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Candy Corn Cookies

Brachs Candy Corn are one of the great things about Halloween. They are small, sugary lumps that vaguely resemble corn kernals (think of the yellow end facing outward) and I, for some unknown reason, can’t seem to stop eating them. Oh well. They only come out once a year, so I can’t feel too bad about bringing a bag home.

I picked up another bag of them last weekend. If you’ve ever had these candies, do you notice anything odd about the packaging?

The “Made with Real Honey” claim is something I had never noticed before. Indeed, the older bags lacked this text. I checked the ingredients. On the new package:

And on the old:

It seems that Candy Corn have always contained real honey, but the company has only chosen to promote this fact now. It also looks like they increased the amount of honey, reduced the amount of wax (aka: confectioner’s glaze) and removed the partially hydrogenated oils, making them trans fat free! Great news – I can eat just as many and be slightly less unhealthy!
I even noticed a difference in the taste. The new ones were larger, softer, significantly less waxy and sweeter. The sweetness was a distinct honey flavor, not simply a tooth-aching sweetness. Delicious, if you like that sort of thing.

Because I know not everyone likes these little candies – though they should – I decided to turn them into a batch of cookies to showcase the soft texture and honey flavor of the reengineered candy corn. I made a slightly soft, honey-sweetened cookie and painted on the colors with a egg-yolk based paint. The egg yolks create a very shiny finish, much like confectioner’s glaze, and don’t add any extra sweetness to the cookie. The colors look quite brilliant in person, so be generous when you paint them on.

I find these to be just as addictive as the candy version and there is no doubt in my mind that they are similar. Don’t let that put you off because they are still, in fact, cookies and not sugar-ladenconfections. This definately gives them a wider appeal. They keep very well due to the honey, so don’t worry about extra cookies going to waste. You can also freeze the dough for a week or two before using.

Candy Corn Cookies
2 1/4 cups ap flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup honey

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and salt. Beat in egg and, when combined, add honey and beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture to the honey mixture until you have a smooth dough. Shape the three discs into triangular logs (2 inches on each side) and freeze. If you want to roll out the dough, freeze as discs. Chill at least 2 hours.
Prepare paints (see recipe below).
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Take dough out of the freezer and place on a lightly floured surface or a sheet of wax paper. Slice into 1/4 inch thick triangles. You may also roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter. Place slices on parchment lined baking sheet. Paint stripes on the cookies, yellow at the base, orange in the middle and plain at the top.
Bake until just brown at the edges. This will be 8 minutes for 2x2x2 triangles, as directed above, or up to 10 minutes for a slightly large cookie.
Cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
Makes about 4 dozen.

Egg Yolk Paints
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp water
Food coloring

Place one egg yolk and one tbsp water in each of three small dishes. Add several drops of desired coloring to each dish, noting that un-colored egg yolk will produce a clear, shiny glaze. For candy corn cookies, leave one egg yolk uncolored and add yellow and orange dyes to the others. Apply with a damp paintbrush in two or three coats.

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  • Chloe
    October 25, 2005

    We would get along great! I LOOOOOOOOOVE candy corn… and it loves me! Eeeks! So I will not indulge this year. But those cookies look great! Love your blog!

  • laura
    October 25, 2005

    What a fun weekend baking project!

  • BNA
    October 25, 2005

    Candy corn…the best Halloween candy of all time. Gorgeous cookies.

  • McAuliflower
    October 25, 2005

    what a very cute take on two great standards!

    Wonderful mash-up

  • Stephanie
    October 25, 2005

    Oh, yes…candy corn. A treat I will never again, and Alex will just plain never, have. Blame it on the gelatin!

  • Alice
    October 25, 2005

    Nic, these are ingenious!!I am definitely going to make some of these for an annual Halloween party we attend…I always am looking for something new each year. I love candy corn, too!! The ones I bought this year were in a plastic container in our store’s produce dept, so I’m not sure who manufactured them…I’ll have to look at the ingredients list…maybe this gives me a good reason to go out and buy another bag! 🙂

  • Sara
    October 25, 2005

    Those cookies are too cute. I myself hate candy corn, but I would eat those cookies for sure.

  • Anonymous
    October 25, 2005

    You mean to say there are people out there who DON’T LOVE CANDY CORN!?? I don’t understand. Coming from Chicago, the home of Brach’s candies, I must say these beat out even chocolate for me. I can’t wait to make your cookies. Thanks Nic-

  • Nic
    October 25, 2005

    Chloe – I bet you’re right- we would get along! And thanks for visiting.

    Laura – Aside from just eating them I enjoyed painting the cookies. I’ll do it again at Christmas.

    Bna – Thanks! It’s a classic.

    Mcauliflower – Thanks. Somehow I just couldn’t resist.

    Stephanie – Since you can’t have some, I’ll have a few extra and think of you.

    Alice – I should try a few other brands and see what is in them. Let me know how the cookies turn out. I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t be a hit at a Halloween party!

  • Nic
    October 25, 2005

    Sara – If you don’t like the real thing, these cookies are the way to go. All the good parts and none of the parts that non-candy-corn-lovers hate.

    Brady – Do they have factory tours? If so, Chicago is moving to the top of my vacation list!

  • Anonymous
    October 25, 2005

    Sorry, Nic. It looks as though they’ve relocated the plant to Mexico. What a bummer-first Frango mints, then Fannie May (though they came back) and now this..Well a trip to Mexico might be nice.

  • Ana
    October 25, 2005

    This is way to funny. I don’t like candy corn but the candy corn cookies sound delicious.

  • augustusgloop
    October 25, 2005

    Oh my goodness. All this time I thought candy corn was toffee-coated popcorn! Children’s books should have more pictures!

    Need I mention what the mental image “sloppy joes” used to conjure up when I was a kid?

  • cookie jill
    October 25, 2005

    I’m addicted to those stupid little things. 😉

  • bokbaksa
    October 26, 2005

    It looks so cute and delicious.
    What’s the taste of candy corn and candy corn cookies?

  • Heather
    October 26, 2005

    my favorite addiction is Candy corn and peanuts… oh my!! I can’t stop.
    I am definitely doing to try your cookie recipe.

  • Alice
    October 30, 2005

    Hi Nic! I made the cookies for our party last night. They were very good…I found them to be pretty much exactly as you described them: slightly soft and honey sweet…and yes, addicting, kind of like the real candy corns. I had quite of few of these myself…they are very fun to chew on. The surface of my cookies was a lot more wrinkly than yours, though, which I’m sure is something to do with the egg yolk…maybe I didn’t mix up the egg yolk/water enough? Also, I must confess, I did change one tiny thing…I did add a teaspoon of vanilla to them…I’ve pretty much never made a cookie in my life without adding vanilla (or other flavoring) and I panicked and added some just in case the honey wasn’t flavorful enough on its own…it probably masked the flavor of the honey some in the final cookies…but they were still very, very good.

  • Nic
    October 30, 2005

    Oh, I’m so glad that you liked them, Alice. I almost always add vanilla to just about everything I bake, but I held off to play up the honey in these. I’m sure they tasted fantastic with the honey.

  • Cecile
    October 31, 2005

    I baked those this morning, and sent my husband to work with a dozen, he already called to say everybody loved them! I’ll bake some more, should go nicely with yummy pumpkin ravioli tonight!

  • Nic
    October 31, 2005

    Cecile – That sounds like a wonderful Halloween dinner. I’m so glad that the cookies were a hit!

  • Sophia
    October 1, 2007

    These are so cute!

  • Melanie
    October 7, 2007

    What type of honey do you suggest using? I LOVE honey and I think a dark amber honey would be tasty. May I add that being from Canada I have never even heard of BRACHS before. Ive only purchased candy corn from the bulk section of the grocery store.

  • CookieCrazy
    January 29, 2009

    I have made painted cookies before, and they are fantastic!! I didn’t even think of candy corn cookies, although I am addicted to those little buggers… I L-O-V-E BRACHS candy corn, and I too, have never seen the made with honey label. Ooga Booga for that recipe!

  • lieben
    March 4, 2009

    Interessante Informationen.

  • Lulu
    November 3, 2009

    Is there a possiblity of samonella poisoning when using egg for the shiny glaze? I’m putting a egg glaze on some gum tex flowers that I’m making for a wedding cake. Should I be worried that guests will get sick from the egg glaze?

  • Bonnie
    October 29, 2010

    This recipe really didn’t work. I followed the recipe exactly and froze the dough overnight, but when I took the dough out it was sticky and very hard to work with. I painted on the egg yolk glaze and the colors all ran together. When they came out of the oven they looked like mini pizza slices! Nothing like candy corn, though they smell good. Disappointed since I’m in Korea and don’t have access to real candy corn!

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