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A bowl of sugared cranberries with a baking sheet with granulated sugar and fresh cranberries.

Sugared Cranberries

Making sugared cranberries for the holiday is so simple with just two ingredients and so impressive, too! They are beautiful as toppers on desserts, to dress up a cocktail or just for a festive snack! If you've never made them before, I have all the tips and tricks to help you make these easy sugared cranberries this season!
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Course: Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Megan


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (for rolling)


  • In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar and water. Heat over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Bring to a simmer and let cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool at least 15 minutes. 
  • Pour the cranberries into the simple syrup and stir to completely coat. Let soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Then remove cranberries with a slotted spoon and let dry on a wire rack with a piece of parchment paper under it to catch any drops of simple syrup. Let dry for an hour or until cranberries are dry to the touch but tacky. 
  • Place 1 cup of granulated sugar in a bowl, plate or small baking sheet. In batches, roll cranberries in the granulated sugar until completely covered. Repeat with remaining cranberries. Let dry for at least an hour, or until completely dry to the touch. 


Tips and Tricks:
  • Reserve leftover simple syrup for another recipe. It's great for sweetening cocktails, soaking cakes and cupcakes and flavoring coffee!
  • Place a piece of parchment paper underneath your wire rack for easy cleanup so that it can catch all of the simple syrup drops. 


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 1mg
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