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)

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