Gumdrop Cookies Recipe

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Gumdrop Cookies Recipe
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  1. 3/4 cup shortening
  2. 1 cup sugar, divided
  3. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  4. 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup chopped fruit-flavored or spiced gumdrops
  8. 2 egg whites
  1. 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.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into dough.
  3. 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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