Friday, December 10, 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Gum Drop Cookies

As a kid, my mom's gumdrop cookies were one of my favorites.  These days, I limit my candy intake to dark chocolate, but these cookies will go over big with children and adults who really dig gumdrops.

Gum Drop Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda disssolved in cold water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups oatmeal    quick cooking is best
1 cup coconut
1 cup nutmeats, chopped
1 cup spiced gum drops, cut fine 

Cream butter and sugar well.  Add eggs, vanilla,  baking powder, salt, flour and dissolved baking soda (with water) to creamed mixture.
Add oatmeal, coconut, gum drops and nuts.  Mix by hand.  Shape into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake in moderate over (375 degrees F.) for about 12 minutes.  Do not  overbake.

My mother in the 1920's- her girlhood

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