Oatmeal Spice Drop Cookies

These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, with the recipe card now littered with notes from slight changes made over the years. While it may seem odd to put gummy candy in a cookie, they are a great seasonal twist on the classic oatmeal cookie – just make sure you use spice drops, not fruity gum drops, to get the right flavor. – Meghan

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Oatmeal Spice Drop Cookies

  • Author: Meghan
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time: 13 min
  • Total Time: 53 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x

Description

These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, with the recipe card now littered with notes from slight changes made over the years. While it may seem odd to put gummy candy in a cookie, they are a great seasonal twist on the classic oatmeal cookie – just make sure you use spice drops, not fruity gum drops, to get the right flavor.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups spice drops, cut in half (~12 ounce package)

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, mix the butter and both sugars until combined
  2. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, then the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats)
  3. Stir in the spice drops using a spoon, then cover and chill the dough in the fridge overnight
  4. Preheat oven to 350* (convection bake at 350* is ideal)
  5. Space small scoops of dough – about 2 tablespoons each – a couple inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets
  6. Bake for 10-13 min

Notes

Unlike fruity gumdrops, spice drops include flavors like peppermint, anise, and cinnamon. They are a more seasonal item, but I’ve had good luck tracking them down in the candy aisle at drug stores in California.