Gumdrop Cookies

 Welcome to the 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Week here at Echoes of Laughter! This year, my friend Grace from Sense & Simplicity and I are hosting another super fun Christmas Cookie week. Each day this week we will be sharing a yummy cookie or bar recipe with you in hopes of inspiring and motivating you to get some Christmas baking done early!

Today I am sharing a cookie recipe that is loaded with one of our family’s favourite candies…the gumdrop. My mother makes gumdrop cakes every year at Christmas and mails one to us and we love that yummy pound cake loaded with these jelly candies. And although I have left the gumdrop cake making to the expert, I do like this easy drop cookie recipe which comes from my Aunt Zelma. This recipe makes a delicious, chewy cookie with the added fun of gumdrops. The colours make it a wonderful addition to any cookie platter.

 Gumdrop Cookies
{makes approx. 3 dozen cookies}

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup coconut
1-1/2 cups gumdrops, chopped {don’t use black or white ones…they don’t look pretty in a cookie}
1 cup rolled oats
coarse sugar for sprinkling on tops, if desired


1. Preheat over to 375. Spray two cookie sheets lightly with cooking spray

2. In medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, brown sugar and egg.

3. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.

4. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.

5. Stir in gumdrops, coconut and rolled oats.

6. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Press down with a fork. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

7. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around edges.

These cookies freeze well. They also make an awesome cookie to leave for Santa too!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of Christmas Cookie Week! And please be sure to visit my friend Grace over Sense & Simplicity to see what fabulous cookie recipe she is sharing!

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  1. says

    This looks cute and delicious :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table :) I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  2. says

    Oh, I really like this recipe. I have never considered using gum drops in cookies before, but I cannot wait to try it. Is there any chance you'd consider doing a recipe exchange. I would cook one of your recipes and feature it on my site, and you would do likewise. In this way, my readers would find you and vice versa. Let me know what you think.

  3. says

    This is Gumdrop Cookie recipe my Grandma used when I was little. I've been wanting to make it for our grandson for years, but I've been unable to find gumdrops in the US anymore… You can find "spice" drops or large "Christmas" gum drops, but no "regular" gum drops. :( I find this quite odd. I'm glad you can get them where you live! :)

    Happy Holidays!

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