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Holiday Gumdrop Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


about 7 dozen

These cookies were my mother's special treat. They are perfect for keeping children busy—kids can cut up the gumdrops and eat all the black ones so they don't turn the dough gray. —Letah Chilston, Riverton, Wyoming
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  • 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, room temperature
  • 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; 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 53 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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