This is my mom's recipe. She made these cookies quite often while I was growing up, and I always loved them! For Christmas, she used spiced or peppermint gumdrops (just avoid the black/licorice ones as they tint the dough an unsightly green color). For the rest of the year, she used regular gumdrops. She made these every year for our birthday parties, to give to our party guests in treat bags as they left. NOTE: Baking time is for each batch (which total baking time can vary depending on how many baking sheets fit in your oven).