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Gumdrops make a "jewel" of a cookie

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Among all the candies around that are the most colorful, it would be gumdrops! This candy has been a movie theater favorite for ages and they are actually a forerunner to the latest entry in gumdrops, the "Gummy Bear". Many people have fond memories of buying gumdrops as a youngster, especially those who remember the "Mom and Pop" stores from years ago.

This holiday season, try a new trick with gumdrops and that's to bake them into a cookie, called "Gumdrop Jewels". This is an oatmeal cookie that contains these colorful gumdrops. This is a drop cookie, meaning that there's no chilling or rolling of the dough in order to create these cookies. The dough is mixed and dropped onto baking sheets, ready to go into the oven right away.

As you may have read in columns that I've done on cookies, I've mentioned that when you cream the butter and sugar, as you do in this recipe, it's not as necessary to cream the mixture as long as you would if you were making a cake. A cake relies on the air that's beaten into butter and sugar to give a high and light cake. While you want your cookies to be on the light side, it's not as necessary to cream the mixture for a special length of time.

These cookies, like most all drop cookies, are dropped on a greased baking sheet. A handy trick to save time on greasing cookie sheets and having to wash them is to use baking parchment. This can be found in most stores where the aluminum foil and plastic wrap is sold. This paper is glazed so that when you line your baking sheets with it and drop the cookies out on it, they are much easier to remove. All you may have to do as far as any cleaning of the cookie sheets is to simply wipe them with a damp paper towel and you're done!

Last year, I shared a recipe for a special Greek cookie that would also be popular at Christmas, and that's for "Karithata". This is a cookie full of butter and nuts and is simply wonderful! To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-greek-pastry-to-make-at-home

Open a box of gumdrops and create a Christmas cookie that has the colorful look of jewels!

GUMDROP JEWELS

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup gumdrops, cut up
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar and cream until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the oats, gumdrops and nuts. Drop by the teaspoon onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5-6 dozen.

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