Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies

Candy corn. Oh, the memories of a few pieces clanking against the bottom of my trick-or-treating bucket.

On Halloween houses that ran out of Fun-Size Snickers or so-called ‘good’ candy used to toss out candy corn.

candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

After seeing it recently appear in stores for the season I promptly tossed it into my cart not knowing for sure what I was going to make with it.

I baked it into the most soft, tender, buttery cookie dough base in my cookie arsenal. And then I added white chocolate chips.

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candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

I used a dough base I haven’t used in about a year. It’s one I used for both Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Cookies and Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies, which are cookies inspired by my Cranberry Bliss Bars {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}.

I like this dough base for recipes where I want a softer, lighter, more delicate and tender dough, and when white chocolate is involved.

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies - Fun & Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

This dough is slightly sweeter and creamier than my trusty chocolate chip cookie dough base. Candy corn would have been fine in that base too, but it really shines in this dough.

The dough is reminiscent of Lofthouse cookie dough, minus the cake flour. It calls for 2 tablespoons of cream or half-and-half which isn’t much, but the milk really tenderizes the dough and it just melt in your mouth.

When I had previously used this base, I hadn’t yet hopped on the cornstarch bandwagon. So this time around I added two teaspoons, like I do with most of my cornstarch cookies. It helps create a softbatch-style cookie that’s so soft and supple, without turning cakey.

candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

I’ve used cornstarch in at least 15 different cookie recipes, including Chocolate Chip and Chunk CookiesPeanut Butter Coconut Oil CookiesM&Ms CookiesSnickers CookiesTwix Bar CookiesCaramel Corn Chocolate Chip CookiesSmores CookiesLofthouse Cookies, and more.

I made 20 mounds of dough, each about 2 heaping tablespoons of dough. Because the candy corn and chips are bulky, the raw dough mounds look quite large before being baked, but in the oven and as the dough cooks down around the candy corn and chips, the cookies flatten and turn out to be of average size.

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies - Fun & Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

I baked them for just over 9 minutes and they’ll look very pale, glossy, and underdone, but set up dramatically as they cool. Because this dough base is so buttery, baking longer than about 10 minutes could result in the undersides become overly browned.

This is very, very important. Do not allow the candy corn pieces to lay directly on your baking tray and shield the candy with a pinch of dough. Candy corn is prone to burning, melting, and turning into a hot, crispy, lacey mess if baked directly on a hot tray.

The candy corn that’s in the interior of the cookies should not melt or run, provided your dough was chilled before baking.

After baking, it takes on a slightly chewier texture that’s scrumptious.

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies - Fun & Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

I had no idea my 6 year old loved candy corn as much as she did until she went nuts over it these cookies. Growing up with more sugar in our house than in many bakeries, she’s usually pretty immune to what I make. Like me, it takes quite a bit to get her excited anymore.

After one of these she said, “Mom, I’m going to be thinking about these cookies all day tomorrow at school.”

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies - Fun & Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

I said, “Well sweetie if you want another one now, go for it.”

If I had a 6 year old metabolism, I’d have seconds when fresh cookies were involved.

But she said, “No, I’d rather not so I can dream about them all day tomorrow.”

candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

candy corn cookies.. I'm so making these, but only once a year!

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies

An abundance of candy corn and white chocolate chips add texture and an extra pop of sweetness to these softbatch-style cookies. They’re so soft, buttery, tender, and just melt in your mouth. The dough uses both cornstarch and cream, which help keep the cookies supple, light, and extra soft without being cakey. If you’re wondering what to do with all the leftover Halloween candy corn, this recipe will help take it off your hands. Baking this dough longer than about 10 minutes could result in undersides of cookies become overly browned. Strategically place candy corn so that it’s not baking directly on cookie sheet because it will melt, burn, or turn runny if it is. The candy corn pieces need to be in the interior of the cookies, shielded and buffered by dough.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, soften
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 1/2 cups candy corn (1o to 11 ounces)
1 cup white chocolate chips (or salted peanuts)

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric hand mixer), cream together the first 5 ingredients (through vanilla) on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the next 5 ingredients (through optional salt), and mix on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute; don’t overmix.
  3. Add the candy corn, white chocolate chips (or peanuts), and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping two-tablespoon mounds (I made 20). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter. Important note – Strategically place candy corn so that it’s not baking directly on cookie sheet because it will melt, burn, or turn runny if it is. The candy corn pieces need to be in the interior of the cookies, shielded and buffered by dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not overbake because cookies will firm up as they cool. Baking longer than 10 minutes could result in cookies with overly browned undersides. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet  for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooking. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
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202 comments on “Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies”

  1. I’m SO happy for candy corn season though I have to be really selective as to the type I buy-lots of them have gelatin which I can’t have as a vegetarian:( I don’t know that I’ve ever had it in cookies before….

  2. Just came across your blog this week. Although I blog about green, clean food myself, I couldn’t help myself getting caught up in your beautiful pictures and yummy recipes! Thanks Averie!

    • Hi Daphne! Thanks for finding me and for getting sucked into my pics and site! I have been a lifelong vegetarian or vegan and when I started blogging 5 yrs ago, it was under the name, loveveggiesandyoga

      I just couldnt blog about one more kale salad nor could my readers take it..LOL and over time, what you see here is my niche. I am a vegan who bakes with eggs and butter is how I’d describe myself :)

  3. These look SO soft and tender… I would have never thought to put candy corn in cookies. I may just have to try it out!
    Love your daughter’s response.. I’m sure these cookies would have anyone dreaming all day!

  4. I love the bright pop of colour the candy corn brings. Looks yummy!

  5. I love the color that the candy corn gives these cookies! Now if only I had the willpower and the metabolism of your 6 year old…

  6. I don’t know what it is about candy corn (or those little pumpkins)–but it’s addicting. I think its even more addicting when baked into cookies, transformed into butterfinger bars, or eaten with peanuts. I love the photos of the insides of your cookies–they really show the soft/gooey/melty texture. Gets me every time!!!

  7. I’ve never baked with candy corns, but it seems like it would be a good idea with the leftover candy corns that nobody wants to eat. Do the candy corns soften up? I sometimes think the cookies and candy corn would be too sweet together.

  8. First off, these cookies look deeeeelightful! Second, I like the image of you throwing a bag of candy corn into your grocery cart with no specific plan for use – because obviously you HAVE to bake something it, so why wouldn’t you? Aaaaand now I’m wondering what it would be like to walk up the candy aisle with you… (I’m picturing a little happy dance every few feet.)

    • Oh gosh I spend a ridic amt of time in candy aisles just STARING at the product. To the point store employees or others ask me if I need help. I stare at it like it’s a museum exhibit. I try to stand there until a certain bag of candy and an idea hits me in the face. Sometimes it does! Other times I get close…and then other times I have no idea but I buy it blind like the candy corn. See if I were to buy candy blindly as a blogger without fleshing out a few ideas, I’d have more candy than the store. As it stands, I cannot even tell you how much candy, treats, cookies, addins, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc I have. It’s more than a mini mart :)

  9. I love cookies with candy corn in them! I made some last year and they were incredible. These look so full of candy corn and white chips. The cutest story ever about your daughter and these cookies :). Made me smile!

  10. These are so incredibly fun and soft looking! I can’t believe you use two tablespoons of dough. That seems like so much, but these cookies look so perfect! I am not a candy corn fan, but I gotta say that I wish I was! These cookies are so festive! I love that!

  11. I made candy corn cookies a couple years ago and they were some of my favorites ever! I didn’t shield the pieces though, so I had some lacy, crispy, sugary pieces ooze out the side. They weren’t pretty but they were so good.

    I love candy corn. LOVE.

    I also love that Skylar has such impressive restraint. Maybe from being surrounded by cookies all the time? I never had that kind of willpower as a kid. I made myself sick on candy and cookies more times than I care to admit. :D

    • lacy, crispy, sugary pieces ooze out the side = LACEY yes!! that is the word I was looking for. And it’s not a real pretty lace :)

      Impressive restraint. Yes she does as did I as a kid. My mom was also a baker and we had an inordinate amt of sugar around (for a non-food blogging house..LOL) and my friends would come over and make themselves sick whereas I was unphased. When it’s in such abundance and has no mystique, it loses it’s appeal so to speak.

  12. I love the candy corn in there!! Such a fun recipe!

  13. Oh my gosh, I LOVE candy corn/pumpkin/all things fall, and these look perfect! I want to bake these ASAP!

  14. I along with your daughter will be dreaming about these cookies today! I LOVE candy corn and am so excited when it makes its yearly appearance. I’ve never tried using corn starch in cookie recipes but will definitely experiment. Thank you for the tip! I hate cakey cookies! Love this blog!

  15. What a fantastic idea!! Love these! :)

  16. I am drooling looking at all those cookies!! LOVE

  17. and to realize i just ate my last handful of candy corn two hours ago.. oh well, it’s time to go back to the store!

  18. See what I mean? All of your cookies look so scrumptious. I don’t even like candy corn and you have me wanting one of these! ;)

  19. Tried baking these today. The dough is amazing; but the candy corn melted out and made a huge mess. Then the goo hardened, making removing the cookies intact next to impossible. Its likely that my oven just needs recalibration. Also, I am going to take it down to 5 minutes instead of 9; these really do bake up conveniently fast.

    • Did you read the part in the recipe where I said to make sure the candy corn was shielded from the baking trays? You cannot have bare candy corn on it or yes, it WILL melt.

      And your oven sounds like it’s running extremely hot!!! If you are going to be able to bake cookies in 5 minutes that are 2-3 tbsp of chilled dough, that sounds like it’s supremely hot and you may want to reduce the oven temp til you get it recalibrated.

      Also make sure you dough is VERY well chilled before baking. That will prevent the interior candy corn pieces from melting. Mine actually did not melt at all internally – only those in contact with the baking sheet.

  20. White chocolate and candy corn sound wonderful…have you tried the white-chocolate candy-corn m&ms? They are really sweet, but SO delicious. I actually expected your recipe to feature them when I saw the title, but your version looks wonderful just as it is! Gorgeous colors.

  21. These look amazing! I am totally making these with my kids

  22. If only I thought like Skylar! Honestly, I am not a huge fan of candy corn, but I’ve never baked with it and am SUPER intrigued as to how the texture changes and the flavor it gives things. Cookies are always good in my book and like I said, I’m itching to try candy corn in baked stuff. Your second picture is fabulous, Averie!

  23. Oh Av, your comments at my blog, thank you sweetie!
    Love you to bits & pieces <3
    I have a friend who is OBSESSED with candy corn, so I am posting this to her wall, and then she will beg me to make it. LOL

  24. How cute are these?! I just bought a bag of candy corn (for food photography purposes only) but I could totally use the rest in these colorful cookies!

  25. These cookies look so fun! I would have gone for seconds :)

  26. It looks (and sounds) like you chose the perfect cookie dough for my favorite little mallowcreme goodies. I love candy corns – no matter how very sweet they are, I can never stop at one little handful! I just bought my first big bag of candy corn this past weekend and I don’t even know if any will make it into a recipe because I’ve been eating them left and right. These cookies look perfect and I can only imagine how important it is to have chilled dough for these, especially with those candy corns!

    • I can imagine you loving candy corn. Something about it – just seems like you’d love it. I like it but in these cookies, it was REALLY good. Sweet oh yes, but oh so good! And chilled dough and making sure no pieces of corn are touching the baking sheets, critical. I know you know the importance given some of your cookies/recipes or the candy can melt and turn into a hot mess otherwise :)

  27. Mmmmm candy corn in cookies?!!? Never thought of it, but it looks like a GREAT idea!

  28. These are fantastic!! I am newly in love with candy corn. Plus, you totally inspire me to come up with rocking cookie recipes, you know that right? :)

    • Awww, well that’s sweet of you to say! And I want your meringue. Just that part, I’d be so happy with :) It’s essentially “7-minute buttercream” and I love that stuff!

      Thanks for the pin!

  29. OK, how adorable is it that your daughter turned down a second cookie so she could dream about them. That girl has great self control for a 6 year old. My kids would not pass up a second cookie, and they would probably even ask for a third. We are huge candy corn addicts in this house. We only eat it once a year and that is in the month of October. We just went through our first bag this week and Eli left me a note on my grocery list to get more candy corn. My kids would be all over these cookies and then some. I wish you lived closer so my kids could have all of your leftovers! xoxo, Jackie

    • I think it’s bc she’s grown up with it that she’s immune to it – me too. My mom baked a ton when I was growing up. When it’s abundant, it loses it’s mystique and face-stuffing properties I think. That’s too cute Eli put a note for you go get more candy corn!

  30. I love love love these, Averie! I am obsessed with candy corn. So many people don’t like it and I think they are crazy!!

  31. I’m not a huge fan of candy corn but could eat 3 or 4 bars of white chocolate to make up for it :)

  32. Cannot think of more perfect cookies for October!!

  33. Oh, Averie! I am so excited about these! My mom’s favorite guilty pleasure is Brach’s candy corn, and she will just love these beautiful little cookies! Thanks for the fantastic recipe! :D

  34. The cookie queen strikes again! :) Most likely the perfect way to include candy corn!!! Loves it!

  35. Too cute!! Both the cookie sand your daughter’s reaction to them :) Candy corn was never my favorite of mine when I was a kid (hello, reeses, skittles and starbursts), but I always end craving a handful during the holidays.

    These are perfection, Averie!

  36. Wow. Candy corn in a cookie? Candy corn and white chocolate in a cookie? Candy corn and white chocolate in a SOFT cookie? I’m dying. Any leftovers?? ;)

  37. Love the texture and oh those candy corns. perfect for this time of year.

  38. Feeding my candy corn cravings here Averie! These cookies look absolutely perfect! I love how your daughter was going to think about these all the next day – so cute :) Pinned!

  39. These cookies look perfect! I love how all the candy corn looks inside the cookies. I haven’t gotten into any candy corn yet this year, buuut I think I know where to start! :)

  40. I’ve never thought of candy corn cookies before and these look scrumptious! I just drooled over them for a solid 10 minutes. I can’t imagine how delicious they are with that buttery base….they must just melt in your mouth!

    Also, I’ve made a ton of recipes from your cookbook and my favorites thus far have been the pb & j bars and the chocolate chip cookie cups with pb cups inside. Both recipes are gems.

    • The pb & j bars are great – the pan weighs about 8 lbs going into the oven but oh I loved those!

      And the chocolate chip cookie cups with pb cups inside – so glad you like those too! Fast and easy, right!

      Thanks for telling me what you’ve been making. I love this kind of info!!

      that buttery base….they must just melt in your mouth! <--- 100% :)

  41. Spotted these beauties on Pinterest and ran right over! These are absolutely perfect!!!

  42. Love, love, LOVE! I’m not really a candy person, but I make an exception for candy corn, especially at this time of the year when it’s EVERYWHERE. They’re colorful, cute and frankly irresistible. In a cookie? With white chocolate?? Bang. Averie does it AGAIN. :)

  43. Halloween in a cookie ~ Love this Averie :)

  44. Wow! I am like Kelly…saw these over at Pinterest (missed this post, busy weekend) and just had to comment. Such a FUN Halloween drop cookie, Averie! I love that you paired the candy corn with white chocolate chips. So colorful and they look incredibly tasty. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning (of course)!

  45. I’m so glad it’s candy corn time! Super cute cookies!!!!

  46. insane! I am now MAD AUSTRALIA is so far behind the us on candy! need to ship my self a bag of these candies so I can make these buttery beauties!

  47. Could these be more perfect for Halloween?! Love the soft texture too!

  48. I love candy corn with peanuts! Do you think peanuts are good in cookies? Maybe if they are eaten right away the nuts would still be crunchy. I’m thinking of trying your recipe with peanuts instead of white chocolate…but I know I’d love that too! Or maybe a peanut butter cookie with candy corn. Hmmm. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  49. I wish I had your daughter’s self-control! When it comes to sweets, especially cookies or chocolate, all of my good will and self-restraint goes straight out the window. But I bet she had the best daydreams of her life during spelling and silent reading time! :)

    • I think growing up with it in ridic abundance has made her immune to it!

      • That makes a lot of sense! My mom really disliked baking and cooking, so we only got homemade chocolate chip cookies (the Nestle recipe, of course!) once a month. She never put in any other mix-ins, like your creative candy corn! So maybe I have her to blame (or thank) for being such a cookie monster?…

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