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Gumdrop Cookies

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! —Carolyn Stromberg, Wever, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 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 large egg whites


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in almond extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in gumdrops.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into dough.
  • Drop by level tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 102 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Mary
    Dec 22, 2020

    Love this. My mom used to make these. As for runniness, add about half a package of coconut. Problem solved

  • Kristen
    Dec 1, 2019

    Way too runny. This is not an easy recipe for a beginning baker. Had to add extra flour and cornstarch and chill the dough. The cookies still spread way too much. I do not recommend this recipe.

  • pdkeu
    Dec 21, 2018

    My husband loved them. Stated he was surprised but the flavors were wonderful!

  • nicki5858
    Sep 26, 2018

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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 23, 2017

    The cookies have a wonderful flavor. During the Christmas season I use the red and green gumdrops. These bake up so nice.

  • Lilleniit
    Jan 20, 2013

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  • AVanDe
    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!

  • mercuryspill
    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.

  • wendymac
    Dec 3, 2010

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  • okac
    Dec 27, 2009

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