Candy Corn Confections

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?

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