Happy Friday, everyone!
Can you believe Christmas is in seven days? What? On Sunday, I’ll be doing my huge baking day. I will be making my oreo balls, oatmeal cream pies, gumdrop cookies, gingerbread bars, sugar cookies, granola, and cinnamon rolls! Why so many sweets? Well, I’m making Christmas dessert boxes this year for neighbors and friends. It’ll have a little smorgasbord or my favorites. I was inspired to do this after watching the NYT cooking videos. I’m telling you, it’s so addicting.
Last night, I decided to make my favorite Christmas cookie, my Grandpa’s Gumdrop Cookies! This is a family tradition and a big favorite in our house. Like many recipes, they start to change over time. After making many oatmeal cookies the past few years, I’ve learned to change a few ingredients around to make them softer, chewier, and just all-around better. I made a slight change in the recipe last night, and it made a world of difference to these cookies! If you thought you loved them, wait until you try the new and improved recipe for my Grandpa’s Gumdrop cookies! I don’t think my grandpa would mind too much about making a few small changes.
Since it’s Vlogmas, I recorded this entire cookie baking session, and that’ll be live as soon as I finish up with this blog post! I’ve enjoyed doing all the cooking videos with you guys this month.
It instantly feels like Christmas whenever I make grandpa’s gumdrop cookies. My mom always made these for us when we were little, and I remember picking around the purple gumdrops. They tasted like black licorice. I like them now, but I still leave them out because of the memory of always picking them out. Eventually, my mom stopped making the cookies with the purple gumdrops! See, this is why recipes evolve. You have little picky children refusing to eat the purple gumdrops!
The recipe makes 42 mini cookies, or you could make 21 double the size of jumbo cookies. I think I’m going to try that on Sunday! I’ll let you know how that works out. These gumdrop cookies are tasty in the morning with coffee or perfect at night with a glass of eggnog.
I made small changes to the original recipe! I cut back on the brown sugar, added cane sugar, and use regular unsalted butter this time.
You can absolutely make some swaps with regular flour, vegan butter, and you can even use an egg substitute!
Grandpa's Gumdrop Cookies
Chewy oatmeal gumdrop cookies that have become a Christmas cookie tradition.
- 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour Gluten-Free Flour Swap
- 3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 1/2 Tsps Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter softened
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar packed
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tsps Vanilla
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3 Cups Gumdrops Sliced in half
Preheat oven to 350-degrees
In a large bowl, sift together: flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Slowly mix in the vanilla and egg.
Keep the mixer on low speed and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Increase the speed gradually until combined.
Fold in the halved gumdrops.
I always keep the purple gumdrops out because not everyone likes the taste of black licorice.
Add heaping tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto a baking sheet. Keep the cookies about one and a half inches apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes. They'll be lightly brown around the edges and soft in the center. They'll continue to cook once you take them out of the oven.
I cannot wait for you to try these gumdrop cookies! They are so pretty and tasty and deserve a chance to become a holiday cookie tradition in your home! ♥️ If you’re looking for another great recipe to make this December, try out my latest gingerbread bars! They are a hit right now!
Questions for you!
- What is a family recipe that has been a holiday tradition in your home?
- Are you doing gifts this year?
- Have you ever tried the gumdrop cookies?