Holiday Gumdrop Cookies


MAKING these cookies, I feel I'm keeping my mother's Christmas spirit alive. They were her special treat each year at holiday time. These cookies are great for keeping children busy - they can cut up the gumdrops and eat all the black ones (they turn the dough gray). -Letah Chilston, Riverton, Wyoming

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
18 servings


  • 1 ½ cups spiced gumdrops

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Cut gumdrops into small pieces, reserving black ones for another use. Place gumdrops in a bowl. Add walnuts, raisins and 1/4 cup flour; toss to coat. Set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and shortening. Add egg; beat in buttermilk. Combine baking soda, salt and remaining flour; stir into creamed mixture. Add gumdrop mixture and mix well. Chill for 1 hour. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.