Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies

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I’m going there! It’s time for CANDY CORN all the things.

Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies - these soft and easy chocolate cookies are filled with candy corn and chocolate chips. These are the perfect cookies for Halloween!

It always shocks me how soon candy corn shows up in the stores. The retailers sure do like the fall holidays; Christmas and Halloween usually show up in July and candy corn hit shelves in August. But when it’s June and food bloggers want to get ahead for the 4th of July there’s nary a red, white, and blue sprinkle to be found.

Two years ago, when I was writing my book, I needed candy corn for one of the recipes. I scrounged and dug and found the perfect amount I needed for testing and finalizing in the bottom of my candy drawer. I sweated that one out for sure, because it was January and you cannot get candy corn in stores then. So, because I learned my lesson, last year I got smart: I bought 3 extra bags after Halloween. Then I started baking with candy corn this year in June.

^^^ could also be filed under #foodbloggerproblems

These cookies are a year in the making. I first made them last year but never photographed them. I think they disappeared too fast, which is saying something.

(It’s saying they’re phenomenal. Absolutely amazing. They’re chocolatey candy corny wonderfulness.)

These Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies are a rich dark chocolate cookie that’s soft and chewy like a cookie should be. Oh, and it’s filled with chocolate chips, peanuts, and candy corn.

They’re the trifecta of the perfect cookie, if you ask me.

Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies - these soft and easy chocolate cookies are filled with candy corn and chocolate chips. These are the perfect cookies for Halloween!

This cookie is the same base that I use to make my Homemade Oreos. Then I loved the dough so much I made it into Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. So, pretty much it’s now officially my go-to chocolate cookie dough recipe.

The cookie dough itself is just a basic chocolate cookie recipe: butter, cocoa, an egg, etc. I like to use dark chocolate cocoa powder because I love the deep rich color and flavor it gives. I usually use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder when I want the dark chocolate flavor. It’s the easiest to find in the regular grocery store. If you can’t find it or prefer a lighter chocolate flavor, just use regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

One thing I learned about candy corn a few years ago is that it tastes like a Payday Candy Bar when you eat it with peanuts. Don’t believe me? Try it! I don’t even like eating candy corn alone, but now I can’t stop eating it when it’s mixed with peanuts. I decided to throw some peanuts into the mix for these cookies, just because I love the combo. If you can’t have peanuts, just omit them and use more chocolate instead.

One very important note about this recipe: DO NOT let the candy corn touch the cookie sheet in any way. You can see on the photo above, on the plate, that little spot of melted candy corn? That’s what happens if the candy corn touches the cookie sheet during baking. The cookie sheet gets hot and the candy corn melts. Do one of two things when making these cookies: when scooping the balls of dough, roll them to ensure that the candy corn is tucked inside or only on the top or don’t add the candy corn to the batter and stick some on top of the balls before baking. Either way will solve the problem. Also, the extra work is totally worth it.

Not only do these smell like a chocolate shop when they’re baking, but the taste is rich like you’d expect from a deep dark cookie. And then the candy corn and peanuts give a chewy peanutty flair to them. Plus, the candy corn makes them pretty and perfect for Halloween!

Easy Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies Recipe for Halloween

Just be sure to buy extra bags of candy corn so you can make them all year round!

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Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies

Who knew Candy Corn was so good in cookies? These cookies start with my favorite chocolate cookie dough and add chocolate chips, candy corn, and peanuts for a fabulous flavor combination. Peanutty, chewy, and chocolatey!

Servings 24 cookies
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 1/3 cup Hershey’s Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder you can use regular unsweetened but they won’t be as dark as shown
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup honey roasted peanuts optional (add more chocolate if not using)
  • 3/4 cup candy corn


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in chocolate chips, nuts, and candy corn.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the cookie sheets, 3 inches apart. NOTE: your candy corn MUST be enclosed in the cookies and not peeking out on the bottoms. If candy corn is showing where they hit the cookie sheet they’ll melt out. Just manipulate each dough ball so that none are showing. If the dough is too wet to do this immediately, you can chill it for 30 minutes (or just get your hands dirty!) If you want to top the cookies with more candy corn to show what’s inside, do this before baking.
  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes until they just lose their glossy sheen. Err on the side of underdone for these cookies; they taste better that way. Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheets before removing.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

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  1. Dorothy, you gotta hop on the Amazon Prime bandwagon, if you haven’t already. All my holiday sprinkle and unseasonal candy needs are taken care of there! Seriously, if you head there right now, you’ll be able to get anything you want. I sound like an ad, but it’s just so beautiful.
    Yep, they can’t touch the cookie sheet. They spread out and then it’s like, whoa. What HAPPENED to that candy corn?!
    These cookies are totally divine. Love the peanuts!

  2. I’m always amazed at how many candy corn flavors pop up every year! The smore ones sure don’t taste like that! These cookies look delicious, Dorothy! Love the chocolate in here!

  3. These look delish! Candy corn is my fave!

  4. OH MY GOSH YES. Candy Corn is seriously my most favorite candy! I actually just bought candy corn coffee…it was a HUGE let down. WAH.
    But these cookies though? Definitely NOT a let down…I NEED 10 STAT. Pinned!

  5. Candy corn and peanuts, or peanut butter is the best!  Off to buy another bag to make these cookies!

  6. YES! Bring on all the candy corn goodness! (please?)

  7. These are so cute! At a party I think the kids would go crazy for them. They’d be the first to go!

  8. These look addictive! And I love how dark the chocolate of the cookies is 🙂

  9. ooooh I love how chocolatey these cookies are! And the candy corn is such a fun, festive addition 😛

  10. What a great way to use candy corn! Love the candy corn peanut combo!

  11. oooh, we know it is officially fall when the candy corn comes out!  Am so looking forward to making these – assuming I don’t eat all the candy corn first!  #noselfcontrol

  12. Oh my goodness, YES! Love candy corn! I also love that you used dark cocoa for these. Totally fudgy and perfect for Halloween!

  13. Candy corn is one of those sweets that I like, but mix it with peanuts and I adore the stuff.  Like eat the entire batch love it…not so good for these skinny jeans I’m trying to wear.  Love these fun chocolate cookies stuffed with the candy corn and peanuts!  Now I’m totally craving a batch!

  14. Yum! These look amazing. Love that you used honey roasted peanuts!

  15. Love that you have a candy corn stash! I actually needed some for a recipe in July and knew it was too early for the groc stores and Target to have it but I found some at CVS and at RiteAid. Both of them have ‘generic’ candy corn that’s their private label in their junky candy section. I think Brach’s is better but you can’t be picky if you don’t have a stash like you do 🙂

    Good tip about the not touching the cookie sheet in any way. I get more emails about this issue despite saying it in my candy corn cookie recipe. Forewarning is key! 

  16. What a great combo of candy corn and chocolate, it sounds super sweet and delicious. I love the idea of having a candy stash, perfect for when you want to bake with a Halloween candy in the middle of springtime, pinned! 

  17. I love chocolatey cookies and yours look amazing. 

  18. As someone with a full-on candy corn addiction – these cookies are a dream come true! 

  19. I can not be trusted around candy corn. Sadly this recipe would end up being candy corn with a side of chocolate cookies… They’d never make it into the batter. Why is that stuff so addicting?!

  20. I think I may be able to eat candy corn now because eating it with peanuts sounds way better than on its own!!  Looks and sounds really good in these cookies too!!! 

  21. Oh my! That looks divine!

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