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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies



It’s been a long time since Sue let us come visit with you! We’re the Hexie Turtles.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - the Hexie Turtle introduce themselves

I’m Lexie. Sue made me first, so that makes me the oldest.

Lanie’s the next oldest. She’s my BFF!

Rexie is the youngest. He’s my other BFF.

Since I’m the oldest, I get to be the one to tell you about all our adventures.

We love helping Sue bake!

For Valentines’ Day we helped her make Linzer Cookies and last Christmas we made Spiced Shortbread.

This week, we made Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies and we’re going to show you how to make some too!


First you’re going to need the following ingredients:

  • 3 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c butter
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c leftover whole berry cranberry sauce (Sue’s recipe is sooo good!)

Here’s a bowl of that leftover cranberry sauce:

Bowl of Leftover Cranberry Sauce



Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Put all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce - dry ingredients in a bowl

See that pink stuff? That’s Himilayan Pink Sea Salt but you can use plain old table salt if you want.

I helped stir it all together with a really big whisk.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Lexie helping to stir dry ingredients

Sue says this makes sure that the spices, baking powder and baking soda end up in all the cookie dough, not just parts of it.

Oops!! My hat fell off!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Lexies hat fell off

Our hats are always falling off. Sue keeps saying she’s going to add little elastics so they stay on but she’s been really busy and hasn’t gotten around to it.

We’re not allowed to do this part because we’re too little.

Put the butter in a large bowl and use a mixer to cream the butter until it’s well… creamy. 🙂

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - 2 sticks of butter in a large bowl

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Cream Butter until fluffy

Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Add sugar to creamed butter

Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.

Dave, Sue’s husband, said that Sue was mean because she was beating the butter and the eggs.

Sue just groaned and rolled her eyes. I’m not sure why… Lanie, Rexie and I thought it was pretty funny. We started giggling.

That made Sue smile and then she laughed too!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Add one egg at a time

Lanie got to help stir in the cranberry sauce.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Lanie helps to stir in the cranberry sauce

See what a good job she did!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - dough with cranberry sauce added
Next, add the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time. Beat until it’s all mixed together and there are no dry places left.

Drop spoonfuls of dough 2″ apart on baking sheets lined with a Silpat (or parchment paper.)

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Drop by spoonfuls on lined baking sheet

Rexie said, “Hey, when’s my turn to help?”

Rexie was right, he hadn’t had a turn yet so Sue helped him hold the spoon to scoop the dough onto the baking sheets.

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Rexie helps to scoop dough

Then Sue put the cookies in the oven and let them bake for 15 minutes.

She said to make sure to tell you that each oven is different and they can take anywhere from 15 to 18 minutes to bake. Once they are lightly golden brown around the edges.. they’re done!

We got 40 cookies out of this batch. But you might get a few more or a few less, depending on how big of scoops you make with the spoons. We used regular teaspoons from the fork and knife drawer.

We had to wait for the cookies to cool completely before we could put them in the cookie tins to freeze them.

13. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - waiting for the cookies to cool

All year long, Sue checks for pretty tins at thrift stores to use to give gifts in at Christmas. She washes them in really hot water to make sure they are extra clean.

She freezes the cookies in the tins ahead of time and then when it’s time to drop off a gift, she takes one of the tins out of the freezer and ties a ribbon around it with a big bow.

We got to help fill the tins!

Hexie Turtles Help Wrap Up the Cranberry Cookies

Sue also likes to put lots of cookies on a plate and wrap them in cellophone.

Leftover Cranberries Sauce Drop Cookies - wrapped in snowman cellophane

Aren’t those snowmen cute!!

And if Sue’s in a cookie exchange, she’ll take a big piece of clear cellophane and put a paper doily wrong side up on it. Then she stacks four or five cookies in the middle:

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - Stake the cookies in center of paper doily

Then she gathers it all up and ties it with a string.

We tried to help Sue tie the strings but our little flippers got all tangled up!

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - cookie exchange package

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies - cookie exchange package

For cookie exchanges, she also likes to attach a recipe card.


This Hexie Turtle story is © 2016 Susan Flemming  All Rights Reserved.

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If you make this recipe and post about it on social media, I’ll bet Sue would love to have you tag her. She’s @supermomnocape on Instagram and @1SuperMomNoCape on Facebook and 1SuperMomNoCape on Twitter. And I know she’d also love to have you follow her!

Did you like reading about our baking adventure? Then you might like to read some of our other adventures:

The Hexie Turtle Christmas Adventure in Maui (2017)

A Hexie Turtle Christmas Eve – A Visit from Holly (2016)

The Hexie Turtles’ Snow Adventure

The Hexie Turtle’s First Cookie Baking Adventure

Teeny, Tiny Turtle Quilts

The Hexie Turtles’ Christmas Eve (2015)

A Hexie Turtle Valentine




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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Drop Cookies on a plate with tea cup and packages ready to give






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  • Yolanda Sanchez
    December 21, 2020 12:07 am

    Best ever and so easy!! I’m going to try the recipe in a cookie press, wish me luck.

  • Elizabeth
    November 24, 2020 1:08 pm

    Aloha! I had an early Thanksgiving and had left over cranberry sauce, so I decided your recipe sounded delicious. I loved these cookies…they are so fluffy and tasted just like muffin tops, which are, in my opinion, the best part of the muffin! Thank you for a delicious recipe!!!

  • Carol
    December 29, 2019 6:22 am

    Just come to this in searching how I can use up my cranberry sauce and it sounds great! Being in the UK, I’m not used to US measurements – could you tell me if it really is a cup of butter (8oz, I think), as it seems quite a lot for a batch of biscuits?! Thanks.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 29, 2019 5:19 pm

      Yes, the 1 cup of butter measurement is correct. That translates to 225 g of butter if you’re using a scale.

      Hope that helps.

  • Sarah
    November 14, 2016 1:25 pm

    These sound so good! And I just happened to make a cranberry sauce for the Handmade Holidays hop… How convenient 😉

  • MA
    November 11, 2016 6:22 pm

    I do hope your little helpers got to taste test those cookies. I’m sure they were sneaking little nibbles on the cookie dough when you weren’t looking!

  • Sue LD
    November 11, 2016 4:43 pm

    Great cookie recipe for after Thanksgiving.

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    November 11, 2016 7:25 am

    They look delicious Sue!

  • Rachel
    November 10, 2016 11:36 am

    It certainly sounds yummy!

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