Simple Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies - Joyfully Thriving

It’s Fall which means cool weather (if you live up North), pumpkins (of course) and if you’re my husband, candy corn. I’ve never been a big fan of the actual candy corn candy so I decided to put my spin on it by making candy corn cookies. The original recipe came from Betty Crocker but I was disappointed to see it used a mix. I’m not a big fan of cookie mixes because I think homemade cookies always taste better. So, I went to my stand-by Texas Sugar Cookie recipe and adapted it to make these cookies.

This sugar cookie dough is the easiest cookie dough you will ever roll out. Even if you’re not rolling it out (like for these cookies), it still handles well and of course, tastes delicious. The nice thing about these cookies is that they become a slice and bake cookie, so you will end up with lots of mini candy corn cookies in no time at all. The other good thing? These cookies freeze great so you can make them ahead of time and serve them at any of your upcoming Fall parties! Here is the recipe.

Candy Corn Cookies


1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk


Cream butter and sugar in mixer. Add in eggs, vanilla and milk. Slowly add in baking powder and flour. Once you have this dough mixed, it’s time to make the candy corn cookies.

Divide the dough into three equal-ish piles. Just do your best to make it even! Leave one bowl as is. Using food coloring, dye one bowl yellow and the remaining bowl orange.

Line a bread pan with seran wrap. On the bottle of the pan, evenly press the white dough. Next, layer on the orange dough with the yellow dough on top. Fold the remaining seran wrap over the top and refrigerate the dough for 3 to 4 hours.

When the dough is firm, remove it from the refrigerator and cut the dough into slices (like bread). Then, using a knife, cut the dough into small triangles, alternating angles of cut. You can view all the steps below.

4 Simple Steps to Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

Careful place candy corn cookies onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool on a baking rack. Enjoy your candy corn!

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Pampers: 10 More Points

Pampers Gifts to Grow

Here are 10 more points to add to your Pampers Gifts to Grow account. Use the code FBCAT989C09EA14 and the points will be added.

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Top 5 Deals (9/21 – 9/30)

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This week, I recommend you shop at Kroger and stock up on their store brand – Private Selection. Why? Kroger is running a promotion on ALL Private Selection items. Simply buy any 4 Private Selection items and you will get $4 off your total. You can mix and match your items for a total of 16 to receive these discounts. Want more than 16? Do separate transactions. I’m going to give you a bonus couple of items this week, listing my top 8 items, so you can do this deal at least twice. No coupons are necessary to receive these discounts.

1. Private Selection bread at $0.99

2. Private Selection kettle chips or tortilla chips at $1.49

3. Private Selection pasta at $0.79

4. Private Selection pickles at $0.99

5. Private Selection specialty mustards at $0.59

6. Private Selection crumbled cheese at $0.99

7. Private Selection block cheese at $1.99

8. Private Selection greek yogurt at $0.39

For all the products included in this $4 promotion, check out the full list at Kroger Krazy.

Private Selection Buy 4, Save $4

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Meijer: 3 for $1 Vegetables

3 for 1 Meijer Veggies

Here’s a stock-up deal that has come early this year! This week, Meijer has their canned vegetables (green beans, corn and peas) on sale 3 for $1. This is an excellent price! I’m not a fan of canned peas, but their green beans are excellent and the corn is good, too. Normally we don’t see a deal this good until November, so I encourage you to stock up now while prices are this low!

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Free Mug at Tiny Prints

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Tiny Prints is offering a completely free coffee mug to all customers when you use the code MUGSEP14 at checkout. Shipping still applies. You can customize your mug however you would like – with or without pictures. They have some really cute ideas on the Tiny Prints site! This could make a nice Christmas gift for  parents or grandparents! This offer is good through Tuesday, September 23rd.

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Food Links I Love

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We all have to eat, don’t we? That’s how I’ll explain the fact that I share links about food so often! :-) Here are a couple of the new recipes / food articles that I recently found interesting.

Edie wrote about her well-stocked pantry. I try to keep mine stopped but I hoard chocolate chips more than chicken stock. Read the article and you’ll see what I mean. I also like Edie’s big glass jars for flours and sugars.

I want to try Ruth’s recipe for easy tomato parmesan chicken. I love parmesan chicken so like the idea of making a recipe with these delicious flavors in the slow cooker. Plus, I have lots of homemade tomato sauce in my freezer right now!

The Brown Eyed Baker shared her diy recipe for homemade ranch seasoning. I like the idea that I could mix up the seasoning ahead of time before making my dressing.

I want to make Ree’s browned butter M&M cookies. Or maybe I’ll make her chocolate chunk cookies first. Both have the interesting step of browning butter. I’ve never made a cookie like that. Have you?

Wise Bread had two interesting articles that made me think. Read 10 foods with the most bang for your buck and 18 pantry foods that keep longer than you think. Do you have some of these items in your kitchen?

Finally, I want to make Frugal Girl Kristen’s Grandma’s cinnamon rolls mainly because of how they twist. Don’t they look delicious?

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Five Free Bar-S Products

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Here’s an impressive freebie! Through November 1st, Bar-S is offering a full rebate on 5 of their meat products. Purchase any (or all) of the five products pictured and you will receive a full rebate on each product (up to $4.50 each). You can view the full details of this promotion at the Bar-S site. It makes me wish (once again) that I didn’t have a PO Box address so I could get rebates. Oh well. I hope those of you who can take advantage of this offer!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

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$1/1 Suave Coupon


Hurry and print this new $1/1 any Suave product coupon. Look for the “get coupon” box. You can find Suave shampoo and conditioner regularly priced below $1 at Walmart and Target. Kroger, Walgreens and other stores put Suave hair products on sale. This coupon means free shampoo and conditioner so print it while you can – and remember to hit the back arrow to print the coupon twice.

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Kroger: Free Breakfast Pot Pie

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Today’s Friday Freebie from Kroger is one of Marie Callender’s new breakfast pot pies. Load the digital coupon to your account today and redeem it before October 4.

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Shopping at Meijer & Baby Food Mark-Downs

On Monday, it was a cool and rainy day.I wanted to do some baking but was all out of margarine. After Nathan woke up from his early morning nap, we headed out to go grocery shopping at Meijer. There were two different promotions that made up most of my list – the 10 for $10, and the Kraft $8 off 8 items. Here’s what I bought.

Meijer - 9/15/14 - $27.50

Imperial margarine (my reason for shopping) was on sale for $0.69. For the Kraft promotion, I bought Crystal Light ($0.99 a container) and Kraft Mayo ($1.99). I also bought 5 blocks of Kraft cheese at $1.89 a block.  Everything else you see was part of the 10 for $10 promotion. I bought 11 items so each item was really only $0.90. Plus, I stacked several coupons. They were out of plain bugles but I bought some cheese ones for $0.65 a bag. Barilla pasta cost me only $0.40 a box, because I had stumbled across a $1/2 printable coupon in a contest earlier. I wasn’t planning on buying all of the 2 liters, but there was a $1/4 coupon attached to one of the Coke bottles. I bought the 2 liters for $0.65 a bottle.

Finally, I found the one of the Meijer baby foods clearanced to $0.81. I picked up one of those 2 packs. Then, I went across the road to pick up some pictures at Walmart and found some of their Beech Nut Goya baby food clearanced down to a quarter. I picked up 6 jars at $0.25 each, and a pouch at $0.50. Should I have bought more at that price, I wonder? I bought some mango and some carrots & peas. We haven’t started solid foods yet, but plan to start soon. I’m planning on making most of Nathan’s baby food but am realistic that when we’re out and about, the jar food is much more convenient. For that reason, I’m starting to watch sales. At Meijer (and at Walmart), I spent $27.50 for everything pictured.

The next day, I stopped by Walmart again (Shocking, twice in one week? Very rare for me!) to pick up some pictures. While I was there, I picked up powdered sugar and some more baby food. I decided that since I was already there, I’d buy some more. I spent $4.94. I also stopped by Target to pick up that great deal on marked down diapers. I bought 3 boxes of diapers for $31 – but I had gift cards left from showers so I didn’t pay anything out of pocket for those diapers. That made the good deal a great one for me! I still would have bought the diapers even without the gift cards because it was a good deal. I also picked up two containers of Hungry Jack syrup for $1.25 a bottle at Target. That means I spent $2.50 at Target.

Walmart & Target - 9/16/14

My total for the week was $34.94. That brings my shopping total for September to $136.86. That leaves me with $43 to spend for the rest of the month. Did you find any mark down deals this week?

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