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Gumdrop Cookies

Gumdrop Cookies
By Dale Murphy on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5:33pm
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 bowl, cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt;
gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Stir in gumdrops.In a small 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.
Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

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