Candy Corn Sugar Cookies

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Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up! 

Cookies:

2 white cake mixes (I used Duncan Hines)
1 C melted butter
2 eggs
5 T sour cream
1/4 C flour
1/2 t almond extract (or vanilla)
1/2 t yellow food coloring gel
1/2 t orange food coloring gel
 
Frosting:
6 T softened butter
3 C powdered sugar
1/4 t almond extract (or vanilla)
4-5 T milk
 
COOKIES
1. Mix all cookie ingredients (except the food coloring!) in a stand mixer, or with a wooden spoon until nicely combined. 
2. Split the dough into thirds. Add the yellow food coloring to one section and the orange to another. Split each color into two sections.
2. With a rolling pin roll each section (you should have 6 now, 2 of each color) into a rectangle. Mine were about 9 inches long and 4 inches wide. Now, you don't need to be this exact. The most important thing is that all of the sections are rolled out to be about the same size. Don't worry about it being perfect. Perfect is EXTREMELY overrated and not very fun, actually.
3. Take a pizza cutter and cut each triangle into thirds.
4. Gently place a yellow, orange and white strip of dough together. Press the seams down a bit with your fingers so they begin to stick. Again with the "they don't need to be perfect." If thestrips break a bit while you are moving them around, don't sweat it! Just press them back together and all will be well.
5. Take a sharp knife and cut the strips into triangles.
You can see here that there are two little triangles left at each end. I actually ended up rolling these into balls and baking them as round cookies. You could do that, or just eat the dough. Or just bake some small triangles. What ever suits your fancy.
6. Gently place each cookie on a cookie sheet. I used a spatula, slipping it under each triangle to help assist it to the sheet. Some of them came a part just a bit, but no worries! Just press the seams  back together on the sheet. The baking really helps to fuse them together. 
7. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. (For Convection Ovens bake at 325 for 6 1/2 minutes.)  Let them cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
 
FROSTING
1. In a stand mixer, or with hand held beaters mix all frosting ingredients excepting the food coloring. Beat it well! You want it to have a bit of a whipped feel to it. 
2. Divide the frosting into thirds and place in separate bowls. Color the frosting with the food coloring.
3. Place each color in it's own zip lock bag and tie the top with a twist tie. Cut a small tip in the end and decorate your cookies as desired!
Good Luck! Have a fun time!
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