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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies

Right after removing the cookies from the oven, be sure to press in the candies.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • yield: Makes about 36

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • About 36 candy corns

Cook's Note

Chocolate Variation: Reduce the amount of flour given in the recipe to 1/2 cup. Add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder along with the flour in step 1, and proceed.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter and sugar in a medium bowl; beat with a wooden spoon until combined. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Add flour, and mix until a dough forms.

  2. Step 2

    Scoop out level teaspoons of dough, and roll into balls (chill dough briefly if it becomes too soft to handle). Place balls on baking sheets, 2 inches apart.

  3. Step 3

    Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are firm and cookies are dry to the touch (do not let cookies color), 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove from oven; gently press a candy corn into center of each cookie (surface of cookies may crack slightly). Cool on sheets 1 minute; transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2007

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Reviews (35)

  • 14 Oct, 2013

    Normally, I swear by Living recipes, but this is not a good one. I am a regular and avid baker and wanted to make these for my daughter's preschool bake sale. I could tell something was off before they went in the oven-the dough was extremely dry. They didn't bake down into rounds and when we tried to press the candy corn in the whole cookie fell apart. Will not make again. We made the chocolate version and doubled the recipe. It felt like the butter measure was off or a liquid element missing.

  • 31 Oct, 2011

    I may use this recipe, but I may just end up using my sugar cookie recipe and add cocoa to half of it. That way I have a bigger batch.

  • 23 Oct, 2011

    I made both the chocolate and the plain cookies. I followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out great. I also used various types of candy toppings (e.g. sprinkles, pumpkin pie Hershey's Kisses, M&M's, Reece's Pieces), and I even frosted some with orange buttercream frosting. The recipe is easily modifiable. Make sure to use a teaspoon to form the dough balls (and to chill before baking) in order to make the cookies bite sized. A wonderful, seasonal treat!!! Highly recommended.

  • 17 Oct, 2011

    I made these for my daughter's pre-school class and doubled the recipe, which made 26 regular size cookies. I would suggest doubling if you want to make them a bit bigger and have a few more cookies. They turned out great.

  • 1 Nov, 2010

    I made these with my grandsons and they enjoyed them. I'm not sure why the dry ingredients with the wet instead of mixing them with the flour. I needed the whole egg as there wasn't enough moisture in the batter. But, they were good and soft like my hubby likes them and my grandsons. I'm a crispy cookie person myself.

  • 24 Oct, 2010

    These cookies were delicious. I measured the teaspoonfuls and got 16 cookies with about half the dough. My 2 year old helped me make them and she loved them. Will make these every Halloween and perhaps for other holidays with a different center. It's a keeper!

  • 13 Oct, 2010

    I made the chocolate cookies and they were fabulous! I added 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon for a little extra something. They were a big hit. Hubby took a batch with him for the people at his office. They devoured them and then requested more so I made another batch. Since the cookies are so small I recommend at least doubling the recipe. Happy baking! :)

  • 13 Oct, 2009

    Here's a link to a very easy candy corn cookie: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.aspx/candy-corn-cookies?WT.mc_id=pai...

  • 15 Dec, 2008

    I have made these several times. I always measure the dough using a T. The cookies are tiny - just a bit bigger than the candy corn. I like to add almond extract (1/4 t. ) instead of vanilla. The chocolate ones are equally delicious. Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving. My kids LOVE them!

  • 17 Nov, 2008

    a surprisingly harmonious combination... it is very sweet, don't get me wrong, but it definitely has that nostalgic baking-and-frosting-Pillsbury-sugar-cookies at a kid's holiday party quality that is almost worth the sugar shock. I got 40 cookies and they were the size shown in the picture. Quick and easy enough to be worth it for pleasing a crowd (especially a crowd of kids or even easy going adults, just be sure to pass some good coffee...).

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    I made the recipe verbatim and it came out to 36 cookies and the candy corn fit on perfectly. My son Loves these cookies and it only took half an hour start to finish.

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    How much cocoa powder would I need to add to make the chocolate ones? And, if adding cocoa powder, should I use a whole egg, rather than just the egg white?

  • 29 Oct, 2008

    I used a #100 disher to portion out the dough (instead of rolling it in balls) and I got 24 - barely! They did spread out to look bigger than those pictured, however. They are tasty, but nothing special. I served these at a halloween party and this was the only item I served that not one person commented on (not even to say they were cute!). So I think I will stick with my sugar cookie recipes that get a better reaction.

  • 18 Oct, 2008

    If you read the instructions, it says to measure out in leveled teaspoons. I did this and got just short of 36 cookies. I think the people who got fewer might have missed that instruction. These are small bite sized cookies, but they're very yummy. Great recipe.

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    This recipe was easy, yet delicious! Thanks Martha! This one is a keeper!

  • 15 Oct, 2008

    I think this cookie was really tasty and easy to make, but I only got 12 cookies out of the recpie. And after looking at otehr comments seems like others had the same issue....I think this might be a typo

  • 14 Oct, 2008

    Mixed up a double recipe for a charity bake sale ... what a surprise to see that the double recipe yielded only 2 dozen 2" cookies! Off to my recipe box to see what else I can shake up before going to bed ... big disappointment but a cute cookie. slk

  • 14 Oct, 2008

    I agree. This recipe makes 12 normal size cookies....if you were to make the 36 teaspoon size cookies, the candy corn is bigger than the cookie!

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    This recipe made about 12 cookies. I cannot imagine why it says 36; they would have to be dime-sized for this to be true!

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    these are great for teachers if you have kids and they are great for adult/ kid partys

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    these are great for teachers if you have kids and they are great for adult/ kid partys

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    these are great for teachers if you have kids and they are great for adult/ kid partys

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    I found the dough to be very crumbly, but my hands warmed it when I rolled it into balls. No way I could roll the tsp size - I had to do a tablespoon and they look just like the picture. Too sweet for my taste, but kids do love them. It made 17 for me.

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    I found the dough to be very crumbly, but my hands warmed it when I rolled it into balls. No way I could roll the tsp size - I had to do a tablespoon and they look just like the picture. Too sweet for my taste, but kids do love them. It made 17 for me.

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    I found the dough to be very crumbly, but my hands warmed it when I rolled it into balls. No way I could roll the tsp size - I had to do a tablespoon and they look just like the picture. Too sweet for my taste, but kids do love them. It made 17 for me.

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    I just made these and they are so yummy! Almost impossible not to continuously munch on! Yum Yum! The candy really adds a special touch!!

  • 8 Oct, 2008

    These look delicious one more for my halloween baking !!!

  • 7 Oct, 2008

    Oh I would love to see your results ! What a cute idea !

  • 7 Oct, 2008

    These look good, but they gave me another idea entirely. Making sugar cookies that look like candy corn. I will be doing this over the weekend and will take a photo and post it to my profile. The idea is really a selfish one for me. My husband and daughter like candy corn but I don't! But the idea of a cute seasonal theme cookie is great. Wish me luck!

  • 7 Oct, 2008

    If you have too dry a dough, try adding a whole egg
    or a tablespoon or two of milk.
    If one is to put three candy corns on 36 cookies,
    then you will need 108 candy corns. if making
    chocolate flavored cookies you do need a bit
    more liquid as the cocoa powder will be a bit
    dryer. I am a real cookie nut and am
    constantly experimenting with new recipes.
    My kitchen is my laboratory.

  • 7 Oct, 2008

    If you have too dry a dough, try adding a whole egg
    or a tablespoon or two of milk.
    If one is to put three candy corns on 36 cookies,
    then you will need 108 candy corns. if making
    chocolate flavored cookies you do need a bit
    more liquid as the cocoa powder will be a bit
    dryer. I am a real cookie nut and am
    constantly experimenting with new recipes.
    My kitchen is my laboratory.

  • 7 Oct, 2008

    I made these and used candy corn kisses. They were delicious.

  • 7 Oct, 2008

    I made these and used candy corn kisses. They were delicious.

  • 25 Sep, 2008

    did anyone else have a problem with the consistency of the dough? mine turned out to be very powdery, almost like there wasn't enough liquid added to it.

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    These cookies are realy delicious and great for Halloween!!