You’ll love these Vintage Gumdrop Cookies! Go back to a simpler time with a blast from the past with crispy cookies made with coconut, oatmeal with fun bursts of chewy orange gumdrops. There’s just something so delicious about the flavor and slightly crunchy texture of these cookies that will keep your family asking for more. They’re tasty, fun and unique, and not to mention easy so what’s not to love?
Blast from the past!
My aunt originally discovered the recipe for Vintage Gumdrop Cookies in a church cookbook, and they’ve been a tradition in our family since. I frequently asked my mom to bake these cookies for me when I was a little girl….that was back in the 60’s….yes, I’m vintage! Times have changed, but I discovered these cookies are timeless when I made them for my grandkids. They loved them and enjoyed seeing how many chewy gumdrops were tucked inside as a surprise. Be careful though, it became a game, and I think everyone overate!
Vintage Gumdrop Cookies are great to make with kids! Hey, no need for perfection here, just make a tablespoon sized ball of dough, gently flatten each one with a fork dipped in milk and top with an extra chunk or two of a chewy orange gumdrop. Baking my cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet is a must for me, so they come out perfectly browned on the bottom. It’s always fun to nibble on a gumdrop or two while you’re at it. Store them in an airtight container.
Here’s a trick I learned from my grandmother who made the best soft sugar cookies ever…she placed a slice of bread in with her cookies, and oddly enough it keeps the cookies fresh while the bread gets stale! Pure genius!
Let’s go back in time…
Vintage Gumdrop Cookies always make me think of my childhood when the milkman brought bottles of whole milk to the doorstep! Everyone knows that cookies are always better with a cold glass of milk. Make a batch and step back in time with me. Tastes and smells make memories, and if I close my eyes when I’m munching on one of these, I can almost go back to the linoleum flooring and Formica-topped kitchen table of my youth.
You’ll love Vintage Gumdrop Cookies!
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup orange gumdrops (I use orange slice candy) Cut up a few more gumdrops to add to tops of cookies if you wish.
- 2 cups oats
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mix with paddle attachment, beat the shortening on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
- Add the both types of sugar and mix until fluffy.
- Add the eggs and continue to beat on medium speed for another minute or two.
- Add vanilla.
- Mix together flour, oats, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
- On low speed mix in the flour mixture until combined.
- Mix in coconut on low speed.
- Gently add gumdrops being careful not to over mix.
- Use a heaping tablespoon of dough and form into a ball.
- Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Press each cookie gently with a fork dipped in milk.
- As an option you may add additional cut up gumdrops to the top of each cookie.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool a minute and move to a cooling rack.
- Store in tightly sealed container. Here's a hint I learned from my grandmother...place a slice of bread in container with the cookies and they will stay moist longer!
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