Creations, Burlap Candy Corn Mats and Easy Candy Cookies

Visions of candy corn have been dancing in my head!  All of a sudden I am crazy over the stuff~nnnnnoooo, not to eat, but to decorate with…

burlap candy corn

This idea just lept into my head the other night…candy corn burlap place mats

burlap candy corn 1

The hardest part of this project was designing the layout for easy spray painting


But I did the hard work for you and if you decide to try this, it will be easy peasy


A piece of white burlap, 2′ high x 3′ wide will yield 4 burlap candy corns, about 13″ x 24″.  Section the burlap horizontally into 3, eight inch sections using masking tape


Then mark the burlap on each long edge, 13″-14″ There will be 2 upside down, so offset the point markings on each side with this in mind.  It helps to draw it on a piece of paper if you get confused.


Tape paper over the top and bottom sections, securing with masking tape or painters tape


Spray the middle section orange and let dry


This is where is gets a little tricky~ the 4 candy corns are in a row, every other one is upside down. Tape off the white points of the right side up candy corns framing the yellow sections of the upside down ones.  Make sure you cover the middle orange section too.


Once you have the white points and the orange mid sections securely taped down, spray the yellow sections


I know this looks like a hot mess…

burlap candy corn 1

But it worked!  {Oh,and don’t spray paint your bricks like I did!  Shhhhh! luckily I had some gray paint and did a quick touch up….HH will never know~}


Now all you have to do is cut them apart and trim excess white off the end ones

burlap candy corn

and you have 4 lovely giant pieces of candy corn!

burlap candy corn mats 1

I have lots of plans for these, they will keep showing up in unexpected places!  You must be hungry after all that spray painting, would you care for some candy corn or maybe a cookie?

candy cake cookies

The cookies pictured above have been all over Pinterest so I decided to make them for last weekend’s football game party. These 4 ingredient cookies are a quick to make treat, and to me they are sort of like a chewy shortbread and not overly sweet.

chocolate caramel cookie bars

There are lots of different pins of the same recipe, so I don’t know where it originated, but I pinned mine from Chef in Training~it’s not quite as good as a homemade cookie, but you can’t beat it for easy!  One of my friends, who is an eat dessert first kind of gal, declared them delicious!

rolo cookies

Have you seen the candy corn oreos?  I really like these!  But it might be my current candy corn obsession~

rolo cake cookies

Super Boy asked, “Is that real candy Gigi?”

“Yes, ” I answered, “but it doesn’t taste good, I just use it for decorating…….”

“It tastes sort of like wax,” said HHjr

Super Boy didn’t look convinced at all~

“Would you like to try a piece?” I asked

Picture a vigorously nodding head~

“Yummmmmmmm! I love it!” he declared

“What, candy corn?” asks HH, coming around the corner, “that is my favorite!”

Just goes to show that everybody has different tastes and opinions!

pumpkins and candy corn

So just in case you don’t like candy corn, here’s the recipe for the cookies:


Easy prep with a cake mix and Rolo candies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 regular size box of vanilla or yellow cake mix
  • 1 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 40-50 Rolo candies
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips optional


  • Combine cake mix with butter and milk and beat to combine.
  • Divide in half and put half of batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. The batter is sticky so use the back of a spoon and try to spread it out. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes.
  • Cut Rolos in half and place caramel side down on top of baked layer.
  • Drop the other half of batter by spoonfuls over Rolos.
  • Return to oven and bake 20-24 minutes more, until just golden, do not over bake. Top with butterscotch chips if desired. Let cool and cut into bars or squares.
Keyword cake mix cookies, candy cookies, chocolate caramel cookies, cookies, easy cookies, Rolo cookies

Try to find the snack size Rolos, the are wrapped 3 to a roll so they are easier to undo and you can slice them 3 at a time.


The more the merrier!

rolo cookies

They’re not very pretty so I tried to jazz them up with some sparkling sugar!  I really wanted to top them with butterscotch chips hot out of the oven but I didn’t have any~next time for sure!

Which would you prefer, some candy corn or a Rolo cake mix cookie?


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28 Responses to “Creations, Burlap Candy Corn Mats and Easy Candy Cookies”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, You are a baking and creating machine! I haven’t had enough coffee this morning to follow your candy corn mat directions, I’ll have to come back when my brain is more in gear, cute & fun! Consider me in the decorate with candy corn camp rather eat it camp, unless it’s an Oreo version 🙂

  2. Cute and yummy, Jenna!

  3. Chandni Lahoti says:

    This is WOW!!!

  4. Ginger says:

    Stopping over from DIY Vintage Chic. — Cute mat idea. And kudos on figuring out how to spray paint that – I don’t think I could have figured that one out. As far as the cake mix cookie goes, I’m totally a Rolo fan. Chocolate and caramel; can’t touch it.

    If you’re interested, I’d love if you shared this at my Show & Tell party going on right now.

  5. Joyce says:

    Very clever! They could be strung up as a banner too. I bought some candy corn last week – “supposedly” to only “decorate” with since I didn’t think I liked these. Well, fill a bowl with the extras and grab a handful every time you walk past it – and soon you’re a fan. Happened to me. Probably would happen to anybody!

  6. Lauren Smith says:

    Love this!! You go girl!! Looks delish..all of it!! I want to make the time for things like this!!

  7. OMG! This is such a cute idea. Kudos to you for being so creative. That cookie recipe looks absolutely delicious. I make a similar recipe but it is a brownie one. (Blog Hop Blitz)

  8. Another awesome post! The candy corn banners are darling and of course now that I know there is candy corn oreos I will be running to the store! Thank you for sharing on the Blog Hop Blitz! Can’t wait to see what you bring next week.

  9. The candy corn paint looks so good! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers!

  10. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea! I’ve had candy corn decor on my mind lately too~must be in the air.

  11. Kim says:

    Adorable candy corn place mats! I love candy corn. (Who doesn’t?) Your grandson stories are precious, so thank you for sharing his sweetness. Well, I’ll see you later…headed to town to get Rolos, for some reason…
    🙂 Kim

  12. MariaElena says:

    Love your place mats! How original! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  13. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh I love this idea. The candy corn placemats are fabulous. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  14. Love the candy corn mats. What a cute idea!

  15. WOW! What a post. A great tutorial, a fun holiday mat and a delicious recipe! LOVE it all. You are one creative gal!!! Thanks for sharing your fun candy corn mats at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  16. BruCrew Life says:

    I am loving those candy corn mats!! Absolutely adorable!!

  17. How smart are you figuring out how to paint it like that!

  18. I’m glad you figured this out, because I never would have.

    Such a cute banner — and such a feat of mathematics, measuring and crafting. (And painting the bricks TOTALLY sounds like something I would do.)

    Great job.

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