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How to Make Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries are a great way to dress up desserts or drinks and are perfect for holiday snacking. I’ll teach you how to make Sugared Cranberries with just 2 simple ingredients.

sugared cranberries

I love the way that Sugared Cranberries totally transform my favorite drinks or my favorite holiday desserts. There’s just something so perfect about sparkly, glittery cranberries, y’all.

how to make sugared cranberries

But they’re not only perfect for adding to your favorite drinks and desserts, they’re perfect for a quick little sweet + tart holiday snack. I love the combination of the tartness of the cranberry with the sweetness of the sugar. YUM!

Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries are so easy to make. When I learned how to make Sugared Cranberries, for some reason I thought the process would be much harder. But it really is quite simple.

how to make sugared cranberries

To make Sugared Cranberries, all you need is 2 ingredients, not including water. I don’t really consider water an ingredient, but if you want to get technical, I guess it’s 3 ingredients.

How to Use Sugared Cranberries

If you’d like, you can simply snack on this delicious holiday treat. But if you want to use them in a variety of holiday dishes, I’ve found some great ways to use them.

how to make sugared cranberries

Holiday mocktails are a great way to show-off your Sugared Cranberries. They make the perfect garnish for all your holiday drinks.

You can also use Sugared Cranberries on a variety of holiday desserts. Check out how pretty they look on these holiday favorites:

How to Make Sugared Cranberries

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a printable recipe card.

how to make sugared cranberries

Now that you know how to use Sugared Cranberries, it’s time to learn how to make Sugared Cranberries. I’ve tried different methods for making Sugared Cranberries, and the method I’m going to show is my favorite. This method gives you beautifully, evenly coated Sugared Cranberries.

how to make sugared cranberries

Pour 1/4 cup granulated sugar into a small saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Heat on medium until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture starts to boil. When you see bubbles, remove from the heat and pour in the fresh cranberries. Stir gently to make sure all the cranberries are coated in the sugar syrup.

sugared cranberries recipe

Let the cranberries sit in the sugar syrup for about 5 minutes or so, occasionally stirring, then drain using a slotted spoon. (See notes below about how to use the cranberry simple syrup left behind.)

sugared cranberries recipe

Place the covered cranberries on a cooling rack and let them dry for about 10 minutes. Make sure that you take the time to separate the cranberries so that they aren’t touching. Once they’re dry and sticky to the touch, toss a few at a time into a small bowl filled with the remaining granulated sugar. You can use other sugar, but personally, I like the way the granulated sugar looks. Return the sugared coated cranberries to a clean cooling rack to dry and harden. Allow to rest at room temperature for about an hour or so. Refrigerate until ready to use.

how to make sugared cranberries

Tips for Making Sugared Cranberries

For this recipe, you want to use fresh, firm cranberries – they hold up better.

You want the cranberries to be completely dry, yet sticky. If the cranberries are still really wet from the sugar syrup, you’ll get clumps of sugar on the cranberries. Don’t rush the drying process. It’s worth it – I promise.

Also, it’s best to handle the cranberries as less as you possibly can. The more you handle them, the less sticky they’ll be. And you want them sticky so that all that sweet sugar will adhere nicely to give you perfect looking Sugared Cranberries. Carefully lift the sticky cranberries from the cooling rack and then put them in the sugar dish. Scoop the sugar over the tops of the cranberries and press down lightly so make sure the sugar sticks.

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how to make sugared cranberries

Sugared Cranberries Recipe

How to Make Sugared Cranberries

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Drying Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, washed

Instructions

  1. Pour 1/4 cup granulated sugar into a small saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Heat on medium until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture starts to boil. When you see bubbles, remove from the heat and pour in the fresh cranberries. Stir gently to make sure all the cranberries are coated in the sugar syrup.
  2. Let the cranberries sit in the sugar syrup for about 5 minutes or so, occasionally stirring, then drain using a slotted spoon.
  3. Place the sticky cranberries on a cooling rack and let them dry for about 10 minutes. Make sure that you take the time to separate the cranberries so that they aren’t touching. Once they’re dry and sticky to the touch, toss a few at a time into a small bowl filled with the remaining granulated sugar. You can use other sugars, but personally, I like the way granulated sugar looks.
  4. Return the sugared coated cranberries to a clean cooling rack to dry and harden. Allow to rest at room temperature for about an hour or so. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

If you're making any holiday mocktails or teas, the addition of the leftover cranberry simple syrup would taste divine.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: the whole batch
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 623 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 160g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 154g

 

 

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Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.

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