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Soft Chewy Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

Soft Chewy Gumdrop Sugar Cookies. Sure to be popular with kids, this cookie favourite gets a new update with the addition of brightly coloured gumdrops.

Close up photo of Gumdrop Sugar Cookies stacked on a wooden cutting board

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies. Soft, Chewy, buttery, delicious!

Originally posted Jan 20, 2016. 

Sugar Cookies, according to Google, are among the most searched cookie recipes online behind good old Chocolate Chip Cookies. On average people search for sugar cookie recipes over 100,000 times a month.

In December that goes up to almost a half million times. There’s no doubt about their popularity on Rock Recipes either and we see the exact same trends for our original Sugar Cookies recipe during the year.

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Gumdrop Sugar Cookies. Soft, Chewy, buttery, delicious!

The recipe does tend to peak around Holiday occasions like Easter and even Valentines Day. A batch of these gumdrop sugar cookies for your sweetheart using only red gumdrops would be quite a tasty gift. 

The bright colours in these cookies make me think of a kid’s birthday party where I’m sure they would be very popular too.


Baking gumdrops in a clear glass bowl with additional gumdrops strewn around it.

Baking gums. Firmer gumdrops made specifically for baking.


I always get questions about the gumdrops for this recipe. Here in Canada, these are carried by Bulk Barn, but I have been told sometimes only seasonally.

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies om parchment paper lined tray

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies. Soft, Chewy, buttery, delicious!

If you can’t find them try cutting up larger gumdrops instead. Very soft gumdrops are not suitable though. Be sure to use the firmest ones you can find. 

If you liked this recipe you may also want to try our irresistible Turtle Fudge recipe.

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Close up photo of Gumdrop Sugar Cookies stacked on a wooden cutting board
Yield: 30 cookies aproximately

Soft Chewy Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

Soft Chewy Gumdrop Sugar Cookies - sure to be popular with kids, this cookie favourite gets a new update with the addition of brightly coloured gumdrops.


  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar for rolling cookies
  • 1 tsp finely minced lemon, lime or orange zest (if making a citrus version)
  • 3/4 cup miniature baking gums


  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and 1½ cups sugar until quite light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. (Add the citrus zest here if using it.)
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms, then fold in the baking gums. You can reserve a few of the baking gums to add to the tops of the cookies before baking of you like. This makes for a more colourful presentation.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for an hour or so, especially if you are working in a hot kitchen.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Roll the dough into about 1 inch balls. Roll the balls into additional sugar before placing them on lightly greased, or preferably parchment paper lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. I like to press them down lightly with the flat bottom of a drinking glass.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes just until the bottom edges begin to turn brown. These should still be quite light in color when baked.
  9. Cool for just a few minutes the pan before transferring the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  10. These freeze very well for weeks in airtight containers.


Prep time does not include an hour for chilling the dough. The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 168Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 21mgSodium 133mgCarbohydrates 26gSugar 16gProtein 1g

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Sunday 12th of December 2021

I made these last year. They were good. If I make them again, I won’t roll them in sugar before baking. They really don’t need it.

Heather Chislett

Friday 24th of September 2021

Good morning,

Sugar cookies Could I substitute Splenda for sugar, if so how much. Thanks

Lynn Parsons

Thursday 9th of December 2021

We never substitute sugar with splenda


Friday 8th of February 2019

I have made these several times over the holidays and they are wonderful. Luckily they do freeze well. The Bulk Barn in PEI only carries the mini gumdrops at Christmas time and not at other times of the year. The Bulk Barn had suggested the small sugar coated "jelly tots" as a replacement, however, then you are charged for buying candy and not a baking ingredient so you pay HST and Provincial sales tax which can up your price from 15% to 20% so beware. Perhaps next year I will buy more mini gumdrops and freeze the mini gumdrops to make cookies throughout the year.

Brenda Adams

Sunday 10th of December 2017

I found this recipe last year, (2016) and these are the very best and easiest I have ever made I had never baked with the tiny baking gumdrops ( so easy, I don't chop them at all. These are super,- now I am busy making this year's batch and found out these are Atlantic Canada's! Good on YOU! :)

Diana J Coady

Thursday 30th of November 2017

If I wanted cookie cutter shapes for these, would I roll the dough out to about 1 inch thickness after removing the chilled dough from the refrigerator? Then proceed on as written

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