bottom of pan and smooth flat, keeping it at least 1/2-3/4 inches high (you don’t have to use the whole pan if you have a small batch of dough) or larger if desired. Layer orange dough on top of previous layer and smooth. Finally layer yellow dough and smooth on top. Wrap plastic over dough and chill until firm, 30-60 minutes in freezer or 1-2 hours in fridge. Or you can store the dough in fridge for 2-3 days before baking.
- Remove plastic and slice loaf into 1/4 inch slices. Trim top of slice to make straight line. Cut each slice into triangle shape and dip top side in sugar if desired. Bake according to sugar cookie directions. Cool completely and then if desired, dip ends in almond bark or white chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.
America’s Test Kitchen: Also, if you missed this from Facebook, I got to guest-blog on the America’s Test Kitchen blog , The Feed! It was so much fun and I’m honored I got to be involved with one of my most favorite cooking institutions. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to check it out; you can see what it looks like to cook a meal involving 24 limes at once! Also, I’m going to be giving away a copy of the fantastic book I featured right here on OBB in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
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