Kick Off Spring By Making Gumdrop Slices (Gumdrop Recipe)
You’ve heard of gumdrops, right? How about gumdrop slices? Me neither but I’m making them a thing because I wanted to use my spring cookie cutters that a) aren’t small and b) all that I had on hand.
I made these during Virginia’s snow day yesterday and they were perfect because I didn’t need any special ingredients. My favorite recipes are the ones that don’t require some obscure or hard to find ingredient. I’m sure you can relate. 😉
Ingredients + Materials You’ll Need
- 2 cups of sugar + 1/4 cup set aside
- 2 3oz boxes of Jello (flavor of your choice) *I used strawberry and lime
- 1 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (equivalent to approximately 5 teaspoons)
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- cutting board
- cookie cutters (size and style is up to you–I used this spring set and star set –both by Wilton)
- parchment paper
- measuring cup
- 9 x 13 pan
- large saucepan
- wooden spoon
Line the 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.
Add all ingredients to the saucepan (except for the reserved 1/4 cup sugar).
Continually stir over medium heat until it reaches a boil. Allow mixture to boil for one minute then remove from the heat.
Immediately pour into the prepared pan.
Place the pan in the refrigerator and allow to cool and firm for at least four hours. Overnight works best.
Sprinkle half of the 1/4 cup of sugar onto the cutting board.
Remove the gumdrops by lifting the parchment paper. Place them face down onto the sugared cutting board.
Use the cookie cutters to cut out the gumdrop slices (or gumdrops).
Sprinkle the top with the remaining sugar.
Allow the gumdrop slices to dry on a fresh piece of parchment paper (they get a bit juicy while handling).
Once dry, store in a container on the countertop or in the fridge.
Once you use the cookie cutters, you’re left with scrap gumdrops. You can use this scrap to embellish your gumdrop slices. I added antennas to my butterflies and leaves to my tulips. Of course, this is optional but it’s a fun way to get creative.
Aren’t these gumdrop slices cute? These would be fun to make with the kids and they can be adapted to fit any holiday or time of year. Just change-up the color of Jello you use and the shape of cookie cutter.
These gumdrop slices are nice and soft, yet chewy so they don’t get stuck in your teeth. Your dentist will approve. 😉
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