Gumdrop Cookies

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

These old-fashioned Gumdrop Cookies are chewy bar cookies packed with colorful gumdrops and topped with an orange frosting that may remind you of the frosting that you enjoy on orange rolls.

Yield: about 4 dozen
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup assorted miniature, colored gumdrops, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Preparation

  1. Combine brown sugar and egg yolks in a large mixing bowl; beat until well blended. Sift together flour, salt, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Gradually add two-thirds of flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir well after each addition. Add chopped gumdrops and pecans to remaining flour mixture; stir to coat well, and set aside.
  2. Beat egg whites (at room temperature) in a small mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter alternately with reserved gumdrop mixture.
  3. Spread mixture evenly in a greased 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Set aside to cool in pan.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat until well blended. Spread evenly over cookies in pan. Allow glaze to set before cutting into 3- x 1-inch bars.
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