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Holiday Gumdrop Cookies Recipe
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Holiday Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

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MAKING these cookies, I feel I'm keeping my mother's Christmas spirit alive. They were her special treat each year at holiday time. These cookies are great for keeping children busy - they can cut up the gumdrops and eat all the black ones (they turn the dough gray). -Letah Chilston, Riverton, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:84 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 84 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups spice gumdrops
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cut gumdrops into small pieces, reserving black ones for another use. Place gumdrops in a bowl. Add walnuts, raisins and 1/4 cup flour; toss to coat. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, cream brown sugar and shortening. Add egg; beat in buttermilk. Combine baking soda, salt and remaining flour; stir into creamed mixture. Add gumdrop mixture and mix well. Chill for 1 hour.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Gumdrop Cookies in Reminisce November/December 1995, p47

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"it's okay but I wouldn't make them again/"

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