Candy Corn Cookies

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Is there a better way to celebrate than with these adorable Candy Corn Cookies? These cookies are so easy to make, and they’re sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. Plus, it’s never too early for Halloween baking!

All the cookies sprawled out on to a table.

Candy Corn Cookies

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies are a great go-to Halloween treat. This recipe is so good, that its flavor and texture make it seem like it’s fresh out of a bakery. With the colors and design of the cookie, you will have a simple and festive treat to serve for any occasion such as a party or buffet table. The ingredients will add a little bit of crunch with a slightly chewy and soft consistency. To top off this dessert is a delicious buttercream frosting that just melts in your mouth. Candy Corn can add color, flavor, and texture to desserts like this New Blackberry Cobbler Candy Corn or these Halloween Candy Corn Fruit Pops for other great recipes to enjoy for this fall season.


  • Butter– Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar– Every great dessert recipe uses sugar in it.
  • Vanilla– Use pure vanilla for the best flavoring.
  • Egg– Use this at room temperature.
  • Flour– Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
  • Baking Powder– This will allow the cookies to rise in the oven.
  • Cream Cheese– Use this softened or at room temperature.
  • Powdered Sugar– This is the best sugar for homemade icing.
  • Food Coloring Gel– You will need orange and yellow food coloring gel, not the liquid.
  • Candy Corn– This will be added on top of the finished cookies.

How to Make Candy Corn Cookies

To start, add the butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg into the mixing bowl of a standing mixer, and use a whisk attachment to beat until light and fluffy. First, add the flour and baking powder into another bowl, and combine. Secondly, a little bit at a time, add the flour to your batter and combined it on low until fully incorporated. Thirdly, take off the whisk attachment and place the paddle attachment on. Next, you will blend the dough until a smooth sphere starts to form. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.


First, use parchment paper to linecookie sheets and using your hands, roll the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange them onto the prepared sheet. First, you will place the cookies into the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the edges become golden brown. Secondly, at the halfway point, you will want to check your cookies because they may start to crack a bit. Thirdly, dip a flat bottom glass into sugar before gently pressing it on each of the cookies. Pressing the cookies to make them a bit flatter and spread out, we’ll give them a crinkle look. Finally, take the cookies out of the oven when they are done, and transfer them to a wire rack to cool thoroughly. You can begin to make your frosting while the cookies are cooling.


To start, and the butter and cream cheese into a mixing bowl of a standing mixer and beat to combine. First, a little bit at a time, add in the powdered sugar and combined after each addition until smooth and fluffy. Secondly, separate the frosting into two separate bowls. Thirdly, you will color each bowl of frosting with two food coloring gels, the 1st bowl containing the orange gel, and the other containing the yellow food coloring gel. If your frosting is too thin, you can add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and combine.


First, use a 10-inch wide piece of plastic wrap and place it on a smooth surface. Secondly, create two long ribbons, lengthwise in the middle of the plastic wrap. Thirdly, using your hands, you will want to roll the plastic wrap around the frosting, creating a long tube. Next, you will need to cut off only one end of the plastic wrap and add it into a pastry bag with a star tip. In addition, use the pastry bag to create swirled frosting on the cookies, and bring it up to a peak. Furthermore, you can place some candy corn on top of each of the cookies, and then allow the frosting to firm for about 30 minutes.
The frosting rolled in plastic wrap.
Serve and Enjoy!
A couple cookies topped with pieces of candy corn.

How to Create the Frosting Swirl?

Creating a frosting swirl is very simple. You will place a piece of parchment paper onto a flat surface and line two ribbons of different colored frosting parallel to each other. Next, you will roll the plastic wrap to form a tube to slightly combine the two ribbons of frosting. Snip off the end of your plastic wrap and pour it into a pastry bag with a star tip. Once you are ready to frost your cookies, begin placing dollops of frosting in a swirling motion to reveal the blended colors.

Is there candy corn in the cookies?

This recipe does contain Candy corn. The candy corn used in this recipe will be for decoration and to add texture. You will use the candy corn by placing the candy corn on the tops of the cookies.

A couple of cookies on a serving plate.

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A couple of the cookies stacked on top of each other.
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Candy Corn Cookies

Is there a better way to celebrate than with these adorable Candy Corn Cookies? These cookies are so easy to make, and they're sure to please any mom with a sweet tooth. Plus, it's never too early for Halloween baking!
Servings: 40 cookies
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 2 Sticks of Butter - softened
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder


  • 4 Tablespoons of butter - softened
  • 4 ounces of Cream Cheese
  • 4 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • Orange Food Coloring Gel
  • Yellow Food Coloring Gel
  • 1 small bag of Candy Corn


  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, add the Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, and Egg, and blend until light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Baking Powder, and stir well to blend.  Add the flour a little at a time and mix on low to blend, until all the flour is added.  Remove the Whisk attachment, and use the paddle.  Continue to blend the Cookie dough until it's completely blended and a smooth ball starts to form.  Scrape down the mixing bowl as needed.
  • Line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper, and roll the cookie dough into small balls, about 1 inch balls, and place the balls on the Parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.  About halfway through baking the cookies, check the oven, and the cookies may have started to crack a little.  Take a flat bottom glass, dip it in Sugar before lightly applying it to each cookie - smash the cookies very gently, and slightly, making them a little flatter, and spread out a little more.  This will give the cookies a crinkle look.
  • When the cookies are done, remove them from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.  While cookies are cooling, make the Frosting.
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened Butter, and Cream Cheese, and blend to combine. Add the Powdered sugar a little at a time, blending after each addition, until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Divide the Frosting evenly into two bowls.  Add a few drops of the Orange Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend until the Frosting is bright Orange.  If the Frosting thinned a bit add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar and stir to blend.
  • In the other bowl, add a few drops of the Yellow Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend.  If the Frosting thinned a little, add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar, and stir well to blend.
  • Using Plastic wrap (Glad wrap) tear off a piece about 10 inches wide, and place the Frosting length-wise in the middle of the plastic wrap; it will look like two long ribbons of Frosting.   Then, roll the plastic wrap around the Frosting, making sure to keep it long, or length-wise like a long ribbon.  SEE PHOTO -  Snip the end off of the Plastic wrap, on one end only, and place it in a Pastry bag with the large Star Tip.  Pipe the frosting onto the cookies, using a swirl, and bring it up to a point. Place a Candy Corn on the top of each cookie.  Allow the Frosting to set or firm up a bit, about 30 minutes.   Serve, and Enjoy!

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