Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Candy Corn" Cookies

This is the cutest little fall cookie I think I've ever seen!!  Looks complicated but super simple...think box mix and can icing but let's be honest...this girl does not believe in canned icing.  My mama has made homemade icing since I was a little girl and it is just too simple to settle for something from a can.  Behind the recipe from Eighteen25 I have included my homemade vanilla icing recipe so you can opt to do either one.
5 Ingredients for "Candy Corn" oreo Cookies:
**cake mix, oil, eggs, frosting (homemade or store-bought) and food coloring**
Yellow Cookies: 1 box yellow cake mix (any brand) 1/3 cup oil 2 eggs **optional: add a few drops yellow food coloring to the dough (to make yellow color brighter)

White Cookies: 1 box white cake mix (any brand) 1/3 cup oil 2 egg whites (this helps to keep the white color)

Directions: Mix the ingredients for your yellow cookies (cake mix, oil, eggs) in a bowl until it's all mixed together well. I added a few drops of yellow food coloring to intensify the yellow color of the dough. Repeat for your white cookies in a separate bowl, except I'd recommend using egg whites because that helps to maintain the white color of the dough. Roll dough into small balls and place on greased cookie sheets. I made them fairly small (like, less than an inch) but you could make them as big (or small) as you want. I fit 20 cookies on each cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes, but watch them carefully because you don't want them to get brown on the tops. (The finished cookies were less than 2 inches in diameter, just FYI. I bet you could get about 3 1/2 dozen total doing them the same size I did.) Let the cookies cool on a rack. For the frosting, I went the really easy route and just tinted some vanilla frosting from the store ORANGE with food coloring. Or you could use your favorite frosting recipe. Putting them together is a cinch. You'll want to frost the flat part (bottom) of the cookie with a blob of frosting, then stack the other cookie on top---matching them up in the order YELLOW COOKIE, orange frosting, WHITE COOKIE. Remember, the flat parts of the cookies (the bottoms) are touching the frosting
Homemade Vanilla Icing

1 stick butter, room temp
3 T milk
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
1 box of powdered sugar

Mix butter until smooth and then add milk and vanilla flavoring.  Add powdered sugar a little at a time mixing well in between additions.  You may need to add a little more milk through out mixing for the right consistency but be careful or you will up with soup.  If this happens just grab another box of powdered sugar and add a little at a time until thickened. 

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