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Christmas Gumdrop Cookies to Honor Bake Cookies Day

These festive gumdrop cookies are easy to make and very tasty. They would make a lovely addition to your annual cookie exchange.

December 18 is celebrated each year as Bake Cookies Day. We’ll be honoring the day with these tasty cookies using the colors of Christmas gumdrops.

The best thing about Bake Cookies Day is it’s a great excuse to eat cookies. Any excuse to sample a Christmas cookie sounds like a good excuse to me!

Three festive Christmas gumdrop cookies floating in the air above a pile of gumdrop candies.

One of my favorite candy choices during the holiday season are gumdrops. Let’s use this sweet treat to flavor some Christmas cookies in style.

Don’t forget to leave a plate of cookies out for Santa. If you have kids, make sure to check out our posts with Santa’s address and Santa’s phone number.

Do you enjoy making cookies for the holidays? Why not have a cookie swap? This is a great way to share your favorite recipes and also get some new ones from friends.

Since you’ll be baking for the holidays anyway, it makes a good idea to turn the process into a chance to celebrate with friends. Cookie swaps aren’t just for Christmas.

You can have one for any holiday where you would normally make a lot of cookies, like Halloween or Easter.

Let’s make gumdrop cookies

The cookies are full of flavor with a nice mixture of brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter combined with all purpose flour. Gumdrop candies give the cookies some extra color and texture for the festive season.A pile of red and green gumdrops on a red background.

If you are making these for Christmas, use only the red and green gumdrops.  The other colors are fine for other times of the year.

Yield: Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Colorful red and green gumdrops add a nice look and texture to these Christmas cookies


  • 1/4 cup of butter flavored shortening
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of red and green gumdrops


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 º F.
  2. Beat the shortening and butter at a medium speed with your mixer until softened and well combined.
  3. Add 1/2 of the flour, then the granulated sugar and beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Now add the brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract and baking soda. Beat until well mixed, scraping the sides often.
  5. For the last step, now add the rest of the flour and mix well.
  6. Fold in the gumdrops.
  7. Drop by rounded tsp 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cook on the baking sheet for one minute and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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