Thursday, October 7, 2010

Candy Corn Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 T. orange juice
2 T. freshly grated orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 (1-ounce) square melted semi-sweet baking chocolate
  •   Gel food colors*
  •  1/2c. sugar  
(Place 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl; set aside.)


Line bottom and sides of 9x5-inch  loaf pan with plastic food wrap. Set aside.
Combine butter, orange zest and 1 cup sugar in large bowl; beat at medium speed until (5- min.) creamy. Add egg, orange juice and salt. Continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking soda. Beat until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds. Place one-third of dough into mixing bowl. Add small amount of yellow food color; mix until color is well blended . Press yellow dough evenly in pan. Place another one-third of dough back into same bowl. Add small amount of orange food color; mix until color is well blended. Press orange dough evenly over yellow dough in pan. Place remaining one-third of dough into mixing bowl. Add cooled melted chocolate; mix until well blended. Press chocolate dough evenly over orange dough in pan. Press contents down gently, yet firmly. Cover with plastic food wrap; refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours or overnight).
Heat oven to 350°F. Invert loaf pan to remove dough. Peel off plastic wrap. Place layered dough onto cutting surface. Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4-inch slices using sharp knife, trimming edges to make even, if necessary. Cut each slice into 6 wedges. Place cookies in bowl with sugar; roll in sugar to coat. Place 1-inch apart onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet. Place cookies onto cooling rack. Cool completely.

Store in loosely covered container.

*Please note that I do not remix dough to add color. I simply put on gloves and work colors in by hand quickly. I do mix the chocolate in with the mixer. Also remember that the first color dough in pan will be the top color and so on.....Use your imagination with colors and as always HAVE FUN!

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