Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies
Peanut butter goes great with lots of other flavors… jelly, chocolate, butterscotch. All great combos. Know what else it’s great with? Candy corn!! These peanut butter candy corn cookies are soft and fluffy with a chewy burst of candy corn in each bite.
I never really considered myself much of a candy corn person until I finally tried it with peanut butter. After that, there was simply no more denying it: I like candy corn. A lot. I just need to eat it with the right accompanying flavors (Biscoff + candy corn is pretty awesome too).
Obviously, I needed to bring peanut butter cookies and candy corn together! Soft, puffy peanut butter cookies topped with chewy candy corn pieces– perfect for a texture nut like me!
These cookies are super thick and chewy thanks to the corn starch and brown sugar. You know how pudding cookies are especially soft because of the pudding mix? The corn starch does the same thing here (which makes sense since that’s basically what pudding mix is!), and keeps them super soft on the inside while the edges still get a little crispy.
Add to that the chewy candy corn pieces, and you’ve really got a great texture combination going on. I think the texture alone made these hard to stop eating!
While we’re on the subject… let’s talk about the candy corn! I tried these cookies in a few different ways, because I really wanted to be able to bake the candy corn IN the cookie dough, not just press them into the tops.
And let me tell you…. it CANNOT be done. Ok, well, *maybe* it can. If you very, very carefully tuck all the candy corn in safely within the dough where it won’t touch the baking sheet and melt ALL OVER the place in the oven. But (trust me) that’s a huge pain to try and do, plus it’s not a guarantee. I still had candy corn seeping out of the dough and melting all over my baking sheet.
I think the best solution is to simply bake the cookies and press the candy corn into the top of the warm cookies. You still get candy corn in every bite without the headache or the mess, and it looks so pretty!
If you are a candy corn fan at all, these cookies are an absolute must-try this season! I hope you love them as much as I did :)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- candy corn for topping
preheat oven to 350ºF
Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars. Mix in the egg, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Mix in the flour and baking soda just until dough forms.
Scoop out cookie dough by 2 tablespoons and roll into balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 9 minutes. Press candy corns into the tops of the cookies fresh from the oven and still warm. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.