DATE: 4:44:00 PM
I have never considered myself a cook, baker, sous-chef or anything related to the culinary arts—I barely get by (and thank God for microwaves!).
Last Friday my office hosted a cookie exchange where each employee brought one or two dozen cookies to eat and share. Not wanting to flake out and show up with store-bought ginger snaps, or worse - buy Costco cookies and put them on a plate thus decieving my co-workers, I decided to try my hand at baking.
Reaching deep into the family recipe archives (well, after a few frantic calls and emails to family members) I came up with my Grandmother's Gumdrop Cookie recipe.
Grandma’s Gumdrop Cookies
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
2 Tbl Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
2 Cups Oatmeal
1 Cup Coconut (optional, but recommended)
1 Cup Chopped Gumdrops (not Spice Drops - get the fruity ones)
1 Cup chopped Nuts (optional)
Cream sugar and butter, add eggs and vanilla and beat well
Mix flour, salt, soda and baking powder in a separate bowl and then stir into creamed mixture
Add Oats, Coconut, Nuts, and Gumdrops
Roll into balls about the size of a small walnut and press flat with fork
Bake on lightly greased baking sheet for about 10-14 minutes at 350 degrees
Makes about 70 cookies.
My boss gave me the best compliment, "Wow Marie, you're Grandma sure knew what she was doing!"