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Candy Corn Confections

October 27, 2011

Candy corn — the classic symbol of Halloween!

Every year I buy a bag or two of these traditional fall candies, if for nothing else than to display them at home and in the office. This year, however, I decided to put those candy corns to use in our own Halloween treat, as well as inspiration for another sweet concoction. That is why Sophie and I made candy corn sugar cookies and candy corn bark.

Lets start with the Candy Corn Sugar Cookies.

I followed the steps in the recipe from Our Best Bites. Essentially you make a pack of sugar cookie dough and divide it in thirds. Mix one batch with orange food coloring and the other batch with yellow coloring. Here is my sous-chef mixing the yellow dough. We used plastic baggies to cover our hands.

Then– you layer the dough in a bread loaf pan lined with saran wrap — white (uncolored), orange and then yellow. Refrigerate the dough for a few hours to overnight. Then you remove it from the pan and cut the dough into 1/4″ strips. From there, cut into triangles and — voila — you have candy corns!

Bake at 350-degrees but be sure to watch them carefully as they don’t need much cooking time (because they’re pretty small). You don’t want your precious corns to burn or spread.

The next recipe is Candy Corn Bark, which was inspired by BooTurtle’s Show and Tell recipe. Here’s what you do: Crush a package of Halloween Oreos on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These are actually Trader Joe’s Halloween Jo Jo cookies (full disclosure). Again, Sophie the sous-chef in action.

Then sprinkle candy corns on top of the crushed cookies.

Clearly the sous-chef has sampled too much confection!

At this point, you melt white chocolate chips or candies and pour over the cookies and corns. I only used one bag of white chocolate chips (because that’s all I had). In hindsight, I would have used two. One doesn’t cover it enough. Then you can put a few Halloween sprinkles on top of the chocolate.

Sophie took this task quite seriously and pretty much dumped the entire container of sprinkles on top. Bryan thought the bark looked like something exploded in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. He has a point.

Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, and then break into small pieces. Yes, it is sweet. But it’s pretty good with all those unique flavors.  This would be great for a Halloween office potluck.

So there you have it! Who knew candy corns were so versatile?! Are you whipping up any Halloween confections this weekend?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2011 1:10 am

    Awesome. I love that Sophie is learning the skills and fun of traditions and cooking. You are a fabulous Mother and teacher. 🙂 Sophie & yourcreations are pretty and mouth watering. Yum! 🙂

  2. October 27, 2011 1:16 am

    Does that EVER look good :-)))

  3. October 27, 2011 2:44 am

    Great photos! Baking with kids is so fun!

  4. October 27, 2011 6:02 am

    The sweetest part is Sophie! I’m getting a sugar hight just looking at the pictures!

  5. October 27, 2011 6:08 am

    Looks amazing!

  6. October 27, 2011 6:09 am

    OMG those look amazing — but of course I would not have nearly as much fun without a kid helping out!! That candy corn sugar cookies recipe is inspired, though!

  7. October 27, 2011 6:14 am

    They look great!! I’ve never tried a “bark” but seeing yours, I’m totally inspired!

  8. October 27, 2011 6:20 am

    OMG, that bark looks so sweet! I’m tempted to try it but I don’t want to get any more cavities than I already have.

    The cookies look fabulous! Thanks for the recipes.

  9. October 27, 2011 6:36 am

    That bark looks heavenly! Glad y’all had so much fun making it!

  10. October 27, 2011 6:38 am

    Willy Wonka Explosion… I love it!

  11. October 27, 2011 6:51 am

    Between Sophie and Max you and I will never run out of sweet things to make! Max’s favorite activity is to bake with sweets!!!
    Sophie makes everything looks so good!!!

  12. October 27, 2011 8:44 am

    Love, love, love!! I’m making caramel apples this weekend. Not too Halloween-y, but definitely fall. Oh, and I made cinnamon rolls last weekend. I can’t wait until my little guy is big enough to help. Love the pics of Sophie!

  13. October 27, 2011 4:19 pm

    I am impressed. The finished product looks fancy but Sophie’s got it handled!

  14. October 27, 2011 5:37 pm

    how stinkin’ cute are these? And Miss Sophie girl? Know what I love? I love her head thrown backwards and the look of complete abandon/delight on her precious face — oh that we all can indulge as such.

    Wonderful .. cheers! MJ

  15. October 27, 2011 6:34 pm

    Fantastic! I absolutely love the picture of Sophie’s tonsils. Way too cool! You really enjoy your daughter and it truly shows.

  16. October 27, 2011 8:41 pm

    These are great halloween treats! Your little chef is adorable and quite handy in the kitchen! Yay!

  17. October 28, 2011 5:33 am

    I LOVE candy corn! I made white chocolate oatmeal cookies with pumpkin candy corns!

  18. October 29, 2011 11:14 pm

    Oh, my, goodness!!! I LOVE candy corn and now I’m drooling. Discovered candy corn/unsalted peanuts combo this week and it’s delicious. Salted wasn’t as good for some reason.

  19. Beryl Warnr permalink
    August 1, 2012 3:37 pm

    can’t get “back” to the candy corn recipe that you’ve commented “If you like Payday candy bars, you’ll LOVE this” H E L P my nephew in Canada is nuts for Paydays -could you please email me the recipe? ………….many thanks –What a CUTE little one!! You must be SO proud!

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