I’m celebrating Halloween this year with a candy corn theme…I actually don’t like the stuff at all, but it looks pretty. I saw a post on another website for Candy Corn Fudge (www.tasteandtellblog.com), thought it would be worth a try for my upcoming dinner party with my friends. I figured that I needed a second dessert, and I found some wicked radical Candy Corn Sugar Cookies (www.othersideoffifty.com) to go with the fudge.
I’m finally getting used to taking pictures of all the steps…the addition of the tripod was a great improvement…thanks Paul! I’m really enjoying getting to share the baking that I do. Not getting to eat it (HELLO, getting fat!!..where IS the component of cardio on this site anyway!!!!) is worth the happiness that others get from enjoying the fruits of my (labour..haha) KitchenAid.
I started with the Candy Corn Sugar Cookies as the dough has to cool in the refrigerator for at least one hour. I was initally skeptical about the recipe using powdered sugar (which took me forever to figure out that in Canada its our icing sugar). They actually turned out lighter, and fluffier than sugar cookies normally do.
Candy Corn Sugar Cookies (recipe from Betty Crocker’s Fall Baking)
1 cup butter1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg
Grated zest of one medium orange (1-2 TBSP)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp orange gel food coloring
1/8 tsp yellow gel food coloring
Coarse sugar to decorate (I couldn’t find in the grocery store this morning so I omitted)
In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, egg and orange zest with electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
Divide dough into thirds. Tint one portion orange, one portion yellow, and leave the third portion plain. Flatten each portion into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
On separate sheets of lightly floured wax paper, roll each portion of dough into 12X9 inch rectangles. Place orange rectangle on top of yellow rectangle, using waxed paper ends to help flip dough over. Top with plain dough rectangle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices. On ungreased cookie sheet, place slices about one inch apart. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are set. Cool one minute before removing from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
Onto the Candy Corn Fudge…
Candy Corn Fudge (adapted from www.tasteandtellblog.com)
2 1/2 cups White Sugar
1/2 cup butter
5 oz. evaporated milk
2 cups marshmallow creme
1 cup white chocolate chips
yellow and orange food colouring gel
candy corn for decorating
Line an 8×8-inch pan with foil. Let the edges hang over the sides of the pan. Butter pan or spray with cooking spray.
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter and the evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove pan from the heat.
Add the marshmallow creme and white chocolate. Stir until mixture is smooth. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into one bowl, and 1/3 of the mixture into another bowl. Color each with yellow or orange food colouring.
Spread the yellow fudge into the pan and top with the orange fudge. Pour the remaining 1/3 of the mixture on top. Top with candy corn.
Let cool to room temperature. When ready to serve, cut into 1″ squares.
I’m not sure what went wrong with the fudge, but it didn’t seem to solidify properly. I used fat free condensed milk instead of the full fat (what was I thinking?) and perhaps that’s where my error was…upon re-reading the directions, I also failed to let the mixture boil for 5 minutes…maybe I was a little premature stating that I was used to this blogging business! Even though it doesn’t look as pretty as it did in the original recipe I found, it sure tasted good!
So, on to the party! But, first I had to stop to make a delivery of these treats to my parents. Much to my shock, this is what I found when I got there:
After recovering from this shock, I went to find my mom, and she was dressed as a witch! It’s nice to see everyone getting into the Halloween spirit. It is definitely one of my favourite holidays…and apparently, one of parents’ as well. On to Jessica and Brandon’s…..
Jess always cooks something deep fried and delicious but her and Brandon stepped it up a notch tonight…MEAT LOG!