Candy Corn Fun

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs, recipe provided below (adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction)

Ingredients:

  • circle or square-shaped pretzels
  • Hershey 's Kisses Hugs (or any flavor Kiss)
  • candy corn

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250F degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Align pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap Hugs and place one on each pretzel. Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down. Mine takes about 4 minutes.
  3. While the Hugs are melting in the oven, get your candy corn ready because you will have to move quickly once the pretzels are out of the oven.
  4. Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press a candy corn down on each one. The Hug should flatten out when you press the candy corn on it. If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.
  5. Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. These are a great make ahead treat: make them 1-3 days before you need them and store covered in the refrigerator.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats, recipe provided below (adapted from Chef In Training)

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter (about 45 seconds)
  2. Pour in marshmallows and stir to coat evenly.
  3. Place back in microwave and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval until marshmallows have melted.
  4. Separate melted marshmallow into three separate bowls (large enough for rice krispie cereal). Separate the melted marshmallow into big, medium and small amounts. I just eyeballed it until I felt like they were ranging in sizes. Basically you want a 3:2:1 ratio.
  5. In the largest melted marshmallow amount, stir in some yellow food coloring until desired color is reached. Stir in 3 1/2 cups Rice Krispie cereal until evenly mixed.
  6. In the medium amount of melted marshmallow, stir in orange food coloring (may need to mix yellow and red) until desired color is reached and stir to evenly combine. Stir in 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispie cereal until evenly mixed.
  7. Stir 1 cup of Rice Krispie cereal into the small amount of marshmallow until evenly mixed in.
  8. Grease a pie pan. In the center of pie pan, press the yellow section along the outside of pan into a circle shape. Then press the orange section inside of the yellow to form a circle shape. Place small section in the center and press down until remaining whole is filled. Let cool and form shape.
  9. Cut into eights or as small as you want them to be.

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies, recipe provided below (adapted from Averie Cooks)

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.