Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars


These Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars are so simple and perfect for Halloween parties!

Sometimes you don’t have 40 hundred minutes to create a treat that is both delicious and impressive.

I mean, I know I don’t…

Well, sometimes I do.

But I just do that to impress you.


But on any given Tuesday it’s nice to have a cute and yummy treat in your back pocket, that isn’t chocolate chip cookies or brownies…

You know?

I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with brownies or chocolate chips cookies…

But you know.

YOU know.


So let’s get simple and cute.

Cute and simple.


People either love or hate candy corn.

So these bars basically solve that whole situation.

They look like candy corn, but taste like sugar cookies.



Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars.


Honestly, you most likely have all the ingredients for these in your kitchen right now.

And these make a ton of bars, so not only are you impressing…but you’re impressing a honk-load of people.

Gah, this keeps getting better.


These are eggs.  In case you forgot what they looked like…


You’ll need four of them.


I also used this Buttery Sweet Dough Bakery Emulsion in place of vanilla.  You don’t have to, vanilla would be fine..but this emulsion is totally amazing.  You can use it anywhere you would use extract in baking.  It adds something special.  I’m serious.  You need it.


When you make the dough, divide it in half.


Color half of it yellow and half of it orange.

LIne a 9×13 baking pan with foil that’s sprayed with cooking spray.

Press the orange in first and then the yellow.


It’s a little sticky, so I encourage you to lick your fingers off.


Once it’s baked…which only takes about 10 minutes it will look like this…


Let it cool off and whip up a simple frosting.  You could even use canned frosting, but I really think you should make your own.  You’ve come this far.

Then just slice them up.  I like cutting them into triangles because…duh.


You’re done.


I also heard that Kristan was making some Candy Corn Bark over at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen today.  I’m thinking you should go check it out.


Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars
Makes 30 bars
Cookie Bars
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (I actually used Buttery Sweet Dough Bakery Emulsion
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • orange and yellow food coloring
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil and spray lightly with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer cream butter and sugar until fluffy and light, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping sides when necessary.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in salt, baking soda and flour. Beat until combined.
  6. Divide the batter in half and color half orange and half yellow.
  7. Layer the orange dough in first, spreading to edges of pan and top with yellow dough, carefully pressing evenly on top of orange.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  1. Beat the butter and shortening together until smooth. Turn mixer to low and add in powdered sugar and milk. Turn mixer up to medium and beat for about 1 minute until fluffy and smooth.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cooled bars and cut into triangle shaped bars.
*If you are not layering the colors like I did, you can bake these in a 13x18 "jelly roll" pan for a thinner cookie bar. If you do this, you will need to increase the frosting by one half, so will have enough to spread over the entire pan.
Recipe adapted from Recipe Girl


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October 2, 2012 10:07 am

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October 2, 2012 10:12 am

These look great. And I think they look easier to make than the sugar cookies that you layer the dough and slice off triangles from.

October 2, 2012 10:13 am

This is too cute! And like you say, so simple. =)

October 2, 2012 10:14 am

So cute! I happen to be in the ‘loves candy corn’ camp, so I think I’d toss a few into the frosting on top.

October 2, 2012 10:16 am

These are awesome! I love anything that looks like candy corn, so I’m on board with these.

October 2, 2012 10:17 am

These are so stinkin’ cute!

October 2, 2012 10:24 am

I happen to love candy corn AND sugar cookies, hence why I think you made this exclusively for me.

October 2, 2012 10:29 am

I made some similar bars last year and they were a huge hit. Love them!!

October 2, 2012 10:33 am

well yummy, I hate candy corn, but I love cookies!

October 2, 2012 10:36 am

These are all kinds of pretty!

October 2, 2012 10:43 am

These are perfect for the season! Definitely pinning them to my halloween board. I have a question about the extract – does it taste/smell very citrusy? I was thinking of ordering a bottle and I read a review that said the name should have been switched to citrus because it has a strong citrusy flavor, so I thought I’d check with you first and get the scoop!

October 2, 2012 10:44 am

so cute!! love!

October 2, 2012 10:48 am

Love candy corn … but it has to be Brachs. I’m a candy corn snob.

These look great!

October 2, 2012 10:52 am

Ohhh buttery sweet emulsion! I need this in my life!

October 2, 2012 10:52 am

I’m not a candy corn girl, but these….these I can handle. Incredible! XO

October 2, 2012 11:44 am

Too ironic that in my post yesterday I posted about butter extract! I have used many LorAnn oils but not that one – and now I really want it! Great looking bars & perfect layers!

October 2, 2012 2:03 pm

I’d rather have these than the actual candy corn.

October 2, 2012 2:19 pm

I have one short word for these – YUM

October 2, 2012 2:28 pm

These are too cute…love it

October 2, 2012 3:02 pm

Can not wait to make these. The colored dough looks like Play-Doh. Don’t ya think?

October 2, 2012 3:09 pm

I can’t wait to try these! Girl, you are so clever! I adore anything candy corn, though. ironically, I can only eat a few pieces before I get that “blech” feeling.

October 2, 2012 3:14 pm

I’m totally in love with this…need!!

October 2, 2012 3:19 pm

I love these! And I love that you speak my sugar language 😀

October 2, 2012 3:50 pm

I love recipes that look like you put a ton of time into them…but you didn’t. this is totally one of those. I’d definitely prefer my candy corn in sugar cookie bar form!

October 2, 2012 5:06 pm

You make me hungry, therefore I love you!


I am all about cute and simple. These would be a huge hit at my house!

October 2, 2012 7:15 pm

These are so cute!

October 2, 2012 8:05 pm

how cute and brilliant are these babies?? love the idea of having layered sugared cookies!!

October 2, 2012 8:38 pm

I have never seen Buttery Sweet dough in Wal-Mart or others stores so where do I look for it and what stores carries it?

October 2, 2012 9:10 pm

I’m always on the look out for a new way to use a go-to recipe. Your candy corn bars are one of them!

October 3, 2012 12:29 am

Your bars look wonderful. I love the look of candy corn! And I’ve never heard of Buttery Sweet Dough Emulsion. Gasp. I need it. It sounds wonderful!

October 3, 2012 10:14 am

This is so cute and genius! It looks just like candy corn. I really like candy corn but at home they don’t for some odd reason so this is something great I can make for them! :)


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October 3, 2012 10:59 am

This is so cute!I don’t like candy corn, but sugar cookie bars are another story…

October 3, 2012 11:52 am

I’m a candy corn hater, so I’m loving this idea!

October 3, 2012 3:16 pm

Buttery sweet dough WHAT?!
You’re right, I DO need it!

October 3, 2012 5:46 pm

These look amazing… i’m making them for a housewarming party on friday. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! Thanks xoxo

October 3, 2012 7:03 pm

i love these!!! so cute!!

October 3, 2012 8:27 pm


October 3, 2012 9:23 pm

I just made these for a bake sale tomorrow! Although I can’t move my wrist after trying to get that food coloring all mixed in they taste AWESOME!

October 3, 2012 10:51 pm

Those bars are seriously SO CUTE! I love the candy layers…how creative!

October 4, 2012 9:22 am

I’m a candy corn hater, but I could get down with these. So cute!

October 4, 2012 11:46 am

These are so cute!! And I’ve never tried that baking emulsion, but I’m going to keep my eyes open for it now. It sounds like something I need, for sure.

October 4, 2012 12:49 pm

Looks gorgeous! Just perfect autumn treat! Ideal for Halloween and Thanksgiving ! Great post!

October 4, 2012 7:29 pm

I LOVE THESE!!! What a super fun and festive idea!!!

October 4, 2012 10:25 pm

I am so making these!

October 5, 2012 8:19 pm

You are a clever girl, Shelly! Love this candy corn version!

October 7, 2012 1:37 pm

I adore this recipe! This just may be the perfect treat to take to the Halloween party this year! ????????????

October 7, 2012 8:25 pm

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October 8, 2012 5:12 pm

Am I missing something? At what point do you add the flour?