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Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies

28 Oct

My favorite part of Halloween, besides dressing up, is candy corn.  It’s one of the most addicting candies ever created. Try to eat just one, it’s impossible!

Rather than (ok, in addition to) just eating it straight out of the bag, I decided to  incorporate candy corn into cookies.  They’re perfect for a Halloween party!

Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks of butter (make Paula Deen proud!)
2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup candy corn
1/2 chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  Roughly chop your candy corn so it’s in smaller chunks.  Look how pretty it looks!

In a big bowl, cream butter and sugar together until combined.  Add the eggs one at a time, then add in the vanilla.  Make sure everything is mixed together well. 

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add this flour mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined.  Then, stir in your candy corn and chocolate chips. 

Drop by tablespoon onto your cookie sheets.  You don’t want the cookies to be too flat, or the candy corn will melt and might burn.  My cookies also spread a lot so make sure you leave ample space between them. 

Keep them in the oven for 8-10 minutes, but check them frequently.  When they are just turning golden brown and the dough is set, pull them out and let them cool on the pan.  They’ll continue cooking and you won’t risk burning them!

My first batch didn’t turn out well (they spread too much and fused into one big monster blob) but my second batch was so good I didn’t even have time to take a picture before they were being eaten!  Look at those big candy corn chunks- delicious!

Stained Glass Cookies

6 Jul

We had a 4th of July BBQ this weekend and I volunteered to bring desserts.  I knew I wanted to make something festive and delicious so I decided on stained glass cookies (and a few other things, but I’ll save those for a future post!)  I’ve seen these on numerous blogs, though I think initially on this one, so it was just a matter of mixing and matching what worked for me.

Here’s the version that I went with. 

Stained Glass Cookies

1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of butter (softened)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cookie cutters- one big and one medium size (I used a large circle and a smaller star)
red and blue jolly ranchers (I ended up using about 15 of them)

Cream together the sugar and butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder.  Cover the dough and chill for an hour, or up to overnight. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  On a floured surface, roll out your dough until it’s about 1/4 or 1/2 inch thick. 

Cut out circles and place them on a cookie sheet.  I greased mine instead of using parchment paper which may have been a mistake. The cookies stuck to all my pans (and got ruined) except my nice expensive one so next time I think I’d use paper.  Your call!

Once you have your circles on the cookie sheet, go ahead and cut out your stars. 

Next, take the wrappers off your Jolly Ranchers and put them in ziploc bags (reds in one bag, blue in another)  Then smash them into tiny pieces.  This is easier said than done so it helps to have a sous chef do this while you roll out the dough 🙂

Fill the center of your cookies with crushed candy.  Be careful not to get any candy on the cookie or it will discolor it.  You want a decent amount of candy in there, so it should create a little dome in the middle.  That way when it melts it will fill the entire middle.

Bake the cookies for 5-7 minutes (mine took 5) until the candy is hot and bubbly and the cookies are just beginning to brown.  Let them cool completely before you careful take them off the pans.

And voila- the most patriotic cookies ever.   Plus they are delicious!

Truth time- these cookies were a hit at the BBQ but they were kind of a pain to make.  Perhaps it was the fact that it was 93 degrees out and my apt has no air conditioning (add to that a tiny kitchen and a hot stove…) and nothing was easy.  The jolly ranchers stuck together because of the heat and I had to wait for the dough to warm up a little because it got too cold next to the vent in the fridge.

So my advice to you would be save yourself some trouble and buy premade sugar cookie dough.  Then you can just use your cookie cutters and skip to the fun part! 

The cool thing about these cookies is you can customize the colors to holidays, graduation parties, baby showers, etc. The sky’s the limit!   And they really are very tasty so go ahead and make them- you’ll wow all your friends!