Gumdrop Hermits

Gumdrop Hermits

Soft and spicy, these cookies are great to send to family or friends.

25 min.prep time 1:30total time
4 1/2 dozen cookies
222 Ratings


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups small gumdrops, halved
1 cup chopped walnuts


Heat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

Place brown sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and sour cream. Beat until well mixed. Stir in gumdrops and walnuts.

Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 13 to 18 minutes or until edges are browned..

Recipe Tip

Hermits are old-fashioned New England spice cookies. Here they get extra spice from the cut gumdrops in the batter. Their pleasantly moist texture comes from the brown sugar and sour cream. This makes them good shippers and the gumdrops make an enjoyable, chewy addition. Once tasted, they won't hide away like true hermits for long and are sure to please both children and adults.

Recipe Tip
Cut gumdrops with scissors dipped in cold water.

Recipe Tip
If cookies spread too much during baking, refrigerate dough until firm (1 hour).

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 90

Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 45mg

Carbohydrates: 12g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #12223©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

A great way to use up gum drops leftover from other projects. I found the cookie to be moist and will make them again.
Made these as part of my holiday baking and did not like them. Neither did my husband. They were pretty dry, and the taste is not good. Will not make them again.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
2 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Gumdrop Hermits

Latest Blog

Even the Pickiest Eaters Will Love These Chicken Enchiladas
January 13, 2015 by Mallory

We’re entering a new phase in our life as new parents – the dinnertime meltdown stage (or the “witching hour” as I like to call it). We rush home from daycare, singing “Wheels on the Bus” as many times as it takes to keep him entertained on the 10-minute car ride. It’s the same song and dance when we get home, while his daddy finishes up work and I’m hectically trying to empty the dishwasher, make dinner and keep our little guy from hiding the dog food between the couch cushions. More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window