Yep. That’s right. There is ketchup in these cookies.

And gumdrops. We can’t forget about that.


When I saw this recipe in a Betty Crocker pamphlet from the 1960’s, I immediately put it on my to-make list. For some reason, I am a total sucker for recipes that randomly throw in tomato products.

Gumdrop Jumbos

Author: Betty Crocker
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups mini gumdrops (I used only 2 cups)
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla and catup thoroughly.
  3. Stir in flour, soda and salt. Fold in gumdrops.
  4. Drop dough by can 1/4 cupfuls 2 inches apart on greased and floured baking sheet (or you can line with parchment paper).
  5. Bake 15-17 mins or until golden brown. Makes 1 1/2 to 2 doz cookies.


Do I even have to tell you that I shivered a little bit when I added the ketchup to this dough? Well, I did. And, because this is the season of giving, I took a picture the ketchup in the bowl so I could share the shivers with you.


See? Spine-tingling!

Also, it made the dough smell HORRIBLE. Also, they smelled awful baking.


But they came out okay in the end. The horrible smell left, and the cookies turned out very soft and puffy. They actually looked sort of good.


Note: Tom did NOT know ahead of time what the “secret ingredient” was.


“What the…is there something weird in here?”

“Do they taste bad?”

“No, they just taste…odd.”

“It’s ketchup.”





“Huh. Well, they aren’t bad, actually.”


“Really. They are kind of fun.”

The Verdict: Fun!

From the Tasting Notes:

These cookies ended up not being disgusting, but actually kind of fun. They didn’t taste bad, sort of bland really, but they were soft and thick. The gumdrops were a fun addition. If I was going to make these again I would add some cinnamon.  If the thought of putting ketchup in your cookie totally freaks you out, you could omit the ketchup completely and just add more cinnamon.