Cranberry Molasses Cookies

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I’m so happy that my friend Rachel of Baked by Rachel is blogging here today. Rachel and I met through Twitter and we became fast friends. I once heard a silly quote that said:

Facebook is old friendships leading to conversations. Twitter is conversations leading to new friendships.

Take away the cheesiness of that quote and it really is true. I’m honored to introduce you to one of my newest and dearest friends Rachel. Oh, and she brought some delicious cookies!

Cranberry Molasses Cookies from Baked by Rachel on @KatrinasKitchen

I’m super excited to be joining in on the cookie party today! For those who don’t know me, I’m Rachel of Baked by Rachel, wife and mom to three little ones. In the rare quiet moments, I love experimenting in the kitchen. I have a huge sweet tooth but love whipping up hearty meals as well. I hope you’ll stop by and check out some recipes. I promise, there’s something for everyone!

Since the day Katrina contacted me about joining in on the cookie fun I’ve been debating daily over what to share. I’m seriously indecisive. It’s almost never a good thing, except in this case. These cookies are basically glorified gingerbread cookies, which I love! They have a similar taste but are super soft inside. The sugar coating gives a nice crunch. Plus there’s the always awesome dried cranberries thrown for something special. One of the best parts about these are they’re super easy and quick to make! That means you don’t have to wait forever to start snacking!

Cranberry Molasses Cookies Recipe

Soft, sugar-coated molasses cookies studded with dried cranberries
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 C butter softened
  • 3/4 C sugar plus additional for rolling
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Scrape bowl prior to each new addition and as needed. Add molasses and egg. Mixture may be lumpy, that's okay.
  • Add baking soda, spices and flour. Mix until smooth.
  • Add cranberries and mix by hand with a wooden spoon or firm rubber spatula.
  • Form 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Space cookies 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes.
  • Let cookies rest for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Makes roughly 3 dozen cookies.

PhotobucketClick image to see all of the cookies shared.

I just want to reach in there and grab a few of those to munch! Thanks to Rachel for bringing the cookies today. Also check out some of her other tasty creations: Gingerbread Cheesecake, Snowflake Peppermint Bark, and Buffalo Chicken Wontons.

- Katrina

16 Responses to “Cranberry Molasses Cookies”

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

    These cookies are absolutely lovely sounding!

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    Averie @ LVAY — December 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    these look fabulous…I adore both of your ladies so getting both of you in one post, is a treat 🙂
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    Parsley Sage — December 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Little puffs of awesome! Those look amazing 🙂 Great twitter-cookie collaboration!
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    Rachel — December 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for inviting me to join the party! 🙂
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    kita — December 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Digging how big and chewy these look. Im addicted to dried cranberries (wholesale store sized bag in my fridge at all times just for me!).

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I love the shape of these! (Weird, I know.) I really need to buy some molasses soon so I can get in on the gingerbread-like cookies.
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    Mary — December 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Rachael, your cookies are delicious.Katrina, how lovely you open your blog to friends. This is my first visit to your site, so I've taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
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    Not Rachael Ray — December 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    These look great! I love how round they are 🙂
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    Bake Your Day — December 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I love that cheesy quote…it's totally true. You both are wonderful, and so are these cookies. Perfect for the season!

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    jennifurla — December 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Those look so super good.

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    [email protected] — December 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Love soft chewy cookies – bonus points for them being so easy to put together. That's key for us these days 🙂
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    chefpandita — December 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    These cookie nuggets are so cute 🙂 loving the cookie series, Katrina!
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    KatrinasKitchen — December 14, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I'm glad you're liking the series, Yuri! xoxo

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    Meghan — December 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    These look great! Love the dried cranberries in them! Katrina your site looks fantastic! 🙂
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    Frances — December 18, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I made 3 batches of these today. We are doing a cookie swap at work. I made 2 batches with the cranberries and 1 with 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. I wish I had mixed the 2 together. Yum! Anyway, the cookies came out delicious, very easy to whip together too.

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    Rachel — December 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I'm so glad you enjoyed them! 🙂
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