Gumdrop Cookies Recipe
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Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

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These fun cookies are chock-full of chewy gumdrops. I use red and green ones at Christmas, black and orange for Halloween and pastel shades for Easter. I've made this recipe for years and find that kids really get a kick out of the cookies with a candy surprise inside!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped fruit-flavored or spiced gumdrops
  • 2 egg whites

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 87 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 34 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in gumdrops.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into dough.
  3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Gumdrop Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p30

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"These are a soft, chewy cookie that is very pretty on a tray. Be sure to add them to your X-mas cookie rotation!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"These turned out so good! I was a little nervous when I starting trying to fold in the egg whites but they mixed in just fine. I didn't bother chopping the gumdrops."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"Turned out way better than I thought they would - love them!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Made these last night and they are great! I used the Christmas spiced gumdrops. Would like to try it with the regular."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This is a delicious and easy cookie to make. I am excited to add it to my Christmas cookie list. Definately sharing this recipe with friends and family!!!"

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