I’ve made cookies similar to these before for Christmas, with red, green and white stripes. These are colored like candy corn, pressed into layers in a loaf pan and then cut diagonally to make the candy corn shapes. They look impressive, but actually are really simple if you need a quick, last minute Halloween cookie.
Candy Corn Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Yellow food coloring
Red food coloring
1. Beat butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour, salt, and lemon zest; gradually stir into butter mixture.
2. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces (about 1 1/4 cups each); tint 1 piece with yellow food coloring. Tint another piece orange using red and yellow food coloring. (Add 1 to 2 teaspoons flour to orange dough if food coloring makes it softer than other colors.)
3. Place white, untinted dough in bottom of a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan, pressing down. Top with orange dough and then yellow, pressing down. Cover and chill 2 hours.
4. Turn dough out onto work surface. Cut slices 3/8-inch thick from dough; cut each slice into 6 triangles. Place cookies on parchment paper–or aluminum foil–lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7 to 8 minutes, or until set but not browned. Cool on wire rack 1 minute; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.