Caramel Candy Corn & Walnut Cookies

I love candy corn.  Super sweet, with that texture utterly unique to candy corn – almost fudgy, almost nougaty, almost sugary.  I always buy a small bag to enjoy at this time of year – and now they come in flavors like the caramel one I use in the cookie!  The candy is so sweet that I often eat it with some walnuts.  I love them together.  Therefore, this cookie has been playing in my mind for a couple of years.  Last year, I posted most of my “go-to” recipes, so this year, we are going to explore some new ideas.  I am trying to be creative here.  Hopefully, I can come up with some fun cookies.  This one is a winner!

I am making these as a pan cookie.  I had tried to use the candy corn before in a drop cookie, but if that candy touches the metal pan, it is going to melt and stick, and REALLY STICK!  So the theory is that if the candy is in the cookie, sticking won’t be so bad.

I made a batch to present to my new taste testers (VCS Algebra-1 Class).  In that batch, I put the cookie dough down on a jelly roll pan and topped it with walnuts and candy corn, and then baked the cookies.  The candy melted through in some areas, so it did stick to the pan.  However, the candy also takes on even more caramel flavor in the process.  The kids liked the texture & taste of the melted candy.

In the batch I made today, I mixed the walnuts into the cookie dough, and baked that for 10 minutes, then topped with the candy corn and finished the baking.  I will see if the taste testers like these as well as they did the first batch tomorrow.

Blessings & happy cookie making!!

(The taste testers confirmed that they preferred the candy corn completely melted – the texture is transformed in the baking and becomes very chewy.  Some of them also said I went heavy on the walnuts… but maybe they don’t like walnuts.)

Caramel Candy Corn & Walnut Cookies      350 degrees, 22-25 mins

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups Oatmeal
  • 1-1/2 Cup Rough Chopped Walnuts
  • 1-1/2 Cups Caramel Candy Corn
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add eggs and vanilla
  3. Mix in flour, baking powder, soda and salt
  4. Add Oatmeal & Walnuts
  5. Spray Jelly Roll pan with cooking spray
  6. Fill pan with scoops of cookie dough (much easier than spreading it in)
  7. Bake at 350, 10-12 mins
  8. Top with Candy Corn
  9. Return to oven for 12-15 more minutes (Total baking time 22-25 mins)

Coconut-Pecan with White Chocolate and Lime Sugar Glaze

Under the wire!  My September Auction cookie!

We have had a beautiful summer.  It really seemed to go on into our fall season, so I thought I could use my summer cookie for September..  So this is it.  And it is my new favorite!

In past summers, I have played with lime and coconut in cookies.  This time, I don’t need to look any further.  I made them for an event in June at church, but thought they lacked a bit.  I do love nuts.  Bought some macadamia nuts, but really found them to be a little off.  Anyone else feel that way?  If they didn’t come directly from Hawaii, and are really fresh, the oils seem to go bad.  Anyway, I did have pecans, and they were just right.

I have someone new to bake auction cookies for this year.  The Principal at Valley Christian!  Gloria’s daughter bought them for her.  What a sweet gift!  I got the seal of approval from her husband Loren this morning.  He said that he really enjoyed these cookies.

When I think of Valley, I can’t help but mention Marvalene.  Continue to keep her in your prayers.  She is still fighting that cancer.  I caught her in her office a couple of times recently.  She looked good, and was in good spirits, but of course chemo and the fight have taken a toll.

Coconut-Pecan with White Chocolate and Lime Sugar Glaze    375 degree oven, 8-10 mins

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • Lime glaze to be set aside –  mix all together:
  • lime zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. beat butter for 30 seconds
  2. add sugars, baking soda, and salt
  3. beat in egg and vanilla
  4. add flour
  5. stir in coconut, pecans, and white chocolate chips
  6. drop by rounded teaspoons – makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen
  7. bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes
  8. let cool somewhat before brushing on glaze, ok to glaze while slightly warm.