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Leftover Dressing and Cranberry Cookies

Updated on December 12, 2013
Leftover Dressing and Cranberry Cookies
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With all of the recipes for leftover Thanksgiving dishes out there, I was challenged to offer you something unique that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

Although you might be a little hesitant to try this one out, I can promise you that it was amazing.

So you love turkey and you love dressing, right? Tell me honestly that you don’t ever take a little of both on your fork before taking your bite. The same goes for your dressing and your cranberry sauce.

In fact, I think it’s one of those unspoken but mandatory eating requirements to eat a bite of cranberry sauce with every bite of anything else on your holiday plate.

When you think about it, Thanksgiving dressing isn’t typically really strong flavored.

It’s really basically bread, celery and onions, which are light flavors that work well with the other flavors on your Thanksgiving plate, but lend a little bit of their own uniqueness.

Some dressings even include cranberries, nuts, apples, and/or raisins, all of which would be amazing in a cookie. And with the bread filling, your cookies already have a base.

Let’s get creative and think about Thanksgiving leftovers a little bit differently this year.

Branch out, try a few new things, and experiment with your food. You have plenty of it leftover in the fridge don’t you?

I know you’ll really enjoy these cookies if you give them a chance!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes about 15 cookies
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Mix all ingredients together (Feel free to get creative)
Mix all ingredients together (Feel free to get creative) | Source
Bake and enjoy!
Bake and enjoy! | Source


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups leftover dressing, (See my recipe for cornbread dressing.)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped leftover cranberries, (or leftover cranberry sauce)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare a couple of cookie sheets by lining them with aluminum foil and spraying them generously with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream your butter and sugar together. You will want to mix until you achieve a consistent creamy coloring and a smooth texture.
  3. Add your brown sugar to this mixture and cream all three together. Texture will not end up completely smooth, but instead will be semi-grainy.
  4. In a separate small bowl, beat your two eggs together.
  5. Add your vanilla extract to your egg mixture and mix well.
  6. Now pour your egg and vanilla into your butter and sugar mixture and stir until well blended.
  7. In another medium bowl, add your 2 cups of dressing. I used my cornbread dressing. We had tons left over.
  8. Add in your 1 3/4 cup of flour to dry everything out a bit and make it appropriate for cookies.
  9. Finally, toss in your baking powder and cinnamon and mix well.
  10. Chop and fold in your cranberries until they are evenly distributed throughout your mixture.
  11. Drop your cookie dough by the tablespoonful onto your prepared cookie sheets.
  12. Bake for exactly 10 minutes, removing before they turn brown.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories 230
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 41 g14%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 135 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Personal Review

I would personally use the dressing as is in this recipe and enjoy all of the different flavors that your dressing has to offer in your cookies.

I can understand if certain parts of your stuffing just simply don’t sound appealing in your cookies and you wish to remove them, like the celery and onion for instance.

At least give it a shot with everything included before you make a decision like this though.

If you’d prefer to use leftover cranberry sauce, whether jelly or whole berries, to chopped fresh cranberries, go for it!

I would substitute 2 tablespoons of jelly or 4 tablespoons of whole berry sauce to one egg in your recipe though.

You don’t want too much liquid in your cookies or they won’t come together like they’re supposed to, and you don’t want to completely do away with your eggs or everything won’t stick together.

If you feel a little creative, toss some chopped nuts into your cookie dough, some chocolate chips, or even some white chocolate chips (like you see in the example above). This will really help to make this recipe your own.

For more creative Thanksgiving leftover ideas, check out my recipes for Incredible Leftover Turkey Chili, Delicious Leftover Turkey Enchiladas, Crispy Leftover Turkey Alfredo Pizza, Juicy Leftover Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf, Scrumptious Leftover Cranberry Bread, Sweet Leftover Cranberry Barbeque Sauce, Leftover Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato Pancakes, and Leftover Pumpkin Pie/Apple Pie Milkshakes.

Enjoy your cookies!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Great! Both of you will have to let me know how they turn out for you. And if you're already out of Thanksgiving leftovers, we've got another great holiday coming up soon!

      Thanks for the great comments! :)

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Cool idea--I can't wait to try this recipe!!

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      Amie Butchko 4 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Hi there! What a creative hub! I must have to agree - I think it is going to taste great and never would have thought at all to do a cookie with my leftovers!!! Gonna try it for sure!!!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thank you both!! I was hesitant at first as well, but I actually loved them. You'll have to let me know how they turn out for you! Good luck!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What an inventive and delicious way to make use of Thanksgiving leftovers.

      Simply brilliant. I am impressed. Merry Christmas. :) Sharing

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am willing to try most any recipe once. Sounds truly unique. Shared and pinned!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      lol Thanks! I thought so. You wouldn't think they would work, but they do!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool idea.