These fun and tasty gumdrop cookies will delight kids of all ages with each bite of colorful fruit-flavored candies packed in a tender sugar cookie! They're are also incredibly easy-to-make cookies with no chilling required before popping them in the oven to bake!
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer cream together the butter (or butter and shortening blend) with granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg and almond extract until well combined, then mix in the baking soda and salt.
¾ cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 large egg, ½ teaspoon almond extract, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt
Gradually mix in the flour until the dough is smooth, then fold in the chopped gumdrops until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup gumdrops
Drop the cookies onto your prepared baking sheet in tablespoon portions, leaving 2-inches of spacing between the cookies.
Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10-14 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are just beginning to turn a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Store gumdrop cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
Wrap bundles of the gumdrop cookies in plastic cling film then store in an airtight container or freezer storage bag to freeze for up to 3 months.