Homemade organic candy corn cookies are an easy Halloween treat to throw together, even at the last minute. These festive, colorful and fun cookies are simple, but kids will love them and adults will think they're clever. Whip up a batch to hand out to trick-or-treaters or make some for your child's Halloween party.
Mix Your Dry Ingredients
Mix the following in a medium sized bowl and set aside:
- 2 and 3/4 cups white organic flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix Your Other Ingredients
In a large bowl, blend one cup of softened organic butter and 1 and 1/2 cup Fair Trade organic sugar until smooth. Add one organic egg and 2 teaspoons Fair Trade, real organic vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Gradually stir in your dry ingredients, until a sticky dough forms.
Color Your Dough
To color your dough you’ll need the following:
- Non-toxic yellow food coloring – see some sources for natural food coloring
- Non-toxic orange food coloring (you can mix red and yellow if you can’t find orange)
- 2 teaspoons organic Fair Trade cocoa powder
Divide your dough into three balls. It’ll be a bit sticky, but don’t add flour to make it less sticky (yet). Color one ball of dough yellow and one ball of dough orange, using your food coloring. It’s easiest to use your hands – hint, this is a great job for a child helper. Then add your cocoa powder to the last ball of dough and blend it in to make it brown.
Divide Your Dough
Slice each ball of colored dough into four equal pieces. You should end up with 12 pieces of same-sized dough.
Make Ropes with Your Dough
Grab one piece of each color dough and roll it into a 6-8 inch or so rope. If the dough is too sticky, now you can add a little flour to stiffen it a bit. Sprinkle a little flour on a clean, lint free baking cloth, a reusable parchment sheet, or on chlorine-free parchment paper. Sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough and place a second cloth or parchment piece over your dough.
Roll Your Dough
After placing parchment or a cloth over your ropes of dough, grab a rolling pin and roll over the dough until you have a flat 1/4 inch tri-colored sheet of dough.
Make Candy Corn Shapes & Bake
You can cut candy corn shapes with a triangle cookie cutter if you like, but it’s way easier and wastes less dough to use a knife or pizza cutter to cut your candy corn shapes. I’ve made these cookies huge and small before, and while you can cut any size triangles you like, I think they look cuter small. If you don’t like the ragged end of the dough, simply smooth it with your fingers. After cutting out your shapes, place cookies about 1/2 inch apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. If you like, sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Sparkling sugar is optional, but makes your cookies look really pretty. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-12 minutes – watch the first batch closely to see how long they take. After baking, allow cookies to cool a bit, then transfer them to a cooling rack. Store in a safe container, or serve up right away. Depending on the size of your cookies, this recipe makes about 20-40 cookies.
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