Nana’s Gumdrop Cookies

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“Not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!” ~Gingerbread Boy on the movie Shrek

The Christmas baking has begun! Today I made my gumdrop cookies. Spicy, chewy and studded with pretty, jewel-toned gumdrops! A perfect holiday treat.

~Gumdrop Cookies~

(makes about 4 dozen cookies)

2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut

1 and 1/4 cups spice-flavored gumdrops, halved

Position oven rack in the lower third of your oven. Lightly grease your cookie sheets. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of a counter top mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. With mixer on low, blend in the flour mixture. Stir in oatmeal, coconut and gumdrops with a large, heavy spoon. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake 15-17 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely. Store in airtight containers at room temperature.



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  11 comments for “Nana’s Gumdrop Cookies

  1. Kimber Dunn
    December 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Sounds like another yummy recipe!! I love holiday baking. I didn’t always, but I find myself appreciating the efforts and time more the last couple years – and when something I make turns out well (which is only 15% of the time I’m afraid) it makes everything perfect!

  2. admin
    December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    These are yummy, chewy, pretty cookies, and not too hard to make. Enjoy!

  3. December 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    great post! so glad you liked the recipe 🙂

    • Sheila
      December 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      How many dozen cookies for this recipe. Also, have you ever made them as a bar cookie?

  4. admin
    December 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks for the idea Em 🙂

    X and O,

  5. Sheryl Houle
    December 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Making these for a cookie exchange. I am not a coconut fan, so I substituted macadamia nuts….yummy….The only other thing I might do next time is help out the spice drops even more by adding a little nutmeg and cinnamon.

  6. admin
    December 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I’m going to try your version next time! I love the idea of adding extra spice!

  7. December 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    These are going to be great to make with leftover candy from our gingerbread house 🙂 I bought a big box of gumdrops(hoping there would be leftovers for me to eat)for the gingerbread house production!
    PERFECT! Totally going to make these with them! Thanks Melissa!

    • Melissa
      December 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      You’re so welcome! Love being part of your weekly recipe party 🙂 xo

  8. November 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Where do you find spice gum drops?

    • Melissa
      November 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I usually just get them in the candy aisle at the grocery store…also called spice drops 🙂

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