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Gumdrop Loaves



  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 2 eggs, well-beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups flour, sifted before measuring
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 2 pounds bright colored gumdrops, cut fine*

* Do not use black gumdrops.


  1. Cream butter and brown sugar.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients in the order listed.
  3. Bake in buttered loaf pans 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 350 degrees F.

Makes 2 loaves or more depending on size of pans used.

Hint: Cut the gumdrops with kitchen shears, dipping them in a glass of hot water when they get too sticky. Toss cut gumdrops and raisins with a small amount of the flour from the recipe. This coats them with a small amount of flour so that they do not clump together.

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