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.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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