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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.

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

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.

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. 

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

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.

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.

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

Baking gums. Firmer gumdrops made specifically for baking.

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. 

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Gumdrop Sugar Cookies

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Originally posted Jan 20, 2016. Updated November 2017 to include metric option for metric measurements and nutritional information.

Gumdrop Sugar Cookies
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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Friday 8th of January 2021

Hi Barry, made and loved these cookies! I would like to add them to a family cookbook I'm making for daughters for xmas, my covid project( not for sale lol!!). Would you be ok with that? Many thanks.


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


Thursday 30th of November 2017

Baking gums? They look so cute! I have never heard of them in the US. They look different than regular gumdrops. Are they a common thing in Canada? I searched on Amazon to see if I could find some to order online, but I could not find any. Do you have a source where they can be purchased? Thanks so much!

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

I get them at Bulk Barn which is a Canadian Franchise.

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