I make a lot of cookies during the holiday season. When I was asked to review and giveaway Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies: Sweeten Your Year with a New Cookie Every Day, I couldn’t resist! I knew I would find some new cookie recipes to try this Christmas. As I thumbed through the “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” section of the book I came across the Holiday Gumdrop Cookies recipe and knew that was the one I was making for Thanksgiving.
My daddy, who passed away 2 years ago at Thanksgiving time, loved spice drops. He and I would eat them throughout the holiday season. He was also known for hiding a package under the front seat of his car so he could snack on them whenever he wanted! Our mutual love for spice drops was my reason for choosing this recipe. What I didn’t know when I chose this recipe was how hard it was going to be to find spice drops this year. We looked in 2 Walmarts, Publix, CVS, Dollar Tree, and Big Lots and couldn’t find spice drops anywhere. Finally Ron texted a friend who is a supplier for grocery stores and asked him if he had seen any in his travels. He said Detweiller’s Farm Market had some, so we went there to score the spice drops so we could make the Holiday Gumdrop Cookies in time for Thanksgiving.
About Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies
When it comes to smile-fetching sweets you can’t go wrong with cookies! From soft and chewy to crisp and crunchy, the buttery sensations always get thumb-up approval. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth all year with this brand-new, fun-loving collection, Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies! Featuring hundreds of full-color photos, this must-see edition offers after-school snacks, coffee-break bites, classroom treats, bake-sale favorites and holiday delights that are perfect throughout the year. You’ll even find cookies that celebrate days such as National Potato Chip Day (March 14), Jelly Bean Day (April 22) and National French Toast Day (November 28). Best of all, a Christmas- Cookies Bonus Section makes this cookbook a home baker’s dream come true!
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar divided
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped fruit-flavored or spiced gumdrops
- 2 large egg whites
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in gumdrops.
- In a small bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form, Fold into dough.
- Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
I wrote the instructions exactly as they are in the cookbook. I, however, would have written them differently.
In step 1 you need 2 bowls, one for the shortening and sugar, and one for the dry ingredients.
In step 2 you use a 3rd bowl in which you whip the eggs and sugar. Make sure this 3rd bowl is clean and dry.
If you've never made soft peaks or stiff peaks with egg yolks, so what I did...Google search for videos before doing it on your own. My first attempt was a disaster.
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