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Gumdrop Cookies

Post  justmecookin on Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:48 am

Gumdrop Cookies

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped fruit-flavored or spiced gumdrops
2 egg whites

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in gumdrops.

In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into dough.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 3-1/2 dozen.

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