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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn - what would Halloween and Autumn be without this overly sweet little concoction of sugar? When I was a kid I loved this stuff. I couldn't wait for Halloween to get a bag of Candy Corn and dive in. Now, I find it a bit too sweet for my middle aged palate.

But, have no fear; there are alternatives. I recently ran across a spate of recipes for Candy Corn Cookies. The idea is fairly simple - you take a sugar cookie or sable dough and divide it into three parts, color it, put it back together in layers, slice it, bake and voila! Candy Corn Cookies.

I decided to give it a try recently and found it a snap to do. You can also turn out huge quantities of these bite-sized cookies that make a great display in a bowl.

The process is quite simple:

Make 1 recipe of sugar cookie dough
Orange food coloring
orange extract
vanilla extract
cocoa powder
loaf pan
parchment paper

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper so that edges overhang the sides (you're making a "sling" for the dough).

Make sugar cookie dough in mixer and divide into three equal parts. Starting with one piece of the dough, return to mixer and add vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Press evenly into bottom of loaf pan.

Return second batch of dough to mixer and add orange food coloring and orange extract. Mix until combined and you have a nice bright orange color. Set aside the dough.

Wipe out mixer bowl (or use fresh bowl) and return last batch of dough to mixer. Add cocoa powder and mix until combined. I found about 3-4 tbs. worked well but you want to use enough to get a nice even chocolate color.

Returning to loaf pan, press chocolate dough evenly over vanilla dough. Top with orange dough. Chill pan for 1-2 hours.

Remove from refrigerator and take dough out of pan using parchment sling. Slice dough in 1/4-inch slices. Then lay each slice down on counter and slice into triangles (see photo). Place pieces on parchment lined baking sheets and bake according to sugar cookie recipe.

Cool on wire racks. You can also sprinkle these with sugar for a "sparkle" effect.
Slice each piece into triangles.


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