Halloween Cookies Recipe

Sparkling Candy Corn Cookies

Candy corn cookies for Halloween or just for fun! These bite-sized Halloween cookies resemble candy corn and have a hint of orange flavor.

45 min. prep time
180 cookies
46546 Ratings


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Orange paste or gel food color
Yellow paste or gel food color

1/2 cup sugar


Line bottom and sides of 9x5-inch loaf pan with waxed paper or plastic food wrap. Set aside.

Combine butter and 1 cup sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, orange juice, orange zest and salt. Continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds. Press one-third white dough evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Place another one-third dough back into same bowl. Add small amount of orange food color; mix until color is well mixed. Press orange dough evenly over white dough in pan. Place remaining one-third dough into another medium bowl. Add small amount yellow food color; mix until color is well mixed. Press yellow dough evenly over orange dough in pan. Cover with plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight or until firm.

Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl; set aside. 

Heat oven to 375°F.

Invert loaf pan to remove dough. Peel off waxed paper. Place layered dough onto cutting surface. Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4-inch slices, using sharp knife, trimming edges to make even, if necessary. Cut each slice into 6 wedges. Place 1-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Immediately place warm cookies in bowl with sugar; roll in sugar to coat. Place cookies onto cooling rack. Cool completely.

Store in loosely covered container.


Chocolate Candy Corn: Prepare dough as directed except stir 1 (1-ounce) square melted semi-sweet baking chocolate into one-third of white dough. Tint one-third of dough orange and one-third yellow. Place chocolate dough into prepared pan; layer with orange and yellow dough. Cut and bake as directed.

Recipe Tip

- Fill cellophane gift bags with cookies and give as Halloween treats.

- Gel or paste food color is found in the baking isle of many supermarkets or cake decorating stores.

- These cookies can be made ahead and stored in the freezer up to 1 month. Store in container with tight-fitting lid.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Sparkling Candy Corn Cookies How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 25

Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 15mg

Carbohydrates: 3g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 0g

Recipe #13808©2006Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I have been making these cookies for 3 yrs. now. We were having a Halloween birthday party for my than 6 yr. old granddaughter.These were a big hit and talked about for months. My granddaughter ask for these every Oct. made some for there Halloween party and now my daughter wants some for her co-workers.These cookies are wonderful and I also use them as cut out cookies just to have in are cookie jar! Once again Hats off to Land o Lakes ????!!f These are such a great fun cookie . Best tasting cookies you can find ,You guys Rock!
I have been making these cookies for years, and they are delicious!!! Always a big hit, were ever the go!!
I make this recipe every year for my family, they love it! It is a fun and yummy way to kick off the fall season!
I loved these they look great and taste good!
I was very impressed with these cookies. I brought them to a party at the YMCA and they were enjoyed by everyone. The subtle hint of orange was defined as "healthy" since it contained fruit. This was one of the easiest cookies I have ever made and I will definitely make them again.
My grandsons and I make these every year! They love making them and eating them. They are a light, delicious cookie! We love to share them with friends!
Made these last year and they were a hit!! will be making them again for family and friendsand to bring to a halloween party.
I came across this recipe last year, when I was looking for something fun but different to bake with the kids for Halloween, instead of just regular sugar cookies. We all had so much fun making these and the kids loved mixing in the color and getting their hands "dirty". We all loved the light and fresh orange flavor. We tried the first batch without sugar and they tasted great, but on the second batch we added the sugar and loved them even more! We and our neighbors, all felt that the sugar helped bring out the orange flavor just a little more.
They didn't last long, and I think we continued to bake more twice a week, for several weeks...even after Halloween was over. I shared them with our friends and family online, that are out of state and several of them tried them at their homes, too. Everyone I heard back from, raved about them! Especially my parents. My mom can't have chocolate, so she is always looking for something new to try that will satisfy her sweet tooth. As for my Dad and husband, they love oranges so much, we really should invest in our own orange orchard, so naturally they loved these little morsels!
The week of Halloween, there was a bake sale at school, and we packaged a bunch of these into bags with 6 cookies in them and donated them for the sale. They were a huge hit and sold very quickly!
These turned out exactly as pictured. Just 2 things. Maybe a little clear vanilla would help with the flavor a little. The orange flavor was good but subtle. Also, we only got about half of the yield given in the recipe.
Very good! I think next time I will skip rolling the baked cookies in sugar as they were sweet enough without it.
What fun! I had so much fun making these cookies. They were very simple to make and the dough was easier to handle than I thought it would be. The cookies are not only adorable, but delicious. Such conversation pieces. Making another batch this weekend and keeping the recipe so I can make these every year. thank you land o' lakes!

before signing off, I want to add that I have used a few land o' lakes recipes in the past, getting them from inside the butter cartons. Everything I have made has always turned out excellent. I appreciate the blogs and recipe website. Keep up the good work.
This is our favorite Halloween recipe! I've been making these cookies for 6 years. My children always request them because they love the orange flavor and the super cute candy corn colors and shape!
These cookies are delicious and simple to make.
Just made a practice batch of these..so easy to make,,, my 2 1/2 year old grandaughter loved them!! she thought they were the real'candy corn'.. I just let her think they were.lol
My teenaged daughter made these, substituting a gluten free flour mix (that included xanthan gum) for the white flour. It worked out well. Gluten free cookies tend to be a bit more delicate so she didn't roll in the sugar after baking. They are sweet enough without it.
These are cute and clever and we will make them again!
Delicious and easy!
This recipe was fun to make and everyone loved both the taste and the shape. I am planning to tint them red and green for Christmas, to make them in shades of blue for my friend for Hanukkah, and in the bridesmaids "colors" for a bridal shower. What a great recipe! I love that I can make it ahead of time and bake it later. Simple and delicious. A real keeper.
Easy to make and I got a lot of compliments on them!
I made these cookies for a church Halloween Trunk-or-Treat party and they were a big hit. They are easy to make and turn out so cute!
My dough was so soft and sticky, I could not press into pan. What am I doing wrong?
Just made these cookies. I would note, however, my first batch I baked for 7 min., the low end of the recipe, and it was too dark, 5 min was perfect. Could just be my oven. They were very fun to make and I love the simplicity of the recipe. They are a nice small size cookie and I can wait to take them to a party tomorrow. The orange also give it a nice flavor.
Wonderful cookies and everyone loved them - such a fun idea!
These were time consuming, but great flavor!! Everyone - kids and adults alike - loved them!!
Love this recipe! Made these for a bake sale at work & got lots of compliments. So fun for kids and adults alike! Like this so much better than rolling dough and using cookie cutters. Very easy and tasty too! I chilled the dough overnight, so my only suggestion would be to spray the loaf pan first so the waxed paper slides right out. I also agree with the one review that says you get closer to 10 dozen cookies. Making again this weekend to keep at home this time! A keeper!
I am so impressed with these cookies!! They came out looking just like candy corn and they were great tasting. I can see using different flavors, lemon, almond, vanilla, and coloring them different like red, white, blue for 4th of July, or green, white, green for St. Patricks day, etc. You could also cut these square. I also put about six cookies in a bowl with the sugar and shook gently. I beats doing them one at a time!
These cookies were delicious and so easy! I used lemon zest and juice instead of orange because that is what I had on hand and they were perfect. So much easier than using cookie cutters.. Love this concept!
Delicious cookies and easy to make. These cookies were a real hit!
Made this on a whim a couple of years ago and it was a huge hit! When i took the recipe out today my kids got really excited. Only comment would be that they're actually smaller than they look in the picture.
Can you use the liquid food coloring?
This is one recipe that is fun to make, easy to do, tastes great and looks very festive in the cello-bags. With this recipe, most of the ingredients are already in your pantry. Nothing to loose here because they'll get eatten up.
An easy recipe, tastes good too but...don't be fooled by the 15 dozen quantity, while mathematically possible in reality the number is colser to 10 dozen.
I make these for Easter as well as Halloween. I have used cranberry juice, cherry flavoring and watermelon flavoring. I use pastel colors for the layers. I make several batches of different flavors, and there is still never enough. They are always a huge hit.
This was a fun recipe to try! The instructions made them very easy to make. I got many compliments on them from my friends. I put a few in small bags and tied them with curly ribbon and a fun halloween tag! They were a hit!
Loved these cookies. They were a lot of fun to make. So far I've made these cookies 4 times and everyone loves them.
these were easy and very tasty. I will make these again,
Just got done making these and they are delicious! and very easy to make. I did omit the orange flavoring and added vanilla. These will be a hit at my daughters 1st grade Halloween party tomorrow, and boy did they make alot!
This will become an annual halloween cookie to make with my girls.
These were a hit! I will be using this recipe every year for Halloween.
I will start with the fact that I'm not a seasoned cook or baker like so many probably thinking of making this. Saying that, this recipe took forever and took up all my kitchen space. They were so much fun though! And were DELICIOUS. I used more orange juice I used real oranges than called for, and I also got a softer dough than was expected, but they still went over great at a bake sale and with my boyfriend's family. Definitely worth the trouble and coloring them and layering them is fun. Another note is to watch them VERY carefully they go from perfect to too brown in a minute. Thanks for the great recipe!
This will be my second Halloween making these delicious cookies!!! They're easy to make, and fun to give out to my co- workers as a fun Halloween treat, they always ask for more!!!
Everyone in my family and my friends and co-workers absolutely loved these cookies! I have made this with other colors as well. paste food coloring works best. Since my son is allergic to eggs, I substituded the egg with 3 TBS of water and 1 TBS ground golden flax seed, just blend together in a small bowl until it gets gloppy like beaten egg, then add it to the recipe at the same point you would have used the egg.
I made these for Halloween...they were easy to prepare and really clever and cute shapes.
very easy to make and very tasty! also, looked great with all the other Halloween food.
What a great recipe! I made a few substitutions. I omitted the orange juice and zest and replaced it with almond extract.
I also rolled the cookies in sugar BEFORE baking. I thought they were a bit too messy rolled in sugar AFTER baking.
I plan on making these for Christmas with red, green and white to look like Christmas Candy Corn.
This is a Keeper!!!
They were easy to make; tasted great; loved the size.
This is my second Halloween to make these cookies. They
are so cute and easy to make. I do add a little extra orange
to suit our taste. I would recommend these to anyone that
wants a real treat.
Give them a try, very easy, look so cool on a cookie tray, and they taste delicious!!
These cookies were fun to make and a work of art when they were done! Using the paste food coloring is a must for the vibrant color.
What an awesome recipe to have around the house all of October....awesome for school treats/parties, etc..... fun to make.... DELICIOUS....

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