Candy Corn Cookies & Brach’s Giveaway

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I love, love, love, candy corn. So when Brach’s reached out asking if I’d like to bake something using candy corn, I immediately said yes! They sent me a HUGE box of a bunch of different flavors, but because I’m a purist, I baked with the Mini Candy Corn. Did you know they also make Fruit Crèmes, Peanut Butter, Caramel Macchiato, and Pumpkin Spice? So many choices!

Candy Corn Cookies

I decided to make cookies using a not terribly sweet sugar cookie base, and they turned out delicious. The candy corn melted and got gooey, and the cookies were amazing, especially while warm. The thing to keep in mind with this recipe is to add the candy corn to the dough balls, making sure the candy is tucked into the dough and not touching the cookie sheet.

Thank you Brach's!

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini candy corn (or cut regular candy corn in half-ish)

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with a stand mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until very well combined.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined and the dough comes together.

Use a cookie scoop to drop balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, about 1-inch apart. Tuck candy corn into dough, making sure the candy does not touch the cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are golden and tops are just slightly underdone looking.

Cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Yields 4-5 dozen.

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Disclosure: I received a huge box of candy corn from Brach’s because they are awesome!

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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The minute I saw this recipe pop up on Facebook, I knew I had to make these. Chocolate chunks and sea salt–you can’t go wrong with that! I followed Deb’s instructions, except since I’m super lazy and hate chopping chocolate, I used the Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks. They were the perfect size, and since you’re not using the entire bag, it’s ok if you sneak a few pieces. Also to note: Deb mentioned her dough was really crumbly; mine wasn’t, but if yours is, don’t panic–she swears they will turn out just fine.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

While these cookies are soft and delicious (and I managed to eat more than one while they were still warm), I still prefer the David Lebovitz recipe. But if you’re looking for a quicker recipe that doesn’t require chilling dough overnight, this is it!

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Look at that ratio of chocolate to batter!

Ingredients
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar
2 tablespoons (25 grams) turbinado sugar (aka Sugar in the Raw; you can use more brown or white if you don’t have this, but the subtle crunch it adds is delightful)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (165 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon (or, technically, 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon) fine sea or table salt
1 3/4 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 pound (225 grams) semi- or bittersweet chocolate, cut into roughly 1/2-inch chunks with a serrated knife (I am lazy and used the Trader Joe’s chunks)
Flaky sea salt, to finish

Preparation
Heat oven to 360°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, beating until incorporated, and scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in salt fine sea or table salt and baking soda until combined, then the flour on a low speed until just mixed. With a spatula, fold/stir in the chocolate chunks.

Scoop cookies into 1 1/2 tablespoon (I used the medium OXO scoop) mounds, spacing them apart on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each with a few flakes of sea salt. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until golden on the outside but still very gooey and soft inside. Out of the oven, let rest on baking sheet out of the for 5 minutes before transferring a cooling rack.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Confetti Sugar Cookies

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Last month, I made about 300 balls of cookie dough to be baked off while I was in San Diego for my sister’s wedding. I bought personalized stickers and cute little treat boxes off Etsy, and filled them with homemade cookies for all of the guests to take home. Aside from my tried and true brown sugar cookies and speckled shortbread with sea salt, I decided to try something a little more colorful, hence this recipe.

Confetti Sugar Cookies

I couldn’t have been any happier! Of the three cookies, I think these were the crowd favorite, and they were so festive and happy, you have to smile just looking at them. Thick and chewy, with a nice crunch from the round (nonpareil) sprinkles, and loads of color from the cylinder sprinkles, these cookies are delicious and pretty!

Confetti Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sprinkles

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with a stand mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until very well combined.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined and the dough comes together.

Use a cookie scoop to drop balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, about 1-inch apart. Bake for 11 minutes or until edges are turning golden and tops are just slightly underdone looking.

Cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Yields 4-5 dozen.

Recipe from Buns In My Oven.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

I love Christmas cookies, especially gingerbread cookies. But being Jewish, I’ve never had to do one of those marathon baking sessions…until now. This year, I decided to bake and ship cookies as gifts, and gingerbread men were on the list.

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This recipe is wonderful–it’s easy, the dough rolled out well, and the taste and texture are both fantastic! I’ll be the first to admit that my decorating skills leave a lot to be desired (and may cause nightmares), but that’s part of their charm, right?

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Ingredients
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation
Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

Recipe from McCormick.

Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles

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Sea salt + Rolos + snickerdoodle cookies = deliciousness! And when you think about it, how can it possibly not be good? I have to admit, these cookies grew on me–when I tried them right after they cooled, I wasn’t a fan. But the next day, I was all over them!

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They are a bit time consuming because you have to roll the dough into a ball around the Rolo, but if you’re a chocolate and caramel fan, it’s worth the work!

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Ingredients
1/4 cup granulated sugar, for cinnamon-sugar topping
1 tablespoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 packages of Rolo chocolate-caramel candies (about 35)
Coarse sea salt

Preparation
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. For the cinnamon-sugar mixture, combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and butter at medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Sift flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt into mixing bowl. With mixer on low, mix until thoroughly combined. Working 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, roll dough into balls, placing a single Rolo inside each ball of dough. Roll dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 7-8 minutes. The cookies should look raw between the cracks and seem underdone. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe from The Comfort of Cooking.

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