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Gumdrop Oatmeal Cookies

Gumdrop cookies are a favorite of mine. I haven't baked them in years and suddenly had a yearning for them. A great addition to a cookie platter. It was difficult finding baking gums, one store was still waiting on their order, another didn't carry them but finally I found a store that had them. You can use gumdrops but they are larger and will need to be cut up into smaller pieces.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cups baking gums 
  • Extra baking gums (optional)
  1. Cream butter and sugars until creamy. Add egg, water, and vanilla. Mix well.
  2. Add dry ingredients and stir until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup baking gums.
  3. Roll into 1" balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly and place another baking gum on each cookie if you wish.
  4. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 10 to 12 minutes just until edges start to look golden.
  5. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen


  1. Those gum drops almost look like candied cherries that my mom had me cut in half and place "just so" on the top of meringue coolies.... so pretty white with red and green.

  2. Isn't it something how a recipe from the past will suddenly pop into our minds? :) I think my grandmother or one of my aunts used to make these.

  3. These look delicious! Thank you for sharing this tried and true cookie recipe!


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