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Cotton Candy Cookies

A classic fair treat made into another dessert favourite, these cotton candy cookies will have you feeling like a child again in no time. They are so much fun with cotton candy flavouring and the real fluffy sugar mixed in. This cotton candy sugar cookie recipe will absolutely thrill kids and adults alike!

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Cotton candy cookies

What are cotton candy cookies

Cotton candy cookies are chewy and fluffy cookies with a base like a sugar cookie. They have the addition of cotton candy flavouring as well as real cotton candy. Everything you’d want and expect in a classic cookie but with the added fun of cotton candy. They will fulfil your childhood sweet tooth dreams, that’s for sure! 

Ingredients

  • butter
  • white sugar
  • eggs 
  • vanilla extract
  • cotton candy flavouring
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cotton candy 

How to make cotton candy cookies 

These cotton candy sugar cookies come together pretty quickly and don’t require any chill time. If you’re a super fast cookie maker you can preheat the oven first to have it ready for you. If not, you can wait until you’ve finished making your dough. Either way you’ll want your oven to be at 350℉. Add your softened butter and white sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. If you have a hand mixer that is perfectly fine too. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy. This should take up to a few minutes. 

Next, add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and cotton candy flavouring. Mix these until well combined, it’s a good idea to scrape down the sides of the bowl at this point and mix again. This ensures that everything is well incorporated throughout the whole recipe. In a separate mixing bowl, add the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until combined. Add this dry mixture gradually to the wet ingredients, mixing in between. I usually incorporate the dry in thirds. Then, add your cotton candy to the mixer and quickly mix just until it has separated and been incorporated throughout the dough.    

Use a medium sized cookie scoop to scoop out the dough onto a prepared baking sheet or piece of parchment or wax paper. This is just for the dough to stay while waiting to be baked. Once all the dough has been scooped, place as many dough balls as will fit on another prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. When the oven is ready, bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges are golden brown. You’ll want to let them cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before eating. This helps them set up in their final stages. Now you’re ready to enjoy your delicious cotton candy cookies! 

A stack of cookies with extra on a cooling rack behind.

How much flavouring do I use? 

The brand that I used in this recipe, LorAnn Oils, recommends using ½ to 1 teaspoon per batch of cookies. ½ teaspoon is on the more mild side. If that’s what you’re looking for then definitely go with ½ teaspoon. If you’re a big cotton candy lover and really like that sweet flavour, you can bump it up to ¾ or 1 teaspoon. You could also start with ½ teaspoon and grab a tiny taste of dough to see how you’re feeling with the level of flavour. Just keep in mind that it will be a little less potent when the cookies are baked. Choose your own adventure, cotton candy cookies edition. 

How to store 

Cookies are the best for storing because you have options and they store really well. If you want to eat them within the next few days you can keep them at room temperature in an airtight container or bag. They will keep for about 3-7 days this way. If you’d like to keep them in the freezer after they’ve been baked, you can bake all your cookies and let them cool completely. Then, put them in a freezer safe bag or container and you can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

An alternative storage method, which is my personal favourite, is to scoop out all your dough and put the dough into the freezer as is. You can put your dough balls into a freezer safe bag or container and keep in the freezer for 3-6 months. When you’re ready for a fresh cotton candy cookie, you can take the dough out and let it thaw to room temperature. Then, just pop them in the oven exactly as you would if they were fresh.  

Cotton Candy Cookies

A classic fair treat made into another dessert favourite, these cotton candy cookies will have you feeling like a child again in no time. They are so much fun with cotton candy flavouring and real cotton candy mixed in. These will absolutely thrill kids and adults alike!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, cotton candy, cotton candy cookies
Servings: 18 cookies
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½-1 tsp cotton candy flavouring
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cotton candy

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • Add softened butter and white sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream together with the paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and cotton candy flavouring. Mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Add this mixture gradually to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Add in the cotton candy, mix just until it has been distributed throughout the dough.
  • Use a medium sized cookie scoop to scoop out the dough.
  • Place cookie dough about 2 inches apart on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let cookies cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!

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Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Crumb Cake

2 Comments

  1. You’re cookies are amazing!

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