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Holiday Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

Holiday Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Cut gumdrops into small pieces; place in a bowl. Add walnuts, raisins and 1/4 cup flour and toss to coat.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat shortening and brown sugar until blended. Beat in egg, then buttermilk. In another bowl, whisk remaining flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into shortening mixture. Stir in gumdrop mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 400°. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 7 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 53 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.