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Staff Highlight: Bill Spiegel, HPJ Editor

October 25, 2017

Staff Highlight

Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring favorite recipes of our High Plains Journal staff and the loving memories behind why these recipes are special.


Bill Spiegel, Editor

When I was a kid, our neighbor Louise made these cookies. She and her husband, Howard, did not have children. So, when my four sisters and I visited Howard and Louise, she let us dip our hand in the cookie jar. I loved these cookies, enough that Louise once brought a dozen to me when I was a bachelor living on the farm! Louise passed away before she could share this beloved recipe with me.

            Fast forward 20 years, and I found this recipe in a King Arthur Flour recipe book. It has since become a favorite with my own young boys, and a great way for me to continue the legacy of my dear neighbor and friend Louise!


Gumdrop Cookies

Easily swap out gumdrops for orange slices. Other additions to change the flavor include adding a cup of sweetened coconut or 1 cup chopped pecans.


1 c. unsalted butter

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. rolled oats

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. gumdrops, sliced


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper liners or lightly spray with cooking spray.

2. In a large mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, salt and vanilla and continue to mix until combined.

3. Stir in the oatmeal.

4. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in the gumdrops.

5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, stirring to combine.

6. Drop by the spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet. Top with a few decorative pieces of gumdrop. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.


Bill’s Notes: Cut the gumdrops with a pair of clean kitchen shears. Be generous with the gumdrops so as to not disappoint by serving a cookie with just one tiny bit of gumdrop. Also, buy an extra bag of gumdrops if it will be awhile before you make them. Sometimes, one bag has a way of disappearing, particularly if you have young children or a spouse with a sweet tooth!




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