It’s not super-Christmassy here – no snow and no promise of a white Christmas. Which is unusual for Ottawa.
But, I did something this morning that really helped make it feel more like Christmas. I baked gumdrop cookies.
For our family, this is the true measure of the season. We always make gumdrop cookies at Christmas, and we only make gumdrop cookies at Christmas.
They’re delicious and they’re pretty. Delicious + pretty = festive.
Here’s – as my gift to you – is the recipe:
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 3/4 cup flour
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp each baking soda and salt
– 3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
– 1/2 cup flaked coconut
– 1/2 cup gumdrops, cut in small pieces (or more than half-a-cup if you’re feeling generous!)
Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Add oats, coconut, and gumdrops.
Form into balls which will be lumpy due to the gumdrops!
Bake at 375 degrees, about 10 – 12 minutes (or, basically, bake the way cookies bake best for you, in your oven).
Makes about three dozen (depending on cookie size).
These are great for sharing, giving away, and eating! Maybe not for those with loose teeth, though … 🙂