Gumdrop Cookies with Oatmeal and Coconut- GF Or Not!

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This recipe for Gumdrop Cookies was originally from my Mom.  The only change that I made to it was to reduce the sugar by 1/4 of a cup and to convert it to gluten free by substituting my gluten free flour mix in place of regular white flour.  I also added 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum to my gluten free version because the cookies were just too crumbly without it.

I never add xanthan gum to my recipes unless I really feel it is needed.  Most of the time recipes are just fine without it.  I have read that many people are not tolerant of xanthan gum so that is another reason that I don’t use it much.

I also added the multicolored sugar sprinkles on the top and I love how the cookies look with that added color on top- so much more festive!

These Gumdrop Cookies are addictive- when you eat one you will want more! 

I am so excited because Frank just got me a little oven for the garage so I can continue to bake in the hot weather and not heat up the house!

It is a Cuisinart convection toaster oven.  It even broils, but I don’t think I will use it for that.  We wanted it so I could continue playing with my baking recipes and make meatloaf and stuffed mushrooms, etc.

We got it at Costco for $99.99 and that is such a great deal!  They carry it in their stores so there is no delivery charge.  The regular retail price for the all stainless version (this one is black and stainless) is $179.99.

Frank researched all of the large size toaster ovens and had it narrowed down to Cuisinart and Oster because they had the features that I wanted (big interior and plenty of power) and had the best reviews online.  Costco also carried one of the Oster brand toaster ovens and it was nice, but not quite as well made.  The price was about $20 less than the Cuisinart I think, so it was a pretty easy decision once we saw them in person.

My new little oven holds 2 meatloaf pans and also fits most of my ceramic baking dishes.  It only holds one of my mini muffin pans or a regular size 6 muffin pan.  I just researched for any other configuration of a regular size muffin pan that makes 12 muffins- nope, it doesn’t seem to exist!

I ordered one more drip tray from Cuisinart.  It’s the bottom of their broiler pan and is the exact size of the inside of the oven- 12″x 12″.  I am going to use it to bake cookies and I wanted to have a second one so I didn’t have to wait for the first tray to cool to bake the second pan of cookies.  It should bake 9 good sized cookies at a time.

The only thing that I need to decide when baking muffins is whether to bake 3 batches with the mini muffin pans or 2 batches of  pans of the 6 regular size.  I can go either way with the quantity that a normal muffin recipe yields.

In case you are wondering, Cuisinart didn’t give me a thing for this post- I am just sharing the results of our research with you! 

It does seem like more and more people are buying these ovens to use for regular baking because they are so much more economic to use.  This oven actually came up to a 375 degree temp in about 5 minutes and it was accurate because I had my oven thermometer in there.  I haven’t baked in it yet, but from what I’ve read it will bake things more quickly than a traditional oven so I will need to watch closely.  You guys will be the first to hear about my baking results because it is already too hot here in AZ to use my regular oven!

I shared this recipe with Sweets for A Saturday at Sweet As Sugar Cookies, The Hearth and Soul Hop at 21st Century Housewife, Gluten Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Homemaker





7 Responses to Gumdrop Cookies with Oatmeal and Coconut- GF Or Not!
  1. Jan
    April 27, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    Hi, Sis! I remember having these at Christmas time when we were young. They were quite sweet, so I think I’ll try your version using less sugar–good idea!

  2. Andrea
    April 27, 2012 | 9:15 pm

    Hi Jan! I think next time I make them I am going to try using coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar and stevia for the white sugar. I am just getting ready to experiment with the stevia- haven’t tried it yet!

  3. Elsa
    May 2, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    What a lovely GF cookie! I have been wanting to try more GF recipes for a while, so I look forward to trying this one out. Thanks so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul. :)

  4. Andrea
    May 2, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Thank you so much Elsa! Please let me know if you try these cookies!

  5. April
    May 3, 2012 | 8:39 am

    It’s lovely how you have adapted this family recipe to make it gluten free. Your gumdrop cookies look like such a treat! I’m glad you got your toaster oven. The model you bought looks wonderful.

  6. Andrea
    May 3, 2012 | 11:56 am

    Thank you April! The Gumdrop Cookies are way too good! The toaster oven is amazing and will save lots of money on electricity too I’m sure.

  7. Linda Ferris
    November 7, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    I have the same small oven and I do not know how I lived without it before I got it. It has performed exactly as I expected or hoped that it would. I will never be without one, henceforth. The feature that I like is that it cuts off when the time is up — no more burned food.

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