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Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

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./batch + cooling YIELD:36 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 large egg whites


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into dough.
  • 3. Drop by level tablespoons 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. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional 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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268280
Reviewed 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."

AVanDe User ID: 6941211 89428
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!"

mercuryspill User ID: 3563551 114202
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."

okac User ID: 4704448 45552
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

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

jenndem User ID: 3202916 205294
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."

dollbabe_is User ID: 1228175 114201
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!!!"

mev57 User ID: 2935419 123767
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"This cookie has been a holiday favorite from my childhood! So excited to see it. It's going in "My Recipe Box"! I love that almond extract is used. Yum!"

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 114071
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2008

"Mmmmmmmmm! I have been CRAVING this kind of cookies...definitely going to be making them! :)"

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