Friday, October 8, 2010

Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies-Week 2 GUMDROP COOKIES

I didn't hear about this Christmas Cookie group until after I visited a few blogs last Friday and saw "Week #1" posted. I quickly asked to jump on the bandwagon and my request was readily granted:)  Thanks, April! (I just may pass my peanut butter cookies off as Week #1...just substitute red and green m&m's for the Reese's,  and Voila, you've got Christmas cookies! :)
I thought it would be fun to post some gumdrop cookies that I have made once before, but the recipe is in a Christmas book in a box, in the garage, in the rafters, and I didn't feel like going to the trouble to get it down. I may make that recipe for another week.  Though they both involve gumdrops, they are quite different cookies.
I googled "gumdrop cookies" and came up with this recipe from Paula Deen, and figured I couldn't go wrong using one of her recipes. I was right! These are an easy drop cookie and they taste great and have a wonderful texture with the oats.  The gumdrops really soften up after the cookies are baked and add a festive, tasty touch :) I'm looking forward to checking on all the other Christmas cookies! 10 more weeks to go! Get in on the fun and join the bloghop!

Gumdrop Cookies
Paula Deen
  1. 1 1/2 cups gumdrops
  2. 1 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 cups quick-cooking oats


Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using scissors, cut gumdrops into small pieces; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined. Stir in oats and gumdrops.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight containers.
Gumdrop tip:  When cutting up the gumdrops,  the scissors continually get quite sticky which makes them difficult to use.  To alleviate the stickiness I dipped the tips of the sticky scissors into sugar and it really helped. (I had to do a lot of cutting because I had LARGE gumdrops left over from a Halloween treat.)

28 comments:

  1. I have this recipe in one of her magazines, and I have never made them..but thinking I may need to. They looks so festive...but you have reminded me..I have a recipe somewhere for gumdrop bread...I need to find it!

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  2. I am soooo excited you have joined us in this cookie group Sue!!!!! - love your Gum Drop Cookies!!! - VERY frestive and YUM! :-)

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  3. Welcome! These look so colorful - I bet my toddler would love them! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These sound like such a fun cookie. Just the thing to bring out the child in me.

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  5. Oh, these are so fun! LOVE these!!

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  6. How festive. I've never had gumdrops in cookies. But candy and cookies put together can't be a bad thing. So glad you joined this week.

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  7. You are right - they look so festive! And you can't go wrong with Paula Dean! I never would have thought to put gumdrops in cookies. They sound delish!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  8. How pretty those cookies are with all of the different gumdrop colors! I bet the kids love them.

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  9. i've never thought of baking with gumdrops. looking at this I definitely will get to that.

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  10. I love gumdrops - but probably would eat the whole bag of them before any made it into the actual cookie.

    Well, then I would just have to eat the raw cookie dough, wouldn't I?

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  11. What a really fun idea. I would have to make sure they aren't those funky spiced gumdrops. But that would be really fun to use all green and red ones for the holidays.

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  12. Sue your cookies are lovely and they sound yummy. Great presentation and photos. Joni

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  13. These look soooo fun Sue!!! I bet my kids would love to make those, thanks for the great recipe!

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  14. I was wondering what gumdrops were! Thanks for posting the photo! Now I know but I don't know what we call them here and if we would get so many jewel colours! Your cookies look so "Christmassy"!

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  15. What fun cookies. I love the simple, buttery, drop cookies. They are instant gratification. These look so cheerful and delicious.

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  16. So cute! They definitely look like Christmas.

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  17. Cool cookies, really vibrant. I love the colored Gumdrops.

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  18. Molto simpatici i tuoi biscotti, pur non essendo una festa italiana, da quando ho una figlia,Halloween mi piace sempre di più. E' una buona occasione per divertirsi in cucina ^_^ e le tue idee sono per me preziosi consigli!
    Bacioni
    Sonia

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  19. So colorful and fun to work with gumdrops.... and the cookies look so delicious too.

    Good luck for the 12 week Christmas cookies... Must be so much fun :-) I might jump in on certain weeks!

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  20. So festive! My kid loves gumdrops so I'm sure he would love these cookies!

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  21. Thanks for sharing this post with us. I absolutely LOVE Christmas and all the baking that comes with it. I can't wait to see all the different recipes :)

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  22. Sounds so fun, wish I had heard of it, think I would have loved to join in. Can't wait to see more of your yummy Christmas cookies to come.

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  23. I listened to Christmas music all of today while I brain stormed ideas for my Christmas collections. Honestly, I was pleased to have an excuse to do so. I love the holidays! Great looking cookies!

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  24. I love gumdrop cookies! I make them every year but I always just use orange gumdrops since they are my favorite :)

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  25. LOL Sue!!! It's October!! OK, so these look adorable. I often wondered how they worked with gooey gumdrops and crumbly cookies. I'll have to put them on my Christmas list.

    Laura

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  26. I've never had a cookie with gum drops. What a yummy, fun idea.

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  27. What a colorful addition o use gumdrops. I would have never thought! Brilliant!

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  28. Just found this recipe through On the Menu Monday at "StoneGable". I'm so glad to see it. My mother used to make these when we were kids, but I never had the recipe. This is a definite keeper!! Thanks!

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