Exploding Candy Corn Cookies

Exploding Candy Corn Cookies

Today I’m going to share my favorite Halloween recipe and my favorite spooky memory. Once upon a time in the third grade, Emily B checked a book about spells and witchcraft out of the public library and snuck it into our Catholic school. We were obsessed. It felt so scary and wrong and fun. And before we knew it we had convinced ourselves that we were under a terrible spell. We had no choice but to travel by way of broomstick to the home of the Head Witch (HW) for the curse to be reversed. I was terrified. But it was the only way. We had to go. So we made a plan.

Crumbling candy corn for Candy Corn Cookies from Granny's Recipe Box

In a similar but not really similar fashion I made a plan to make Candy Corn Cookies for Halloween. And I am pretty sure that these Halloween cookies are cursed. No matter what I tried, the candy corn exploded and seeped out while the cookies were baking. At first it made me mad. But it’s a good thing these are addictive or I would have given up and wasted a lot of candy corn.  I made the cookies four times. But then I decided that this is the one time of year for spooky scary cookies. Although you might be frightened by their appearance, I promise you will be delighted by their taste!
Candy Corn Cookies from Granny's Recipe Box ready to bake
Now back to my story. The plan was for Emily to pick me up at my bedroom window on her broomstick in the middle of the night. We would make our way through the October night to see the HW. This was very convenient for me and I was glad we could carpool. Bedtime came around and I was terrified of the broomstick journey, of coming face-to-face with the HW, and that Emily B wouldn’t be my friend if I chickened out. My fear of the broom trip was stronger than the fear of losing Emily B’s friendship. So I scribbled a note in green crayon that said “Sorry Em. Can’t come.” I waited for the tap on my window. I couldn’t sleep thinking of how disappointed Emily B would be to have to go alone. The next day, our conversation went like this.
Me: did you go?
Emily B: no.
And we never discussed it again. Twenty years passed before I told a soul. And I can still feel the terror that I felt that night. But now it makes me smile.
Candy Corn Cookies in a pile from Granny's Recipe Box Blog
I hope you have the pleasure of being pleasantly spooked this Halloween, but not by making Exploding Candy Corn Cookies.  They are frighteningly addictive and scream to be shared.  Make them for all of your Halloween needs, and especially to share with the HW in your life.
Exploding Candy Corn Cookies

These cookies are frighteningly addictive and scream to be shared. Spooky enough for Halloween, but pretty like Autumn leaves. Don't be scared to try them!

Servings: 36 cookies
  • 1/2 c butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/3 c cocoa
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 c candy corn
  1. Crumble the candy corn with your hands. Some candy corn is easier to break than others. As long as they are at least in half, the cookies will work out fine. I tried a food processor and a kitchen hammer. It works best to crumble with your hands. 

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter with a hand mixer. Add the sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla beating after every ingredient is added.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together until well mixed. 

  4. Add the sugar and butter mixture to the dry ingredients. Beat with the hand mixer for two minutes. 

  5. Add the crumbled (or at least broken) candy corn and stir until incorporated into the batter. 

  6. Preheat the oven to 350. Refrigerate the batter for at least an hour until it is firm and easily rolled without sticking to your hands. 

  7. Roll the batter into teaspoon sized balls and place on a cookie sheet about two inches apart. Leave room for the exploding/seeping candy corn! 

  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes. 9 minutes was perfect in my oven.

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