Gum Drop Cookies

Are your kids back to school this week? Here's a way to give a after-school 'hug' – with homemade gum drop cookies, just the way like my mom did for my sister and me. They are sweet and chewy with jewel-colored chunks of spicy gum drops.

Gum Drop Cookies, an old-fashioned cookie, sweet & chewy with jewel-colored chunks of spicy gum drops. Recipe, tips, WW points at Kitchen Parade.

The year my sister started kindergarten, my mom wrote here in Kitchen Parade, “It sure is quiet around the house these mornings. Even the dog looks forlorn now that the big orange monster has carried off both her children.”

In her own childhood, Mom and her siblings often arrived home from school to a warm kitchen and fresh cookies. For her, after-school aromas of butter and sugar and spice were a sort of cookie hug that asked, “How was your day?" and made known "I’m glad you’re home!” Even as a working mom, she often baked cookies while waiting for that "big orange monster” school bus to spit us out at the end of the driveway.

With flat, gummy rounds tucked like jewel surprises inside the dough, this old recipe for gum drop cookies will hug your children as they come home from school.

ALANNA's TIPS Cut the gum drops with kitchen shears, easier and faster than a knife. An 11-ounce bag of gum drops is enough for three batches and these cookies do freeze well if you want to make a double or triple batch. Before flattening, dip just the tops of the dough balls in sugar; this way they spread more while baking and the extra sweetness just isn’t necessary.
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Mixing: 20 minutes
Rolling and baking: 30 minutes
Makes about 30 cookies
  • 1/2 cup spicy gumdrops
  • 1/2 cup coconut (unsweetened if possible)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour fluffed to aerate before measuring or 31g
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour, fluffed to aerate before measuring or 95g
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • Additional sugar for dipping

Heat oven to 350F/175C.

GUM DROP MIXTURE Cut gumdrops in thirds into a medium bowl, then add coconut, oatmeal and 1/4 cup flour. Stir well.

MIX WET INGREDIENTS In a large mixing bowl, mix shortening and sugars until soft with an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla; combine well.

ADD DRY INGREDIENTS Add 3/4 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, combine well.

ADD GUMDROP MIXTURE With a spatula, stir gumdrop mixture into dough and combine well.

ROLL & SUGAR Roll dough in one-inch balls. Dip the top of each ball in sugar, then flatten lightly with a fork in X fashion on a baking sheet.

BAKE Bake for 10 minutes, about 15 cookies per sheet.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cookie: 105 Calories; 4g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 16g Carb; 0g Fiber; 52mg Sodium; 7mg Cholesterol; 1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 2.5 & WW PointsPlus 3

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  1. Hi! So excited to find this recipe - I've been trying to track down a similar bar cookie from my childhood and I think this is really close. You mentioned they freeze well, so just wanted to double-check if that means the dough or the actual baked cookies. Thanks!

  2. Kristine ~ It’s been several years since I’ve made these cookies (I’m so glad you reminded me! it’s cookie-baking season, after all!) but I am confident that the dough would freeze well and it’s my memory that the baked cookies freeze well too. Let me know how these go for you!


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