Our recipe for Sugared Cranberries is tart, sweet an incredibly flavorful. A festive presentation, and a terrific holiday treat.

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Clearly these Sugared Cranberries are putting me in a festive mood, and that’s a mood I love to be in. They’re red, they’re sparkly and they’re versatile. They look amazing as trimmings on a cookie tray. They’re a dream come true sprinkled on the top of our Cranberry Salad. You can whip up a batch of super yummy Starbucks copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars, and decorate the serving tray with glittery Sugared Cranberries. It is truly the perfect holiday dessert. These little nuggets of joy make an amazing gift, sure to give even the Grinchiest of spirits a lift!

So let’s get to it….

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • They look difficult to make but they’re so easy!
  • They are beautiful as a garnish, snack, gift or decor! 
  • I LOVE everything Sparkly!   

SAVE THIS SUGARED CRANBERRIES

TO YOUR DESSERT BOARD FOR LATER

WE’D LOVE TO BE FRIENDS ON PINTEREST! WE’RE ALWAYS PINNING TASTY RECIPES!

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What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Sugared Cranberries?

To make sugared cranberries, also known as candied cranberries, you’ll need fresh cranberries, granulated sugar, and sparkling sugarThat’s all folks!

And, they’re wonderful when placed on top of Cranberry Jello Salad. Two easy and tasty desserts rolled into one. This is an early holiday gift from me to you!

How Do You Make Sugared Cranberries?

Boil sugar and water together o create a syrup. Place the cranberries in a medium-sized bowl, and cover them with the syrup. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain the syrup from the cranberries. Add the cranberries in small batches to the sugar mix rolling gently. After they’ve dried for a couple of hours, roll them a second time on a fresh baking sheet!

Step By Step How To Make Sugared Cranberries

Step By Step: How To Make Sugared Cranberries

1. Boil water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let it cool.
2. Cover the cranberries with sugar syrup. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
3. Drain cranberries through a colander.
4. Add sparkling sugar to a flat bowl or rimmed baking sheet. Add drained cranberries in batches, roll until mostly coated. Transfer them onto another baking sheet to dry for hours.
5. Add granulated sugar to a flat bowl or rimmed baking dish. Add the coarsely sugared cranberries in batches, rolling until coated. Transfer it on another baking sheet to dry for hours.

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Sugared Cranberries

Our recipe for Sugared Cranberries is tart, sweet an incredibly flavorful. A festive presentation, and terrific holiday treat. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 544 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 (12 Ounce) Bag Fresh Cranberries

Rolling Sugars:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Sparkling Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil. Stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool.

  2. Place cranberries in a medium bowl and cover them with sugar syrup. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Drain cranberries through a colander (syrup can be saved to use as a liquid sweetener).

  4. Add 1 1/2 cup sparkling sugar to a flat bowl or small rimmed baking sheet. Add the drained cranberries in batches, rolling until mostly coated (don't worry to much about uncovered spots, the second rolling will cover most). Place the sugared cranberries on another baking sheet to dry for a couple of hours,

  5. Add 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar to a flat bowl or small rimmed baking sheet. Add the coarsely sugared cranberries in batches, rolling until coated. Again, place the sugared cranberries on another baking sheet to dry for a couple of hours,

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Sugared Cranberries
Amount Per Serving (1 /6 of the recipe)
Calories 544
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 140g 47%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 135g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sugared Cranberries on a baking sheet filled with sugar

Recipe Notes for Sugared Cranberries

Rolling: When you roll the cranberries in sugar, be sure that they are free of excess syrup so the sugar doesn’t become to soggy and clumpy. Also, roll them slowly and in very small batches. After the double rolling process you will have some “bald” patches. This is inevitable in most cases. If you follow the instructions, it should be minimal! I see this as perfection in imperfection. It gives the beautiful cranberry color a chance to blast out through all the sparkle!

Gifts: If you’ve made quite a few of them, it’s a great idea to give sugared cranberries as a gift. You can layer them with parchment paper in a holiday themed, airtight container. People love to garnish cookie trays and desserts with them. They are also delicious when you just pop them right into your mouth!

How Long Do Sugared Cranberries Last?

You’ve got forty-eight hours to enjoy them, so don’t let them go to waste! After a solid forty-eight, they will begin to show beads of moisture. If you find you’ve got a bunch leftover, use your candied cranberries for cocktails! The sugar will dissolve as soon as they get wet, obviously, but they make a delicious addition. You can also pop them right on the side of any cranberry cocktail, making a sugary delicious garnish!

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How Do You Store Sugared Cranberries?

Store them in an airtight container! Place parchment paper in between each layer to keep them from sticking.

Can You Use Frozen Cranberries To Make Sugared Cranberries?

If you’re looking for a way to make quick candied cranberries, using frozen berries won’t help you cut any corners. They tend to retain more water, and it’s harder to get the sugar to stick without clumping. Ergo, if available, always choose fresh.

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